Freeport, Illinois – At its regular meeting held Tuesday evening in the Freeport Middle School Conference Room, the Freeport School District Board of Education:
● Adopted a $51.7 million budget for the 20162017 school year. The budget is balanced and includes several new initiatives of the board and administration that address the social and emotional needs of the students. It compares closely to last year’s budget of $51.4 million and includes about $74,000 less in new expenses. The District is committed to continued fiscal responsibility, having also adopted a decreased levy this past year in an effort to provide some property tax relief.
● Received an update on Summer University 2016, which included an analysis of the program and recommendations for next year. For the first time this past summer, FSD offered an enrichment model of summer learning that was open to all district students in Kindergarten to 8th grade. Summer University was an exciting and unique opportunity for FSD K8 students to wrap up work from their current grade level, get a boost for the next grade level, and/or engage in a fun and interesting enrichment class of their choice. Sessions were held June 13th to July 7th at Carl Sandburg Middle School. A showcase at the end of the program provided an opportunity for students to show evidence of their learning through final projects.
Enrollment in Summer University was significantly increased compared to previous years and feedback about the program has been positive.
● Discussed new or revised job descriptions for the positions of School Counselor and Transportation Secretary.
● Approved a proposed unique field trip for NJROTC participants to Newport, RI, set to be held in November 2016. This unique field trip will provide NJROTC cadets the opportunity to explore training involved in becoming a commissioned officer in the United States Navy by visiting the Naval Academy Preparatory School and Officer Candidate School. There is no financial impact for the District as all costs are covered either by NJROTC or participating individual students.