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November 6, 2018 Board Meeting Highlights

At its regular meeting held on Nov. 6, 2018, the Freeport School District Board of Education:

● Congratulated Carl Sandburg paraeducator Ginger Holbert, Carl Sandburg Special Education teacher Lannie Lehman, and 2017-18 Empire SELF Classroom teachers Julie Gesin and Amanda Hofmaster for being recognized through the Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel educational awards program. (Additional contact: Jesse Johnson, Communications Specialist, 815-801-0109,

● Received an update about the support services and various levels of education programming in the district, including special education and alternative programming. (Additional contact: Jack Code, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, 815-801-0853,

● Received a report on the district’s assessment and school report card results, as well as its summative designations. In an effort to increase student achievement, it was recommended that the district continue to implement its new curriculums with fidelity, continue to strengthen the implementation of the MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) model to ensure students receive the additional support they need, continue to work with the ISBE Support Manager on school improvement efforts, and continue to implement 21st century teaching and learning practices. (Additional contact: Dr. Duane Meighan, Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, 815-232-0310,

● Reviewed various levy adoption scenarios in preparation of final approval of the levy next month. Dr. McDermott, FSD Asst. Supt. of Business & Finance, presented three scenarios: 1) levying up to CPI, 2) levying to no $ increase, and 3) levying to no rate increase. The Board will vote to set the levy at its regular meeting on December 18th. (Additional contact: Dr. Patrick McDermott, Asst. Superintendent of Business & Finance, 815-232-0305,

● Approved the renewal of the CollegeNOW agreement with Highland Community College for the 2019-2020 school year. CollegeNOW is an accelerated academic program in which FSD students who qualify have the opportunity to ultimately earn both a high school diploma and an associates degree simultaneously. The financial impact to the district is a $5,700 tuition cost per student. (Additional contact: Dr. Duane Meighan, Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, 815-232-0310,

The public is always invited and encouraged to attend Freeport School District Board of Education meetings. The next scheduled regular meeting will be held Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 6:00 PM at the Freeport Middle School Conference Center.