Board Meeting Highlights 11/10/2016

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By Forest Park School District 91

Board of Education Highlights


Consent Agenda Items

The consent agenda items included: approval of minutes for the October meeting, approval of payrolls for the month of November, approval of the financial data as provided by the Township Treasurer's Office, approval of destruction of any records executive session minutes of April 2015 and several personnel items. One personnel item was held to be voted on separately. All items were approved.

Board Evaluation

The Board continued discussing their new evaluation plan. It was decided that they will not be completing the evaluation once a month but rather 3-4 times a year to keep their evaluation up to date.

Status of District Finances

The district is continuing its practice of producing an inventory list of any unusable or outdated equipment or furniture for sale or disposal. The process for removing equipment or furniture items via sale or disposal requires board approval. This has occurred twice in the last two fiscal years when computers and peripheral devices were offered for sale to the families of students attending our schools and then to employees in the district, and also when equipment was sold to a recycler.

A list of equipment and furniture items will be presented at the board meeting in December 2016. The removal of the items via sale or disposal will occur throughout the duration of this fiscal year and possibly into the next fiscal year.

Also, the district will be replacing at least one (or possibly two) of its operations and maintenance vehicles. More information and recommendations for purchases will be forthcoming in the next few months. An allocation of $45,000.00 was included in the FY2017 Annual Budget to replace the vehicles.

Update on Recent Projects

The new Betsy Ross playground to replace the nature playground has been completed. Grant-White's new sign and landscaping has also been completed.

American Education Week

The adoption of the proclamation celebrating American Education Week (November 14-18, 2016) was approved.

Policy Revisions/Additions/Amendments

Consideration of policy revisions/ additions/ amendments for first reading were approved. The policy committee will need to review the revisions/ additions/ amendments for approval.

Policy 2:150: Committees

This is a policy that the Board requested to review regarding membership for the Citizens' Advisory Council. The policy committee will need to review for approval.

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. 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 will be conducted November 16 through January 16, 2017. To take the survey please visit  and select the appropriate survey to begin.

Future Ready

The Future Ready team met November 15, 2016 to discuss progress toward our goals this year. There will be an update for the Board at the December meeting.

Citizens' Advisory Council (CAC)

The first Citizens' Advisory Council meeting was October 12. Members discussed what CAC does and the projects they would be working on this year.

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