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Board Approves Changes to 17-18 Tentative Budget

The board of education approved changes to the 2017-18 Tentative Budget which was originally presented on May 22, 2017.

Expenses in the tentative budget were reduced in several areas, including:

  • Professional development

    • A reduction in professional conference attendance

    • A reduction in professional organization membership

  • Student devices refresh cycle

    • No new devices will be issued for Prek-2 students for the 2017-2018 school year

  • Workers’ compensation insurance premiums

    • In May 2017, an estimate for workers’ compensation was made, the June 2017 invoice was less than original estimate

  • Food service contract

    • In May 2017, CCSD59 budgeted for a potential increase in the minimum wage law for Cook County. In June 2017, Des Plaines re-voted and decided not to implement the new law that would raise the minimum wage, which reduced originally budgeted contractual expense for food service

  • Elementary Learning Spaces

    • Elimination of the updating of elementary classroom furniture

The net impact of these changes is a $3.4 million reduction from the 2017-18 Tentative Budget presented to the board on May 22, 2017.

The final version of the 2017-18 Budget will be presented to the board for approval at the August 28, 2017 board meeting.

Bond Issuance Update

Discussion continues regarding the issuance of bonds with the board of education and community members. The board would again like to thank the community for sharing their concerns and involvement with this topic. Here are the most recent developments:

  1. On Friday, August 11, 2017, community members presented the board with a petition to put the sale of bonds on the March 20, 2018, ballot.

  2. At the August 14, 2017, board meeting, Vickie Nissen, assistant superintendent of business services, shared the tentative budget and led a discussion and update on the potential issuance of $15 million in bonds.

    • The board’s attorney described the next steps of the petition process and answered members’ questions.

    • The financial forecast reports discussed at the time of the revised tentative budget reflected the inclusion of the $15 million of the bond issuance.

  3. After further consideration, the board instructed the district’s administration to remove the $15 million bond issue from the final budget projected revenues due to the current uncertainty of the future of the bond issuance as it proceeds through the petition process. The final budget is scheduled to be presented for approval by the board at the August 28, 2017, meeting.

Board Views Presentation on Student Growth Targets

Dr. Josh Carpenter, executive director of student growth and accountability, presented student growth targets for the upcoming school year. The presentation featured recommended growth targets for CCSD59 in the Fountas and Pinnell (F&P), Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST), and multiple Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test options. Additionally, the board of education was presented with options related to scales that would reflect the percentage of students meeting or exceeding targets.

The board will continue to discuss and consider student growth goal targets at the August 28, 2017, board meeting.

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