News from June 10, 2019 Board of Education meeting

News from June 10, 2019 Board of Education meeting

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Meeting highlights included:

  • Washington School Space Utilization Committee to meet - In agenda items added at the start of the meeting by Board consensus, it was noted that the committee would be meeting on June 18 to review long term solutions, including evaluating the potential need for additional classrooms and a multi-use space. It was announced that kindergarten now appeared to be closer to requiring an additional morning or afternoon section, but that grades 1 and 4 sections remain stable. D64 also reported that enrollment "bubbles" at several other schools were being watched, but did not require adjustment to the number of sections at this time.
  • Review of tentative budget for 2019-20 begins - The Board began a multi-meeting review of the first draft of the 2019-20 budget. This meeting focused on expenditures within four funds: Education, Debt Service, Transportation, and Tort Immunity. The District takes a zero-based budgeting approach with all budgets. Proposed expenditures for Operations & Maintenance, IMRF/FICA, Capital Projects, and Working Cash will be reviewed at the next meeting. D64 also will be presenting revenue projections for 2019-20, following receipt of the final tax levy from the Cook County Treasurer and updated information on federal Title grants. Looking ahead, the Board is expected to adopt a tentative budget for 2019-20 and schedule a public hearing this summer. The final budget ultimately will be adopted at the September 23, 2019 Board meeting.
  • Administrative and exempt staff salary increases approved for 2019-20 - Following discussion at the April 22, 2019 meeting, the Board approved salary increases for the last two groups of employees for the coming year, which are linked to percentage increases provided to D64's three unions (Park Ridge Education Association, Park Ridge Teacher Assistants Association and Support Staff Council). Performance rubrics are utilized for each job classification within both categories.