Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Report to the Board - September 15, 2015

Superintendent’s Report to 
Urbana School District #116 
Board of Education
September 1, 2015

Board Meetings on YouTube
Remember that all Board Meetings are broadcast live on UPTV, Channel 6. They are also posted on the USD116 YouTube Channel within a few days of the meeting.

Board Meeting Topics for 2015-2016
Based on the discussion with the Board at their September 1, 2015 Study Session, we have developed a DRAFT of Board Meeting Topics and Agenda Items for the 2015-2016 School Year. The Study Topics and Administrative Reports are in no particular order and roughly grouped by month. We will spread out the topics in order to prevent one meeting from being excessively long and another excessively short. The attached calendar is a draft and subject to change.

Board Self Evaluation and Goal Setting
The Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) recommends that the Board of Education conduct a Self Evaluation on a regular basis. The last time the USD116 BOE completed a Self Evaluation with IASB was in November, 2011. I am asking the Board to set aside time in the next two months to schedule a Self Evaluation with IASB. This process will be beneficial as the district administrative team begins working on revising the Strategic Plan. Lori Johnson will work on scheduling a time with IASB and the BOE to ensure full participation.

Lucia Maldonado, Latino/a Family and Community Liaison, received the Leadership Award from the CU Immigration Forum at their 2nd Annual Awards Celebration on Saturday, September 12.

Janice Mitchell, Family and Community Liaison, received the Winding Ivy Award for Educational Enrichment from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Epsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter Pink Panache Scholarship Banquet on Friday, September 11.

Urbana Early Childhood School received an Award of Excellence for Inclusion of Children with Special Needs in ExceleRate Illinois. Congratulations to the entire staff at UECS! The award letter stated:
The Awards of Excellence are the highest level of our state’s quality rating and improvement system, and recognize research-based best practice in specific content areas. This Award of Excellence demonstrates your program’s successful implementation of high-quality, inclusive early learning services for children with special needs. Urbana Early Childhood School’s Award of Excellence for Inclusion of Children with Special Needs will remain in effect for up to three years, provided that your program retains its overall designation in the Gold Circle of Quality in ExceleRate Illinois during this time. Awardees will be honored at a reception during the Sharing A Vision Conference in Springfield on September 29, 2015, and we invite you and your team to celebrate your success with your colleagues and state agency officials.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 will be “Dr. Preston Williams Day” at Dr. Williams Elementary School. Dr. Williams will speak at a school assembly at 9AM.