Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Report to the Board of Education - June 7, 2016

Superintendent’s Report to
Urbana School District #116
Board of Education
June 7, 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.

Congratulations to the UMS Track and Field Teams
Both boys and Girls competed in the IESA AA Track and Field Meet on Saturday, June 4.  DiamonAsia Taylor is the State Champion in the High Jump, and Tyler Carrel is State Champion in the Pole Vault.  There were nine other medalists and 12 additional students who placed in the top by 10.

Commendation to Sandy Davin, ASCCP Director
At the 30th annual Spring AfterSchool Conference celebration, Before School and After School Childcare Program director Sandy Davin was awardedThe Richard Scofield Award by the Illinois AfterSchool Network (IAN) organization. This award recognizes exemplary service and leadership in the afterschool profession throughout the state of Illinois.


Thoughts about the IL Budget Impasse
Article X of The Illinois State Constitution declares that, “The State has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.”  Illinois holds the dubious distinction of having the most inequitable and regressive funding system in the United States. Unfortunately, the over-reliance on local property taxes has allowed the state to ignore its constitutional requirements to adequately fund public education.
Urbana schools will open as scheduled in August.  Even if the state of Illinois is not meeting its primary responsibility, the education of all our students is our primary mission.   Despite fiscal and political forces that are beyond our control, USD116 will continue to be good stewards of public dollars.  

As Dr. Tony Smith, IL State Superintendent said in today’s Weekly Message, “Even without a state budget – or funding for our schools – we have to open for as many days as we can. Our students and families are depending on us.”  The students and families in Urbana School District #116 deserve nothing less than our best efforts in this time of fiscal uncertainty.

We will continue to provide our award winning comprehensive educational opportunities to our students for as long as we can.