The strategic planning committee gave a year in review at Wednesday’s Dunlap Board of Education meeting.


The strategic planning committee gave a year in review at Wednesday’s Dunlap Board of Education meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Jay Marino gave a recap of the scorecard the committee had made in its first year of use.

The scorecard measures the percentage of students that are proficient in various areas, as well as gives a three-year projection of growth.

Marino said that 25 of 88 goals of improvement were met this year, while 18 were not. The other 45 goals did not have enough data available yet.

“We’ve recently put into place a structure that involves all employees and students in our work toward our strategic plan,” Marino said. “We believe that over time, we will see overall improvement in all areas as our plan has time to work.”

On the technology side, Assistant Superintendent Lisa Parker said the district recently purchased 25 SMART Boards for classrooms, as well as iPads for all administration and the technical director.

Parker added that the entire district is in the process of going wireless.

In education, a district planning map has been made through kindergarten through fifth grade, as well as for math, social studies and language arts.

The middle school also instituted Gateway to Technology and foreign language courses for this year, and economics and global awareness courses for the year after.

Finally, Erik Christian said that a substitute placement and absent management program has been started for the human resource department.

“We had an extremely successful year with many accomplishments,” Marino said. “All efforts have been aligned to the strategic plan and we are gaining much momentum for the coming year.”

Marino said that the group will detail the major goals of the next school year at the Aug. 10 board meeting.

In other meeting news:

• Marino announced that the Illinois State Board of Education awarded a Certificate of Financial Recognition to the district.

Kelly Funke, the director of finance, said that Financial Recognition is the highest of four levels the ISBE recognizes.

The certificate was awarded based on five indicators, according to the state board of educations’ website. They are: fund balance to revenue ratio, expenditures to revenues ratio, days cash on hand, percent of short-term borrowing available and percent of long-term debt remaining.

• The board approved an agreement with the City of Peoria for a storm sewer and public recreational trail easement, as well as a right of way agreement.

The agreement was needed for work at Hickory Grove Elementary School.

Also approved for Hickory Grove and the athletic fields were 12 bids for construction work. Meanwhile, all bids for metal wall panels were rejected.

• Various hires were approved for the district schools.

The hires were: Ridgeview Elementary School: Miranda Donnelly, office assistant; Wilder-Waite Elementary School: Cynthia Snowden, physical education teacher; Dunlap Middle School: Dana Paliga, aide; Dunlap Valley Middle School: Stephanie Gleason, science teacher; Banner Elementary School: Shaela Elsasser, fourth-grade teacher, and Melanie Blair, Hazel McCutchen-Lobdell, Susan Ney and Sunny Olsen, aides; Dunlap High School: Dustin Hess, health teacher, and Michaelene Soliven, science teacher.