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411 Review: December 9, 2013

Four Items from One School Board Meeting in One Minute!

1. The Dundee-Crown High School Robotics Program was featured during the Secondary Showcase.  As introduced by Division Head Michelle Buhrow, Teacher David Mensching and Students Joseph Ayala and Nicholas Bergman shared the history of this exciting new program, which is being expanded to other locations in D300. They provided a live demonstration with robotic cars.

2. The School Board heard a summary of the Demographic Trends & Enrollment Projections study that was recently conducted by professional demographer Dr. John Kasarda.  That summary is available here. (You can watch this discussion here on the BoardDocs webpage. Choose the Dec. 9, 2013, Board meeting, click Watch Video, and select agenda item #7.5.)  Based on Dr. Kasarda’s findings, the district plans to take the next several months to develop and discuss educational program options that will maximize the use of existing space in D300 schools, and to share these program options with the public before any decisions are made.  Future enrollment estimates do not indicate the need to make any boundary changes for the 2014-2015 school year. For more information, you may visit the D300 Attendance Boundaries webpage here.

3. Director of Communication Services Allison Strupeck shared the results of this fall’s Together on Tuesdays breast cancer awareness campaign, in which D300 staff members purchased pink shirts with the proceeds helping to fight cancer.  Breast cancer survivors Laura Bilecki (Eastview), Joanne Carlson (CMS), Kimberly Duffey (DMS), Michele Meyer (HHS / DESA), Cindy Ranallo (Lincoln Prairie), and Lynn Seager (Dundee-Crown) helped to present the check for $6,350 to the American Cancer Society.

4. After a Public Hearing, the Board approved the 2013 tax levy, as presented by Chief Financial Officer Susan Harkin.  Details are available here.

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