Following the review of the April 7, 2015 School Board Member election results, Stacey Borgens received congratulations on her re-election to the Board, and Patricia Martin and George Leonard were welcomed as new Board Members. Afterwards, Rich Marron was named Board President, Mrs. Borgens was named Vice President, and David Faber was named Board Secretary. Board members were administered the Oath of Office and adopted the Board policies. Additionally, Board President Marron appointed Pam Kohlbacher to continue as the Special Education District 843 representative and Rich Ward to continue as the Boardís PERA committee liaison.
At the March 25 meeting, members of the Board were updated on Senate Bill 1, school funding reform legislation that replaces Senate Bill 16. This proposed legislation creates a single funding formula that is intended to provide greater funding for districts with greater financial need. The Illinois State Board of Education has provided two financial impact models of the current version of Senate Bill 1. The first year, full year impact on Summit Hill shows a significant loss of state support for the District, ranging from $1.37 million to $1.69 million. This translates to a loss of between $448 and $515 per student. The models, which are located at www.isbe.net, are based on FY 2013-14 funding from the state. Both models include additional financial resources being added to state funding. One model adds $92 million in additional funds to support adequacy in funding across the state. (ISBE defines adequacy as a level of funding sufficient for a high quality education.) The other model adds $92 million for adequacy and another $500 million in funding for K-12 education, which is the number presented in the governorís new budget. The model with additional money for adequacy shows the District would receive $1.53 million in state support, compared to $3.2 million in FY 2013-14. That is a loss of $1.68 million in the first year. Those numbers do not take into account a hold harmless provision, which limits the Districtís reduction in the first year. When the hold harmless provision, limiting the reduction to 25% of the prior yearís funding, is calculated, the District would receive $2.4 million and would suffer a loss of $805,834. The hold harmless is based on a three-year phase-in, which means less financial protection for Summit Hill each year (by 25% each year). The other model, which includes money to support adequacy and additional money for the foundation level, shows $1.75 million in funding for Summit Hill. That is a loss of $1.46 million compared to FY 2013-14. In that model, the hold harmless calculation would also protect the District the first year, limiting the loss to $805,834.
District parents will be utilizing the online student re-registration and payment process for all returning students for the upcoming 2015-16 school year. This process helps the District adequately plan for the upcoming year to retain the best teachers for verified student enrollment. A link to the re-registration form is available at www.studentregistration.org. During online re-registration, current student information can be confirmed and updated. Parents will need to enter their childís Access ID and password. The re-registration fee for the 2015-16 is $130 for students grades 1-8 through May 29, 2015. After that date, the fee will be $150.
Summit Hill School District 161ís 2015-2016 Kindergarten registration drive is underway. Parents may access the left navigation of the webpage to review the checklist of documents needed for registration. Parents have the option of enrolling their kindergartener in the extended day program which is from 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. or the half-day program which runs from 8:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Registration fee for extended day is $150. Registration fee for Half Day is $125. Payment options are available. To register, please come to the District Administrative Center, 20100 South Spruce Drive in Frankfort. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.