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Multiple U-46 proposals slated for meeting vote

By Seth Hancock
  The Board of Education in School District U-46 is set to vote on 10 proposals and contracts totaling $712,008 at its upcoming meeting on Monday, Aug. 12.
  The items were presented on July 15 and were among 25 total expenditure items totaling $5.3 million.
  Included is a $253,560 proposal with Stabilizer Solutions to be paid by the operations and maintenance fund if approved. The expenditure is for Hilltopper Infield Mix to be used on four high school softball fields (Bartlett, Elgin, Larkin, Streamwood).
  The mix is already in use at South Elgin High School with good results according to the proposal.
  “The results led to the District asking for funding for the other four varsity softball fields, which was approved, and Bartlett High School was completed,” the proposal states. “Due to work constraints the other three fields were not completed within the fiscal year and approval is required again for the last three fields.”
  Sue Kerr, the board’s president, asked if there was unused mix if it could be saved for future use to which Sheila Downs, director of plant operations, said it is applied once and “our intention is to use all of it and to do all four fields at each of the high schools.”
  A proposal with Elgin Community College (ECC) will cost $100,000, a not to exceed amount, which will be paid for by the nation’s taxpayers through grant funds if approved. The cost is for the use of ECC’s facilities for professional development.
  Kerr asked if ECC was necessary based on a “large group” of teachers and Trisha Shrode, director of curriculum and instruction, confirmed saying 2,500 teachers will be trained.
  A contract with Central Unit School District 301 in Burlington has a price tag of $94,500 (education fund) for 63 U-46 students to take veterinary science courses in that school district. The cost is $1,500 per student for 27 sophomores to take Introduction to Agriculture and 36 juniors to take Veterinary Science.
  Kerr asked if the courses are open to sophomores through seniors to which Kinasha Brown, director of educational pathways, said they were.
  With Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), the district is proposing a $52,952 (education fund) expenditure for System 44 literacy resources at the secondary level.
  “Through use of HMH coaching support and data analysis in collaboration with high schools, it has been determined that there is a strong need for System 44 at the high school level to service students who are not able to enter the Read 180 intervention (cognitively) due to multiple deficit areas in reading,” the proposal states. “System 44 would help scaffold the missing phonics deficits present for many high school students.”
  A contract with Great Minds costs $49,002 to be paid by the nation’s taxpayers through grant funding. It will go for professional development on Eureka Math for kindergarten through eighth grade.
  For reading mastery and corrective reading resources, the district is proposing to spend $42,694 (federal grant funds) with McGraw Hill.
  A contract with Instructional Coaching Group costs $37,590 (federal grant funds) for professional development of instructional coaches.
  A proposal with Cengage Learning will cost $30,412 (federal grant funds) for Canciones y Cuentos literacy resources.
  Costing $26,288 (federal grant funds), U-46 is proposing to continue using Imagine Learning and Imagine Español online literacy resources from Imagine Learning, Inc.
  With Mackin Maker Professional Development, the district is proposing to spend $25,000 (federal grant funds) for professional development of secondary librarians and library paraprofessionals. Kerr asked how many high schools will receive the professional development and Shrode responded all would.



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