www.cusd200.org January 19, 2018
Board Meeting Highlights
January 17, 2018 at Wiesbrook Elementary
District 200 placed on the College Board’s 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll
District 200 is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll. At their meeting, Asa Gordon from the College Board presented the Board of Education with a certificate of recognition.
High school students who take an AP (Advanced Placement) course and score at least 3 out of 5 on the final exam are eligible to receive college credit for the course, giving them a jump start in college.
To be included on the 8th Annual Honor Roll, District 200 had to, since 2015, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this District is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.
Over the last two years, staff at Wheaton North, Wheaton Warrenville South and the District Office have worked to identify students who had the aptitude to take AP courses but hadn’t taken advantage of the opportunity. In the last two years, we have identified and enrolled more than 300 students in an AP course for the first time, ultimately contributing to the Honor Roll achievement.
Board approves design development for new Jefferson, hears update on financing option
At their November Meeting, the Board approved a project timeline of a new early learning center on the existing Jefferson site. Then in December, the Board received a planning update that included the building program summary, current site layout, concept plans and current budget status.
At Wednesday’s meeting, the Board reviewed the schematic design that provides a real-life perspective of what the new building will look like and includes sample renderings of a potential classroom layout, building sections and external views of the building. Pictures of the schematic design are available on the District website.
After review of the schematic design, the Board approved moving forward with the next phase of the project, design development. Design development incorporates the baseline schematic design and moves to an even greater detail on all aspects of the building including all engineering systems, finishes, site development and updated cost estimates.
The project timeline assumes breaking ground on the new building in August 2018 and opening for students for the 2019-20 School Year.
The Board is expected to complete the new Jefferson project through a lease structure. This would involve both the use of some fund balance (savings) and lease certificates. Lease certificates provide a way for borrowing for new construction that allow for debt payments to come from the existing operational budget, not through increasing the community’s tax burden.
Board discusses student fees
Last spring, the Board’s Finance Committee was asked to complete a review of the fee schedule for the District and ultimately the Board approved an increase to the registration and technology fee of 3% for the 2017-18 school year. The committee recommended that a further review of the Athletic and Activity fees be completed prior to the 2018-19 school year. At their meeting Wednesday night, the Board reviewed the revenues and expenditures by sport and by level (middle or high school) as well as associated fees. Several Board Members raised additional questions that will be addressed at a future meeting as the Board decides if they will adjust athletic/activity fees for the 2018-19 School Year.
Erica Loiacono | Director of Public Relations