Quick Notes from the Board Meeting
At the Board of Education meeting held on Thursday, January 8, 2015, the board:
• Approved Lincoln-Way District 210’s participation in the Will County Transportation Consortium for the 2015 and 2016 calendar years. The purpose of this agreement is to allow all of the school districts in Will County that provide transportation services to contract with a single provider for drug and alcohol testing. District 210 was part of the initiation of the consortium and has been a partner since 1995. Every two years, the consortium solicits bids for these services to insure that all of the participating districts receive the most economical price.
• Approved the December 31, 2014 bills list in the amount of $1,452,705.77.
• Heard a report about the new Lincoln-Way District 210 L.I.F.E. Transition Program and an update on the Greetings Galore & More program from Mary Harrison, District Director for Special Services. Mrs. Harrison introduced the three teachers in charge of the two programs; Megan Wells and Josh Kreske with the L.I.F.E. program and Jan Smith with the Greetings Galore & More program. The L.I.F.E. Transition Program is designed to meet the individual needs of students who have met their graduation requirements but need more intensive instruction. This program provides academic, daily living, social/emotional, self-care and pre-vocational skill development to transition into life after Lincoln-Way. Another part of the LW210 Transition Program, Greetings Galore & More is a greeting card and specialty business within the school settings of Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way West. This school business has doubled in size since it was started with a grant 5 years ago. The greeting card business is designed to promote the development of competitive work skills for our students with disabilities.
• Heard the report of District Goal #4, objectives B-1 & B-2: Develop technological solutions to address the growing needs for students and staff in both daily instruction and student assessment. Technology tools offered to teachers to improve student achievement include: Blendspace, website development, Remind 101, Smart Music, Zipgrade, Mastery Manager. Teachers allow students to use their cell phones to access apps that provide instant feedback to teachers in classroom lessons. The board also heard a report that the implementation of Skyward is going well.