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...from the June 17, 2014 Board of Education Meeting


York Community High School Boys Track and Field Team Takes First in State

Congratulations to York High School Track team members Itoro Akpakpan, Alexander Bashqawi, Joshua Farrar, Gregory Gornick, Jarvis Hill, Kyle Mattes, Jeffrey Ostling, Matthew Plowman, Jake Sacksteder, Reid Smith and alternates Emmett McCoy, Theodore Harrold, Alexander Teague, as well as Brian Baker (Manager) and Coach Stan Reddel for claiming first place at The Illinois Track and Field State Championship held at Eastern Illinois University on May 31, 2014. The York Track team competed in nine events and brought home medals in eight of them. Coach Reddel is retiring from coaching and recognized his assistant coaches Joe Gianneschi, Jim Hedman, Chris Korfist and Mike Murphy, as well as volunteer assistant coaches Tom Clancy, John Fox, Nolan Lamb, Matt Mimlitz, Keith Petranek and Reed Sundberg.

York Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Students Advance to Nationals

Congratulations also go to 2014 graduates Daniel Cirone and Ryan Saco, who placed third in Financial Services Team Decision Making, and Evan Wendell, who placed fourth in Automotive Services Marketing, at the 2014 State DECA Conference, competing with over 800 students and advancing to the 68th Annual DECA International Career Development Conference, held in Atlanta in May. The purpose of the Illinois Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) is to enhance the co-curricular education of students with interests in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. York Business Department Chair Jim Borel serves as the DECA sponsor.


Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

Two FOIA requests were received since the last Board meeting:

  • One regarding payments made to a past Board member which was granted.
  • One regarding specific bid information which was granted.

Superintendent’s Faculty Futures and Innovation Committee Report

The Futures and Innovation Committee Final Report was discussed. The report, ideas and priority rankings are posted on BoardDocs and are available through these links. Of the 16 topics generated, top-ranked ideas were:

  • Inclusion of Math and Learning Specialists
  • Full-day Kindergarten
  • Curriculum Development that is vertically articulated and mapped by grade level and department

The Futures and Innovation Committee has been meeting throughout the 2013-14 school year.


The Board voted unanimously to approve the following consent agenda items:

  • Personnel Report
  • Financial Reports
  • Approval of Data Warehouse
  • Approval of Bid #14-22 - Painting
  • Approval of Bid #14-24 - Wheelchair Passenger Van
  • Approval of Konica Minolta K-8 Lab/Library Printer Purchase and Maintenance Agreement
  • Approval to Open Designated Closed Session Minutes and Keep All Other Closed Session Minutes Closed
  • Approval to Authorize Destruction of Verbatim Recordings of Closed Session Minutes

District 205 welcomes the following new central office administrators to Elmhurst for 2014-15:

Dr. Kathleen Kosteck has been named the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, most recently serving as Director of Student Services for Indian Prairie District 204, a position she has held for the past three years. She has also been a principal and assistant principal in District 204, serving a total of 17 years there.

Formerly the Secondary Special Education Coordinator for the Kendall County Special Education Cooperative, she was also Division Coordinator for Special Education for Bloom Township High School and a special education teacher in Lincoln-Way District 210 and in Joliet School District 86.

Kathy Kosteck holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Illinois State University (2012).

Dr. James Woell was recently named Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. He comes to Elmhurst from Glenview District 34, where he most recently served as principal of Attea Middle School, a position he has held since 2006. During that tenure, he also served on District 34’s Teacher Evaluation Subcommittee, Professional Development Subcommittee and Compensation Standing Committee. In addition, he provided both building-based and district-based professional development on Professional Learning Communities, differentiated classroom instruction, moment-to-moment classroom assessment and Wiggins’ Understanding by Design planning framework.

He has also served as a teacher, department chairman, an assistant and associate principal for more than 20 years. Jim Woell holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Argosy University (2011).

David Beedy will be the new STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) curriculum coordinator, overseeing Mathematics and Science instruction. He comes to Elmhurst from Perspectives Charter School in Chicago, where he serves as Assistant Principal. He was also the Science and Technology Instructional Leader there, and previously worked for Lake Forest and New Trier High Schools as a science teacher and Science Olympiad head coach.

The State Board of Education is currently developing a model science curriculum based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which will be connected to the Common Core Literacy and Math standards. Mr. Beedy is one of 41 educators, chosen from across the state, who are developing that new curriculum.

Mr. Beedy holds a master’s degree in Earth Science Education from the University of Illinois (2002), and a Type 75 in Educational Leadership from DePaul University (2010).        

Debra Wright will be the new Humanities coordinator, overseeing English Language Arts and Social Studies curricula. She comes to Elmhurst from St. Charles District 303, where she has served as Assistant Director of Curriculum for the past two years. Prior to that she spent seven years as an instructional coach for District 303. In addition, she has been a RESPRO (Reports of Services and Supports Provided to Schools) coach for the Kane County Regional Office of Education.

Ms. Wright holds a Master’s degree in Administration and Leadership from Concordia University (2007) and is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood/Literacy: Reading-Language Arts.

Linda Fehrenbacher Named Principal of Sandburg Middle School

Linda Fehrenbacher has served as the principal of District 205’s Jefferson Elementary for the past two years. With the majority of her career spent in middle school, Mrs. Fehrenbacher was recently chosen as the new Sandburg Middle School Principal.

While in District 205, she has overseen the transition of Fischer students to Jefferson as part of a School Choice initiative and shepherded the Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Project, which will be implemented at the elementary level beginning this fall.

Mrs. Fehrenbacher holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago (1989) and a master’s degree in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (2006). She will begin at Sandburg on July 1.

“I am pleased to recommend Linda Fehrenbacher to the Board of Education as the next principal at Sandburg Middle School,” said Superintendent Dave Pruneau. “Mrs. Fehrenbacher brings a wealth of middle school experience to the position, having been a long-time middle school teacher and administrator. She also brings a passion and belief in middle school students that we value.”


The Board voted unanimously to approve the following action items:

  • Approval of Resolution Approving Bank Depositories
  • Approval of York Student Enrichment Team Grants – total value $25,000
  • Approval of Donation (Emerson Elementary) – value $1,707
  • Approval of Donation (Emerson Elementary) – value $1,400

Mr. Collins thanked the District 205 Foundation for facilitating the donations on behalf of the York Student Enrichment Team (YSET). He thanked the Emerson PTA for its donation to cover the cost of a color printer and retiring Emerson School music teacher Sally Cioni, and her husband Ray, for the generous donation of a 1938 Kay Co. 3/4 Bass and two bows for student musicians to use for years to come.


The Board approved the following item, which was discussed in closed session:

  • Salary Recommendations
  • Negotiations (Memorandum of Agreement)


Mr. Collins explained the impact fee options associated with City of Elmhurst ordinances and how they may apply to the District with the development of Elmhurst Hospital’s former Berteau campus into single-family homes.

Superintendent Dave Pruneau thanked Dr. Charles Johns and Brad Hillman, as well as Dr. Meg Schnoor, for their service to the students and families of District 205. Mr. Collins and Mr. McDonough agreed that their service to the District and the Board will be missed.


June 24 – Finance and Operations Committee Meeting – 6:30 PM – District 205 Center
July 15 – Board of Education Meeting – 7:30 PM – District 205 Center


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