Meeting roundup

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 $157,988. Staff has already been trained on the free flowing outdoor/indoor Open Gate equipment that will be installed.

• approved intergovernmental agreements with the Village of Hinsdale and city of Darien for school resource officer services. These agreements delineate the responsibilities, qualifications, duties and training requirements of the SRO and include provisions for access to records. The agreements, last executed in 2021 and 2022, were updated to comply with the Illinois Law Enforcement Officer Body Worn Camera Act. The board also approved an auto-renewal provision that extends the agreement into the future unless terminated by 30 days written notice. Both municipalities already approved the agreements.

Community Consolidated District 181

Among other business at their Monday meeting, school board members:

• held a public hearing on and approved a $73.5-million operating budget for 2023-24. No one spoke at the hearing.

• unanimously approved adding a fourth section of the Rising Stars extended day kindergarten program at Madison School for the 2023-24 school year. The 60 students in the pilot — which was offered at Elm, Monroe and Prospect schools — showed significant growth. The fourth section will allow 96 students to participate in the program.

• heard an update from Superintendent Hector Garcia about the district’s planned move to full-day kindergarten for the 2025-26 school year. Gov. JB Pritzker is expected to soon sign House Bill 2396, which requires all districts in the state to offer full-day kindergarten by the fall of 2027, Garcia said. In the next few months, the district will begin working on a preliminary budget for adding classroom space and staff.