Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Report to the Board of Education - April 5, 2016

Superintendent’s Report to
Urbana School District #116
Board of Education
April 5, 2016

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.

Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation Gala
On Saturday, April 2, the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation (CUSF) held its annual gala celebrating Distinguished Alumni and educators from Urbana School District #116 and Champaign Unit District #4.  Ms. Erika Harold, UHS Class of 1997, was the CUSF Distinguished Alum from UHS.  Ms. Jessica Wilson, a high school teacher from Gerber, received the CUSF Cupcake Award, which recognizes, “exemplary service, extra efforts, enthusiastic attitude and innovative ideas that noticeably benefit their students.”  Congratulations to both Ms. Harold and Ms. Wilson!

I’d also like to congratulate and thank Janice Mitchell and her cake design team (Lori Ellinger, UHS; Teresa Brown, UMS) for creating an amazing USD116/UHS cake for the CUSF Cake-Off.  

CUSF is already taking nominations for the 2017 Gala for Distinguished Alumni, Local Hero, and Business Community Impact Award.  If you know a graduate of Urbana High School who is distinguished, a local hero, or leads a local business that has had a community impact, please consider nominating her/him.  Nomination information and forms for each of these awards can be found here.

Washington School Bid Information
At the March 15, 2016 Business Meeting of the Board of Education, the BOE passed a resolution to dispose of Washington School (1102 N. Broadway).  In their resolution, the BOE established a minimum bid of $450,000.00.  Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 6, USD116 will be publishing the sale notice in the News-Gazette and on our website.  By state law, that notice must run for three consecutive weeks.  There will be a tour for interested parties on April 28 at 10AM.  The opening of the closed bids will be May 11 at 2PM.  Questions regarding the bid should be directed to Carol Baker at 384-3642 or by email at cbaker@usd116.org.

UHS A Cappella Silent Auction Fundraiser
On Saturday, April 9 at 6PM, the UHS a cappella groups will be holding a fundraiser at Lincoln Square Mall.  Both VCR and VHS will perform as well as the award winning co-ed a cappella group from the University of Illinois, No Comment. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. There are amazing items that have been donated for the auction.  Please email rpark@usd116.org if you have any questions or if you would like to reserve your ticket.

Boneyard Arts Festival
April 7-10, a community-wide celebration of art will take place.  Hundreds of USD116 students will be performing, displaying their art, or participating in events throughout the community.  For a complete list of events, visit: http://www.boneyardartsfestival.org/