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UPDATED: District 15 to Implement New Schedule for 2013-2014 School Year

Teacher professional development will be created by adjusting the start or end times of the school day; Superintendent Scott Thompson says input is still being sought from the community.

UPDATED: Thursday, January 3 at 11:50 a.m. 

A statement from District 15 Superintendent Scott Thompson.

The committee charged with working on the late start/early dismissal project will be seeking input from parents in the next week or so. The committee definitely wants to find ways to lessen the impact on families. All options for making the best decision will be considered.  Parents/community members are encouraged to respond to that request for feedback. 

No decision has been made at this point. After receiving feedback, the committee will offer a proposal later this month or early in February. The Board of Education's Communication Committee has planned a Community Forum on Jan. 26th (9:00-11:00AM) (location to be announced at a later date) to address this topic. The results of the survey will be available at that meeting and conversations can occur regarding the proposals. The committee will also have some possibilities for child care for families with working parents at that meeting.

UPDATED: Wednesdsay, January 2 at 3:30 p.m. 

Being touted as a way to provide more professional development for teachers while maintaining current instructional time, District 15 plans to change its schedule for the 2013-2014 school year.

The schedule adjustments relate to when classes begin and end each day, and a final decision on what those changes will look like has not yet been made, according to District 15 Superintendent Scott Thompson.

"We are planning to get out more information and elicit feedback from parents through a survey," Thomspon said. "We also are hoping to have child care options on Wednesday mornings if we implement a late start, so parents who would have difficulty could still have child care options."

District 15 and the Classroom Teacher’s Council (CTC) negotiated the changes in an effort to provided dedicated teacher development time. 

There is a caveat in the contract with CTC, Thompson said, that states there will be a late start for development time, unless there is overwhelming opposition from the community.

According to a release from District 15, teachers will be provided with opportunities for collaborative team/grade/department planning, data analysis, and training for all certified staff during the adjusted times. 

On Wednesdays, the start and end time could be 40 minutes later than it is currently. Meanwhile, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the school day potentially could begin five minutes earlier and end five minutes later in one scenario, according to the District 15 website

District 15 is a teaching and learning community. This new timetable is a win-win for the District,” said Thompson. “Students will maintain the same total instructional hours, even as we are providing our faculty with structured professional development time to enhance their teaching skills.”

CTC President Lisa Nuss expressed how important it is to ensure teachers can reach their full potential through development.

“To achieve our goal of helping each student achieve his or her full academic potential, it is vitally important to provide teachers with time and resources to enhance and develop their own professional practice,” Nuss said.

On the District 15, it states parents were made aware of the changes in mid-December. Additional information on transportation and school-specific schedules will be provided by the end of the school year.

For parents who would like to voice their thoughts, concerns or questions about the proposed changes to scheduling, the next District 15 school board meeting will be held Wednesday, January 16 at 7 p.m. at Sundling Jr. High School, 1100 N. Smith Street.  

Currently, Schaumburg District 54 and Buffalo Grove District 96 are two neighboring school districts that implement similar schedules to accommodate professional development time for teachers.

Neighboring high school districts who also utlize this practice include Township High School District 211 and Township High School District 214.

What do you think of these changes? Do the schedule adjustments present any problems at all for parents?

Information provided by District 15. 

Sub-Bus January 14, 2013 at 02:11 AM
You people REALLY NEED to go to the upcoming Board of Education meeting this Wednesday January 16th at Walter Sudling Jr high at 7pm 1100 N Smith St., Palatine. You people really need to voice your opinions on the hot topics that are going on in our school district recently concerning our children and parents, The Board of Education on January 10th got two bids to outsource our bus drivers and now the subject of this late start early dismissal of school times, just by showing up to the meeting shows them that the community cares about what's going on. do not wait till the end of the month the sooner we all talk about it the better:))
D B L D January 16, 2013 at 08:56 AM
DUH The administration talks of other school districts having late starts or early dismissal. THEY ARE ON A differant TIER SYSEM. How much SMOKE will the commmunity take from CCSD15 before there are request for resignations? How about the BOE following up on breach of contract or outright violation of state laws??? What about child endangerment? Check out the RFB sent to private bussing companies!! It included route sheets for special needs students (a needed detail) BUT SHOULD NOT HAVE HAD CHILDRENS NAMES, ADDESSESS, PHONE NUMBERS AND BIRTH DATES. Who released this private data and who posted it in the RFB on an open web site??????? 1ST and 2Nd graders can get away with an "I'M SORRY" adults, people with responsability, need to be held accountable!!! Accept their resignation or releave them of their position!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Abdul Javid January 16, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Dist 54 was given as example for privatisation of school buses, but i checked that they were private from the begining, it is not like they had in house and then they moved on to private, i was told 211 tried to privatise and later didnt go with that plan.. can someone check on that please. I think it is important as community we gather all facts, talk to all other dist BOE if they are being cited as examples what their experiences were etc. Upcoming elections community has responsibility to elect 4 Directors, we need to make sure right people are sent so that major decisions are thought through well in advance, discussed with all pros and cons considered from community impact ( Children, teachers, parents, staff etc )
Scott January 16, 2013 at 02:22 PM
D B L D - where can we verify what you are saying about the release of personal data?
Sheila Polcyn January 19, 2013 at 01:44 AM
LS, I respect your efforts but as a working parent an early release or an early start makes no difference - either way I'm left scrambling to find child care & the consistency of my childrens' day is compromised. The classroom sizes are large - of my son's 6 years in District 15, only 2 of those had him in a classroom of less than 30 children. That's very difficult for teachers, but this is their job. In this economy many of us pick up slack because our employers don't hire additional workers. I work overtime and take work home with me. Practically, the extra time won't be used for development – teachers can't attend workshops or train in 40 minutes. The time can be used for staff (math and homeroom teachers, reading specialists, speech paths, etc.) to coordinate lesson plans, address student and /or classroom issues, etc. It gives the teachers a chance to plan their week. In theory that's a worthy cause. I think it can and should be accomplished outside of the already set classroom time. The union in Hinsdale negotiated similar terms for their contract. However, the children’s school day was not affected – it's up to the teachers to determine when they will add the additional time into their day, but the classroom times remain the same. How did that happen? Due to a strong parent base who, instead of insulting others on websites, attend the district meetings and vocally, articulately and respectfully work for their children's best interest. I plan to do the same.

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