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District 205 School Board Set to Approve its 2012-13 Budget Tuesday

Also on tap: student recognition, Title I, 2011-12 student achievement and superintendent's contract.

Among other business, Elmhurst Unit District 205 School Board will meet tonight to give final approval to the 2012-13 budget.

School Board members will first meet in closed session at 6:30 p.m. to discuss employment of an employee and probable or imminent litigation.

The closed session will be followed by a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. to hear any public comments on the proposed budget. A brief overview of the budget will be presented.



The board will then adjourn to its regular meeting, which will begin with student recognition. On the list to be honored by proclamation are the following students:

  • J. Kyle Braid Leadership: Caitlin Blum, Joseph Helton, Rachel Iverson and Niall O'Brien
  • National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists: Karen Altergott, Caroline Dierksheide, Evan Fabry, Emma Fisher, Ushasi Naha and Matthew Wilbur
  • American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award: coaches Ken Dowdy and Mike Westendorf, co-captains Jackson Ribar and Jacob Ruprecht and team members Jason Bowles, Anthony Cano, Joseph Duda, Andrew French, Sebastian Guzman, Trevor Jordan, Miles Kalchik, Benjamin Koval, Sean Lyons, Connor O’Ryan, Michael Pasternock, Duffy Pitlock and Karl Severino. The team is one of five recognized with the honor in Illinois.

The board will then open the meeting up for public comment. Members of the community are welcome to speak for up to three minutes on any topic.

In addition to a brief synopsis of Freedom of Information Act requests, the superintendent's report will include a report on the schoolwide Title I plan for Conrad Fischer School.

Title I, as part of the No Child Left Behind legislation, provides that schools with 40 percent or more of its students living in poverty can use federal Title I funds to implement strategies for improving the educational program of the school. The number of students receiving free and reduced lunch support determines the number of students that qualify as living in poverty. The school is changing from a targeted assistance program to a schoolwide program.

The superintendent's report also will include a discussion on 2011-12 student achievement districtwide as measured by performance on ACT and state accountability tests, graduation rate and yearly progress results.

The board will then approve minutes from its Aug. 14, Aug. 18 and Sept. 11 meetings.

In addition to personnel and financial reports, the consent agenda includes the following items:

  • Approval of schoolwide Title I plan
  • Approval to post the administrative salary compensation report
  • Approval of donations to York High School of a photo printer and supplies, and a Saturn station wagon for students in the automotive department
  • Approval of policies on fund balances, and on residence/tuition requirements for new homeowners who have purchased a home before the start of the school year but are unable to move in before the start of the school year. Both policies are first readings.

The following items will be voted on individually:

  • Approval of the 2012-13 budget
  • Approval to name Amy Huisel, administrative assistant for finance, to receive nomination petitions for School Board candidates
  • Approval to explore extending Superintendent David Pruneau's contract since Pruneau has met his current contract goals

The board will then review its upcoming meetings and hear any communications from board members.

The board meets at the District 205 Administration building at 162 S. York St.

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