D123 September Board Briefs

The District 123 School Board of Education held their regularly scheduled meeting September 21, 2017. View the agenda.

Highlights from the meeting include:

Approval of the Final Budget for the 2018 Fiscal Year

Assistant Superintendent of Business, Mike Loftin spoke to the board about the final District 123 Budget for the 2017-2018 school year and the current financial position of the district.

“The good news is the state aid should be consistent and remain flat I don’t see us jumping around much unless they change the equation. Even then, we are a school district that isn’t on the front line. We are the middle of the pack and it’s a good place for us to be,” said Dr. Loftin.

Following the presentation, and public hearing the board unanimously approved the budget.

Superintendent Report

In his Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Enderle praised the hard work of Angie Goetz, English Learner Program Director for the District and Cynthia Rhia, Director of Special Education for their hard work hosting the first BPAC and CPAC meetings of the year respectively. Both saw phenomenal turnout and took a more casual approach to meeting with parents that seemed to be more inviting.

Dr. Enderle also spoke to the upcoming Teacher Institute Day. For the first time District 122, 123 and 229 will join together for the day, focusing on professional development.

“We are excited about the upcoming Joint Institute Day on Friday, September 29, 2017, with our colleagues from D122 and D229.  We have created and sent out an online electronic registration to gather session choices and have worked collaboratively to manage the logistics of the day which will take place at Oak Lawn Community High School,” said Dr. Enderle.

The day will kick off with a keynote address from Harvard Graduate, Mawi Asgedom from MawiLeanring on his book POWERFUL EDUCATOR: How to Inspire Student Growth, which is grounded in educational research and strongly tied to social-emotional learning themes and restorative practices.

Discussion Items

The board adopted a resolution to begin the restructuring of bonds issued in 2007 in an effort to responsibly manage some of the district’s debt. The debt restructuring would collectively save the taxpayers of Oak Lawn and Hometown $1.2 million over the next 10 years by taking advantage of historically low-interest rates. While it may be difficult to spot the modest savings on your tax bill, the homeowner of a $200k home will save an average of approximately $14 per year during the next 10 years.

“We are continuously looking for additional ways to do the right thing on behalf of our students and the taxpayers of Oak Lawn and Hometown. Decisions like these help us remain true to our strategic direction and honor the resources the community provides. We are always striving to be good stewards of those resources,” said District 123 Superintendent, Dr. Paul Enderle.

The next Board of Education meeting will take place October 10, 2017.