www.cusd200.org May 11, 2018
Board Meeting Highlights
May 9, 2018 at the School Service Center
June 6 is the last day of school
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 is the last day of school for the 2017-18 School Year. Following the February 9, 2018 snow day, the Board approved adding an additional day to the school calendar.
Dr. Chris Silagi hired as the new Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
On Wednesday night, the Board approved Dr. Chris Silagi as the next Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. He will supervise elementary principals and will oversee Social Emotional Learning implementation district-wide. Additionally he will work collaboratively with the Department of Student Learning, especially in the area of staff development, and he will oversee the District’s Wellness, Before and After School (BASP), 504 and homeless student programming. Dr. Silagi will replace Dr. Joanne Panopoulos who accepted a position in New Trier after seven years of service in District 200.
Dr. Silagi has been the principal at Whittier Elementary for the past eight years. While in District 200, Dr. Silagi has been in several leadership capacities including professional development, especially in the area of Social Emotional Learning and has served on the District’s Collective Bargaining Team, Compensation Study Team, Next Generation Science Standards Adoption Team and District Improvement Team. Prior to joining District 200, Dr. Silagi served as the principal of Bristol Grade School in Yorkville, the assistant principal of Rhodes School in River Grove, taught 5th grade in Indian Prairie 204 and 2nd Grade in Barrington 220.
Dr. Silagi received his B.A. in Elementary Education from Illinois Wesleyan and completed all of his graduate and doctorate work at Northern Illinois University.
While Dr. Silagi will certainly miss the children, staff and parents in the Whittier school community, he is excited for the new opportunity. “I am looking forward to supporting our leadership team and teachers as we continue to grow a culture of learning in our District,” says Silagi.
Board of Education, Wheaton Warrenville Education Association ratify new four-year agreement - Joint Statement
On Wednesday night, the Board of Education and the Wheaton Warrenville Education Association (WWEA) finalized a new, four-year contract covering the 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Years. The WWEA bargaining unit represents approximately 1,000 teachers and other licensed members.
The Board of Education, District Administration and the WWEA have spent the past several months working on this new agreement. We thank the members of the negotiating teams for their hard work on this important endeavor.
The new four-year contract solidifies essential labor stability; balances the economic realities of our District; and prioritizes retention of high-quality staff to ensure high student achievement. Key outcomes of the four-year agreement are outlined below.
- Consistent workday schedule across all three levels (elementary, middle and high) to accommodate and maximize Professional Learning Community (PLC) time. PLC - Teacher teams to collaborating and focusing on improving student learning and student achievement.
- Year One - 2.5% salary increase
- Years Two through Four - Cost of Living (CPI) increase with a floor of 2.5% and ceiling of 3.5%
- For the past two years, the District and WWEA convened a committee that created a new, sustainable salary structure that provides students continued access to high-quality teachers and creates a fair, equitable system for compensating teachers. The new salary structure, effective in this agreement, replaces the previous, traditional salary schedule.
Board of Education President Jim Vroman is very pleased with the new four-year agreement. “The District and the WWEA’s collective bargaining teams worked diligently and responsibly to reach an agreement that both appropriately compensates our teachers and incentivizes them to enhance their teaching skills to the benefit of our students. At the same time, the terms of the new agreement are consistent with the District’s goals to maintain a balanced budget and address our major capital needs and facility projects,” says Vroman.
Bryce Cann, President of the WWEA, added, “We believe that this agreement respects our profession and reflects what is best for our educators and the District.”
Board to restructure debt
Last night, the Board passed a parameters resolution to execute a debt restructure. This debt restructure is the third phase of a four phase plan that began in 2014. The goal of the debt restructure is to lower interest rates and manage the future taxpayer burden related to debt by leveling off the annual payments. The current debt repayment structure has several years of annual increases, which would have caused the debt payment portion of a taxpayer’s bill to increase over the next few years. The annual increases will be eliminated by extending the final payment by two years. In phase three, it is expected that the District will have a net present value savings of a little more than $1 million. Phase four of the debt restructure is expected to take place in 2019.
Textbooks available for public review
Following their meeting Wednesday night, the Board of Education approved to post several proposed textbooks for public review and comment. Textbooks are available at the School Service Center for review. Textbook questions or feedback should be directed to Faith Dahlquist at email@example.com or 630-682-2023.
Erica Loiacono | Director of Public Relations