Board of Education Briefs – August 8, 2016

Highlights from the August 8, 2016
District 66 Board of Education Meeting:

Kindergarten Enrollment Update
The Board has approved adding a sixth section of Kindergarten due to an increase in enrollment. Elizabeth Ide’s Kindergarten student count is currently at 120 and rising. Principal Lazar has a candidate lined up for the position and a location for the room.

Summary of Summer Building Walk-Throughs
Principals Lazar and Windsor conducted building walk-throughs of Elizabeth Ide and Lakeview in July and provided summaries of teachers’ comments and questions. Click here for more information. Further staff engagement will commence after the start of school.

Personnel Report

New Hires

  • Betsy Russo – Kindergarten Teacher (Additional Section) – MA Step 5 (pending verification)


  • Beth Pesavento, School Psychologist from 0.6 FTE (Ide only) to 1.0 FTE (Ide/PV) for 2016-17 due to Kim Travis Maternity Leave


  • Selina Luna

Long-Term Parental Leave

  • Erin Olsen – On leave for 2016-2017 School Year (Sub. Heather Lopez)
  • Lauren Mastny – On leave 5/31/2016 through 2016-2017 School Year – (Sub. Samantha Gari pending Sub. Cert.)
  • Jennifer Olsen – Leave 9/19/16 through end of 2016-2017 School Year (Sub. Jamie Lesniak)
  • Kimberly Travis – Leave 9/6/2016 through 6/2/2017 (Sub. Rita McGuire)


  • Chelsea Schlagbaum – Leave Request 8/22/2016 – 11/15/2016 (Sub. Stephanie Potter)

Open Positions

  • Paraprofessionals
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Substitute Paraprofessionals
  • Substitute Bus Drivers
  • Bus Driver

PTO Officers 2016-2017

Elizabeth Ide:

  • President Stephanie Potter
  • Vice President (OPEN)
  • Secretary Marcie LaRocco
  • Treasurer Mahera Yasin


  • President Jeanne Rerucha
  • Vice President Kristy McGinley
  • Secretary Judy Johnson
  • Treasurer Liz Chlopek


  • President Michelle Brown
  • Vice President Pam Topp
  • Secretary Michelle Huang
  • Treasurer Maureen Gibbons


  • President (POSITION OPEN)
  • Treasurer Daniel Simpson

Acceptance of 2015-2016 PTO Donations
The PTO of each school submitted a report showing a list of PTO-funded activities. The Board retroactively accepted PTO Donations for the 2015-2016 School Year.

Acceptance of 2016-2017 PTO Donations
The Elizabeth Ide and District PTOs submitted a report showing a list of PTO-funded activities projected for the upcoming school year. The Board approved Elizabeth Ide & District PTO Donations for the 2016-2017 School Year. The Lakeview and Prairieview PTOs will submit reports at the September Board Meeting. The PTO will continue the practice of bringing donation reports to the Board of Education.

The Committee met on August 8, 2016 and discussed the Master Appropriations Plan. The Committee presented a plan to the Board for approval. More accurate numbers will be available for the Committee of the Whole Meeting on September 26, 2016.

August Committee of the Whole Agenda
The Agenda for the August 22nd Committee of the Whole meeting will be: an Action Item for New Personnel Hires, Superintendent Evaluation Process, Master Facilities Plan discussion, Format/Plan for Community Engagement, and Closed Session for the Superintendent Evaluation 2015-16.

Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2017
The Board had a thorough discussion of the Tentative FY17 Budget. A Legal Notice for the Annual Budget Hearing was posted in Downers Grove Suburban Life. Dr. Arnold will present a final budget at the Board Meeting on September 12, 2016.

Priority Strategies for Superintendent Evaluation 2016-17
The six priorities with weighted measures were discussed at the last Committee of the Whole meeting on July 25th and brought to the Board Meeting for approval. Dr. Arnold will create smart goals for each priority and present them to the Board on August 22nd.

Internet Reliability at Elizabeth Ide
Rewiring took place over the summer in order to solve the connection issues at Elizabeth Ide. The teachers will be surveyed in September to give feedback on the improvements that were made and Dr. Arnold will share the results in October.

Upcoming Meetings:

The public is welcome to attend any Board of Education Meeting.

August 22, 2016: Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7 p.m. at Elizabeth Ide

September 12, 2016: Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m. at Prairieview

September 26, 2016: Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7 p.m. at Elizabeth Ide

October 17, 2016: Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m. at Prairieview

October 24, 2016: Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7 p.m. at Elizabeth Ide