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District 7 Summer Zone Field Trips

Posted: April 28, 2016

District 7 Summer Zone Field Trips

Superintendent’s Comments - April 26, 2016

Posted: April 27, 2016

Operating Expenditure Reductions and Fee Increases for 2016-2017
On Monday night, the District 7 Board of Education approved a resolution to implement operating expenditure reductions and fee increases to offset more than $2 million of the projected $4.5 million budget deficit for the 2016-2017 school year.

Background Information
As had been discussed in previous Superintendent’s Comments and Focus on Finance communications, the Board accepted the 2014-2015 audit last fall, which included the transfer of $4.5 million from the Working Cash Fund to balance the Education Fund deficit for the 2014-2015 school year. The audit also included a negative fund balance of approximately $150,000 in the Transportation Fund. [Continue Reading →]

Special Olympics Soccer 2016 

Posted: April 27, 2016

The District 7 Special Olympics Soccer Team had a successful event this past Saturday in Chatham, IL. Parents, teachers, and Key Club students were in the stands cheering on the players.

Our players showed great sportsmanship throughout both games. They supported each other by including everyone in plays and helping each other score. They even encouraged players on the other team. More than half the players were able to score goals thanks to awesome teamwork! With one win and one loss, we ended up getting bronze. It was a beautiful day! [Photos]

Exploring the Edwardsville Public Library

Posted: April 26, 2016

District 7 offers a Parent Information Series of workshop opportunities. Below is one of our upcoming workshops. To register, please contact Shirley Miller at 656-1182 or sbmiller@ecusd7.org.

Exploring the Edwardsville Public Library

Meeting the Needs of Students with Anxiety and Mood Disorders

Posted: April 26, 2016

District 7 teachers and related service personnel were invited to attend an after-school professional development workshop intended to increase educator’s understanding of the signs and symptoms of clinical anxiety and mood disorders for students in grades K-12. As part of the “Meeting the Needs of Students with Anxiety and Mood Disorders” workshop, there was a review of how students with anxiety and/or mood disorders can be supported within the school environment using cognitive behavioral therapeutic interventions. Twenty five teachers from across buildings and grade levels attended this workshop.

A Message from Dr. Lynda C. Andre, Superintendent

Posted: April 25, 2016

District 7: Focus on Finance
School Tax Rate Explanation and Comparison

Last week’s Focus on Finance outlined the three school funding proposals under consideration in the State of Illinois. Regardless of which plan is implemented, District 7 still receives a far smaller share of General State Aid funds than other Madison and St. Clair County school districts that have far fewer students, a higher poverty rate, and a lower wealth factor based on the state’s consideration of each district’s Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV).

This week, I will outline the individual funds that determine the amount of a school district’s total school tax rate, which may vary according to individual differences by fund, voter-approved education or construction referenda, number of employees, number of school buildings, etc. [Continue Reading →]

Special Olympics Capitol Hill Day

Posted: April 22, 2016

On April 13th students Max Hartman, Matthew Sharoni, and teacher Chris Sumpter joined athletes, family members, and educators from across the state to participate in the Special Olympics Capitol Hill Day. They were invited to represent Edwardsville High School because of their participation in Project Unify. Project Unify is a program within Special Olympics that builds friendships of students with and without disabilities. This is achieved through students participating together in unified activities across school settings including school dances, unified science labs, Adaptive P.E., and Unified Sports.

The purpose of Capitol Hill Day was to thank state leaders for their support and to share personal stories of how Special Olympics has impacted the lives of those involved. Max, Matthew, and Mr. Sumpter had the honor of meeting and speaking to Governor Bruce Rauner, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, Representative Eddie Jackson, Senator David S. Luechtefeld, Representative Dwight Kay, and Senator William Haine. [Video]

Masterpiece Mondays

Posted: April 21, 2016


Fun Fair for Health

Posted: April 20, 2016

On Friday, April 8, at Albert Cassens Elementary, fourth graders across the district gathered to test their knowledge on health topics. Edwardsville District 7 hosted their 16th annual “Fun Fair for Health” designed for and attended by all of the fourth grade students from schools including Albert Cassens, Columbus, Worden and Woodland Elementary Schools.

The fair is designed to be a fun interactive way for the fourth grade students to ask questions of local health care professionals and learn about being healthy. This year’s fair included 32 booths from a variety of community resources including SIUE’s School of Nursing and Dental School, Anderson Hospital, the Madison County Health Department, the American Cancer Society, and local fire and police departments.

By the end of the fair and their “health scavenger hunt”, we hope the fourth grade students leave even more educated about the best ways to stay healthy and active.

Exploring the Glen Carbon Public Library

Posted: April 19, 2016

District 7 offers a Parent Information Series of workshop opportunities. Below is one of our upcoming workshops. To register, please contact Shirley Miller at 656-1182 or sbmiller@ecusd7.org.

Exploring the Glen Carbon Public Library

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A Message from Dr. Lynda C. Andre, Superintendent

Posted: April 18, 2016

District 7: Focus on Finance
Review of School Funding Plans under Consideration by the State

Over the past year, there have been continuous discussions within the state legislature regarding the need to reform school funding, in particular, the formula that determines General State Aid appropriations for all public school districts.

The chart below shows the impact of three proposals under consideration.

Senate Bill 1, introduced in 2015, attempted to change the formula that calculates how much money per student is paid to each school district in Illinois. Under this proposal, the formula would add much more weight to factors such as poverty and low property values, steering more money toward impoverished communities than the current formula. Currently, Senate Bill 231, an amended version of Senate Bill 1, still calls for an overhaul of the school funding formula but also includes a “hold harmless” provision so that no district would lose money for the first four years. The exact impact of this proposal is under development by the Illinois State Board of Education. [Continue Reading →]

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