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Grove Students Present Courtyard Update

At the board meeting on October 11, Ms. Liz Freiburger, a sixth grade teacher at Grove, and 7th grade TDP Grove students Megan Shafar, Ryan Mayschak, Grace Bourke, and Morgan Sanaghan presented a student-led project to rehab the Grove Junior High School courtyard.

Initiated in spring of 2015, Phase I of the project involved planning and surveying how the students and staff wanted to best utilize the space. The students consulted with Carl Goetz from ARCON, an architecture firm, for assistance in planning. The final drawings consist of a patio area and a learning space that includes a water feature, reading rocks, low maintenance plants, an outdoor art area, and a moveable edible garden.

This year, Phase 2 will focus on fund raising including researching grant opportunities and cooperation with businesses wanting to help schools in their community. The sixth graders who started the courtyard project should be able to see their vision become a reality by the time they graduate from Grove Junior High.

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District 59 Education Foundation Recognized

At the board meeting, D59 Education Foundation Director Jayne Wilkins-Scott presented the foundation and discussed its focus on students by providing opportunities that enrich CCSD59 students’ educational experiences. The foundation invited other community and business members to join the board to provide additional perspectives and enrich the diversity of the foundation.

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Devonshire and Friendship Renovations

The Board reviewed and discussed recommendations from the Facility Advisory Committee for renovations to Devonshire Elementary and Friendship Junior High. In the proposal, Devonshire would receive a new main office and health office complex and additional interior renovations in order to create a secure visitor check in at the front entrance to the building. Friendship Junior High would have extensive interior renovations to classrooms that currently require passing through other classrooms for entry and improvements to sound permeations between learning spaces.

Both projects, if approved, would be completed for the start of the 2017 school year.

Audit Results

At the board of education meeting, the fiscal year 2016 audit was presented. The board’s auditing firm, Miller Cooper & Co., LTD., did not have any financial findings or any management recommendations as a result of their field work. CCSD59 remains at the Financial Recognition status which is the highest designation possible from the ISBE Financial Profile Designation, with a score of 3.65. The District’s ending fund balances at June 30, 2016, continue to be in compliance with the Board’s Fund Balance Policy 4:25.

Tax Levy Extension Update for 2016

Administration is recommending a 3.8% increase of the 2016 levy as compared with the 2015 tax levy extension. This equates to a proposed 2016 levy of $82,943,262 to offset the expected expenses in fiscal year 2016. Under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL), levy requests made by taxing entities are adjusted by the Cook County Clerk to ensure that the tax extensions do not exceed those limits as determined by the PTELL.  

The 2016 tax levy must be filed with the Cook County Clerk by 12/27/16. The recommended timeline for the 2016 Tax levy for CCSD59 includes a public hearing on 11/28/16 and a final adoption of the levy on 12/12/16. Both of these dates coincide with regularly scheduled board of education meetings.

 

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