On the Books: March 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, March 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


Board Spartan Awards

4.01 Recognition of Young Authors

The Board of Education recognized the District’s winners of the Young Author Contest. This year’s winners were Sadie Jones, a second grader from North Grove Elementary School; Morgan Hendricks, a fourth grader from North Elementary School; and Liliana Jennings, a seventh grader from Sycamore Middle School. Vice President, Mr. Steve Nelson, presented each of the students with a certificate and a medal and congratulated them and their parents for winning this year’s contest.

4.02 Student/Staff Spartan Awards

During the meeting, the Board of Education recognized the following Sycamore Middle School teams for their accomplishments over the past year: Band, Jazz Choir, Orchestra, Eighth Grade Girls Basketball Team, Dance Team, Scholastic Bowl, and Wrestling.


Communications/ Correspondence/ Information Items

5.03 Committee Reports

Board Member, Mr. Eric Jones, reported himself, Board Member Mr. Jeff Jacobson, SHS Principal Mr. Tim Carlson, and SHS Dean of Student Mr. Nick Reineck, as recently attending IMSA to look at their incubator. He stated the IMSA staff were designing a makerspace and working with students to find out what they wanted in the space. They also offer a Shark Tank Program that is open to students of any high school in the area.

Vice President, Mr. Steve Nelson, reported on the recent Sycamore Education Foundation meeting. The Foundation awarded approximately $17,000 in grants to District staff during the meeting.

Mr. Nelson also reported on the recent City Planning and Zoning meeting. He stated zoning changes were made for the DeKalb County History Center and a local law office that purchased a residential property and are converting it to commercial property for their business. Other discussions included defining the difference between indoor and outdoor storage, as well as a follow up discussion regarding a proposal for a 55 and over housing development in Hickory Terrace. He stated that a proposal to develop the property on the northeast side of Casey’s was presented to them as well.

5.04 Spartan Senate Report

Tyler Hull, SHS Senior Class President and Spartan Senate President, reported to the Board on current topics they are discussing including a good citizenship campaign, increased school safety, and the walkout planned for 10:00 AM on Friday, March 16.


Superintendent’s Report

6.01 Middle School Presentation

Superintendent, Mrs. Kathy Countryman, shared with the Board of Education some pictures of the Middle School Industrial Tech Class building sets and props for the school’s upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast. She shared the Sycamore Education Foundation recently approved a grant to purchase additional power tools for the program.

Mr. Jim Cleven, Sycamore Middle School Principal, introduced Ms. Megan Gallagy and the SMS News Team. Ms. Gallagly explained the MS News Team meets twice a week to develop a news broadcast. The students shared a recent news broadcast with the Board.

Mr. Nelson thanked Ms. Gallagly and the SMS News team for their presentation.

6.02 Academy Presentation – Business Leadership

Mr. Bruce Griffith, Business Leadership Academy Teacher, along with students participating in the academy, shared some highlights of the program with the Board. This is the academy’s sixth year and students who participate earn college credit through Kishwaukee College. Students in attendance shared with the Board their experience in the class and how it has shaped their plans for after high school.

6.03 Consideration of Invitation to Join the Interstate 8 (I-8) Conference

Sycamore High School Principal, Mr. Tim Carlson, informed the Board of an invitation for Sycamore to Join the I-8 Conference. He stated the communities of the schools in the I-8 Conference are very similar to ours. Sycamore High School would be the second largest school in the conference if the Board accepted the invitation to join.

The Board of Education authorized Mr. Carlson to proceed with the invitation to join the Interstate 8 Conference.


Chief Financial Officer’s Report

7.01 Approval of FY19 Student Fees – Second Reading

The Board of Education approved the Fiscal Year 2019 Student Fees as presented.

7.02 Approval of FY19 Building Use Fees – Second Reading

The Board of Education approved the Fiscal Year 2019 Building Use Fees as presented.