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Board Approves Contract Renewal for Student Food Services

At the board meeting on June 26, 2017, the board approved the renewal of the food service contract with Organic Life for the 2017-18 school year with a 2.1% increase.  

Organic Life has been the district’s food service provider since 2016-17 for the district-wide breakfast/lunch program. The state of Illinois allows the district to renew an existing food service provider contract four times before it is required to go through the bidding process. This will be the first renewal with Organic Life, who partners with CCSD59 to offer quality school nutrition programs to our students.

ESP Collective Bargaining Contract Approved by the Board

The board approved the four-year Education Support Professionals (ESP) contract at the board meeting on June 26, 2017.

The ESP collective bargaining process began in the fall of 2016. Through collaboration between the District Education Association (DEA) and district administrators, the parties were able to come to a tentative agreement on June 2.

Outside of a year one salary adjustment for nurses, the overall ESP salary increases range from 3.1% - 2.75% during the four-year contract. 

Student Device Refresh Update

As part of the district’s long-term technology plan to provide students access to technology to amplify learning opportunities, CCSD59 is finalizing plans to refresh student devices in grades 1-8. The device refresh will take place over the summer and into the upcoming fall. Under the current recommendation, students in grades 1-8 will receive a Chromebook that has the capacity to function as both a Chromebook and a tablet. 

Students in grades PreK and K will continue to use the current tablets, and a device refresh for PreK and K will take place at a future date. The board is scheduled to vote on the recommendation at the board of education meeting on July 10, 2017, and more details about the new devices will be shared as school begins again in the fall.

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