Board Meeting Highlights 2/9/2017

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By Forest Park School District 91

Board Highlights

February 9, 2017

Public Hearing

The Public Hearing was held for a permanent transfer of fund balance from the transportation fund to the operations and maintenance fund. You can find more information and the presentation given on February 9, 2017 on our website under Our District > Departments > Finances.

Consent Agenda Items

Consent agenda items included: approval of minutes from the January 19, 2017 regular meeting, approval of payrolls for the month of February, approval of financial data as provided by the Township Treasurer's Office, approval of the destruction of any recorded executive session minutes of July 2015. All consent agenda items were approved.

Closed session minutes from January 19, 2017 meeting

The Board considered the approval of the closed session meeting minutes from their January 19, 2017 meeting. The minutes were approved.

FastBridge Assessment

For the past year and a half, our Balanced Assessment Committee has been looking at what we have in terms of assessment. It was decided that MAP is not working for our district and we need an assessment that gives us real time data, benchmark assessments and progress monitoring tools. FastBridge was the best choice for our district. This spring, FastBridge will be given as a training for our teachers. No scores from this administration of the assessment will be shared.

State of the District Finances

State of Illinois owes $356,282.62 in Mandated Categorical Grant Payments to District 91 Illinois school districts are awaiting the disbursement of the first two (typically of four) payments of FY2017 mandated categorical grants. As of 1/31/2017, District 91 is waiting to receive a total amount of $356,282.62 in payments from the State of Illinois. It is likely that these payments will not be disbursed until the state approves a budget. While Illinois Senate leaders have made some progress on a state budget, it is still unknown as to when a final budget will be approved by the Illinois Senate, House and Governor.

A breakdown by grant on the total amount owed to District 91 is as follows:

Special Education Private Facility Tuition $28,568.96

Funding for Children Requiring Special Education Services $56,430.98

Transportation Special Education $96,775.44

Special Education Personnel $174,507.24

Total: $356,282.62

We will continue to monitor any activity on the state budget and share information as it becomes available.

2017-2018 School Calendar

The 2017-2018 school calendar was approved and will be shared soon.

Permanent Fund Transfer

The permanent transfer of fund balance from the transportation fund to the operations and maintenance fund was approved.


The recommendation to approve the District 91 and internal revenue closing agreement and payment of $5,000.00 under the audit closing agreement program was approved.


There were 6 cases, 3 were cleared and 3 are pending.

FPMS Athletic Conference

Forest Park Middle School is considering changing athletic conferences. It has been the same for a while and many schools in our conference are far away. We have to be accepted to the new conference and that may not take place by the next school year.

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