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  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Jun 19, 2024

    Community Consolidated District 181 Board Among other business at their meeting Monday, board members: • held a public hearing on and approved the fiscal year 2024-25 budget, which shows revenues of $86.7 million and expenses of $77.8 million in the operating funds and revenues of $90.5 million and expenses of $105 million for all funds, which includes construction projects for a new district office and full-day kindergarten at six schools. No one spoke at the hearing or has commented on the tentative budget since it went o...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Jun 12, 2024

    Hinsdale Village Board Among other business Tuesday, trustees: • held first reads on applications for liquor licenses for Hinsdale Prime Steak restaurant that is expected to open at 40 E. Hinsdale Ave. later this summer and Hinsdale Pantry at 5827 S. Madison St. Hinsdale Prime Steak is requesting a license allowing them to sell alcohol as well as invite customers to bring their own, with a corkage fee. Trustees signaled they will approve both applications on the second read at the July 16 board meeting. • held a first rea...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Jun 5, 2024

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Among other business at their May 30 meeting, school board members: • learned from Interim Superintendent Becky Nelson that the Illinois State Board of Education has decided to return to using the ACT as the required exam for high school graduation. The ACT had been used until 2014, when the state switched to the SAT. Nelson said the district will continue to make sure students are prepared for the SAT by delivering high-quality instruction with a viable curriculum. • approved the hiring of...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated May 15, 2024

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board Among other business May 9, board members: • approved the final school year calendar for 2023-24, removing the five emergency days and setting the last day of student attendance day as May 31 • acknowledged district retirees, including Myles Laffey and siblings Anna and Marvin Breig • encouraged administrators to finish the proposal for an off-campus lunch pilot at Hinsdale South for seniors for the 2024-25 school year. Hinsdale Central Principal Bill Walsh said Central is inter...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Hinsdale Village Board Among other business Tuesday, trustees: • approved outdoor dining for Casa Margarita effective immediately. The restaurant operates in the Brush Hill Train Station at 25 E. Hinsdale Ave. and is subject to a lease agreement with the village as well as a contract agreement between the village and BNSF, rather than the newly adopted regulations for outdoor dining in the village code. The outdoor dining permission runs through Oct. 31. • approved the addition of six properties to the Historically Significan...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Apr 3, 2024

    Hinsdale Village Board Among other business at their meeting Tuesday, trustees: • recognized Fire Chief John Giannelli, who is retiring tomorrow, April 5, after 32 years of service with the village. He joined the fire department in 1991 as a full-time firefighter. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2006, captain in 2012 and chief in 2016. • awarded a construction contract to Schroeder Asphalt Services in an amount not to exceed $653,212 for the 2024 asphalt resurfacing program. Work will be done on Monroe Street from Sixth to...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board Among other business at their March 21 meeting, board members: • learned the dates and times for incoming Superintendent Michael Lach’s “Listen and Learn’ sessions have been finalized and will take place on Wednesdays in April. He will be available to meet with Hinsdale Central parents and community members from 4 to 5 p.m. April 3 at Central. A virtual session will take place for all from noon to 1 p.m. April 24. • approved a consolidated registration fee of $485 for the 2024-25 s...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Mar 13, 2024

    Community Consolidated Elementary Dist. 181 Board 7 p.m. Monday, March 18 Hinsdale Middle School 100 S. Garfield Ave. www.d181.org On the draft agenda: approve science resource, e-rate for internet and Wan services and iPad device refresh; five-year forecasting; full-day kindergarten update; winter MAP and SIP update Hinsdale High School District 86 Board 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21 Hinsdale Central High School 55th and Grant streets www.hinsdale86.org/board-of-education/board-meetings Hinsdale Village Board 7 p.m. Tuesday,...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Feb 28, 2024

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Among other business Feb. 22, board members: • tabled an administration recommendation to consolidate student fees, including text books, course fees, course supplies, academic field trips, student ID, PE uniforms, graduation and technology fees, into one comprehensive registration fee of $475 for the 2024-25. Board President Cat Greenspon said board members still had questions about the proposal that needed to be answered before taking a vote. At the Feb. 8 committee of the whole meeting, b...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Jan 24, 2024

    Community Consolidated Elementary Dist. 181 Board Among other business Monday, board members: • heard a report on the packaging of bids for the estimated $20.7 million in construction projects related to the district’s implementation of full-day kindergarten in the 2025-26 school year. Facilities director Mike Duggan said Oak School was bid separately due to the $5.8 million in work required, while Elm School and The Lane were bid together as smaller projects with a $3.5 million combined cost estimate, as were Madison and...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Dec 27, 2023

    Community Consolidated District 181 Board Among other business Dec. 18, board members • held a public hearing on and adopted the 2023 property tax levy of $76.7 million for operating funds. The board plans to abate about $2 million of that total and will finalize that number in February. • listened to a report on Illinois Assessment of Readiness and Illinois Science Assessment results that showed D181 students significantly outperformed the state average in reading, math and science and demonstrated growth exceeding the sta...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Nov 21, 2023

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Among other business at their Nov. 16 meeting, board members: • approved a resolution estimating the 2023 total tax levy at $112.4 million. A public hearing on the levy will be held at the board’s Dec. 21 meeting. • agreed to spend up to $3.14 million with DCG Roofing Solutions for roofing repairs to Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South high schools • awarded a bid for railing replacements at Hinsdale Central to Edwin Anderson Construction Co. in an amount not to exceed $458,000 • voted 6-0...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Oct 18, 2023

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board Among other business Oct. 12, board members • unanimously approved a new math course called Geometry and Construction for the 2024-25 school year • voted 5-1 to postpone a vote on adding four new social studies courses and eliminating one until its next meeting on Oct. 26. Board member Peggy James said she needed answers to some questions before she would be comfortable voting. • decided to interview five to eight of the 17 individuals who applied to fill the vacancy. The board plans...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Oct 4, 2023

    Hinsdale Village Board Among other business Tuesday, trustees: • reviewed two new properties — 108 S. Adams St. and 322 N. Garfield Ave. — to be added to the village’s Historically Significant Structures Property List. The historic preservation voted 5-0 to recommend inclusion on the list. The board plans to vote on the properties at its Oct. 17 meeting. • discussed approving preservation incentives for the home at 136 N. Washington St. owned by Andy O’Connor and Katie Lambert. The historic preservation commission recommended...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Sep 27, 2023

    Community Consolidated District 181 Board Among other business at their Sept. 18 meeting, board members: • heard an update from Kristin Reingruber, director of assessment, instruction and evaluation, on the science pilot under way. Two resources are being piloted at the elementary school level and two at the middle schools, with plans to have new materials in place for the 2024-25 school year. The last science resource pilot and purchase was for the 2018-19 school year. • learned the owner of the building at 133 Ogden Ave...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Aug 23, 2023

    Hinsdale Village Board Among other business Aug. 15, trustees: • heard a proposal for a three-year garbage removal contract extension with Republic Services, which includes annual 4.25 percent price increases each year for the standard weekly curbside collection and a larger initial year increase for premium collection services such as backdoor and twice-per-week collections, with 4.25 percent increases in years two and three. Village officials said the proposal provides a smaller increase to the 86 percent of residents e...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Aug 16, 2023

    Community Consolidated District 181 Board Among other business at Monday’s meeting, board members: • learned Gov. JB Pritzker signed House Bill 2396, which mandates that all schools offer full-day kindergarten by the 2027-28 school year. District 181 plans to offer that option in the fall of 2025, with construction of new classrooms taking place in the summer of 2024. More details should be available after the work goes out to bid early next year. • congratulated The Lane School for winning the Model PLC School Distr...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board At their July 27 meeting, board members: • listened as Hinsdale Central Principal Bill Walsh called for a moment of silence in memory of 14-year-old Sean Richards, who was hit and killed in a July 20 accident on Lincoln Street between Fuller’s Car Wash and Fontano’s Subs. Walsh also wished a speedy recovery to others injured in the accident. “We have not forgotten the driver of the vehicle. May the Hinsdale Central family wrap their arms (around) and share their heavy hearts with hi...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Jul 12, 2023

    Hinsdale Village Board Among other business Tuesday, trustees: • approved a 4.1 percent increase in the village water rates to keep pace with higher operating costs resulting from the DuPage Water Commission’s recent rate increase. The hike will result in an average increase of $4.89 per month or $9.78 in a resident’s total bi-monthly water and sewer bill, or $58.65 per year. The new rates will go into effect for all meter readings after Aug. 1, so the increase will first appear on the Sept. 1 billings. • passed amended...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Jun 28, 2023

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Among other business June 22, board members: • approved a tentative fiscal year 2024 budget with projected expenses of $130.8 million and expected revenue of $131 million. The spending plan is about $4.2 million more than the previous year’s actuals, for a 3.2 percent increase.. A public hearing on the tentative budget was set for the Sept. 28 board meeting. • awarded a contract to Point Security to furnish and install concealed weapons detection systems at both district campuses for $157,...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Apr 19, 2023

    Community Consolidated District 181 Among other business Monday, board members: • unanimously approved an assessment calendar for the 2023-24 school year. A few tests have been moved earlier in the year, three have been added and two have been eliminated. “This version of the assessment calendar is truly just refined,” said Tracey Miller, director of assessment, instruction and evaluation. “There aren’t major changes we are asking (for) or recommending.” • approved new resources for middle school Spanish (Somos) at a...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Apr 5, 2023

    Hinsdale Village Board Among other business at their Tuesday meeting, trustees: • talked about buying an $840,000 pumping engine for the fire department to serve as the village’s front-line engine. The engine it will replace, which is 11 years old, will become the second line engine, replacing a vehicle that is 25 years old. The price has increased $300,000 over the last three years and supply chain issues have caused a wait time of two years for delivery. Village President Tom Cauley encouraged the fire department to loo...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Mar 15, 2023

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board Among other business March 9, board members: • agreed they would like to hire a search firm to help find a replacement for Chris Covino, assistant superintendent of academics, who will retire at the end of the school year. They expect to review a contract with an IASB search firm at their March 23 meeting. Seventeen superintendent and assistant superintendent openings currently are posted on the Illinois job bank, Superintendent Tammy Prentiss said. • listened to a presentation on the...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Mar 1, 2023

    Hinsdale High School District 86 Board Among other business at their Feb. 23 meeting, board members: • listened to Superintendent Tammy Prentiss present a strategic plan milestone report, highlighting the district’s accomplishments and steps that remain. In the fourth year of the five-year plan, the district has achieved 96 specific accomplishments in eight goal areas. • approved the purchased of $1.05 million worth of classroom furniture for renovated spaces at Hinsdale Central, down from the $1.5 million anticipated expen...

  • Meeting roundup

    Updated Feb 15, 2023

    Community Consolidated Elementary Dist. 181 Board Among other business Monday, board members: • approved the abatement of $5.9 million of the 2022 tax levy’s debt service fund in connection with the district’s strategy to abate, or not collect, any amount that would push operating fund balances over 50 percent. The purpose of the abatement is to reduce the debt service portion of the community’s tax bills until the district’s annual debt service requirements are lower. Rick Engstrom, assistant superintendent of business...

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