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Board Update 7-11-22

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Special Statement from CCSD59

Prior to moving into the agenda for the meeting, the CCSD59 Board of Education and those in attendance at the meeting observed a moment of silence and reflection for all those who were affected by the tragedy in Highland Park on the 4th of July. 

As a district, we offer our sincerest and deepest sympathy, condolences, and support to the many whose lives have been forever changed by the events that simply have no explanation. We ask our CCSD59 community to continue to uphold those in Highland Park and beyond who are now facing the unthinkable challenges ahead that come along the road to healing. 


District Presentations

Agenda Item 5.0 

Cropper Demographic Study – 5.01
Matthew Cropper, President of Cropper GIS, presented an overview of the demographic and school utilization study that is currently taking place in the district. Mr. Cropper will be present at the August 1, 2022, board meeting to present further findings and recommendations for school utilization options. To view the presentation, click here. To view the presentation slides, click here.

CCSD59 Historical Information Slides – 5.02
Associate Superintendent Tom Luedloff presented a brief history of the district’s boundaries, construction, enrollment, and programming. The slides of the presentation can be viewed here

Assessment: 2021.22 Spring Benchmark Report – 5.03
Associate Superintendent Tom Luedloff presented the results, reflections, and next steps for the spring benchmark report. You can view the video of the presentation here as well as the presentation slides here


Discussion Items

Agenda Item 7.0

2022-2023 Tentative Budget and Long-Term Financial Plan – 7.01
The tentative budget for 2022-23 was presented to the board. To see the slides from the presentation, click here.

Highlights are as follows:

  • There is a $366,199 surplus in the operating funds, created to support the Strategic Plan. 
  • Revenues will be affected due to the county’s late tax payments, newly established five year investment ladder, and American Rescue Plan (which is a one-time payment). 
  • Expenditures are expected to reflect inflation, specifically with supplies and utilities, the Ten Year Facilities Plan, and the resource allocation presentation approved in March.

The public hearing concerning the 2022-23 budget is set for 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 1, 2022, at the Administration Center. Any changes to the tentative budget will be reflected in the final 2022-23 budget to be presented for approval at the board meeting on September 12, 2022.

TRS Supplemental Savings Plan – 7.02
Due to an amendment to the Illinois Pension Code which became law in August of 2018, the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) is now requiring school districts to offer eligible school district employees to participate in its new Supplemental Savings Plan. Essentially, the Plan is a program for the deferral of income taxes on a portion of the compensation of teachers and other licensed employees under Section 457(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

TRS sent out forms and instructions, and board action and return of the specified documents are required by no later than September 30, 2022.


Action Items

Agenda Item – 8.0

District-wide Copier Lease Solution – 8.01 
Konica Minolta, the district’s current provider of copiers, extended the opportunity to participate in their One Rate Program, eliminating per copy costs and charging a fixed monthly rate, which includes unlimited printing.

Rates for both 36-month and 48-month contracts were proposed and reviewed, and it was determined that a 48-month contract would best meet the district’s needs. This will improve overall productivity and satisfaction while providing a monthly savings of 4.2% ($1,003.93 per month). The new monthly rate would be $22,901.07 for all devices located in the district.

The board approved the contract with Konica Minolta as outlined above.

EL Curricular Resource – 8.02
As part of the ongoing curriculum review process, a need was identified to adopt comprehensive materials for all ESL Resource teachers to use with students in kindergarten through fifth grade in the district’s EL program. A resource called CONNECT (published by Vista Higher Learning) was piloted in the spring of 2022, and ESL Resource staff had the opportunity to provide feedback and evaluation of the materials. The staff unanimously recommended to adopt CONNECT and potential next steps were identified. 

The total up-front cost to implement the program for usage over a six-year span is $116,181.54.

The board approved the adoption of CONNECT as the district’s EL resource.

Ratification of Collective Bargaining Agreement for CAMEO Staff – 8.03
On June 30, 2022, the district will conclude a four-year agreement between the Board of Education and the CCSD59 Custodial and Maintenance Employee Organization (CAMEO). Representatives from the board and CAMEO met this spring and summer, and a tentative agreement was reached on a two-year agreement with an average annual compensation increase of 5.09%. Members of the CAMEO group ratified the agreement on June 29, 2022.

The board ratified the new agreement, which will have an official start date of July 1, 2022 and will conclude on June 30, 2024. 

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