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					Superintendent's Sentences (3-24-06)                                                                                                                                                    Page 1 of 43




                                                                            Pekin Public Schools District 108
                                                                                  Volume 3 – Issue 25
                                                                                    March 24, 2006
Supt............................... Dr. Don White   Asst. Supt.................Mr. Chuck Bowen         Dir. of H.R. ............... Mr. John Emery      Business Mgr....... Mr. Matt Wilkinson
Email........................dwhite@pekin.net       Email.......................cbowen@pekin.net       Email......................jemery@pekin.net      Email .............. mwilkinson@pekin.net
Phone ........................... (309) 477-4740    Phone ........................... (309) 477-4740   Phone ......................... (309) 477-4740   Phone.......................... (309) 477-4744


IMPORTANT DATES
• Monday, March 27                                       • James Field Options Committee Meeting ................................. 6:30 p.m.
                                                           Board Conference Room

• Saturday, April 8                                      • Begin Spring Break

• Tuesday, April 18                                      • Spring Break Ends – Classes Resume

• Thursday, April 20                                     • Communications Committee Meeting....................................... 6:00 p.m.
                                                           Board Conference Room

• Monday, April 24                                       • Board of Education Meeting ..................................................... 6:45 p.m.
                                                           Board Conference Room

JAMES FIELD OPTIONS COMMITTEE
As directed by the Board of Education, I have been working to organize what I am calling the James Field
Options Committee. The enclosed email was sent to confirmed and prospective committee members on
Wednesday. A list of committee members is also enclosed. I am still waiting for a couple of people to reply
regarding their participation.

WALGREENS INTEREST LETTER
I received the enclosed letter from Walgreens on March 22, 2006. This is the first communication I have
received from Walgreens stating their interest in this property.

THE GREAT WALK – PEKIN TO PEKING (BEIJING) AND BACK!
Did you realize that that Peking (Beijing) is 6,656 miles away? How about walking there and back? It is
understood that one person would not make it but we can if we join together as a team! You are encouraged to
join this effort brought to you by the District’s insurance committee. It is one of many ways we are looking to
make D108 a healthier place. The enclosed memo from John Emery provides all the details you need to get
walking! (Thank you to Connie Sutton for all of her hard work to plan this event!)

PREVENTING UNDERAGE DRINKING TOWN HALL MEETING
A Town Hall Meeting targeting the prevention of underage drinking in Tazewell County will be held on April
4, 2006. The meeting will be held at the Moose Lodge in Pekin and will begin at 6:30 p.m. A brochure with
more information is enclosed.




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POVERTY GRANT RESOLUTION LETTER
A sample of the letter I sent to the legislators is enclosed along with the resolution that was approved by the
Board on Monday, March 20, 2006. The letter was sent to the following legislators:
 • Governor Rod Blagojevich
 • Senator Debbie Halvorson, Majority Leader
 • Senator Emil Jones, Jr., Senate President
 • Representative Michael Madigan, Speaker of the House
 • Representative Gary Hannig, Deputy Majority Leader
 • Representative Mike Smith, Chair, Appropriations Elementary & Secondary Education Committee
 • Senator Mattie Hunter, Chair, Appropriations III
 • Representative Tom Cross, House Minority Leader
 • Senator Frank Watson, Republican Leader
 • Representative Roger Eddy, Elementary and Secondary Ed Committee
 • Senator David Luechtefeld, Assistant Minority Leader

JIM GILL SINGS IN PEKIN
District 108 is joining a long list of sponsors to bring singer, songwriter, and entertainer Jim Gill to Pekin on
April 27, 2006. This fun, educational, and very entertaining concert will be held at Wilson Intermediate School.
The enclosed brochure provides all the details. You are encouraged to bring a friend!

2006-07 DRAFT SCHOOL CALENDAR
A DRAFT of the proposed 2006-07 school calendar is enclosed. I need to confirm the winter and spring breaks
with the high school. It is my hope that the final recommendation will be ready for approval during the April
24, 2006 Board meeting. A survey was conducted to gather feedback regarding the way we scheduled the
spring conferences this year. The results of this survey are also enclosed. The data from this survey is being
considered to determine how to schedule conferences for spring 2007.

FOOD RULES
The Illinois State Board of Education recently approved the enclosed Junk Food Ban Rules. We do not think
these rules will have a major impact on our district but we will need to review the rules and make sure we
comply. From my perspective, this is another example of losing local control. The summary of the rules
follows:
    • Prohibits the sale of any beverages other than flavored or plain reduced fat or fat free milk, 100% fruit or
        vegetable juices (in containers of 8 oz or less for grades k-5, and 12 oz or less for grades 6-8), and non
        flavored, non sweetened, non carbonated water.
    • Prohibits the sale of any food items that exceed 35% total calories from fat, and more that 10% of
        calories from saturated fat, except for nuts, seeds, and nut butters.
    • Prohibits the sale of any food item which exceeds 35% content of sugars by weight.
    • Prohibits the sale of any individually packaged (pre-packaged) food item that exceeds 200 calories.
    • Prohibits the sale of any food item in a serving size larger than what is available as part of a
        reimbursable school lunch. (For example, we cannot offer an oversized hamburger if the student can not
        get that item as part of the school lunch. Would also prohibit the sale of a jumbo portion fries.)
    • Rules go into effect the first day of the 06-07 school year.
These rules apply to the sale of all foods outside of the reimbursable lunch, breakfast, or snack programs at any
k-8 school, and include vending, school fund raisers, etc. Because this applies to foods sold on school grounds
before school and during the regular school day, it would not apply to concessions for events after school or on
weekends. It also would not apply to any activities for which food is provided free (class parties, etc.).
Additional information is available by visiting www.iasb.com/files/foodrules.pdf.



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DESTINATION IMAGINATION
Thank you for Jan Darnell for providing the following information about our Destination Imagination
competitors.
       Congratulations to our four Pekin District 108 Destination Imagination teams that competed in
   the Central/South Tournament on Saturday, March 18th. They made us all very proud!! They
   performed their solutions with precision and WOW'd the appraisers.

     Washington Intermediate Teams:
         The On Safari team consisting of Montana Jones, Stefanie Schrieber, Abbey DaWalt and Taylor
     Lamberson placed sixth in their division team standings. Team Manager: Angela Jones.
         You may notice something shiny around the necks of the How’d tHAT Happen team...they were
     award the DaVinci Award for outstanding creativity. This very coveted award is given for having a
     unique approach to a solution, for risk taking, and/or for outstanding creativity. Only three of these
     awards were given in the entire tournament. This team placed third in their long-term challenge and
     fourth in team standings. This team consists of Jack Rosa, Robert Rosa, Logan Welchman, Isabel
     Lypayia and William Lypayia. Team manager: Pam Rosa
         The second On Safari team received the "Spirit of Discovery" award for outstanding spirit,
     teamwork and sportsmanship. They also brought home First Place honors and will be advancing to
     the Affiliate tournament on Saturday, April 8th in Beach Park, Illinois. This team consists of Maddi
     Carr, Kelsi Rogers and Lainee Antonini. Team manager: Teri Carr

     Wilson Intermediate School:
        The How’d tHAT Happen team consisted of Anna Dunn, Emily Arrowsmith, Jared Dunn, and
     Hunter Dunn. This team placed fifth in their division in team standings. Team manager: Dusty
     Dunn.




ALLIANCE LEGISLATIVE REPORT
The latest Alliance Legislative Report (94-53) is enclosed.

STATE SUPERINTENDENT’S WEEKLY MESSAGE
The most recent weekly message from the State Superintendent is enclosed.




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PERSONNEL UPDATE
The following information is made available so that you are aware of the ongoing personnel activities in our
district. This information is accurate as of noon on Thursday. People interested in more current information
and/or applying for any of these positions should visit the district web site for the latest postings and
information. (http://www.pekin.net/pekin108/human_resources/employment/index.html)
          Posting    F.T.E. /
           Date       Hours                         Position                                Location
             9/26/05         5.75 hours   SpEd Parapro Classroom Assistant-BD           Edison
            10/27/05             N/A      Boys’ Assistant Track Coach                   Edison
            10/27/05         3.25 hours   SpEd Parapro Personal Assistant               PFEC
            12/07/05         6.5 hours    SpEd Parapro Classroom Asst-CBI               Broadmoor
            01/26/06             1.0      Infant Toddler Specialist                     PFEC
            02/21/06             6.5      SpEd Parapro Personal Assistant               Schramm
            03/02/06             1.0      Primary Speech Therapist                      District Wide
            03/06/06             1.0      SpEd Classroom BD Teacher *REVISED*           Washington
            03/03/06             1.0      7-8 Language Arts Teacher                     Edison
            03/03/06             1.0      Strings Music Teacher                         District Wide
            03/03/06             1.0      Band Music Teacher                            Intermediate & Jr. High
            03/03/06             1.0      7-8 Math Teacher                              Broadmoor
            03/03/06             1.0      7-8 Math Teacher                              Edison
            03/03/06             1.0      7-8 Visual Arts Teacher                       Edison
            03/07/06             1.0      7-8 Special Education Teacher                 Edison

WORDS THAT MAKE YOU THINK
“United we color the world, divided we erase it.”
                      Unknown

“It's not wrong for us to be together, it's wrong for us to put down each other and depreciate each other's
values.”
                      Erykah Badu

“Doing what is right, even when no one is looking.”
                      Unknown




                                Never hesitate to contact me regarding these or any other topics!




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Dear «Fname»,
        While I was not able to get in touch with everyone that is receiving this email, I wanted to move forward
with this effort. If I did not talk to you prior to this email, please accept my apology for using email to invite
you to join our discussion on exploring options for James Field. If I was able to talk with you, thank you for
agreeing to help with the “James Field Options Committee.”
        As I discussed with most on the phone, I am gathering a group of individuals that are passionate about
James Field. The goal of this effort is to brainstorm ideas that will eventually be presented to the Board as
options to consider. As I stated during the meeting on Monday, I cannot promise that any of the ideas will be
accepted as the Board has the ultimate responsibility for determining the outcome of this discussion. However,
I am hopeful that the “James Field Options Committee” will be able to provide ideas that are alternatives to
selling this piece of property. Several people stated that there are alternatives and I want to make sure the
Board has them prior to accepting any bids.
        I have scheduled our first meeting for Monday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the central office (501
Washington Street). We will meet in the Board Conference Room which is at the top of the stairs. I do not
anticipate that the first meeting will last more than two hours.
        I am hopeful that I will be successful in facilitating the development of final concepts that can be
prepared for the April Board packet. This means that I need to have some clarity to the ideas by April 19 to that
I have time to finish my work for the Board.
        I can certainly explain more during our first meeting but here are some notes that the Board President
(Rich Root) and I developed to guide our efforts:

Parameters
   1. Brainstorm options that include:
         a. Use of space with no financial return for D108
         b. Use of space with limited financial return for D108
         c. Use of space with full financial return for D108 ($1.8 million)
         d. Other
   2. Each concept/plan/proposal must also include whether it is:
         a. Speculative – there is no identified group or individual that is publicly committed to make sure it
             happens
         b. Firm – there is an identified group or individual that will publicly commit to make sure it
             happens – include name(s)

Potential Members
These are people that either spoke (*) or volunteered (+) to be involved with this effort:
           • Bob Blackwell* (confirmed participate as resource to the committee)
           • City Representative (Not confirmed)
           • James Donahue* (confirmed)
           • Jan Donahue* (confirmed)
           • Ron Faichney* (confirmed)
           • Steve Heisel* (confirmed)
           • John Kennedy+ (left message 3/21)
           • Louis Klockenga* (confirmed)
           • Ron Knaytl* (confirmed)
           • Pat Pearson* (confirmed)
           • Ron Smith* (inaccurate phone number – sent email 3/21)
           • Lynette Steger+ (confirmed)
           • Tom Tincher* (confirmed)
           • Val Moehle Umholtz* (confirmed)
           • Amy Werner* (confirmed)
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TENTATIVE (NOT Board approved) Timeline
  1. Establish Committee and Begin Work – Week of March 27
  2. Deadline to Complete Committee Work & Finalize Plans/Proposals – April 19
  3. Open Bids – April 21
  4. Committee Plans/Proposals Presented to Board of Education – April 24
  5. Present Bids to Board May Board Meeting (either May 15 or 22)

March 27 Meeting Agenda
  1. Introductions
  2. Begin with the parameters and timeline mentioned above.
  3. Brainstorm ALL ideas/option on how James Field could be developed/used
  4. Consider next steps
  5. Schedule next meeting

Please reply to this email or RSVP to Peggy at 477-4740 regarding your availability to attend this meeting.
Thank you for your interest in this topic and for your assistance with this issue.

Don
________________________________________________
You can choose to dream or you can dream and do something about it. I prefer the latter.

Don White, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Pekin Public Schools District 108
Phone: (309) 477-4740
Fax: (866) 319-5465

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                                                                    James Field Options Committee

           First
  Title    Name        Last Name            Address                     City         State       Zip   Phone         Email                    Notes
                                                                                                                                              agreed to participate
  Mr.      Bob         Blackwell            1701 Court Street           Pekin          IL       61554 309-353-4328   bblackwell@grics.net
                                                                                                                                              (resource only)
  Ms.      Jan         Donahue              506 Country Club Dr.        Pekin          IL       61554 309-347-3692   dallas10@grics.net       agreed to participate

  Mr.      Jim         Donahue              506 Country Club Dr.        Pekin          IL       61554 309-347-3692   dallas10@grics.net       agreed to participate

  Mr.      Ron         Faichney             320 State Street            Pekin          IL       61554 309-346-4343   no email                 agreed to participate

  Mr.      Steve       Heisel               2111 Mariana Dr.            Pekin          IL       61554 309-347-2443   heisel@insightbb.com     agreed to participate
                                                                                                                                              agreed to participate
  Mr.      Denny       Kief                                             Pekin          IL       61554 309-477-2300   dkief@ci.pekin.il.us
                                                                                                                                              (resource only)
  Mr.      John        Kennedy              740 East Shore Dr. Apt. 3   Pekin          IL       61554 309-346-9703                            Left message 3/21

  Mr.      Lou         Klockenga            701 Washington Street       Pekin          IL       61554 309-346-0807   lklock@mtco.com          agreed to participate
                                                                                                                                              agreed to participate
  Mr.      Ron         Knautz               503 S. 8th Street           Pekin          IL       61554 309-267-2682   rgknautz@grics.net
                                                                                                                                              (M, T, or Th at night)
  Mrs.     Val         Moehle Umholtz       910 Washington Street       Pekin          IL       61554 309-346-0599   vumholtz@mtco.com        agreed to participate

  Ms.      Pat         Pearson              912 Broadway                Pekin          IL       61554 309-346-5417   ppearson@pekinhigh.net   agreed to participate

  Mr.      Rich        Root                 717 S. 7th Street           Pekin          IL       61554 309-347-5917   rroot@pekin.net          board representative
                                                                                                                                              agreed to particiate via
  Mr.      Ron         Smith                1412 Hillview               Pekin          IL       61554 309-353-4019   RSmith_2004@usa.com
                                                                                                                                              email
  Ms.      Lynette     Steger               601 S. 6th Street           Pekin          IL       61554 309-353-8069   steger@grics.net         agreed to participate

  Mr.      Tom         Tincher              18985 Springfield Rd.       Groveland      IL       61535 309-387-6092   tincher@mtco.com         agreed to participate

  Ms.      Amy         Werner               335 Buena Vista             Pekin          IL       61554 309-347-4543   mnwerner@grics.net       agreed to participate

  Dr.      Don         White                501 Washington Street       Pekin          IL       61554 309-477-4740   dwhite@pekin.net         facilitator




     James Field Options Committee.xls - JFOC Members                               3/23/2006                                                                  Page 1 of 1
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                                                                                                                    John W. Emery
                                                                                                         Director of Human Resources
                                                                                                                  501 Washington Street
                                                                                                                    Pekin, Illinois 61554
                                                                                                                   Office; 309/477-4740
                                                                                                                    FAX: 309/477-4701
                                                                                                               E-Mail: jemery@pekin.net


    DATE:                 March 20, 2006

    TO:                   District 108 Employees

    FROM:                 John Emery, Director of Human Resources

    RE:                  WELLNESS EVENT


    The District’s insurance committee has been studying ways to implement a wellness program within the district. As a result of
    this study the committee is planning a Walking / Running Event for district employees for April and May.

    Event                THE GREAT WALK – PEKIN TO PEKING (BEIJING)!!! And Back?!

    Distance              6,656 miles (one way!) Can the district get there (and back) in two months??

    How                  Teams of 4 - form teams at your school site, appoint a team leader, choose a team name,
                         register your team via e-mail to Connie Sutton in the business office csutton@pekin.net
                         Teams need to be registered by March 30

    Needs                Each participant will receive a form for recording individual daily distance – using the
                         “honor system”
                         Each team leader will receive a form for tracking their team’s distance each week and
                         reporting it to the business office

                         Pedometers are available at local stores ranging in cost from $5.00 to $35.00 – should you
                         choose to use one

    Sponsors             Several area businesses have agreed to sponsor this event in a variety of ways.
                         Each participant will receive a t-shirt – team leaders need to report t-shirt sizes of team members when
                         registering team
                         Great Prizes for the team with the longest distance
                                   And……… individual(s) with the longest distance

    Desired Outcome -
                    Increased wellness awareness and involvement
                    Friendly rivalry between teams and schools
                    Student wellness awareness – encourage your students to “cheer you on!”
                    Promote successful partnership with sponsors
                    Successful kick-off for future wellness programs and events
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                                       Town Hall Meeting

                              Preventing Underage Drinking in
                                     Tazewell County

                                           April 4, 2006

                                            6:30-8:00 pm

                                        Pekin Moose Lodge
                                       2605 Broadway Road


                     It is more important than ever to begin teaching youth at an
                                early age about the dangers of alcohol.

                         The Town Hall Meeting will include a panel discussion by
                      representatives from law enforcement, treatment, school and
                         youth to increase the awareness of the risks of underage
                     drinking. The meeting will also provide an opportunity for youth,
                        parents, officials and other community members to suggest
                            ways to prevent young people from using alcohol.

                         For additional information, please contact Sara Sparkman at
                                            (309) 477-2223, ext. 264
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                                                                                          Don White, Ph.D.
                                                                                        Superintendent of Schools
  March 21, 2006                                                                             501 Washington Street
                                                                                               Pekin, Illinois 61554
                                                                                              Office; 309/477-4740
  Honorable Governor Rod Blagojevich                                                           FAX: 309/477-4701
  Office of the Governor                                                                  E-Mail: dwhite@pekin.net
  207 State House
  Springfield, IL 62706

  Subject: Poverty Grant Resolution

  Dear Governor Blagojevich:

  I am writing to share the enclosed Poverty Grant Resolution that was unanimously approved by the Pekin
  Public School District 108 Board of Education on Monday, March 20, 2006.

  In order to maintain a balanced budget the past several years, the district has implemented reductions totaling
  well over $5 million. One of the bright spots for District 108 is that your efforts have resulted in maintaining
  the Poverty Grant in a “hold harmless” situation for two years. We are extremely thankful for your efforts to
  make sure the Poverty Grant was not reduced in past years as District 108 was scheduled to realize a grant
  reduction totaling well over $900,000. This would be devastating to our district as the already implemented
  reductions have resulted in the elimination of badly needed supplies and materials, higher class sizes,
  reduction of employees, and dramatic reductions if not elimination of funds targeted for professional
  development, technology, and textbook adoptions.

  I am sure you understand that there is never a good time to implement reductions that may have a negative
  impact on the services we offer students. However, I would stress that the reduction of Poverty Grant funds
  will have an extremely negative impact on District 108 as we struggle to maintain a balanced budget while
  responding to uncontrolled increases in items such as health insurance and utilities. I should also note that
  we are in the middle of a major shift in the way we deliver services to “at-risk” students as a response to the
  mandates of NCLB and changes in special education rules. Frankly, increasing expectations and
  implementing services that respond to external mandates require additional resources that District 108 does
  not have.

  With this, I am submitting the enclosed resolution showing the unanimous support of the District 108 Board
  of Education for extending the Poverty Grant Hold Harmless provision.

  Please contact me at your convenience if you have questions or a need for additional information.


  Respectfully submitted,



  Don White, Ph.D.
  Superintendent

  Poverty Grant Resolution Letter to Gov Blagojevich (3-21-06).doc                                       Page 1 of 1
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                                       PEKIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISTRICT 108
                                       POVERTY GRANT RESOLUTION 06:719

          Whereas an estimated 80% of the Illinois public school districts are currently operating with

                  deficit budgets;

          Whereas a major cause of these deficits is insufficient funding of public education by the State

                  of Illinois;

          Whereas the enactment of Illinois Public Act 093-0021 by the 92nd General Assembly revised

                  the funding formula for the Poverty Grant portion of General State Aid;

          Whereas the current Poverty Grant formula will reduce the amount of Poverty Grant funding in

                  188 Illinois public school districts in the 2006-07 school year by an estimated total of

                  $9,000,000;

          Whereas Pekin Public School District 108 is scheduled for a reduction in Poverty Grant funding

                  of $459,887 in the 2006-07 school year;

          Whereas this reduction in Poverty Grant funding will adversely affect the educational services to

                  students and may cause program cutbacks and reduction in staff;

          Therefore, be it resolved by the Board of Education of Pekin Public School District 108, that

                  Governor Rod Blagojevich and the Illinois General Assembly take action to assure that no

                  school district receive a reduction in Poverty Grant funding for school year 2006-07.



          Adopted this 20th day of March, 2006, by the Board of Education of Pekin Public School

          District 108.



          ________________________________________________________________________
          Board President                      Board Secretary
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                                          JIM GILL
                                           IN CONCERT




                                                                                   Learning
                                                                                    through
                                                                                   music and
                                                                                     play!

                Award Winning Children’s Author & Parents’ Choice Award Winner




                                          APRIL 27, 2006
                                          Wilson Intermediate School
                                             900 Koch St. Pekin, IL
                                           Doors Open at 6:15pm
                                           Concert Begins at 6:30pm
Bring a Blanket for the family to share!
    Sponsored By: District #108, Pekin Moose Lodge #916, Christian Civic Outreach, C.B. Smith Primary, Wilson
Intermediate, Preschool Family Education Center, Sunset Hills Primary, Dirksen Primary, Starke Primary, Starke PTA,
                       Debby’s School of Dance, Brian Aviation, and District #108 Facilitators
                 Questions? Contact: Shana or Rob at 309-477-4730 ext. 5437
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                                              D108 2006-07 School Year Calendar
                                                            2006
                                   July                                                                                           August
Sun          Mon        Tues        Wed        Thur            Fri          Sat               Sun       Mon           Tues          Wed          Thur           Fri            Sat
                                                                            7/1                                        8/1          8/2           8/3           8/4            8/5


 7/2          7/3        7/4        7/5          7/6           7/7          7/8               8/6        8/7           8/8           8/9         8/10          8/11           8/12
                                                                                                         K-8
                                                                                                      Registration

 7/9         7/10       7/11        7/12        7/13          7/14         7/15               8/13      8/14          8/15          8/16         8/17          8/18           8/19


7/16         7/17       7/18        7/19        7/20          7/21         7/22               8/20      8/21          8/22          8/23         8/24          8/25           8/26
                                                                                                       Institute      Institute        X            X             X

7/23         7/24       7/25        7/26        7/27          7/28         7/29               8/27      8/28          8/29          8/30         8/31
                                                                                                           X             X             X            X

7/30         7/31
           Admin/Sect
             Return


                               September                                                                                          October
Sun          Mon        Tues        Wed        Thur            Fri          Sat               Sun       Mon           Tues          Wed          Thur           Fri            Sat
                                                               9/1          9/2               10/1      10/2          10/3          10/4         10/5          10/6           10/7
                                                                 X                                         X             X             X            X        SIP Half Day

 9/3          9/4        9/5            9/6      9/7           9/8          9/9               10/8      10/9          10/10         10/11        10/12        10/13          10/14
            Labor Day     X             X         X              X                                   Columbus Day        X             X            X             X

9/10         9/11       9/12        9/13        9/14          9/15         9/16           10/15        10/16          10/17         10/18        10/19        10/20          10/21
               X          X             X         X         SIP Half Day                                   X             X             X            X             X

9/17         9/18       9/19        9/20        9/21          9/22         9/23           10/22        10/23          10/24         10/25        10/26        10/27          10/28
               X          X             X         X              X                                         X             X             X            X             X

9/24         9/25       9/26        9/27        9/28          9/29         9/30           10/29        10/30          10/31
               X          X             X         X              X                                         X             X



                               November                                                                                       December
Sun          Mon        Tues        Wed        Thur            Fri          Sat               Sun       Mon           Tues          Wed          Thur           Fri            Sat
                                    11/1       11/2           11/3         11/4                                                                                12/1           12/2
                                        X         X              X                                                                                                X

11/5         11/6       11/7        11/8        11/9         11/10         11/11              12/3      12/4          12/5          12/6         12/7          12/8           12/9
                                                  PT            PT
               X          X             X                                                                  X             X             X            X             X
                                              Conferences   Conferences

11/12       11/13       11/14      11/15       11/16         11/17         11/18          12/10        12/11          12/12         12/13        12/14        12/15          12/16
               X          X             X         X              X                                         X             X             X            X             X

11/19       11/20       11/21      11/22       11/23         11/24         11/25          12/17        12/18          12/19         12/20        12/21        12/22          12/23
                                                              Not in
               X          X             X      Holiday                                                     X             X         Xmas Break   Xmas Break   Xmas Break
                                                            Attendance

11/26       11/27       11/28      11/29       11/30                                      12/24        12/25          12/26         12/27        12/28        12/29          12/30
               X          X             X         X                                                  Xmas Break      Xmas Break    Xmas Break   Xmas Break   Xmas Break

                                                                                          12/31




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  Superintendent's Sentences (3-24-06)                                                                                                                                  Page 15 of 43


                                                      D108 2006-07 School Year Calendar
                                                                    2007
                                       January                                                                                          February
  Sun         Mon          Tues           Wed          Thur            Fri         Sat               Sun       Mon             Tues        Wed        Thur        Fri            Sat
              1/1           1/2           1/3           1/4            1/5         1/6                                                                 2/1        2/2            2/3
            Xmas Break    Xmas Break        X              X             X                                                                              X           X

   1/7         1/8          1/9           1/10          1/11          1/12         1/13              2/4        2/5             2/6         2/7       2/8         2/9           2/10
                X             X             X              X        SIP Half Day                                  X              X           X          X           X

  1/14        1/15         1/16           1/17          1/18          1/19         1/20              2/11      2/12            2/13        2/14       2/15       2/16           2/17
             MLK Day          X             X              X             X                                        X              X           X          X      SIP Half Day

  1/21        1/22         1/23           1/24          1/25          1/26         1/27              2/18      2/19            2/20        2/21       2/22       2/23           2/24
                X             X             X              X             X                                  President's Day      X           X          X           X

  1/28        1/29         1/30           1/31                                                       2/25      2/26            2/27        2/28
                X             X             X                                                                     X              X           X



                                       March                                                                                              April
  Sun         Mon          Tues           Wed          Thur            Fri         Sat               Sun       Mon             Tues        Wed        Thur        Fri            Sat
                                                        3/1            3/2         3/3               4/1       4/2              4/3        4/4         4/5        4/6            4/7
                                                       PT Conf /     PT Conf /                                  Spring         Spring      Spring     Spring     Spring
                                                        Institute     Institute                                 Break          Break       Break      Break      Break

   3/4         3/5          3/6            3/7           3/8           3/9         3/10              4/8        4/9            4/10        4/11       4/12       4/13           4/14
                                                                                                                Spring
                X             X             X              X             X                                                       X           X          X           X
                                                                                                                Break

  3/11        3/12         3/13           3/14          3/15          3/16         3/17              4/15      4/16            4/17        4/18       4/19       4/20           4/21
                X             X             X              X             X                                        X              X           X          X           X

  3/18        3/19         3/20           3/21          3/22          3/23         3/24              4/22      4/23            4/24        4/25       4/26       4/27           4/28
                X             X             X              X             X                                        X              X           X          X           X

  3/25        3/26         3/27           3/28          3/29          3/30         3/31              4/29      4/30
                X             X             X              X             X                                        X



                                        May                                                                                               June
  Sun         Mon          Tues           Wed          Thur            Fri         Sat               Sun       Mon             Tues        Wed        Thur        Fri            Sat
                            5/1           5/2           5/3            5/4         5/5                                                                            6/1            6/2
                                                                                                                                                               Emergency
                              X             X              X             X
                                                                                                                                                                 Day

   5/6         5/7          5/8            5/9          5/10          5/11         5/12              6/3        6/4             6/5         6/6       6/7         6/8            6/9
                                                                                                             Emergency        Emergency   Emergency
                X             X             X              X             X
                                                                                                               Day              Day         Day

  5/13        5/14         5/15           5/16          5/17          5/18         5/19              6/10      6/11            6/12        6/13       6/14       6/15           6/16
                X             X             X              X        SIP Half Day

  5/20        5/21         5/22           5/23          5/24          5/25         5/26              6/17      6/18            6/19        6/20       6/21       6/22           6/23
                X             X             X              X             X

  5/27        5/28         5/29           5/30          5/31                                         6/24      6/25            6/26        6/27       6/28       6/29           6/30
                            1/2 Day     Report Card   Emergency
           Memorial Day
                           Inservice       Day          Day

*Registration may change depending on outcome of DILT study and in-district discussions.
*The January and February SIP Half Day dates have been moved to the first semester so that we can maximize instructional time as we get
closer to ISAT
*Winter and Spring breaks correspond with the proposed high school schedule.
*The district is still studying whether to hold one or two parent-teacher conference days in the Spring.
*ISAT: March 12-16 & 19-23
*Report Card Day: May 30, 2006

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Superintendent's Sentences (3-24-06)                                                                    Page 16 of 43


                                          D108 2006-07 School Year Calendar
                                                        Notes
                                Total Attendance Days: 167

                                            SIP 1/2 Days:        5
                                       Half Day Inservice:       1
                                                                                 Total Calendar Days:
                                        Report Card Day:         1
                 Total Student Attendance Days: 174


                                                                                         185
                                            Other Days

                                        Emergency Days:          5
                                           Institute Days:       2
                                           PT Conf Days:         2
                                Pt Conf / Institute Days:        2




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  Superintendent's Sentences (3-24-06)                                                                                         Page 17 of 43


                                           D108 2006-07 School Year Calendar
Monday, August 7                                                                                                       K-8 Registration
Monday, August 21                                                                                            District Teachers' Institute
Tuesday, August 22                                                                                               Site Teachers' Institute
Wednesday, August 23                                                                          First Student Attendance Day (1.5 hour)
Thursday, August 24                                                                                  First Full Day Student Attendance
Monday, September 4                                                                                         Labor Day - No School
Friday, September 15                                                             *School Improvement Planning Day - Early Dismisal
Friday, October 6                                                                *School Improvement Planning Day - Early Dismisal
Monday, October 9                                                                                       Columbus Day - No School
Thursday, November 9                                                                                    Parent Conferences - No School
Friday, November 10                                                                                     Parent Conferences - No School
Thursday, November 23                                                                                    Thanksgiving Day - No School
Friday, November 24                                                                                        Special Holiday - No School
Tuesday, December 19                                                                       Dismiss for Winter Vacation (End of Day)
Wednesday, January 3                                                                                              Classes Resume
Friday, January 12                                                               *School Improvement Planning Day - Early Dismisal
Monday, January 15                                                                             Martin Luther King Day - No School
Friday, February 16                                                              *School Improvement Planning Day - Early Dismisal
Monday, February 19                                                                                    President's Day - No School
Thursday, March 1                                                                                       Parent Conferences - No School
Friday, March 2                                                                                            District Institute - No School
Friday, March 30                                                                           Dismiss for Spring Vacation (End of Day)
Tuesday, April 10                                                                                                        Classes Resume
Friday, May 18                                                                   *School Improvement Planning Day - Early Dismisal
Monday, May 28                                                                                          Memorial Day - No School
Tuesday, May 29 (if no emergency days are used)                                               *Half Day Inservice - Early Dismissal
Wednesday, May 30 (if no emergency days are used)                                                   Report Card Day - School Ends
         First Day of School                       Grades 1-8 Heat Schedule                          Kindergarten Transition
              August 23                             Aug. 24 - September 1                                and Heat Schedule
          PFEP = No School                     Grade 1-3 = 8:40 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.         Dates              Arrival           Dismisal
    K-3 = 8:40 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.              Grade 4-6 = 8:10 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.      Aug 24 & 25          8:40 a.m.          11:40 a.m.
     4-6 = 8:10 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.              Grade 7-8 = 8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.     Aug 28 - Sept 1       8:40 a.m.          2:25 p.m.
     7-8 = 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
        Regular Schedule                     *School Improvement Planning and
   Arrival and Dismissal Times                Half Day Inservice Dismissal Times
   PFEP AM = 8:50 to 11:20 a.m.                      Grades K-3 = 11:40 a.m.
   PFEP PM = 12:20 to 3:20 p.m.                      Grades 4-6 = 11:15 a.m.
    K-3 = 8:40 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.                     Grades 7-8 = 11:00 a.m.
     4-6 = 8:10 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
     7-8 = 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

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Superintendent's Sentences (3-24-06)                                                                                                            Page 18 of 43


                                                                           Please select your grade level.
                                                                              Total Submissions = 127




                                   Jr. High (grades 7 to 8), 30,
                                               24%




                                                                                                             Primary (grades Pre-K to 3),
                                                                                                                      60, 47%




                                   Intermediate (grades 4 to 6),
                                            37, 29%




     2006 Spring Conference Schedule Survey.xls - Q1 - Grade Level Chart               3/15/2006                                            Page 1 of 10
Superintendent's Sentences (3-24-06)                                                                                             Page 19 of 43




                             Only having one day (instead of the traditional two days) for Parent-Teacher
                                              Conferences in the spring is a good thing.

        100%


         90%


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                                       Primary                                 Intermediate               Jr. High   Total
      FALSE                            46.7%                                     24.3%                    23.3%      34.6%
      TRUE                             53.3%                                     75.7%                    76.7%      65.4%


     2006 Spring Conference Schedule Survey.xls - Q2 - Summary One Day Chart                  3/15/2006                      Page 2 of 10
Superintendent's Sentences (3-24-06)                                                                                          Page 20 of 43




                                        I was able to meet with all parents/guardians during the time alloted.

       100%



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        50%



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                                       Primary                              Intermediate               Jr. High   Total
          No                           45.0%                                  18.9%                    30.0%      33.9%
          Yes                          55.0%                                  81.1%                    70.0%      66.1%


     2006 Spring Conference Schedule Survey.xls - Q3 - Summary Able Chart                  3/15/2006                      Page 3 of 10
Superintendent's Sentences (3-24-06)                                                                                            Page 21 of 43




                            I believe we should return to two full days for Parent-Teacher Conferences in the spring.

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                      90%


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                      70%


                      60%


                      50%


                      40%


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                                             Primary                              Intermediate          Jr. High    Total
      Strongly Disagree                       13.3%                                 24.3%               23.3%       18.9%
      Disagree                                33.3%                                 51.4%               43.3%       40.9%
      No Opinion                              5.0%                                   0.0%               10.0%       4.7%
      Agree                                   16.7%                                 16.2%               10.0%       15.0%
      Strongly Agree                          31.7%                                  8.1%               13.3%       20.5%


     2006 Spring Conference Schedule Survey.xls - Q4 - Summary Ret 2 Days Chart             3/15/2006                       Page 4 of 10
Superintendent's Sentences (3-24-06)                                                                                       Page 22 of 43




                          We should have two full days for Parent-Teacher Conferences in the spring but
                                         only schedule conferences for students at-risk.

                    100%


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                      40%


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                       0%
                                             Primary                          Intermediate          Jr. High   Total
      Strongly Disagree                       15.0%                             10.8%               20.0%      15.0%
      Disagree                                43.3%                             56.8%               43.3%      47.2%
      No Opinion                              10.0%                             13.5%               13.3%      11.8%
      Agree                                   13.3%                             10.8%               13.3%      12.6%
      Strongly Agree                          18.3%                              8.1%               10.0%      13.4%


     2006 Spring Conference Schedule Survey.xls - Q5 - Summary Hybrid Chart             3/15/2006                      Page 5 of 10
Superintendent's Sentences (3-24-06)                                                                                              Page 23 of 43

                                                           Survey Comments
                                Please provide any additional comments you have about the spring Parent-Teacher
Please select your grade level. Conference schedule.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     In K-1, many parents still want to conference even though their children are not at risk.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     It was good to have 1 day of parent teacher conferences and then to have a full SIP day.
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     I felt very rushed.
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        Ithought the one day format for the spring conferences was an improvement over the old system. I
                                was able to meet with 7 parents and exchange several phone calls.
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    I can see why this spring format might be difficult at the primary level; but for intermediate, it
                                worked beautifully!
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        We had no problems meeting with all parents we wanted to see and who wanted to see us. I did not
                                think one day would be sufficient but one day was quite adequate.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     Having only some conferences made more work/time for me to prepare because I felt there were
                                things I needed to say to all parents, even if their child wasn't at risk. Therefore, I ended up writing
                                for hours in order to convey that information to parents I was not meeting with. Also, conferences
                                were a bit depressing since we had to select the necessary ones. There was no up side to my
                                conferences. It just put a negative spin on the whole idea of parent/teacher communication.

Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)           I want to return to the way it ways last year
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)               Only saw parents of students at risk. If they are the weekend preceding Pulaski Day and the high
                                       school takes that day off, I suggest we have our conferences Thursday evening and Friday morning.
                                       Give staff Friday afternoon off. Schedule SIP day on Monday. That way all students in the city will
                                       have the day off and parents won't be so confused.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            Each and every child has areas of growth and areas that need improvement. I want to meet with
                                       every parent.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            I believe there should be some sort of criteria for whether or not to meet with a students' parents
                                       (such as where they fall on the rubric). Some teachers just opted not to meet with parents of
                                       children who are at risk. That makes it more difficult for next year's teacher and doesn't allow
                                       parents to see what needs their children have.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)           0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)           0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)           0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)               0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            I strongly recommend two full days of conferences in the spring. Parents need to know how their
                                       students are progressing so there are no surprises in May. Conferences should be scheduled for all
                                       students, regardless of their achievement level. Parents need to stay informed and there is no better
                                       way to bridge that home-school connection than to talk to parents about their special children.
                                       Again, I strongly recomment recommend two full days for conferences for the sake of all children
                                       and parents and teachers. The more the parents are involved in their student's education, the higher
                                       the achievement level of their student. The statistics are there! We need more parental involvment.

Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            I loved the flexibility of being able to meet ONLY with the parents I needed to meet with. The vast
                                       majority of my kids will finish this year with no "at-risk" concerns and I was happy to be able to
                                       focus my conferences on the ones who truly "needed" a conference.



     2006 Spring Conference Schedule Survey.xls - Survey Comments    3/15/2006                                                Page 6 of 10
Superintendent's Sentences (3-24-06)                                                                                              Page 24 of 43

                                                           Survey Comments
                                Please provide any additional comments you have about the spring Parent-Teacher
Please select your grade level. Conference schedule.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     We need to make it a point to meet with all parents just like in the fall. Parent relations are weak
                                enough, we should add to the deterioration of this partnership. We need to show each parent their
                                child's progress over time.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    We should have only one day during the spring for conferences and only see at-risk students. I very
                                much enjoyed our full day of institute following the conferences, also. I would love if Washington
                                and Wilson could do their all day institute together again--that was awesome!
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     I met with the parents of about half of my students. These were the students who truly had needs
                                and issues for discussion, and I spent extra time with each group of parents. Because I didn't have to
                                meet needlessly with parents of strong students, I felt more relaxed and was better able to explain
                                needs and assist with solutions for parents of "at risk" children. The time frame worked well for me.

Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            I had seven parents that I absolutely wanted to meet with. The one day format was fine for me.
                                       Other parents were invited to schedule a conference if they felt it necessary and only two other
                                       parents did that. My feeling...if a child has done well up to this point, there really is no need to
                                       discuss the report card.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            As a parent myself, I felt that I would be "bothering" my child's teacher by requesting a conference,
                                       as my child usually achieves quite well. I feel the parents and students are our clients, and meeting
                                       twice a year for all students is not too much.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)               0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)           I miss having Friday afternoon off like we did in the fall. Though I think only 6 hours of
                                       conferences are necessary, I would prefer to have the evening block be Wed. night.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            I absolutely dreaded this conference format knowing I would be talking to parents who already knew
                                       what I would say from past conferences and past years. I was only able to talk to the at-risk group.
                                       It seemed so negative to identify them in this manner. I needed to talk to all parents and tell them
                                       the GOOD things their children do. I also think this tagged those children at-risk more visibly to
                                       other students and other parents. Thank you for asking us to do this survey!
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)           I enjoyed our day at Wilson on the Friday. There were some very good sessoins to be a part of.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            I thought the way we did it was great!
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)           I appreciate you seeking our opinions and developing the best plan to benefit all
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            I think one day was enough time to schedule those at risk students.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)               One day was not enough to give parents adequate time to speak with us. Many parents still want to
                                       come in for conferences regardless of whether or not their child is at-risk and it was difficult to
                                       accommodate them.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)               0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)           0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)               0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            speaking as a parent, as opposed to as a staffer, I appreciate the conference time for my children
                                       even if they are not \"at risk\" There are some things that come out of face to face meetings that
                                       cannot be replaced by other methods.
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)           I like the format we followed this year. I was able to make an appointment with everyone I neede to
                                       see, but of course the parents who really needed to be here did not show up. I thought the day was a
                                       success.
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)           I would like for all students to be involved in student-led conferences at the Spring time. I would
                                       still be able to meet with individual parents of at-risk students.

     2006 Spring Conference Schedule Survey.xls - Survey Comments    3/15/2006                                                Page 7 of 10
Superintendent's Sentences (3-24-06)                                                                                         Page 25 of 43

                                                           Survey Comments
                                Please provide any additional comments you have about the spring Parent-Teacher
Please select your grade level. Conference schedule.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     I am a specialist working with students at risk and do not have a classroom. Having conferences for
                                only those children most at-risk made for a busy day! In addition, I am a parent of a child who is not
                                at risk. I really missed not touching base with my child's classroom teacher. I'm left wondering
                                about the progress that she has made. I'm also aware that as a District we want to encourage
                                parental involvement. Eliminating parent conferences for some does not seem to promote parental
                                involvement. On the other hand, Friday was an absolutely fantastic opportunity! During an all day
                                institute we were able to really engage in professional development activities! This day was much
                                appreciated!
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    Many parents of students that were doing well, including me, were very happy not to have to
                                conference. It gave me as a teacher more time with the students I really needed to conference with. I
                                loved it and was busy the whole time.
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    I liked having the option to only meet with at-risk parents at Spring Conferences. I didn't like
                                passing the report cards out so far ahead of time because then I had to get out a copy to discuss with
                                the parents at conferences. I also think that report cards are a motivating factor when trying to get
                                parents to attend conferences.
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    I found this to be a relaxing time that I could focus on students with real needs. Parents were very
                                supportive and appreciated the extra time allotted. I had no complaints about not meeting with other
                                children.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     I really liked the way conferences were held this school year.
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        In the past, our Spring conference schedule has been fairly light. I was able to get a lot
                                accomplished in my classroom during our down time (i.e. general "spring cleaning," grading piles of
                                papers, and planning a teaching outline for the remainder of the school year. This year we definately
                                had time to meet with all of our at-risk students and those parents that requested a conference. I felt
                                that we were really able to focus in on each conference with fewer families in the room. Our full-
                                day SIP day on friday could have easily been done in one half day. It would have been wonderful to
                                have had half of that day to accomplish some quality planning and work in my classroom. I realize
                                that we do have an hour of plan time each day. However, that time easily dissipates with phone calls
                                to parents, trips to the copy machine, recording grades, general preparation and clean-up for daily
                                activities, etc. I would love to have one Friday SIP day where I could leave for the weekend with a
                                strong sense of meaningful accomplishment
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    I think that 2 days for at risk students would be beneficial for everyone. We could spend more time
                                per conference or team up with a literacy professional.
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    I liked the idea of being able to only meet with those needed BUT having a FULL day of institute on
                                a Friday with no break after conferences is not good. I would suggest only a half day of attendance
                                on Friday.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     I think meeting with the at-risk students only provided a necessary conference time at this time of
                                year. By having the other day as a SIP day it allowed the staff some valuable professional work time
                                I would however suggest not scheduling spring conferences as close to ISAT because it interfered
                                with necessary review time in class.
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        0


     2006 Spring Conference Schedule Survey.xls - Survey Comments   3/15/2006                                            Page 8 of 10
Superintendent's Sentences (3-24-06)                                                                                               Page 26 of 43

                                                           Survey Comments
                                Please provide any additional comments you have about the spring Parent-Teacher
Please select your grade level. Conference schedule.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     Having conferencs only for children that needed it was great for parents of special education
                                children because they already have to attend an annual review in the same months as the parent
                                teacher conferences and for some parents, this is difficult to get time off. My parents were fine with
                                not meeting and for some, we chatted on the phone if they had any questions. I strongly agree with
                                having conferences like this in the future.
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     I liked the format this year. I met with those who I needed to and sent home valuable information
                                about students who are performing to the best of their abilities.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     I feel that I would like to have the opportunity to contact each parent for a conference. It is good to
                                touch base in person and the parents of the students not at risk like to be involved and hear how their
                                children are doing, as well.
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        Low parent turn out in Spring. All parents with students at-risk or failing were invited to attend.
                                Parent -teacher communications and interactions are on-going throughout the quarter. All parents
                                who requested or asked for a conference were easily accommodiated in one day Spring P-T
                                Conference.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     It was nice to not conference with the parents we will be meeting with for annual reviews within a
                                few weeks.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    I would prefer to have the conference day be a Friday and the SIP day be a different week.
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    It was beneficial that parents had the report card ahead of time. Perhaps we could do that in the fall
                                also. Seeing only those you needed to see allowed for a thorough conference with them. We felt less
                                rushed. I have already seen results from suggestions given.
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        one day is good with at risk only
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    I feel that those parents who have students doing well feel left out of the process and not as
                                important. The impression given is that we don't spend the time needed for students doing well
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     I liked that the ICDI forms went home before the conferences. This gave parents more time to
                                gather thoughts and questions, didn't catch them off-guard, and allowed the conference to focus on
                                critical issues, rather than giving an overview of the report cards. I would like to see this continue.

Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)           0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)           0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)               0
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)           0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)               0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)               I think that one day for conferences in the spring is enough, however I teach sped students and get to
                                       meet with parents are annual reviews.
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)               One day of parent-teacher conferences in the spring should be used for at-risk students only. We did
                                       that this spring, and it worked out well. We even had time left for other parents who wanted to
                                       come.

     2006 Spring Conference Schedule Survey.xls - Survey Comments    3/15/2006                                                 Page 9 of 10
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                                                           Survey Comments
                                Please provide any additional comments you have about the spring Parent-Teacher
Please select your grade level. Conference schedule.
Intermediate (grades 4 to 6)    This was great. I was able to schedule longer conferences with people I really needed to see. Since
                                they were longer (we met anywhere from a half hour to a full hour) I was more relaxed and did not
                                feel like I was giving people "the bums rush." It was quality time with parents - they contributed
                                much more and we brainstormed together when needed. Several conferences were attended by
                                multiple staff members. I had a full schedule - meeting with all Literacy plus several others. The
                                conferences I requested came, and those I didn't all said "no" they didn't think they needed one
                                either. I really hope we can do this again next year. It was a very productive experience. Thank
                                you for piloting this
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)        Our parents seemed to like the change. We had very good feedback from our surveys conducted in
                                our building.
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)     The time allowed for conferences was sufficient. I think it is more important to meet with certain
                                parents and not others at his time. The way conferences were held this year allowed me to meet for a
                                good amount of time and really get into a conversation about the child. The one suggestion i would
                                offer is to send home the ICDI's first adn then see if parents woul dliek a conference or not.

Jr. High (grades 7 to 8)               0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            0
Primary (grades Pre-K to 3)            I think it was a poor choice to give any parent the idea that 20 minutes to discuss their child's
                                       progress would not be needed. We ALL have items to celebrate and areas that parents and staff
                                       need to work together on. Although the conferences were still optional, 25 of 25 parents agreed to
                                       meet and 23/25 attended somtime during that week to discuss their child. I felt like it was a step
                                       back that the district didn't value this 2nd set of conferences that took us years to attain.




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                                       TITLE 23: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL RESOURCES
                                                   SUBTITLE A: EDUCATION
                                           CHAPTER I: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
                                                SUBCHAPTER i: FOOD PROGRAMS

                                                        PART 305
                                                   SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE

          Section

          305.5                 Definitions
          305.10                Illinois Free Lunch and Breakfast Programs Program
          305.15                Sale of Foods and Beverages in Participating Schools National Child Nutrition
                                Program
          305.20                Student Workers
          305.30                Government-Donated Commodities Federal Child Nutrition Programs

          AUTHORITY: Implementing and authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch
          Act (42 USC 1751 et seq.), Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 USC 1771 et seq.), and the School
          Breakfast and Lunch Program Act [105 ILCS 125].

          SOURCE: Peremptory rule adopted at 2 Ill. Reg. 45, p. 83, effective October 25, 1978; codified
          at 7 Ill. Reg. 14743; amended at 30 Ill. Reg. _____, effective _____________..


          Section 305.5 Definitions

                                “Eligible student” means a student eligible for free and reduced price meals under
                                the School Breakfast Program (42 USC 1771 et seq.) and/or the National School
                                Lunch Program (42 USC 1751 et seq.) in accordance with federal regulations
                                found at 7 CFR 245.3.

                                “Food service area” means any area on school premises where reimbursable
                                meals are served and/or eaten.

                                “Meal period” means the period of time during which breakfast or lunch is
                                regularly served, and the time scheduled for the students to eat the meal.

                                 “Participating school” means any public or nonpublic school that participates in
                                the School Breakfast Program or the National School Lunch Program.
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                                “Reimbursable meal” means a meal meeting the definition of a “federal
                                reimbursable meal,” as set forth in regulations governing the School Breakfast
                                Program (7 CFR 220.8) or the National School Lunch Program (7 CFR 210.10).

                                "Snack chips" means any starchy food, usually made from potatoes, corn or flour,
                                or any extruded cheese snack, that is fried or baked and packaged and sold to be
                                eaten as a snack. For this purpose of this Part, "snack chips" do not include rice
                                cakes, popcorn, crackers, pretzels or snack chips made from fruit.

                     (Source: Adended at 30 Ill. Reg. _______, effective _____________)

          Section 305.10 Illinois Free Lunch and Breakfast Programs Program

                     a)         In accordance with Section 4 of the School Breakfast and Lunch Program Act
                                [105 ILCS 125/4], Illinois H.B. 2601, passed by the 76th General Assembly,
                                requires every public school to shall provide free lunches to eligible students
                                eligible to receive free meals in accordance with 7 CFR 245.3 needy children.
                                Failure to provide free lunches for needy students, as defined by annual economic
                                guidelines, could result in withholding of reimbursement.

                     b)         Every public school that offers a free breakfast program as defined in 105 ILCS
                                125/1 shall provide free breakfasts to students eligible to receive free meals in
                                accordance with 7 CFR 245.3. All needy children eligible for free lunches are
                                also eligible for free breakfasts if the school participates in the breakfast program.

                     c)         Public and nonpublic schools may claim State reimbursement for each
                                reimbursable meal provided to students eligible to receive free meals in
                                accordance with 7 CFR 245.3 The complete Type A lunch with each component
                                in the proper proportion, including one-half pint of whole milk, must be served if
                                reimbursement is claimed for the lunch. An accurate record of all Type A lunches
                                served without milk must be maintained.

                     d)         An accurate record of the actual number of free and reduced price lunches and
                                breakfasts and lunches served to children each day must be maintained.

                     (Source: Amended at 30 Ill. Reg. _______, effective _____________)

          Section 305.15 Sale of Foods and Beverages in Participating Schools National Child
          Nutrition Program
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                     a)         Commencing on the first day of the 2006-07 school year, all participating schools
                                shall adhere to the following requirements for the sale of foods and beverages to
                                students in grade 8 or below before school and during the regular school day.

                                1)     Beverages sold to students in prekindergarten through grade 5 shall
                                       include only:

                                       A)     flavored or plain reduced fat (2 percent), low-fat (1 percent), or
                                              nonfat fluid milk, or whole fluid milk when sold in containers of 8
                                              ounces or less, that meets State and local standards for pasteurized
                                              fluid milk;

                                       B)     reduced fat and enriched alternative dairy beverages (i.e., rice, nut,
                                              or soy milk, or any other alternative dairy beverage approved by
                                              the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA));

                                       C)     100 percent fruit and vegetable juices in containers of 8 ounces or
                                              less;

                                       D)     water (non-flavored, non-sweetened, and non-carbonated); and

                                       E)     fruit smoothie (yogurt or ice based) that contains less than 400
                                              calories and no added sugars, and is made from fresh or frozen
                                              fruit or 100 percent fruit juice.

                                2)     Beverages sold to students in grades 6 through 8 shall include only:

                                       A)     flavored or plain reduced fat (2 percent), low-fat (1 percent), or
                                              nonfat fluid milk, or whole fluid milk when sold in containers of 8
                                              ounces or less, that meets State and local standards for pasteurized
                                              fluid milk;

                                       B)     reduced fat and enriched alternative dairy beverages (i.e., rice, nut,
                                              or soy milk, or any other USDA-approved alternative dairy
                                              beverage);

                                       C)     fruit and vegetable drinks containing 50 percent or more fruit or
                                              vegetable juice in containers of 12 ounces or less;
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                                       D)     water (non-flavored, non-sweetened, and non-carbonated);

                                       E)     fruit smoothie (yogurt or ice based) that contains less than 400
                                              calories and no added sugars, and is made from fresh or frozen
                                              fruit or fruit drinks that contain at least 50 percent fruit juice; and

                                       F)     any beverage exempted from the USDA’s list of Foods of Minimal
                                              Nutritional Value, provided the beverage is sold in containers of
                                              12 ounces or less (see 7 CFR 210.11(a)(2) and 220.2(i-1)). The
                                              State Board of Education shall notify participating schools of such
                                              exemptions in January of each year; updates to the exemption list
                                              shall be provided within 10 calendar days of the State Board’s
                                              receiving notification of any updates from USDA.

                                3)     Food sold to students outside of food service areas or within food service
                                       areas other than during meal periods shall include only:

                                       A)     nuts, seeds, nut butters, eggs, cheese packaged for individual sale,
                                              fruits or non-fried vegetables, or any other food listed in Appendix
                                              B to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, when that food is
                                              served in the standard amount set forth in the dietary guidelines
                                              (published by the Department of Health and Human Services and
                                              USDA; no later amendments to or editions of these standards are
                                              incorporated); or

                                       B)     any food item, other than snack chips, whose:

                                              i)      total calories from fat do not exceed 35 percent;

                                              ii)     total calories from saturated and trans fatty acids
                                                      (combined) do not exceed 10 percent;

                                              iii)    total amount of sugar by weight does not exceed 35
                                                      percent; and

                                              iv)     calories do not exceed 200, for students in prekindergarten
                                                      through grade 5, or 250, for students in grades 6 through 8.

                                4)     Food sold to students within the food service areas during meal periods
                                       shall not include any of the following items:
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                                       A)      cakes, pastries, pies, cookies, snack bars and other dessert items
                                               available to students in the manufacturer’s original packaging and
                                               not meeting the criteria set forth in subsection (a)(3)(B) of this
                                               Section.

                                       B)      snack chips available to students in the manufacturer’s original
                                               packaging and sold separately from a reimbursable meal.

                                       C)      any Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value as designated by the
                                               USDA.

                     b)         None of the requirements of subsection (a) of this Section shall apply to any food
                                or beverage item sold to students as part of a reimbursable meal.

                     c)         None of the requirements of subsection (a) of this Section shall apply to any food
                                or beverage item sold to a student who presents a written recommendation for that
                                food or beverage item signed by a physician licensed under the Medical Practice
                                Act of 1987 [225 ILCS 60/1 et seq.] to practice medicine in all of its branches.

                     d)         If a participating school serves students in both grade 8 or below and students in
                                grade 9 and above, then the participating school shall ensure that food and
                                beverage sales to students in grade 8 and below meet the requirements of this
                                Section.

                     e)         All revenue from the sale of any food or beverage sold in competition with the
                                School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program to students in the
                                food service areas during the meal period shall accrue to the nonprofit school
                                lunch program account.

                     a)         Lunches and breakfasts served to student workers cannot be claimed for
                                reimbursement as free lunches served unless the student has been determined to
                                be needy by the school's determining agent. Needy children may not work for
                                their meals unless written permission of their parents or guardian is on file in the
                                school district. Meals served to student workers who could otherwise afford to
                                purchase the meals are to be recorded as "paid" and claimed only for Type A
                                lunch reimbursement. Non-needy student workers do not need parental consent.
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                     b)         Any income derived from the sale of any food or beverage items offered in the
                                lunchroom and dining area during the time designated as the lunch period must be
                                deposited in the nonprofit lunch program account.

                     c)         All elementary schools participating in the National School Lunch Program shall
                                prohibit the sale of competitive foods to students during the time designated by
                                local school officials as the regular breakfast and lunch periods.

                     d)         Competitive foods include all confections, candy, potato chips, carbonated
                                beverages, fruit drinks containing less than 50% pure fruit juice, tea, coffee, and
                                any other foods or beverages designated as such by the State Board of Education.

                     e)         Elementary schools shall mean all schools in which classes of the fifth grade or
                                below are operating.

                     f)         Local school authorities for junior and senior high schools shall establish such
                                instructions as are desired to regulate the sale of competitive foods to students
                                during the time period designated by local school authorities as the regular
                                breakfast and lunch periods. However, revenue from the sale of all food and
                                beverages provided in any dining or serving area during the designated regular
                                breakfast and lunch periods shall accrue to the nonprofit school lunch program
                                account.

                     g)         Junior and senior high schools shall mean all schools in which classes of the sixth
                                grade and above are operating.

                     h)         Prices paid by adults for the Type A lunch are to be at least 15 cents higher than
                                prices paid by students. This is based on the fact that no cash reimbursement is
                                available for adult meals, nor are commodities allotted on the basis of adult meals
                                served.

                     i)         Proper storage facilities must be provided for government donated food
                                commodities. Commodities may not be stored in private homes.

                     j)         These commodities should be ordered in amounts which can be adequately stored
                                and utilized. No more than a 90-day supply of any commodity is to be on hand in
                                a school district or other institution.

                     k)         Any agreement-contract to process government donated commodities between an
                                eligible receiving agency (school district or institution) and a food supplier or
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                                management firm must be submitted for approval. These contracts must be
                                approved by the School Food Service Section of the State Board of Education
                                which, in turn, will submit a copy of the approved contract-agreement to the
                                United States Department of Agriculture.

                     (Source: Amended at 30 Ill. Reg. _______, effective _____________)

          Section 305.20 Student Workers

                     a)         In order for a student to work in the food service area, any public school or any
                                nonpublic school participating in the National School Lunch Program shall obtain
                                written consent from the individual who legally enrolled the student, whether it be
                                the parent, guardian or other individual.

                     b)         An eligible student shall not be required to work for his or her meals.

                     c)         A lunch or breakfast served to a student worker cannot be claimed for
                                reimbursement as a free or reduced-price meal unless the student is an eligible
                                student.

                     d)         A meal served to a student worker is to be recorded in the eligibility category for
                                which the student would qualify if not working.

                     (Source: Added at 30 Ill. Reg. _______, effective _____________)

          Section 305.30 Government-Donated Commodities Federal Child Nutrition Programs

                     a)         Any agreement or contract to process government-donated commodities between
                                an eligible receiving agency (school district or institution) and a food supplier or
                                management firm not listed on the electronic Illinois Commodity System must be
                                submitted for approval to the Illinois State Board of Education. All Child
                                Nutrition Program sponsors, by applying to participate in the Federal School
                                Lunch, School Breakfast, Nonfood Assistance, Special Milk, and Commodity
                                Distribution Programs, agree to comply with the United States Department of
                                Agriculture regulations pertaining thereto. Program sponsors and other
                                appropriate agencies participating in these programs will be evaluated and
                                required by the State Board of Education to comply with current regulations
                                pertaining to these programs as issued by the United States Department of
                                Agriculture.
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                     b)         Proper storage facilities must be provided for government-donated food
                                commodities. Such storage facilities shall meet the requirements set forth in
                                federal regulations governing the storage and use of commodities in child
                                nutrition programs (7 CFR 250). Refusal of Commodities.

                                1)     A school food authority may refuse commodities at the time they are
                                       offered if such commodities cannot be used effectively in the food service
                                       program.

                                2)     A school food authority may receive, in lieu of the refused commodities,
                                       other commodities to the extent that other commodities are available to the
                                       State during the school year. However, not more than 20 percent of the
                                       value of commodities offered to a school food authority for lunches during
                                       the school year shall be subject to replacement with other commodities.
                                       School food authorities eligible to receive replacement commodities shall
                                       be notified on a quarterly basis of any commodities available to replace
                                       those refused.

                                3)     The State Board of Education shall maintain accurate and complete
                                       records of the amount and value of commodities refused and shall require
                                       that school food authorities also maintain such records.

                     c)         Government-donated commodities shall not be stored at private residences or
                                facilities, unless the facility is operated and designed for the storage or
                                refrigeration of food, and the facility meets the requirements of subsection (b) of
                                this Section.

                     d)         Government-donated commodities shall be ordered in amounts that can be
                                adequately stored without loss or spoilage.

                     e)         Complaints from participating schools or agencies authorized to receive
                                government-donated commodities about food safety and other food-quality issues
                                concerning those commodities shall be reported to the State Board of Education
                                on the form provided for that purpose.

                     (Source: Amended at 30 Ill. Reg. _____, effective _____________)
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                                                                                            March 17, 2006

                                       ALLIANCE LEGISLATIVE REPORT (94-53)
                                          ISBE APPROVES FOOD SERVICE RULES

                                The Illinois State Board of Education Thursday approved the revised rule
                                proposal regarding school food service/junk food. The amended rule will
                                now be published in the Illinois Register for the Second Notice Period and
      the staff of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) will begin its analysis of the
      proposal. More information on the rule is contained in previous legislative reports (see
      www.iasb.com/files/alr-9451.htm).

      If you have not yet reviewed the actual language of the rule proposal, please do so. You can find the
      text at: www.iasb.com/Foodrules_0603.pdf. Make sure you scroll down to page 20 to see the rule text
      and not just the ISBE summary.

      The board approved the rules on a 7-2 vote. The Alliance would like to thank ISBE board members
      Joyce Karon and Dean Clark for their support on this issue.

                   PTELL REFERENDUM BILL HELD OVER UNTIL NEXT WEEK
      As noted in Alliance Legislative Report 94-51 (www.iasb.com/files/alr-9451.htm ), SB 1682
      (Harmon, D-Oak Park) was to be considered in the House Revenue Committee this week. The
      Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) bill and an amendment were discussed Thursday, but
      no vote was taken and the measure was held in the House Revenue Committee until next week.
      Revenue Committee members heard detailed testimony on the bill by the bill’s supporters (taxpayer
      advocate groups, county clerks, the Illinois Taxpayers Federation, the Illinois State Chamber of
      Commerce, and Chapman & Cutler). However – due to phone calls from school administrators and
      business officials, the work of the Alliance, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, and other education
      groups – the majority of the committee agreed that the bill needed to be amended to protect schools
      from millions of dollars of losses due to the elimination of the Rate Increase Factor. The Alliance is
      currently negotiating an amendment and will report its contents as soon as agreed language has been
      confirmed.

      Our work is not finished yet. Please continue to stay in contact with your member of the House and ask
      him/her to support an amendment to the bill that protects schools from the effects of rate erosion after
      passage of a rate increase. Schools stand to loose millions of dollars without this “hold harmless” for
      voter approved tax rates.

      By clicking on the above link for ALR 94-51, you can use an Excel worksheet to estimate the loss in
      property tax revenue if the bill should pass eliminating this factor. If you haven’t calculated this loss to
      your school district, please take time to do so and contact your legislator. Until an agreed amendment
      is adopted we need to continue the pressure and make sure that all members of the legislature
      understand the potential loss of local school dollars. Talking points on the legislation are also included
      on that link.

      SB 1682 will be considered in the House Revenue Committee on Thursday, March 24, at 8:00 a.m., in
      Room 115 of the State Capitol.
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                            BILLS SCHEDULED FOR COMMITTEE NEXT WEEK
      SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
      Wednesday, March 22, 1:00 p.m., Room 212, State Capitol

      HB 2012 (Soto, D-Chicago) requires the Chicago Board of Education to hold hearings before closing
      any school in the district.

      HB 4308 (Mitchell, R-Rock Falls) requires the State Board of Education’s annual budget to set out by
      separate line item the appropriation for the Illinois Teaching Excellence Program.

      HB 4310 (Kosel, R-New Lenox) contains a requirement that newly elected school board members
      take an oath of office and states school board duties. There is no mandatory school board training
      component in the bill.

      HB 4365 (Black, R-Danville) allows cooperative high schools to receive the same supplementary
      State aid that new districts receive as school consolidation incentives.

      HB 4987 (Brauer, R-Petersburg) amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code to
      include in the definition of "professional worker" a school behavior analyst.

      HB 5416 (Mathias, R-Buffalo Grove) requires the ISBE to adopt rules for the qualifications of
      persons performing the reviews and inspections for school facilities and states that such reviews must
      be consistent with the recommendations of a task force report. It also states that inspections of school
      construction and alterations may be performed by qualified inspectors acting on behalf of
      municipalities, counties, or fire protection districts who register with the regional superintendent of
      schools.

      HB 5550 (Giles, D-Chicago) in a provision concerning the loan of textbooks by the State Board of
      Education, provides that certain bonding requirements do not apply to the loan of textbooks.

      SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
      Wednesday, march 22, 2:30 p.m., Room 400, State Capitol

      HB 4782 (Nekritz, D-Northbrook) prohibits a vehicle using diesel fuel with a Gross Vehicle Weight
      Rating of more than 8,000 pounds (including a school bus) from idling its engine for more than 5
      minutes within any 60 minute period in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry, Will,
      Madison, St. Clair, and Monroe and the townships of Aux Sable and Goose Lake in Grundy County,
      the township of Oswego in Kendall County, and Baldwin Township in Randolph County.

      SENATE PENSIONS AND INVESTMENTS COMMITTEE
      Wednesday, March 22, 4:00 p.m., Room 400, State Capitol

      HB 4463 (Meyer, R-Bolingbrook) amends the Retirement Systems Reciprocal Act of the Illinois
      Pension Code in the definition of "pension credit". It provides that the one-year limitation does not
      apply to persons who move from participation with a school district as a teacher aide under the Illinois
      Municipal Retirement Fund Article to participation under the Downstate Teacher Article of the Code.

      HB 5331 (Eddy, R-Hutsonville) allows TRS annuitants to work for a school district for 120 paid days
      or 600 paid hours in each school year through June 30, 2011. The law was scheduled to expire on June
      30, 2006.
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      HOUSE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
      Thursday, March 23, 8:00 a.m., Room 114, State Capitol

      SB 860 (Demuzio, D-Carlinville) contains provisions brought forth by the Illinois State Action for
      Education Leadership Project (SAELP), a project of the Wallace Foundation and Illinois State
      University, regarding mentoring, evaluations, and professional development for principals.

      SB 2235 (Martinez, D-Chicago) makes changes to the “Grow Your Own Teacher” Program.

      SB 2336 (del Valle, D-Chicago) is an ISBE bill that makes technical changes concerning the school
      breakfast incentive program.

      SB 2630 (Lightford, D-Maywood) provides that each school district may make suitable provisions for
      instruction in bullying prevention in all grades and include such instruction in the courses of study
      regularly taught therein and provides that a school board may collaborate with a community-based
      agency providing specialized curricula in bullying prevention whose ultimate outcome is to prevent
      sexual violence.

      SB 2728 (Viverito, D-Burbank) requires the Department of Public Health to develop educational
      materials on meningitis for distribution in elementary and secondary schools.

      SB 2762 (Hunter, D-Chicago), with respect to students that have been exempted from the P.E.
      requirement because he or she must utilize the time to receive special education support and services,
      provides that the student’s IEP team must make that determination.

      SB 2829 (Lightford) contains the State Board of Education’s “Less Red Tape” initiative to streamline
      paperwork for school districts and to delete obsolete language from the School Code.

      SB 2898 (Hunter) permits the self-administration of medication by a pupil with allergies by an
      epinephrine auto-injector.

      HOUSE CIVIL LAW COMMITTEE
      Thursday, March 23, 8:00 a.m., Room C-1, Stratton Office Building

      SB 2303 (Burzynski, R-Sycamore) provides that any person who is certified in first aid or has
      completed a course of instruction in first aid, who in good faith provides emergency care without fee to
      any person shall not, as a result of his or her acts or omissions, except willful and wanton misconduct
      in providing the care, be liable to a person to whom such care is provided for civil damages.

      SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
      Thursday, March 23, 1:00 p.m., Room 212, State Capitol

      HB 4442 (Hannig, D-Mt. Olive) changes the Open Meetings Act with respect to posting public
      notices. It states that such notices must be posted at least 48 hours before the meeting, and requires that
      at least 8 of the hours must be during normal business hours.

      HB 4974 (Smith, D-Canton) amends the current Class Size Reduction Grant Act to create a pilot
      program to be implemented and administered by the State Board of Education. It provides that grants
      shall be awarded to schools to defray the costs and expenses of operating and maintaining classes of no
      more than 15 pupils per teacher per class.

      Alliance Legislative Reports:                                                www.iasb.com
      Bill Text/Status: Illinois General Assembly                                  www.ilga.gov
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                                                                                                                 March 20, 2006
          Weekly Message from State Superintendent Randy Dunn
          Good afternoon. Again this week, the Harcourt situation and student testing are the main focus of my message.

          At this point there is still a small number of districts that do not have all of their testing materials—or
          sometimes, the correct materials. We remain in what could be fairly described as constant contact with
          Harcourt, with the first priority remaining delivery of ISAT materials to districts. More than 130 districts have
          requested adjustment of their testing dates because of the delivery delays and we are accommodating those
          requests.

          We’ve already begun the process of putting procedures in place to monitor the scoring process for both the
          ISAT and the PSAE. A Request for Sealed Proposals (RFSP) will go out this week for an independent Quality
          Control provider to oversee and monitor the ISAT and PSAE scoring process for data accuracy. We will work
          with the State Testing Review Committee as the RFSP process moves forward. ISBE’s Data Analysis and
          Student Assessment Divisions are working together to jointly develop discrepancy checks, data correction
          procedures and data correction windows through the Student Information System (SIS). Details will follow as
          those procedures are finalized.

          While we keep hammering away on the ISAT delivery and scoring, we’re also demanding a written plan and
          assurances from Harcourt regarding the delivery of the PSAE testing materials. Working in conjunction with
          ACT, we are triple-checking Harcourt’s processes to be able to identify any problems at the earliest possible
          stage. The delivery process for the PSAE has actually begun with the Pre-ID labels for Day One Testing going
          out to districts. Please check these labels carefully and notify our Student Assessment Division immediately of
          problems by phone at 217-782-4823. We also ask districts to keep their data accurate and current on SIS.

          We know that your faculty and staff have put in long hours and gone “above and beyond” to make sure that
          students have accurate testing materials in hand and that the test has remained secure. We thank you for your
          diligence and patience. We know that as you’ve handled all these headaches that you’ve kept students as your
          top priority. Becky McCabe shared an email she got from a local superintendent in the last couple of days.
          While I’m sure many of you have had similar conversations with students over these past few days, this one
          was a good reminder of what lies at the heart of what we do:

          “The anxiety levels are high—and today one of my Special Ed kids broke down in tears over the test. I told her
          that this test wasn't going to tell me anything about her I didn't already know...and it wasn't going to tell me
          the REALLY important things about her—about how her eyes light up when she smiles, and how I love when
          she hugs me in the hall, and how hard she is working on her reading, and how cute she looked at the music
          program and how good she is to her friends. I told her that no ‘number two lead pencil’ tells that about us. She
          said, ‘Honest?’ I said, ‘Cross my heart.’”

          Testing is important, more so than ever right now given NCLB—and we               Table of Contents
          want to demonstrate accountability to our publics, of course—but school is
          about a whole lot more than the situation we’re presently in. I hope the          Upcoming Deadlines ................... 2
          testing mentality of this current era never overshadows that fact.                Curriculum and Instruction......... 2
                                                                                            Federal Grants and Programs .... 3
          Have a great week.                                                                Professional Development.......... 4
                                                                                            Grant Opportunities..................... 4
                                                                                            Nutrition and Support.................. 5
          Randy Dunn
                                                                                            Employment Opportunities......... 5
                                                                                            In the News ................................... 5
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          Upcoming Deadlines
          Textbook Loan Program – March 22, 2006*
          Bilingual Education Program Delivery Report (PDR) – March 31, 2006
          Physical Education Grant Applications – April 12, 2006
          American Stars of Teaching Award nominations – April 15, 2006
          Nature of Learning Start-Up Grants – April 17, 2006
          Ministry of Foreign Affairs Art Contest – May 31, 2006
          Public Comment on Special Education Rulemaking – September 15, 2006

                                                                      The competition includes one absolute priority and
                                                                      one competitive preference priority. The absolute
          Curriculum and Instruction                                  priority states that the Department will only consider
          Reading Improvement Block Grant                             applications which initiate, expand and improve
          Annual Performance Report                                   physical education programs in order to meet state
                                                                      standards for physical education by (1) providing
          The FY06 Reading Improvement Block Grant annual             equipment and support to enable students to
          performance report form is now available on the             participate actively in physical education activities,
          ISBE website. Go to www.isbe.net/curriculum,                and (2) providing funds for staff and teacher training
          scroll down to Grant Programs, click on Reading,            and education. The competitive preference priority
          and you will see the link to the interactive form for       will be given to those applications from novice
          this report. You may type directly on the form on           applicants. A novice applicant is any applicant who
          your computer, but it must be printed out and mailed        (1) has never received a PEP grant, (2) has never
          to the ISBE office with data attached to establish          been a member of a group application that received a
          performance progress. Data must be submitted for            PEP grant, and (3) has not had an active grant under
          every grade level served and should have been               PEP or its predecessor program, the Physical
          gathered with the assessment instrument approved on         Education for Progress Program, in the five years
          the FY06 application completed on the e-Grants              prior to the deadline date for this competition.
          Management System. Please note the due date
          change for the FY06 Reading Improvement Block               Applications are online at:
          Grant annual performance report to June 15, 2006,           http://www.ed.gov/programs/whitephysed/index.html.
          for districts not using ISAT as an assessment tool          or from the Education Department Publications
          with which to establish performance progress, or 30         Center, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398 or
          days after ISAT scores are received for districts           call at 1-877-433-7827. Reference the competition as
          that are using ISAT to demonstrate progress.                CDFA Number 84.215F.
          Districts that use ISAT for some grades and different
          assessments for other grades should submit their            Eating Disorder Conferences
          report and data together no later than 30 days after
          ISAT scores are received. Please contact Laurie Lee         The Illinois State Board of Education, in conjunction
                                                                      with the Mental Health Association in Illinois and
          at (217) 557-7323 with any questions regarding the
                                                                      the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association is
          Reading Improvement Block Grant.
                                                                      sponsoring two statewide conferences dealing with
                                                                      school-based prevention of eating disorders. The first
          PEP application posted                                      is being held on April 24, 2006, in Belleville at the
          The United States Department of Education (USED)            Our Lady of the Snows Retreat Center. The
          announcement of a notice inviting applications for          conference will be repeated on April 25, 2006, at the
          new awards for fiscal year 2006 under the Carol M.          Oakbrook Terrace Holiday Inn in Oakbrook. The
          White Physical Education Program (PEP) has been             keynote speaker is Dr. Elizabeth Scott, Co-Founder
          published in the Federal Register on March 1, 2006.         and Director of the Body Positive and creator of The
          The deadline for the application period will be April       BodyAloud! Registration fee is $25. Participants will
          12. The Department expects to award approximately           be eligible for five CPDUs. The conference
          58 grants at an average value of $300,000. This grant       registration form can be accessed at
          can be from one to three years in duration.                 http://www.mhai.org/.
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          Reading Improvement Block Grant                             to participate in. More information is available
          reallocation                                                online at: http://www.allprodad.com/dadsday.asp

          Reallocation of Reading Improvement Block Grant             To request an introductory DVD about bringing All
          dollars has been completed. Districts that have an          Pro Dad to your school or district, email
          approved FY06 Reading Improvement Block Grant               bryan@allprodad.com or call Bryan Davis at 813-
          application and have not been notified that they are        222-8278.
          not eligible for funds have received the extra monies.
          An amendment must be created to account for the
                                                                      Illinois e-Plans
          funds through the e-Grants Management System.
          This can be done by going to the same place in e-           ISBE and Northern Illinois University (NIU) are
          Grants where the application was originally created         proud to announce the launch of Illinois e-Plans
          and choosing to create an amendment. Go to the              District Improvement Plan Template. Illinois e-
          budget page and scroll down to see the new                  Plans include School Improvement Plan Template,
          allocation and how much additional money needs to           School Restructuring Plan Template and District
          be budgeted. The additional funds may be used for           Improvement Plan Template. Illinois e-Plans are
          any allowable expenditure. All Reading                      available through the Interactive Illinois Report Card
          Improvement Block Grant money must be spent by              (IIRC) website at http://iirc.niu.edu/.
          June 30, 2006. Please submit your amendment on or
          before March 31, 2006, to avoid the lapse of your           The Illinois e-Plans District Improvement Template
          April disbursement.                                         may be used by districts in improvement status and
                                                                      academic watch status, by districts that did not meet
                                                                      Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives
          Federal Grants and Programs                                 (AMAO) for two consecutive years and by districts
          Title IV-OSDFS offers two regional                          receiving Supplemental General State Aid (SGAS)
          "crisis planning for schools" trainings                     with an Average Daily Attendance (ADA) of more
                                                                      than 1,000 and less than 50,000.
          The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe
          and Drug-Free Schools is hosting two 1.5 day "Crisis        Illinois e-Plans significantly streamline the process
          Planning for Schools Training" to assist schools and        of submitting required improvement plans to local
          school districts in improving and strengthening their       boards and ISBE. However, the use of the Template
          crisis plans. The "Crisis Planning for Schools              is not required. Schools and districts may continue to
          Trainings" will emphasize crisis plan development           use a format that complies with relevant federal and
          within the framework of the four phases of crisis           state laws.
          planning: prevention/mitigation, preparedness,
          response, and recovery. Higher priority will be             The Illinois e-Plans system is designed to be user-
          granted to those school-based personnel employed            friendly and a welcome addition to Illinois’ system
          by school districts or private schools that have not        of support to schools and districts. Districts and
          yet been recipients of ERCM grant funding.                  schools will have multiple years (including 2005) of
                                                                      School Report Card data and information at their
          Registration and additional information on the              fingertips automatically populating the screens at the
          "Crisis Planning for Schools Trainings" is available        IIRC web site.
          online at: http://www.sei2003.com/ERCM/CPNG/.
                                                                      Districts may use the same passwords that were
          If you have any questions about these training              previously distributed to access the Illinois e-Plans.
          events, or who is eligible to attend, please contact        These passwords are also available by calling Gail
          Tara Hill at: tara.hill@ed.gov or 202-708-9431.             Buoy, Federal Grants and Programs, 217-524-4832.
                                                                      NIU will also email passwords by the end of the
          All Pro Dad                                                 week to district superintendents.
          All Pro Dad, a charity of NFL players, provides Title
          I schools resources at no cost to get fathers on
          campus. Whether it’s a dads/kids breakfast, board
          game night or movie night, All Pro Dad gives
          schools DVDs on important topics for dads and kids
          to watch together, door prizes, posters, flyers,
          brochures and activity ideas for fathers and children
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                                                                      will also explore Mary Lincoln’s renovations and
          Professional Development                                    how her endeavors were viewed by her
          Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library                        contemporaries. Practical ideas and activities will be
          and Museum reschedules teacher                              offered for incorporating the Lincoln’s experience
                                                                      into the classroom curriculum.
          workshop
          The Education Department                                    All workshops are free, however class size is limited.
          of the Abraham Lincoln                                      Workshops will be held in the first floor classroom
          Presidential Library and                                    of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Two
          Museum has re-scheduled                                     continuing professional development units (CPDUs)
          its March 25 Teacher                                        will be offered for each workshop. To register,
          Orientation Workshop. The                                   contact Carol Manning, Education Coordinator, at
          workshop is now scheduled                                   217-558-8929 or via email at
          for Saturday, April 8, 2006,                                Carol_Manning@IHPA.state.il.us. For additional
          from 9-11 a.m. This                                         information visit the museum website at
          complimentary, two-hour                                     http://www.alplm.org/home.html.
          workshop will introduce
          educational resources
          available at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
                                                                      Grant Opportunities
          Library and Museum. Teachers will learn how to              Anti-Bias Grant Program
          schedule school tours, how to prepare their class for
          a museum visit and methods for making the most of           The Illinois Violence Prevention Authority (IVPA) is
          a school trip to the Museum. In addition, educators         pleased to announce the release of a new FY 07
          will learn how to access digital resources from the         School District Anti-Bias Grant Program. The
          library collections, how to utilize the library for         Request for Proposal (RFP) and Regional Bidders
          research and other opportunities for professional           Conferences information is available on the IVPA
          development and classroom activities available              website www.ivpa.org. Grantees will receive an anti-
          through the ALPLM Education Department. This                bias curriculum training provided by the Anti-
          workshop is also offered on Wednesday, March 29,            Defamation League’s A WORLD OF
          from 3:30-5:30 p.m.                                         DIFFERENCE® Institute and will then implement
                                                                      the curriculum in the classroom. Junior high and high
          Under its “Teaching Teachers” initiative, the               school district applicants may also apply to create an
          ALPLM is committed to providing educators with              on-site Peer Institute. Grant awards will range from
          strong content-based programs on a variety of topics        $5,000 to $10,000. Eligible applicants are Illinois
          relevant to the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and               public school districts, Pre-K - 12th grade. A Notice
          Illinois History. These intense history lessons assist      of Intent to apply for grant funds is required and
          educators in developing a solid background on               must be submitted by April 14, 2006 (the form is
          unfamiliar topics or in mastering a discipline they         included in the RFP). The full proposal is due by
          already know and love. In addition, the Education           May 12, 2006.
          Department’s hands-on classroom application
          programs will provide ideas and methods for                 Allstate Foundation supports national
          teaching historical content across the curriculum           and local programs
          using digital resources, primary documents and
          material culture.                                           Safe and Vital Communities including: catastrophe
                                                                      response; youth anti-violence, neighborhood
          On Wednesday, April 12, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. one          revitalization and teen safe driving.
          workshop will be offered on the Lincoln family in           Tolerance, inclusion and diversity including:
          the White House. Entitled “’This Damned Old                 Teaching tolerance to youth; ending hate crimes; and
          House,’ Abraham Lincoln in the White House,” the            alleviating discrimination.
          workshop will cover the adjustments the Lincoln’s
          experienced in moving from Illinois to the White            There is no deadline for submission:
                                                                      http://www.allstate.com/Community/PageRender.asp?Page=contactfound.html
          House and the impact of Washington’s social scene
          on the family. The daily routine of President Lincoln
                                                                      Contact:
          will be examined from the burdens of the Civil War,
                                                                      Midwest Region, The Allstate Foundation
          to dealing with office seekers, his lack of privacy and
                                                                      Ms. Lisa Miner
          the responsibilities of the presidency. Participants
                                                                      2150 East Lake Cook Rd, 11th Floor
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          Buffalo Grove, IL 60089                                     name and telephone number, including area code, of
          Phone: 847-667-8108                                         a contact person from the Congressional office
                                                                      accepting the check must accompany each
          State Farm Insurance supports                               nomination.
          Community Grants
                                                                      For additional information about the Congressional
          Safe Neighbors: Supporting disaster preparedness            Hunger Center, visit http://www.hungercenter.org/.
          programs and recovery services
          K-12 Public Schools: Teacher excellence programs
          that improve teacher quality; Service-Learning              Nutrition and Support
          programs that integrate core classroom curriculum
                                                                      School Wellness Policy Task Force
          with service to the community; Programs that
          incorporate Systematic Improvement criteria into            meeting this week
          educational systems to improve overall effectiveness.       The second meeting of the School
               Proposals are accepted year-round. Visit               Wellness Policy Task Force will be
               http://www.statefarm.com/foundati/cogrants.htm         held this Wednesday, March 22, in
               for guidelines and instructions to apply.              Bloomington. A major focus of the
                                                                      second School Wellness Policy
                                                                      Task Force meeting is to investigate
          Congressional Hunger Center and                             statewide school nutrition standards
          Victory Wholesale Grocers grants to                         in preparation for the report on
          hunger-fighting organizations                               recommendations due to the General Assembly and
          Washington, DC – February 26, 2006 – The                    the Governor on or before January 1, 2007. In
          Congressional Hunger Center and Victory Wholesale           addition, preliminary discussion on the evaluation of
          Grocers of Springboro, Ohio and Boca Raton,                 the effectiveness of school wellness policies in five
          Florida, are announcing the 2006 Fourteenth                 to ten school districts will begin.
          Anniversary “Victory Against Hunger Awards.” The
          awards are fifteen $1,000 grants to be presented to         Employment Opportunities
          anti-hunger organizations, food banks, schools, state
          agencies and nutrition and health groups. The total         Higher Education
          unrestricted grants from Victory Wholesale Grocers          The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
          have now reached $218,000 since their inception in          Office of Continuing Education is seeking a Program
          1993.                                                       Director for Programs for Educators and Human
                                                                      Services Professionals. Information is available at
          A panel of experts will choose awardees based on            http://www.continuinged.uiuc.edu/. Click on
          their success in achieving the goal expressed by this       employment.
          year’s theme, “Fighting Hunger through Developing
          and/or Implementing Local and State School Meals
          Wellness Policies.” Organizations or schools that can       ISBE employment
          demonstrate innovative local or state wellness
          policies for school children are eligible for a Victory
                                                                      opportunities
          Against Hunger Award.                                       External Vacancy List
          Under the Hunger Awards program, potential                  An External Vacancy List for the Illinois State Board
          awardees may only be nominated by a member of               of Education is available at:
          U.S. Congress. The application process consists of a        http://www.isbe.net/hr/Default.htm.
          one or two page letter from a member of Congress to
          the Congressional Hunger Center highlighting the            In the News
          nominee’s efforts in “Fighting Hunger through
          Developing and/or Implementing Local and State              Weekly news clips
          School Meals Wellness Policies.” The nomination
          period is April 10 through May 31, 2006. Awards             Highlights from last week’s education news
          will be made in July. Congressional nomination              clips are posted at:
          letters should be addressed to Victory Against              http://www.isbe.net/news/2006/newsclips/060317.htm
          Hunger, c/o Congressional Hunger Center, 229 ½
          Pennsylvania Ave, SE, Washington, DC 20003. The

				
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