Board Meeting Highlights 10/13/2016

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By Forest Park School District 91

Board of Education Highlights


Consent agendas

The consent agenda items consisted of approving the minutes from the previous meeting, payrolls for the month of October, financial data as provided by the Township Treasurer's Office and destruction of any recorded executive session minutes of March 2015. All consent agenda items were approved.

PARCC Data District Summary

The percent of students that met or exceeded standards slightly increased from last year from 21% to 23%. Two-pronged approach to addressing these scores: Schools are looking at specific deficiencies and addressing them at the classroom level, Teachers are setting student learning objective to address deficiencies in individual student learning. The number of years a student attended school in district 91 appears to have a positive impact on how well they master Common Core State Standards.

Evidenced-Based Funding Model

The intent is mitigate the issue of overreliance on property taxes as the main source of funding for public education in Illinois.  

The core element of the evidence-based funding model ultimately comprises identifying the cost of research-based best practices based on the "regional" labor market.

A draft of the funding formula captured from is as follows:

   District     Comparable          Local Base         Net

 Adequacy    x       Wage         -   Capacity     -  CPPRT  -   Funding        =      State

   Target                 Index        Target                        Minimum Contribution

The three most compelling items in this formula are as follows:

  • Comparable Wage Index - which will be represented by a "regional cost differentiation"

  • Local Capacity Target - which presently stipulates that the "average" district in Illinois will provide 49% local funding and the state provides the remainder of funding

  • Base Minimum Funding - which intends to guarantee that districts will not receive less funding per pupil compared to the prior fiscal year of when the legislation goes into effect

Summarily, it is unknown at this point how the "regions" for the Comparable Wage Index will be defined as there are significant disparities in the costs of wages among districts in relatively close proximity to each other. Further, the Local Capacity Target will be calculated using an "Adequacy to EAV Ratio," therefore monitoring EAV from year to year will be especially important as changes to EAV will impact the amount of state revenue provided to District 91. Finally, in regard to the Base Funding Minimum, it is unknown if districts can plan on whether the state will distribute 100% of the allocations that Illinois school districts are eligible to receive in the year prior to when the legislation goes into effect.

Pension Cost Shift

More conversation has circulated in Springfield in regard to the shift of pension costs to school districts. Apparently, this is one of the few items on which the Governor and the leaders of both the Illinois House and Senate actually agree. The most current preliminary timeline is that this will occur sometime in the next five years.

As always, more information will be shared on this as it becomes available.

Citizens' Advisory Council Memberships

Membership to the Citizens' Advisory Council was approved for the following people; Donna Marrocco (of the Forest Park Library), Jennifer Barbahen (of the Southside PTO and Boosters) and Kim Adami-Hasegawa (Citizen of Forest Park).

Tax Year 2016 Estimated Property Tax Levy

The Board approved the adoption of the Tax Year 2016 Estimated Property Tax Levy.

Betsy Ross Playground Equipment

The Board approved the proposal from NuToys Leisure Products, Inc. for the purchase of playground equipment and surfacing for Betsy Ross School for $43,373.00.

Spanish Program

The District offered an after school program for student to learn a foreign language. There were flyers sent in the digital backpacks, tables at the open houses and scholarships offered to students. After those efforts, there were still not enough students signed up and therefore, there will not be an after school program.

5Essentials Survey

District 91 will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the fifth statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for students, teachers and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From November 16 through January 16, students, teachers and parents will be asked to take a 25 -minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school's learning environment. This survey will serve as an opportunity for schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive picture of a school's organizational culture in an individualized report measuring five "essentials" critical for school success:

  • Effective Leaders

  • Collaborative Teachers

  • Involved Families

  • Supportive Environment

  • Ambitious Instruction

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