On the Books: February 13, 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, February 13, 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

4.03 Spartan Senate Report

Tyler Hull, Senior Class President and Spartan Senate Representative, stated the group is continuing work on reframing the High School experience. They are also starting to work on a good citizenship campaign to promote respect at Sycamore High School. They are also exploring a no homework policy and potential options for the Class of 2018 senior gift.

4.04 Committee Reports

Board Member, Mr. Steve Nelson, reported on the recent discussion on the City Planning and Zoning committee. He stated the Hickory Terrace Home development is currently approved to create twelve two-bedroom townhomes, but the developer would like to change the development to 24 one-bedroom townhomes. Nelson stated some citizens had concerns over the increase of too much traffic and the increase in density in the area. He pointed out that the subdivision had originally been approved fourteen years ago.

Mrs. Kris Wrenn recently attended the geometry class at Sycamore Middle that is taught via a video feed from a class at Sycamore High School. She commended the great work that is going on with this virtual class and was impressed that all of the students were receiving A’s in the class.

Mr. Eric Jones reported on attending the North Grove Elementary School Open house last week. He stated the school was packed with families for the open house and that each grade level gave a musical presentation.


Superintendent’s Report

5.01 South Prairie Elementary School Update

South Prairie Elementary School Principal, Mr. Kreg Wesley, gave a presentation to the Board on the building goals and what has been going on in the building the past year. He recapped playgroup with students and parents, Veterans Day Assembly, Fire Safety Week, Park District Classes, Pledge leaders at City Council Meetings, Rotary Reader, Family Movie Night, Great Apple Crunch, Firth Grade School Senior Breakfast, and many more activities.

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5.02 Policy Revisions – First Reading

The Board of Education reviewed revisions to the Board’s policies. Board President, Mr. Jim Dombek, stated many of the changes are due to statue changes. The policy revisions will be brought back to the Board for a second reading during their Tuesday, February 27 meeting.

5.03 Board/Administrators Workshop Review

Sycamore High School Principal, Mr. Tim Carlson, reviewed the discussions that occurred during the receive Board/Administrator workshop. He stated Juniors and Seniors would have the ability to explore a flexible schedule during the 2018-2019 school year. Also, school administration is exploring health to be taken as a freshmen course and Government and Consumer Economics to be taken during a students junior or senior year, as students have expressed the desire to take these courses earlier in the high school experience.

5.04 Strategic Design Update

Mrs. Kathy Countryman reviewed revisions of the District’s Strategic Design with the Board. She stated the document will be presented in a new website.  In addition,printed versions will be available. She asked the Board to review the latest version of the Strategic Design. The new strategic Design will be rolled out to the staff at the 2018 Opening Day meeting.

5.05 How Do You Spartan?

Mrs. Kathy Countryman shared with the Board current happenings around the District including Global Play Day, Impact of play on Social Emotional Learning Standards (SEL), SMS Spelling Bee representatives (Susan Martin and Miranda Zhang), and the SHS Dance Team placing 6th at State in Class 2A.


Chief Financial Officer’s Report

6.01 Approval of License/Maintenance Agreement Between CUSD #427 and Sycamore Park District for Walkway – First Reading

Chief Financial Officer, Mrs. Nicole Stuckert, reviewed the proposed license/maintenance agreement with the Sycamore Park District for the walkway that will extend from Brickville Road to Route 23 along the Kishwaukee River on the south property line at Sycamore Middle School.  Board President, Mr. Jim Dombek, stated there were a few formatting issues that needed to be resolved. Mrs. Stuckert stated she would have the corrections made and brought back for a second reading during the Tuesday, February 27 meeting.