On The Books: May 9, 2017

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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, May 9, 2017. 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

Life School Report

Becky Steczo, Life School Coordinator, presented to the Board of Education on the District’s 18 to 21 Program, know as Life School. This program is designed for students who have an IEP, have completed four years of high school, and are at least 18 years old. The goal is to provide students with a variety of possible post-high school outcomes in a real-life, community-based program. This program has been housed at Opportunity House through a partnership that has been in existence since 2008. Mrs. Steczo explained to the Board of Education the variety of opportunities students have through the program, including the recent addition of Walnut Grove Vocational Farm, where students participate in growing a variety of food items. This opportunity allows the students to learn cooking skills as well as exploring Farm to Table cooking. In addition to supporting the learning needs of students from the District, Life School also allows for students from surrounding communities to tuition into the program. After the presentation, Mr. Bob Shipman, who serves as the Executive Director of Opportunity House, gave the Board of Education a tour of their renovated space.

Community Playground Update

During the FY16 Budget the Early Learning Program “Little Spartans” had requested to add a playground to their facilities. Unfortunately, due to the District’s financial constraints, the playground was not approved. Over the past year, Ms. Marijo Schwartz, Early Childhood Coordinator, has been working with local community members to seek donations to fund the playground for the District’s littlest Spartans and community.

Sports Boosters Donation Update

Nicole Stuckert, CFO/CSBO, updated the Board on discussions with the Sycamore Sports Boosters regarding the donation of a Multi-Purpose Video Board to replace the aging scoreboard at Engh Community Field. As part of the project, the District would enter into an agreement with either the Sports Boosters or Weaver Construction, who would be responsible for completing all of the paperwork for the project. Mrs. Stuckert also stated to the Board that the Sports Boosters would like to replace the scoreboards in the Main Gym of Sycamore High School at the same time.

Start Time Committee – Flexible Scheduling

Several months ago, the District began discussing possible changes to the start times for the District’s schools. During this time, the District has received feedback from the community. With this feedback in mind, the District will form a committee who, over the next year, will look at how to best meet the needs of the District’s High School students through flexible scheduling. The committee will consider solutions that will honor the District’s Strategic Design while ensuring options will align to the graduation requirements.