Grove Students Discuss Music and Coding

At Monday night’s board meeting, students from Grove Junior High School shared an incredible accomplishment. Orchestra teacher Carolyn Berger and two student orchestra representatives highlighted their recent trip to Peoria, where they performed at the Illinois Music Education Conference. It was the first time CCSD59 students have performed at the event. Board Members listened to “Libertango,” a piece performed by the student orchestra at the conference. Language Arts Teacher Linda Johnson, Innovative Learning Coach Amanda Gerardy, and three students also presented a recent project in which they designed and coded a mobile application to support student literacy.

CCSD59 Initiates New Food Service Provider Search

Late last week, CCSD59’s food service provider, Sodexo, unexpectedly terminated the current food service contract. Sodexo’s final day of food service delivery will be April 30, 2016. The district is in the process of evaluating available options to ensure food service continues uninterrupted for students for the duration of the school year. CCSD59 is initiating the bidding process to determine a food service provider to begin May 1, 2016 and serve the district for the remainder of the year.

2016 Summer Programming Approved

Building on the successes of summer programming in 2015 that featured expanded choice offerings and student participation, the board of education approved the 2016 plan for summer programming. This year, the five week summer program is anticipated to begin on June 13 and run through July 14. Sessions will be held Monday through Thursday in the morning, and more information about specific course offerings and the registration process will be shared in March.

District Property Discussions

The board of education rescheduled the vote for action regarding the three administration building property options that address:

  • Lack of space for staff professional development
  • Lack of adequate parking
  • Functionality of current workspaces
  • Needs of an aging infrastructure such as addressing energy efficiency needs, heating and cooling systems, and fire prevention

Board members continued to discuss the needs of the district, how a new or remodeled building might potentially address these concerns, and what property might be best suited for these updates. The board moved the tentatively scheduled date to take action on the three options to February 22, 2016.

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