On The Books: April 10, 2018

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On the Books provides a recap of the Sycamore Community School District 427 Board of Education meeting that occurred on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The Agenda and all supporting documents from this meeting and minutes from previous meetings can be viewed through BoardDocs. If you would like to receive a notification for when On the Books is ready for viewing, please sign-up for our District Communications


Communications/ Correspondence/ Information Items

5.03 Spartan Senate Report

Sycamore High School Senior Class President and Spartan Senate President, Tyler Hull, gave an update to the Board of Education on current topics of their meetings. He stated they recently held an informational meeting with BluePoint Alert Solutions representatives and have continued their discussions about school safety, a no homework policy, and the senior class gift.

5.04 Committee Reports

Mr. Steve Nelson, Vice President, reported from the City Planning and Zoning Committee. He stated there were three action items at their recent meeting and all passed unanimously. The first proposal was for reworking the former Brown’s Grocery store to an indoor storage facility along with a couple of commercial units. The second proposal was for a 55 and over development in Hickory Terrace. The last item was or a small internet tower for a new cable and internet provider that is coming to Sycamore.

Mr. Nelson reported on the recent Sycamore Education Foundation’s Grant Committee Meeting. There were two proposals submitted, and both will be forwarded to the full board to be reviewed during their next meeting.

Board Member, Mrs. Julene Davey, reported from the North Grove Association. She stated their open house has been scheduled for June 23 and 24 and Mrs. Jennifer Parsons has talked about how many classes are interested in bringing students out to tour the facility.


Superintendent’s Report

6.01 Excellence in Education Awards

Superintendent, Mrs. Kathy Countryman, and Board President, Mr. Jim Dombek, recognized Ms. Nancy Copple and Ms. Melissa Rourke for being nominated for the DeKalb County Excellence in Education Award.

6.02 Spartan Awards

During the meeting, the Board of Education recognized the following Sycamore High School Students for their accomplishment: FFA State Degree; ILMEA All State Musicians; All Conference Musicians; Freshmen/Sophomore Choir All Conference; Math Team; Scholastic Team; WYSE Team; Girls Bowling; Boys Bowling; Boys Basketball; Girls Basketball; Cheerleading; Boys Cross Country Team; Girls Cross Country Team; Dance Team; Football; Golf Team; Gymnastics Coop; Boys Soccer; Boys Swim Team; Girls Swim Team; Girls Tennis Team; Volleyball; and the Wrestling Team.

6.03 Sycamore High School Report

Mr. Carlson, Sycamore High School Principal, introduced Madeline McCormick and Sophie McComb and their teacher Mr. Scott Horlock to the Board to present on their watershed project. The Board received a brief overview of the program and how it has grown over the years.

Madeline and Sophie recently attended the 2018 Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society National Symposium and reported to the Board on their experience. They were the youngest students in the Symposium’s history and were able to talk with leading experts, many of whom wrote papers they cited in the presentation.

Mr. Carlson stated they recently conducted a survey of Junior and Seniors regarding flexible scheduling. He reviewed the data with the Board and stated they would attempt to match student’s request with the master schedule.


Chief Financial Officer’s Report

7.01 Vehicle Replacement Plan – First Reading

Mrs. Nicole Stuckert, CFO/CSBO, presented to the board a vehicle replacement program for the 2018-2019 school year. She stated they are recommending trading in two vans, a car, and two activity buses and purchasing two new activity buses and seven minivans. Each of the activity buses will hold up to fourteen passengers and are used to transport students to athletic games, music events, and field trips for clubs. The minivans are used by district staff, SpartanTV, and NIA Staff with hearing and vision impaired students, and the transporting of students who are outplaced at other educational facilities.

Mrs. Stuckert stated the lease amounts, including trade-ins, would be just over $258,000 plus interest over the next five years. This plan will be brought back to the board at the next meeting for a second reading and a vote.

7.02 Legislative Update

Mrs. Stuckert reported the District should start receiving payments from the new Evidence Based Funding (EBF) soon. She stated the District fell into the second tier and should receive an additional $318,380, which will be distributed over the remaining six EBF payments. She also informed the Board that the District has not received their second and third quarter categorical payments. Both of these payments have been vouchered, but have not been processed by the Comptroller’s Office. These payments total over $775,000 owed to the District.