Board President Robin Cleek congratulated Elementary South Principal Dr. Jill Martin, Assistant Principal Christy Hunter, and the school’s staff for Elementary South’s designation as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon school. She thanked them for all of their hard work.
Adam Palmer, Director of Human Resources, presented an overview of student enrollment and staffing at the start of the school year. He emphasized that his enrollment plan is in alignment with the District’s goals for student achievement, as well as goals for learning and professional environments. He said that the District welcomed 37 new certified staff members, in which 20 joined elementary schools and 17 joined middle schools. He presented the Six Year Ten Day Enrollment Trend. The 10-day districtwide enrollment number for 2019 was 3,995. He also talked about class size averages. The District’s kindergarten through fifth grade class size average is at 22.9 students per classroom. The middle school staffing allocation for core areas averages 24 students per classroom.
In summary, he said that the District’s allocation of staff continues to enable the District the opportunity to provide top tier instruction for students. He will be providing the Board of Education with a comprehensive staffing plan next spring for the 2020-21 school year.
Abe Singh, Director of Finance and Business Operations, provided an update on capital improvement projects that were approved within the District’s adopted budget. His list included the completion of the new roof at the Tower facility and new gym floor at Elementary South. The District has received proposals for the replacement of the concrete stairs on the north side of the Townline building. New plans are being proposed to enhance safety and security.
In his Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Hannigan said the District is continuing to monitor the teacher-shortage issue at SEDOL. SEDOL temporarily closed its Gages Lake School on Friday, Sept. 20, due to a staff shortage but reopened the following week. It has since raised its substitute rates. The district has five students at Gages Lake School. They are all in a safe environment and receiving the support they need.
Dr. Hannigan congratulated Elementary South and the School of Dual Language for being among the winners of the fall attendance competition held by the Attendance and Truancy Division of the Regional Office of Education. He also expressed what a great honor it is for Elementary South to be named among the 2019 National Blue Ribbon schools. He said that the award is not something schools apply for; the state identifies the schools that are eligible to apply. Elementary South is one of 25 schools in Illinois who received the award.