Quick Notes from the Board Meeting
Quick Notes from the Board Meeting

At the Board of Education meeting held on Thursday, June 11, 2015, the board:

  • Recognized recipients of the 2015 Extra Effort Award including six principals of our feeder districts, four curriculum leaders and five Lincoln-Way District 210 Foundation directors. The Extra Effort award recognition program is in its 23rd year and reflects the district’s commitment to maintaining strong community partnerships. The principals receiving the Extra Effort Award for 2015 include: Dr. Kevin Suchinski, Hickory Creek Middle School; Pam Hodgson, Summit Hill Junior High; Dr. Bonnie Groen, Martino Junior High; Dr. Ron Pacheco, Manhattan Junior High; Shane Street, Liberty Junior High; and Dr. Michael Rolinitis, Mokena Junior High. Curriculum Leaders include: Dr. Kathleen Wilkey, Mokena 159; Kathy Klein, Summit Hill 161; Dr. Marianne Cucci, New Lenox 122; and Mrs. Janet McClarence, Frankfort 157C. Five directors of the Lincoln-Way Foundation for Educational Excellence honored were: Debbie Burk, Bob Chiszar; Bob Kennedy, Kris Lindley and David Zang.

  • Approved a bid from Palos Sports, in Alsip, IL, to provide the District’s 2015-2016 Physical Education uniforms for a cost of $4.15 per shirt and $4.35 per pair of shorts. Palos Sports works with numerous area school districts and the bid will generate significant savings as the current vendor charges $7 per shirt and $8 per pair of shorts.

  • Approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of up to $10 million tax anticipation warrants in anticipation of the collection of taxes levied for the year 2015 by the Board of Education for educational purposes. This would bridge the gap between the spring and fall tax distributions.

  • The Board heard a presentation from Mark Anderson with the Illinois State Board of Education regarding the state’s requirement that the district submit a deficit reduction plan by September 2015 which is the first step in getting the district off of the state’s Financial Watch List. The Board also heard a presentation from Dr. Don Weber and Steven Crouse of PMA Financial Network regarding a Financial Planning Program (FPP) utilized by hundreds of other school districts to assist the district in making financial decisions. PMA provided various financial scenarios. Those scenarios included a pension cost shift by the state, property tax freeze, school closure, referendum and a combination of these scenarios. Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley also provided the board three options to improve the district’s financial situation. The first option is a building closure which is estimated to save $5.2 million. This scenario includes a reduction of five administrators, 20 teachers, 30 clerical and support positions, 76 coaching stipends and 49 activity stipends. The second option is a 5% CPI tax referendum for two years. A tax referendum would require approval from voters. A third option is eliminating one class and all extracurricular opportunities which is estimated to save $5.3 million annually. This scenario includes a staff reduction of 46 positions.

  • No decisions have been made. The administration and the board continue to explore all options related to correcting the district’s financial situation.

  • All discussions pertaining to the district’s financial situation will occur during public board meetings. The next board meeting is scheduled for July 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lincoln-Way Central Fine Arts Center.

  • To view all of the financial update presentations, visit www.lw210.org or click here.

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