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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Budget at a Glance 2012-2013 Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 District 205 Center 162 S. York Elmhurst, IL 60126 www.elmhurst205.org

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District 205 Fast Facts

Total students......................................... 8,138 Total schools.................................................14 Early childhood/preschool..............1 Elementary schools............................8 Middle schools...................................3 High school..........................................1 Transition Program............................1 Total employees......................................1,188 Administrators...................................34 Full-time teachers...........................516 Part-time teachers............................23 Teachers with advanced degrees....................................65.9% (State average is 61.7%) Support staff..................................404 (Including educational and instructional assistants, office personnel and custodial/ maintenance workers)

District 205 encompasses a total of 125 acres and 1.5 million square feet in 15 buildings (includes Administrative Center). Area of coverage....................... 40 sq. miles Including most of Elmhurst and portions of Addison, Bensenville and Oak Brook Certified staff to student ratio*................................. 12.9 to 1 (State is 13.7 to 1) Elementary (PreK-8)..........18.0 to 1 (State is 18.9 to 1) Secondary (9-12).............. 18.9 to 1 (State is 18.8 to 1) Administrator...................227.5 to 1 (State is 205.0 to 1) * Taken from the 2012 Illinois State Report Card for Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205

This booklet was prepared by the Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Finance and Operations Department for the benefit of our community. It presents an overview of the budget for fiscal year 2012-13. Chris Whelton Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations cwhelton@elmhurst205.org

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Table of Contents Introduction A Letter from the Superintendent ............................................................................................................3 Board of Education ..................................................................................................................................4 Budget Summary .....................................................................................................................................5 Revenues Revenue Sources ......................................................................................................................................6 Property Taxes .........................................................................................................................................7-8 Corporate Personal Property Replacement Taxes and Interest Income ...............................................................................................................................9 General State Aid and District Revenues Summary ................................................................................10 Student Demographics Enrollment History & Projections ...........................................................................................................11 ELL/English Language Learners and Percent Low Income ....................................................................12 Increase in the Number of District 205 Teachers ....................................................................................13 Expenditures Expenditures by Fund ..............................................................................................................................14 Instruction Takes Top Priority .................................................................................................................15-16 Structural Deficit Why Did the District Need Budget Reductions for the Third Year in a Row........................................................................................................................17 Operating Fund Balances by Month ........................................................................................................18 Highlights of Significant Capital Needs by School .................................................................................19 Results Elmhurst Education Initiatives .................................................................................................................20-22 ACT History.............................................................................................................................................23 Achievement Data ....................................................................................................................................24 Academic Achievements and Awards for 2012-13 .................................................................................25-29

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From Superintendent of Schools David Pruneau Dear Friends and Colleagues, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is proud to be part of a community that values its children, their education and our shared future. District 205 has a reputation as an academic leader, with numerous national and state recognitions earned by its outstanding teachers and students, exemplary schools and involved parents. We encourage all members of our community to take an active role in the education of our youth. This begins with a solid understanding of our schools and our district, including the financial management of this important resource. As part of our parent and community involvement effort, I hold monthly public coffees to listen to and encourage the public to provide feedback. In addition, the Board of Education and the PTA jointly offer an annual Community Forum event each November. Board members also have “adopted” District 205 schools, for which they serve as a liaison. And, of course, the twice monthly Board meetings and four Board committee meetings provide ample opportunity for our citizenry to observe the on-going business of the District and make public comment. Elmhurst District 205 is committed to honoring our community’s values and priorities as demonstrated through sound financial practices. For the third year in a row, we have been honored with a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award by the Association of School Business Officials International, reflecting our commitment to the highest standards of school system financial reporting. We are grateful that our community values responsible financial management and supports our efforts to strive for continuous improvement, while dealing with the challenges of diminished funding. Our costs, which are rising faster than revenues, are driven by increased enrollment and the needs of our students, as well as by state and federal mandates (many of which are unfunded or underfunded). There is no doubt that school finance can be difficult to understand. This “Budget at a Glance” booklet helps put the facts and figures into perspective and details where District 205 gets its funding, how those monies are spent, and the path of our financial and instructional future. We hope you will find it informative. Sincerely,

David Pruneau, Superintendent of Schools

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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board of Education Jim Collins Served since 2009 Current Board President Member of the City/Park/School Intergovernmental Committee Current Term 2009-2013 Liaison to Lincoln & Bryan

Susan DeRonne Served since 1993 Committee Assignments: Curriculum & Instruction Finance and Operations Current Term 2009-2013 Liaison to Edison & Sandburg

Maria Hirsch Served since 2009 Current Board Vice President Illinois Association of School Boards delegate Committee Assignments: Curriculum and Instruction Performance Management Chair IASB Current Term 2009-2013 Liaison to Field & Fischer

John McDonough Elected April 2011 Member of City/Park/School Intergovernmental Committee Committee Assignments: Finance and Operations Board Improvement/Policy City/Park/School Current Term 2011-2015 Liaison to Jackson & Jefferson

Shannon Ebner Elected April 2011 Current Board Secretary Board Representative for the Lizzardo Museum Committee Assignments: Curriculum and Instruction Chair Board Improvement/Policy LEND Current Term 2011-2015 Liaison to Madison & Hawthorne

Chris Blum Elected April 2011 Board Representative to the School Association for Special Education (SASED) Committee Assignments: Finance and Operations Performance Management City/Park/School Current Term 2011 -2015 Liaison to Emerson & York

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Karen Stuefen Elected April 2011 Board Representative for LEND (the Legislative Education Network of DuPage County) Committee Assignments: Board Improvement/Policy Chair Performance Management LEND SASED Current Term 2011-2015 Liaison to Churchville & York

Meeting Information Meetings are generally held twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. A complete schedule of meetings is available on the district website at www.elmhurst205.org/audio

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2012-2013 Budget Summary In March of 2012, the District 205 Board of Education voted to implement budget reductions for the 2012-2013 budget by approximately $1.2 million. Implemented in the cost reduction plan were the following: Budget Reductions  Utilized targets as opposed to hard-line caps for class sizes (grades K-8)  Increase staffing ratio at the high school  Decrease a certified librarian position at York  Stipends/budget reductions at the high school (library assistants, assistant coaches, secretarial, Tech and Vocational Ed)  Reduce one maintenance position (O & M budget)  Rearrangement of Unified Arts and PE at Churchville MS  Reduction of guidance counselor at Sandburg MS  Eliminate middle school library assistants  Reduce elementary music from twice per week (60 minutes) to once per week (45 minutes)  Eliminate middle school Transitional Spanish  Reduce middle school Student Council stipends  Reduce technology budget (hardware and software) 

Reduce technology telecom and internet budget (O & M budget)

Total budgeted expenditures exceed total budgeted revenues by $1,694,365. 2012-13 Budget Summary: Operating Funds

Revenues Expenditures

Budget 99,827,070 100,929,923

Budget Deficit

(1,102,853) Restricted Funds

Revenues Expenditures

10,383,976 10,975,488

All Funds

Revenues Expenditures

110,211,046 111,905,411

(591,512)

(1,694,365)

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Revenue Sources Local: Property Taxes Corporate Personal Property Replacement Taxes Tuition Interest Income Food Sales Student Fees Textbooks Other Local Revenues Subtotal - Local

$83,870,700 84.02% 1,593,660 1.60% 388,570 0.39% 33,830 0.03% 1,663,950 1.67% 686,250 0.69% 711,000 0.71% 315,330 0.32% 89,263,290 89.42%

State: General State Aid Special Ed State Aid Transportation State Aid Other State Aid Subtotal - State

2,894,240 3,065,950 1,101,640 358,610 7,420,440

2.90% 3.07% 1.10% 0.36% 7.43%

Federal: Special Education Flow-Thru Other Federal Grants Subtotal - Federal

1,700,000 1,443,340 3,143,340

1.70% 1.45% 3.15%

Total Operating Revenues

$99,827,070

State Average Operating Revenues Federal 12.32%

State 33.05%

Local 54.63%

Breakdown of Revenue Sources of the Average Illinois School District Source: http://www.isbe.net/reports/annual11/resources.pdf (Operating funds exclude the Debt Service Funds, the Capital Projects Funds, and the Fire Prevention and Safety Fund)

Due to imposed funding formulas, Elmhurst District 205 and other Chicago “collar county� school districts receive far less revenue from both the state and federal governments than the average Illinois school district and, therefore, rely much more heavily on local property taxes.

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Property Tax Base The Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV) for District 205 has a mix of property that is predominantly residential. The chart below illustrates the breakout:

2011 EAV Commercial 12.30%

Farms 0.00%

Industrial 6.55%

Railroad 0.05% Residential 81.06%

Cook County 0.03%

Residential Commercial Industrial Railroad Cook County Farms

2011 EAV 1,871,978,628 81.06% 284,134,383 12.30% 151,289,992 6.55% 1,191,047 0.05% 723,218 0.03% 195 0.00% 2,309,317,463 100.00%

DuPage School District Property Tax Rate Comparison Unit Districts

2011 Tax Rate

Indian Prairie (D204)

5.2200

Naperville (D203)

4.5400

Lisle (D202)

4.3929

Wheaton/Warrenville (D200)

4.3812

Elmhurst (D205)

4.1257

Westmont (D201)

3.9381

Elmhurst property taxpayers pay lower taxes to fund our schools than other towns in DuPage County.

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Property Taxes (continued) Many school districts are facing a structural deficit. This means that expenditures are outpacing revenues. One of the biggest funding factors affecting a school district that is very reliant on local property taxes is the property tax cap. The property tax cap limits (or caps) the property tax extension (amount for which school districts may levy) to the annual change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Following is a chart of CPI for the past eighteen years:

CPI has Averaged 2.47% 10.00% 9.00% 8.00% 7.00% 6.00% 5.00% 4.10%

4.00% 3.00% 2.00%

3.30% 3.40%

3.40%

3.30% 2.70% 2.50%

2.70% 1.70% 1.60%

1.60%

2.40%

2.70%

2.50% 1.90%

1.00%

3.00%

1.50% 0.10%

0.00% 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

As the above chart shows, the CPI has been an extremely low index, with a record low in 2008, which adversely affected Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010 by severely limiting the District’s largest revenue source: property taxes. In the 2012-13 budget, property taxes includes the second installment (September 2012) of the 2011 tax extension (which was based on the 2010 CPI of 1.5%), and the first installment (June 2013) of the 2012 tax extension (which will be based on the 2011 CPI of 3%). One other concern regarding property taxes is refunds. If the County determines that a parcel is tax exempt after taxes have been extended for that tax year, then the refunds are taken out of the current property tax collections. Refunds further erode this revenue stream. In the 2012-13 budget, property tax revenues have been reduced by approximately $3million for a potential refund to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital if these parcels are determined to be tax exempt.

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Corporate Personal Property Replacement Taxes Corporate Personal Property Replacement Taxes (CPPRT) are revenues collected by the state of Illinois and paid to local governments to replace money that was lost by local governments when their powers to impose personal property taxes on corporations, partnerships, and other business entities were eliminated. These taxes resulted when the new Illinois Constitution directed the legislature to abolish business personal property taxes and replace the revenue lost by local government units and school districts. In 1979, a law was enacted to provide for statewide taxes to replace the monies lost to local governments. Generally, the CPPRT revenues, which make up less than 2% of the budget, have a direct relationship with the state of the economy, and therefore have declined over the past five years. District 205 CPPRT revenues have decreased by $582,070 since 2007.

Interest Income

5,000,000 4,000,000 3,000,000 2,000,000 1,000,000 -

2007 2008 2009 Interest Income 1,063,832 1,241,430 560,953

2010 134,938

2011 66,006

2012 34,224

2013 33,830

Interest income has decreased by $1,030,002 since 2007 due to historically low interest rates.

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General State Aid The General State Aid Formula works in a way that provides more funding to schools with a low property tax base and less to school districts with a high tax base. The chart below illustrates that District 205 has received very small increases of General State Aid for the past six years. As our enrollment has steadily increased, our General State Aid has been relatively flat (and decreased in the current year).

5,000,000 4,500,000 4,000,000 3,500,000 3,000,000 2,500,000 2,000,000 1,500,000 1,000,000 500,000 -

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 General State Aid 2,555,09 2,859,14 2,309,69 2,575,27 3,220,76 3,044,88 2,894,24

District 205 Revenues Summary  District 205 is very reliant on local revenue sources (89.42%). And the largest revenue source by far is property taxes at 84.02%.  Property taxes are limited to CPI increases, and CPI has averaged 2.47% over the last eighteen years. District 205 has reduced the property tax revenue amounts by approximately $3million for a potential refund to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.  Corporate Personal Property Replacement Taxes have declined by $582,070 since 2007.  Interest rates are at historic lows. Interest income has declined by over $1 million since 2007.  State revenues will likely decline. Illinois is in serious financial difficulty. Moody’s downgraded the credit rating of the State of Illinois to A2. In Moody’s opinion, Illinois is the least credit worthy state in the nation.  The State of Illinois cut General State Aid for 2012-13. General State Aid was prorated at 95% in 2011-12, and will be prorated even further to 89% in 2012-13.  Mandated categorical reimbursements have been paid to the District more than six months late. We expect continued decreases in the future – primarily in regular education transportation.  The State also made reductions in reimbursements for driver education and early childhood.  Federal funding will decrease in 2012-13 due to the end of the stimulus monies. We are also concerned about future federal appropriations for IDEA funding. Therefore, we expect to see decreasing federal dollars in future years.

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Student Demographics Enrollment History & Projections Staffing makes up 80% of District 205’s budget. Staffing needs are driven by enrollment and the needs of our students. We have experienced steady enrollment increases over the past five years and projections indicate the trend will continue, as illustrated below:

8,600 8,400 8,288

8,200

8,146

8,332

8,380

8,454 8,412 8,436

8,191 8,220

8,039

8,000 7,810

7,800

7,724

7,600 7,400 7,200 7,000 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

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ELL – English Language Learners

Source: ELL Report, Feb. 2010 Updated, Feb. 2012

Percent Low Income

Source: State School Report Cards

Changing demographics of our student population is resulting in the need for additional staff.

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Increase in the Number of District 205 Teachers

As previously noted and illustrated above, District 205 has seen steady increases in staffing due to climbing student enrollment and increased student need, related to such factors as support for English Language Learners (those for whom English is not the primary language) and higher levels of low income families. Budget reductions reduced the number of teachers in the current school year. District 205 Student-to-Staff Ratios (taken from the Illinois State Report Card for 2011) Pupil-Teacher Pupil-Teacher Pupil-Certified PupilElementary Secondary Staff Administrator District 17.2 18.1 12.6 234.7 State 18.8 18.9 13.6 211.3

To view the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for 2010-11, visit the Finance and Operations webpage at http://www.elmhurst205.org/finance.

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Expenditures by Fund Salaries Benefits Purchased Services Supplies Capital Outlay Dues, Fees, Tuition Non-Capitalized Equipment Total Expenditures

Benefits 12.52%

$66,652,211 12,640,495 11,620,438 4,849,590 587,188 3,491,582 1,088,419

66.04% 12.52% 11.51% 4.80% 0.58% 3.46% 1.08%

$100,929,923

Purchased Services 11.51%

Supplies 4.80%

Capital Outlay 0.58% Dues, Fees, Tuition 3.46% Non-Capitalized Equipment 1.08%

Salaries 66.04%

Salaries and Benefits represent 78.56% of the total operating expenditures.

(Operating Funds exclude the Debt Service Funds, the Capital Projects Funds, and the Fire Prevention and Safety Fund)

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Instruction Takes Top Priority 2012-2013 Total Expenditure Budget Functions

Instruction $62,534,795 61.96%

Detail Functions Regular Programs Special Education Vocational Programs Interscholastic Summer School Gifted Driver Education Bilingual Outplaced Students (Tuition)

Budget $41,820,666 12,941,999 1,684,732 1,252,834 478,554 809,948 179,904 1,043,158 2,323,000

Instructional Support $10,620,882 10.52%

Social Workers Guidance Health Psychological Speech Pathology Curriculum, Technology, Staff Development Educational Media / Library Assessment and Testing

1,195,213 1,623,534 1,160,210 718,734 1,193,105 3,658,761 714,373 356,952

Operations $22,346,460 22.14%

Business Services Communications and Human Resources District Insurances Operations and Maintenance Transportation IMRF/FICA/Medicare Food Service Interfund Transfers for Debt Payment Contingency

812,205 835,711 961,363 9,305,623 3,673,875 3,220,947 2,006,970 1,479,766 50,000

General Administration School Administration

942,285 4,485,501

Leadership $5,427,786 5.38%

Total

$ 100,929,923

(Operating funds exclude the Debt Service Funds, the Capital Projects Funds, and the Fire Prevention and Safety Fund) To view the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for 2010-11, visit the Finance and Operations webpage at http://www.elmhurst205.org/finance.

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Instruction Takes Top Priority

Instruction Instructional Support Operations Leadership

2011 $61,126,536 9,519,859 21,169,677 5,720,274 $97,536,346

2012 2013 $61,137,015 $62,534,795 10,130,842 10,620,882 22,157,525 22,346,460 5,604,783 5,427,786 $99,030,165 $100,929,923

The District has organized the entire budget into five operational categories that summarize how money is spent. As the charts show, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 keeps instruction as its top priority while providing funds necessary to the areas that support instruction. Over 72 percent of the District’s total budget is spent in the classroom on instruction and instructional support. Approximately 5 percent of the District’s total budget is spent on leadership costs.

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Why Did District 205 Need Budget Reductions for the Third Year in a Row?  Expenditures are Outpacing Revenues o Revenues are relatively flat  Property Taxes are limited to the Consumer Price Index or CPI (average of 2.47% over the past 18 years - see chart on page 8)  Corporate Personal Property Replacement Taxes are decreasing  Interest income is decreasing  State revenues are decreasing  Federal revenues are decreasing

 The Needs of our Students are Outpacing our Revenue Streams o Expenditures are driven by the needs of our students  Enrollment has been steadily increasing and is projected to continue to do so (see chart on page 11)  Mandated services are increasing in number and cost  The cost of tuition for out-placed students is increasing  The number of ELL/Bilingual students is increasing  The technology needs of our students are increasing  Salaries are increasing  Healthcare benefit costs are increasing  Budget Reductions Help Mitigate the District 205 Structural

Deficit o Elmhurst District 205 has made significant sacrifices over the past three years with increasing class sizes and layoffs to make every effort at balancing the budget. The unanticipated property tax refund prevented the balanced budget for 2012-13. o Pension “reforms” currently being considered (which would shift the burden from state to local responsibility) may result in yearly staff cuts and, ultimately, the elimination of programs that serve our students. To view budget information from past years, visit www.elmhurst205.org/finance.

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Operating Fund Balances by Month FY2012 – Unaudited (Cash Basis) 60,000,000 50,000,000 40,000,000 30,000,000 20,000,000 10,000,000 -

The above chart is a depiction of the ebb and flow of District 205’s fund balance throughout the fiscal year. The peak months of September and June are linked to the receipt of property tax monies from DuPage County. Over 84% of our revenues come from local property taxes. The result is that the District’s cashflow low point is always in May (prior to the June property tax collections). The District would like to avoid short-term borrowing in order to pay operating bills during the months in which the cashflow is low. Short-term borrowing will only exacerbate the structural deficit by adding costs related to legal fees, interest expense, underwriting, and other issuance costs. In addition, borrowing money to pay operating bills is not sound financial practice. The June 30th Fund Balance will always be inflated due to the June property tax collections.

Operating Fund Balances as a Percentage of Operating Expenditures

By maintaining the current level of fund balance as a percentage of expenditures at June 30th, the District has avoided the need for short-term borrowing in April and May.

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Highlights of Significant Capital Needs by School Lincoln Elementary School

Churchville Middle School

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Major roof, window, door and masonry repairs Replacement of entire antiquated steam heating plant Significant repair of domestic water pipes and interior roof drains Provide a secure entrance/main office Entire building is not ADA accessible Many less-than-ideal educational spaces, undersized common areas, and inefficient floor plan

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Aquatic Center roof replacement, lighting update, ductwork insulating, pool grouting and leak repair Fencing north of St. Charles Road Cooling systems will soon reach 15 years of age and needs work to prolong life expectancy Football Stadium parking lot complete resurfacing

Large remodeling project required to provide a secure entrance Badly undersized lunch area

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Madison Early Childhood Center    

Field Elementary School 

York High School 

Replace 50-year-old PE lockers and bleachers Despite the age of many other elements, Bryan is remarkably well kept Significant remodeling necessary to provide for a secure entrance

Boilers, HVAC delivery systems, and power distribution systems are badly out of date Building automated controls are performed on a long-obsolete platform that is no longer supported and is not compatible with the rest of the District Doors, ceiling grid, wall tile, and bathroom fixtures are in need of replacement in many areas Original PE lockers and bleacher replacement Parking lot is failing in multiple locations and does not utilize its space efficiently Provide a secure entrance/main office

Has not been updated in any significant way in over 30 years HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems are all overdue for work Lacks a standard automated building control system Windows, doors and other finishes in the building are “tired”

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Parking lot needs repaving Replace 60-year-old PE lockers Large remodeling project necessary to provide secure entrance

The following buildings have less significant needs: Conrad Fischer Elementary School

Emerson Elementary School

Repair or replace most of the roof

Immediate to mid-term needs are minor

Jefferson Elementary School

Hawthorne Elementary School

Large areas of the roof repaired or replaced

No significant short or medium term needs

Jackson Elementary School

Board Office

Provide secure entrance

Parking lot needs repaving

Edison Elementary School 

Provide a secure entrance

The general rule is to invest $1 per square foot per year into facilities. District 205’s square footage is 1,582,589. Therefore, $1,582,589 should be invested into capital expenditures each year. Funding for these projects would need to come from the Capital Projects fund, which currently stands at a little over $2 million, and from the Fire Prevention and Safety fund, which currently stands at a little over $1 million, for a total of $2,473,785, woefully short of that rule of thumb.

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Elmhurst Educational Initiatives With a clear focus on increasing student achievement for all students, the Curriculum and Instruction Department aligned its work to five pillars. Pillars are the major foundational elements in which goals and priorities are developed. They provide a framework for establishing a balanced plan for development and implementation of major initiatives. The five pillars used to clarify the District’s educational initiatives are: Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Monitoring, Leadership and Capacity, Community and Stakeholders. These are the strategic drivers for academic improvement in the District 205. Across all five of these pillars, increasing consistency, incorporating thorough planning processes and developing leadership were the main catalysts for long-term improvement. This year, teachers continued to work collaboratively across levels, making considerable progress in aligning all classes to relevant standards and benchmarks, including: o o o o

District Power Standards College Readiness Standards Common Core Standards Content Area/Professional Standards

The Curriculum and Instruction Department also established the SCAIL (Standards, Curriculum, Assessments, Instruction and Learning) model to coordinate and communicate the improvement processes and cycles within the District. The SCAIL model uses data analysis to help target and integrate those areas needing improvement. In addition, the development of a Performance Trajectory for K-12 (a growth model), which serves as a District-wide performance target, provides a coherent set point for establishing performance targets across grade levels. This trajectory is used to establish the levels of rigor expected for all assessments, across grade levels, for use throughout the entire district. Ultimately, quizzes and tests will provide rich data to classroom teacher to be used to prepare students for external accountability assessments and for the ACT. The development of common assessments and the capacity to analyze data, both within teams and across the District, have been instrumental in achieving significant levels of curricular as well as academic improvement and will continue to have a positive impact on learning in the future. Educational highlights are as follows: 

Continuing a multi-year initiative to increase the rigor and alignment of the District 205 academic program and to align to the new Common Core State Standards, teams of teachers collaborated with the Marzano Labs to develop Power Standards and Proficiency Scales for Kindergarten through eighth grade. Similar alignment work, incorporating the College Readiness Standards, was fully implemented across the content areas at York Community High School.

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In order to provide students with the most current technological tools, Google Apps for Edu[cation] was implemented for the staff and the students of York High School. Google Apps is a no cost, collaborative tool that includes the ability to share documents and spreadsheets, as well as create online forms, surveys and websites. Google Apps for Edu also provides

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storage for video that is being used for online staff development. Plans are underway to make Google Apps available for middle school students in the near future. Web 2.0 tools, such as Skype, Edmodo, KidBlog, and Edublogs are available and supported to facilitate global awareness and understanding by connecting with others around the world.

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Related to increased student utilization of technology, and recognizing a need for keyboarding skills as students proceed through the grade levels and into the workplace, a formal keyboarding program is now a part of the grade 3-5 curriculum with the program also being available to students for independent work at home.

As all content areas look to provide support for the District's literacy initiatives, curricula in the areas of Art, Family & Consumer Science, as well as World Languages, were revised to integrate more non-fiction reading into the curriculum frameworks. To provide multiple opportunities for non-fiction reading, subscriptions for classroom sets of periodicals were purchased. Each middle school building received six issues of Scholastic Art and Choices this year. These materials have been incorporated into the Art and Family & Consumer Science curricula, respectively. Middle school guidance students read 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Steven Covey. Additionally, middle school World Language teachers received classroom sets of anthologies of cultural readings in the target World Language, which are being used to enhance students’ interpretive skills.

The establishment of a Kindergarten through grade 9 Writing Committee represents a huge step in designing and implementing a writing program that aligns with the District’s literacy program. Writing will be a major skill addressed through the revitalization of the Social Studies curriculum in 2012-13.

Working to ensure that the needs of all students are met, the District underwent a study of the current REACH (gifted) curriculum, reviewing the entry and exit assessment criteria and examining out-of-district Gifted & Talented Programs. A modified REACH math program was implemented for grades 3-5 and flexible group instruction provided for the other topperforming students.

Similarly, support was provided for Bilingual and English Language Learners (ELL), including the development of a program of study and courses. A District 205 ELL Committee, consisting of parents, teachers and administrators, was organized to review current practices, state mandates and best practice in order to revise and improve the existing program. The department’s work has led to alignment of services from early-childhood through 12th grade, including the development of a new course at the middle school level. Additionally, the department has worked diligently to recruit and place a highly qualified staff. Next year, there will be additional ELL supplemental materials and support for core instruction.

In preparing students to be successful in college and career, York High School strengthened the Freshman Cohort program to provide struggling learners with the support they need to be successful in high school and to take the rigorous courses necessary to be prepared for their post-secondary plans.

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In coordination with the District RTI (Response to Instruction) team, developed a coherent understanding of performance levels needing intervention and the degree of needed intervention. This enabled the use of various means of identification in a coordinated manner that is consistent within the District, facilitated by a new RTI tracker.

Developed Intervention Placement Criteria and provided training on instructional methods for various sub-groups of teachers, as well as working to coordinate reading intervention across the District.

Using Title I funds, a Media:scape LearnLab was implemented at Churchville Middle School last spring in order to better address the learning needs of at-risk learners. During the summer of 2012 – using grant monies from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Arts Council – a Media:scape Lab was also built at York High School for use by students of World Languages. These labs will provide enhanced opportunities for students to connect with academic content and each other. They encourage the strategic confluence of people, space and information to help students excel. LearnLabs support the 21st century skills of collaboration, teamwork, creative problem solving and critical thinking. Churchville and York are the first middle and high schools in the country to offer Media:Scape LearnLab technology to their students.

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ACT History in District 205

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The graph above illustrates the steady climb in the average ACT composite for each District 205 graduating class since 1974. The red dashed line represents the point at which Illinois began requiring that all juniors (not just those who were college bound) take the ACT as a part of the Prairie State Achievement Exam in 2002.

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Achievement Data from Illinois School Report Cards The graphs below show overall District results in reading and math on the ISAT assessment that is administered in grades 3 – 8 and the PSAE assessment that is administered in 11th grade. 3rd – 8th Grade ISAT Reading

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Academic Achievements and Awards January 2012  The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recognized 17,515 students from 773 high schools as 2012-13 Illinois State Scholars, including 128 from York Community High School. Illinois State Scholar winners rank in the top ten percent of high school seniors. Selection is based on SAT, ACT and/or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work in conjunction with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to determine the winners.  Four teachers from Elmhurst District 205 are among the 461 members of this year’s class of Nationally Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) in Illinois. According to the State Board of Education, Illinois ranks third nationally for the number of teachers who achieved the recognition in 2011. Certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) this past year are: from York High School – Elizabeth Leidolf, Megan Mehilos and Jessica Weldon; and from Conrad Fischer Elementary School – Donna Dewar. This brings the total number of NBCT in Elmhurst to 19.  Elmhurst District 205 was awarded the Association of School Business Officials International’s Certificate of Excellence (COE) in Financial Reporting award for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. The District was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending 2011. This is the third year in a row that District 205 has received this recognition. The award represents a significant achievement and reflects commitment to the highest standards of school system financial reporting.

February 2012  Following a year-long process, the work of Elmhurst’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Committee has paid off. The group was recently informed that they have garnered two federal grants totaling $81,318, which will be administered by Elmhurst School District 205. One grant – in the amount of $41,839 – is earmarked to “teach pedestrian and bicycle safety skills to students and parents” while the other – in the amount of $39,479 – is to promote safe routes to school in the community.  The Illinois State Board of Education announced in February that it was honoring 438 schools with 2011 Academic Excellence Awards, continuing the strong trend of recent years. Academic Excellence criteria require that 90% of elementary students and 85%

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of high school students meet or exceed standards on State tests. Further, these schools must demonstrate excellence for at least consecutive three years. Nearly 100 schools in Illinois have received the Academic Excellence award for six years or more. In District 205, nine of 12 eligible schools were named to the 2011 Illinois Honor Roll. Proportionally, that beats all of our benchmark districts and, at 75%, is as good as or better than most unit districts in the State. Historically, the following D205 schools have received this award: 2005-2011- Edison; 2007-2011 - Field, Hawthorne, Jackson; 2008-2011; Bryan, Sandburg, Jefferson, Lincoln; 2011 - Emerson In addition, Bryan and Sandburg received the Academic Improvement Award in 2006, while Churchville received the Academic Improvement Award in 2007. It should be noted that Fischer Elementary achieved the requisite 90% meets or exceeds mark in 2010-11.  Golden Apple announced the selection of its 2012 Golden Apple Scholars. Representing York Community High School are Kelly O’Ryan and Nicholas Sorrentino, both members of the Class of 2012. They are counted among "135 dynamic young people (in Illinois) who have clearly demonstrated passion and commitment to pursuing a career in education." The Scholars program offers support to future teachers as they pursue an undergraduate education at one of 53 Illinois universities and provides financial college assistance while strengthening teacher preparation. Scholars agree to teach for five years in an Illinois school of need.

March 2012  The Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (ISAAPT) strives to advance the teaching of physics and also furthers an appreciation of the role physics play in our society. Each school year the Illinois Section of AAPT is pleased to receive nominations of outstanding high school physics teachers in the State from fellow teachers and school administrators. The sole honor is awarded at the evening banquet of the section’s spring meeting. This spring, York physics teacher Jeremy Paschke received the 2012 award from his peers.  More than 65 students from District 205, including teams from York High School, Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg Middle Schools, participated in the competitive College of DuPage Regional Science Olympiad event in March. Every school in District 205, including all eight elementary schools, held a Science Olympiad event or sponsored a team this year. York High School, Sandburg and Churchville Middle Schools placed 4th, 4th and 6th respectively. Bryan Middle School also sent a team to the contest.

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The York, Churchville and Sandburg Varsity teams were invited to represent the District at the Science Olympiad State Tournament, held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in April. Four teams of two earned first- and third-place medals at State. They were: Andrew Frank and Elena Vezmar from Churchville, as well as Sarah Eaton and Katie Pasternock; Eric Comings and Katie Toohey; and Martha Eaton and Eric Comings from Sandburg.

April 2012  Twenty-one York Community High School world language students recently attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2012 National Spanish Examination. Students earned a total of eight silver and three bronze medals, as well as ten honorable mentions. York students have a history of high achievement on these exams and were coached by Spanish teachers Yari Diaz, Beth Leidolf, Kelly Westerberg and Nancy Byrne, who coordinated and facilitated the exam, as did Department of World Language Chair Dr. Lisa Bucciarelli.  In this her senior year, York Speech Team member Sarah King qualified for the IHSA finals in the Original Oratory event, which required students to write and memorize an original 8-minute persuasive speech on a relevant, engaging topic. In her second year on the team, she went on to capture the State championship title.  The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)/Herff Jones in April announced the 2012-13 Principal’s Leadership Award Scholarship Program state winners, chosen from over 3,000 applicants. In addition to recognizing leadership in co-curricular activities and academic performance, the Principal’s Leadership Award (PLA) scholarship program values the importance of a well-rounded education. Jacob Ruprecht, a member of the York Community High School Class of 2012, has been a standout in each of these areas and was recognized as such by being named among the 100 PLA state winners. Jacob was also chosen as one of only 26 athletes named to the Illinois High School Association State All Academic Team, which this year was comprised of 13 young men and 13 young women.  Over $114,000 in scholarships and awards were bestowed upon 52 commendable members of the York Community High School Class of 2012 at the annual Scholarship Awards Night. These awards were granted by 28 various school-based and community groups, as well as private foundations within and beyond Elmhurst. In addition, another $1 million was offered to members of the Class of 2012 through private and collegebased merit scholarships.

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 SchoolSearch has again awarded District 205 with a Bright Red Apple for academic excellence in education. Out of 868 school districts in Illinois, only 79 were honored, based on five objective factors: academic performance, pupil/teacher ratio, expenditure per pupil, educational level of teachers, and average teacher salary. Data was obtained from the 2011 Illinois Report Card.

 With a score of 90.6%, District 205 is the highest scoring school district in the history of the Illinois Policy Institute’s Local Transparency Project (http://illinoispolicy.org). The Local Transparency Project grades governments on the availability to the public of vital community information, such as public meeting schedules, government employee salaries and tax rates. Since the project was launched in February 2010, more than 130 government entities have been graded.

May 2012  Upon invitation, the York Community High School Symphonic Band participated in the prestigious SuperState Concert Band Festival, held at the University of Illinois’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana-Champaign. Their selection was recommended by a panel of world-class judges that reviewed a submitted recording of York’s celebrated winter concert. They were led by Director of Bands Michael Pavlik.  In its annual ranking of the nation's “Best High Schools,” U.S. News & World Report listed York Community High School as 31st in Illinois based on how well it prepares students for college, as well as other academic criteria. It was seventh on the list of 15 area schools that made the cut and garnered a silver award. The top 4,877 schools across the country were listed as gold, silver or bronze winners. Scores were based on the performance of 12th-grade students in the 2010-2011 academic year. For more information, please visit http://www.usnews.com/education.  Twenty-four York students competed in the State SkillsUSA competition held in Springfield, earning nine medals in seven different competitions, a record win for the Industrial Technology Department. Advancing to the national competition held in Kansas City were Cody Schau, Chase Peterson, and Andrew Bles.  Alec Hein, a York High School sophomore this year, placed second in the Machine CAD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) category at the statewide Illinois Drafting Educators Association competition, which took place at Illinois State University.

 Thirty-six York students competed in the Illinois Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference in Springfield, earning 29 medals. In addition, Katherine Kampwirth qualified to advance to nationals in Interior Design, along with Hailee Catalano, who was chosen to represent Illinois as a member of a three-student culinary team.

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September 2012  On September 7, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 269 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels. Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 boasts two schools – Lincoln Elementary and Bryan Middle School – which were selected as exemplary, high-performing Blue Ribbon for Excellence award winners. They were among 21 Illinois schools honored, of which 13 were public schools. The U.S. Department of Education will honor approximately 219 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C. In its 30-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,000 of America’s schools. Former District 205 Blue Ribbon Schools include Edison Elementary, Sandburg Middle School and York Community High School.  Six York Community High School seniors qualified as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists in the 2013 competition, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, including the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Representing York are: Karen Altergott, Caroline Dierksheide, Evan Fabry, Emma Fisher, Ushasi Naha and Matthew Wilbur.  Fifteen York Community High School seniors were named National Merit Commended Students, representing the top five percent of U.S. high school seniors. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 34,000 Commended Students in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Recognized for their exceptional academic promise are: Laura Anderson, Claire Cornell, Margaret Crotser, Leah Gortowski, Jenna Honeywell, Peter Howland, Joseph Kleinhans, Laura Krance, Anna Lansdowne, Justin McDonough, Anne Nelson, Anthony Pierotti, Elena Schwarz, Kailey Slavik and Garrett Stevenson.  For the second year in a row, York’s Varsity Boys Volleyball team was selected for national recognition by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), which recently announced that 536 teams earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 season. The York Boys Volleyball team is one of only 22 high school teams nationwide to receive this honor and one of five from Illinois. The team’s coaches are Ken Dowdy and Mike Westendorf.

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Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Budget at a Glance 2012-2013 1


Budget at a Glance 2012-13