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State Test Scores - Which Districts are Making the Grade?
From My Stateline News
2014 Ill Test Score Data
WTVO/WQRF-TV -- The State of Illinois has released its annual report card of every school district in the state, including those in the Stateline area, and based on our analysis of the data, here are each district's grades based on our methodology ( download report ). The difference is between the current year and our analysis of last year's data.

Byron Foundation Gift Cards
From the Byron Foundation

Foundation Gift Cards
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The Byron Foundation is able to purchase gift cards from hundreds of retailers nationwide at a discount, which can then be purchased at face value. The difference is a profit for The Byron Foundation. Two Ways to Purchase Gift Cards:

Board Meetings

All meetings are held in the Board of Education Meeting Room in Byron High School at 696 N. Colfax Street.

All Buildings and Grounds Committee Meetings will now be held at 11:00 a.m. each month.
All Finance & Polciy Committee Meetings that are held before the Regular Monthly BOE meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Meeting Agenda   Approved Minutes October 23rd BOE Meeting
Building & Grounds Nov 1311:00 am AgendaSpecial BOE - RetreatAug 23Minutes
Finance & PolicyNov 17 4:00 pmAgendaFinance & PolicySept 25Minutes
Quality ReviewNov 193:30 pmAgendaSpecial BOE - Public HearingSept 25Minutes
Finance & Policy Nov 256:30 pm Agenda Regular BOE Meeting Sept 25Minutes
Regular BOE Meeting Nov 257:00 pm Agenda Finance & PolicyOct 14Minutes
    Quality Review Oct 16Minutes

Fiscal Year 2015 Tentative Budget      
From the Central Office
Issue #28 Fall 2014 Newsletter
From Dr. Hammack
Fiscal Budget
Click on Tentative Fiscal Budget 2015 to download budget. [pdf]

The District Information Page provides links to newsletters as well as specific information relating to the Byron School District.
posted 7/24/2015
Winter Newsletter

  • Dr. Hammack's message
  • School News from HS, MS and Mary Morgan Principals
  • Fiscal Servivces 
  • Technology update
  • Teaching & Learning News
  • Athletics
  • Building & Grounds


Byron CUSD Special Education Program and OCEC Comparisons
From Dr. Hammack
On August 28, 2014, Dr. James Hammack, Superintendent, Janelle Smith, Director of Special Education, and Christian Kerr, Director of Fiscal Services presented information to the Board of Education members regarding the current Byron CUSD No. 226 Special Education program and comparable services available to Byron CUSD No. 226 through OCEC.

The presentation regarded an analysis of costs for both programs, as well as achievement information by Byron CUSD No. 226 Special Education students in comparison to member Districts of OCEC. Please see the attached information.

The District has implemented a review process regarding both programs including survey information from parents and staff that will be obtained in the month of September.

Analysis - Byron SPED Compared to OCECByron SPED Programming Comparisons

Special Education Programming, Services, Achievement and Financial Presentation 
From Dr. Hammack
On Thursday, September 25, 2014, Dr. Hammack delivered the attached presentation to the members of the Board of Education and the community regarding Byron CUSD No. 226 Special Education programs and services. The purpose of Dr. Hammack’s presentation was to provide a rationale for his recommendation to the Board of Education members that the Byron CUSD No. 226 will not seek to re-join the Ogle County Educational Cooperative (OCEC) for the purpose of accessing special education programming and services. Download presentation. [pdf]

Dr. Hammack’s recommendation to the Board of Education members was informed by three significant areas:

1. The Recommendation-Making Process was Evidence-Based – Evidence for the recommendation was obtained from a parent and teacher survey, financial information which compared costs for OCEC and Byron CUSD No. 226 programming and services, and student achievement information.

2. The Recommendation-Making Process was Collaborative - Information for making a recommendation was strengthened through the use of a collaborative process. This process included attendance at OCEC Board of Directors’ meetings by Dr. Hammack; Discussion at financial meetings with Mike Noble, Director of OCEC, Mr. Christian Kerr, Byron CUSD No. 226 Director of Fiscal Services, and Mrs. Janelle Smith, Byron CUSD No. 226 Director of Special Education; Review of Information with Board of Education members; Review of Information with a Parents’ Group; Multiple Meetings with Mrs. Janelle Smith, Byr9on CUSD No. 226 Director of Special Education regarding Special Education programming and services.

3. The Recommendation-Making Process was aligned with Strategic Planning - Advancement of Special Education curriculum and alignment of all District curriculum, instruction, assessment, support services, and data-analysis practices are significant goals of the Strategic Plan for Teaching and Learning.

Social Media Boot Camp for Parents
From The Byron PTA
Parent Feed

On Monday, November 10th the Byron PTA-sponsored a Social Media Boot Camp for parents. The presenter, Mr. Matt Batt, is a social media expert and father of three young boys. He provided parents with advisement and recommendations on how to monitor your child’s social media usage. In addition, Mr. Batt spoke about some of the most popular social media websites and applications that children and teens are using today. This was a FREE event.

Parents received access to The Parent Feed, an online resource to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest trends, tools and news relating to online activities with today’s youth. If you would like to learn more about the presenter or The Parent Feed,  click on this link: The Parent Feed.

Buildings and Grounds Update For September 26, 2014
From Dr. Hammack
Please be advised of the status of the following projects for the grounds areas of the Byron CUSD No. 226:

Project 1 - Old Middle School Demolition

  1. This project was delayed due to a concern about appropriate drainage from the newly - developed parking lot.  That issue has been addressed and a completion date has been established for October 17, 2014.
  2. When an unregistered underground storage tank was discovered, it started a process of first registering the tank, which has been completed, and then the removal.  The Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) is required to inspect the tank and soil prior to removal.  The project construction company has requested the OSFM to do the inspection.  The removal of the tank will not affect the finishing of the parking lot.
  3. The existing fence poles are being painted black and the mesh will be replaced with vinyl coated mesh similar to the pre-kindergarten playground.
  4. The pedestrian crossing will be installed at the same time as the new paving.
  5. The parking lot is to have two light poles with photo-voltaic lighting.

Project 2 - Maple Avenue and the Parking Lot.

  1. There are areas of grass that need to be re-seeded.  Now, with the cooler weather, the re-seeding can be completed.  This project should be completed by October 15, 2014.

Project 3 - Baseball and Softball Bleachers and Backstops.

  1. There are areas that need to be fine graded and grass that need to be re-seeded.  This should be completed by October 15.

Building and Grounds Projects
Dr. Hammack

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  • Track Resurfacing
  • Concrete Work and Limestone Cap
  • Baseball Net
  • Baseball Bleachers
  • Softball Bleachers
  • Maple Avenue Repair
  • Baseball Parking Lot
  • MMES Pre-K Playground
  • Soccer Shed Roof Repair
  • Middle School Turf
  • HS Swimming Pool Updates
  • RE Center HVAC
  • PE Teachers Office Air Conditioning
  • PE Center Curtains
  • Flammables Storage
  • OMS Demolition
  • New Parking Lot
  • IT Cubicles
  • BMS sealcoating
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Strategic Plan for Teaching and Learning for the 2014-2015 School Year
Dr. Hammack

Dr. HammackFor the 2013-2014 school year, the Byron CUSD No. 226 has established and implemented a committee of approximately 40 individuals including community members, Board members, teachers, and administrators to lead the development of a multi-year strategic plan for the improvement of student learning and achievement.  That committee met as a whole group through February of 2014 and as an Administrator group only for April – July, 2014.  On August 28, 2014, the formal Strategic Plan was approved for the 2014-2015 school year.

In 2013-2014, the members of the strategic plan committee dedicated themselves to an intensive process of review, discussion, and decision-making regarding data, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and support services in order to significantly advance learning for all students of the Byron CUSD No. 226.


Please see the information on ISAT and PSAE results for spring, 2014 as found on this web site.  The very strong achievement results that Mary Morgan Elementary School and the Byron High School posted last spring are indicative of the high-quality and strategic improvement efforts over the past two years as led and implemented by our Board of Education members, Administrators, teachers, and support staff members.

For the 2014-2015 school year, The Strategic improvement work for Teaching and Learning is a continuous process which builds year to year with the goal of advancing student learning.  As you review the plan, please be advised that the District has provided an extremely strong schedule of professional development in order to meet these plans and goals.  Also be advised that I will be reporting to the Board and the community at no less than one time per quarter regarding the progress of the strategic plan.


Lastly, the District is committed to community member involvement regarding the strategic plan.  I will soon be in the process of re-establishing last year’s strategic plan committee and moving forward with several meetings for this school year.  The Board and I sincerely hope that all participants from last year’s planning process will be available for work during this current year.

On behalf of the Board of Education members, I want to thank all the members of the District Strategic Plan Committee for Teaching and Learning regarding their supreme and significant commitment to this process. I also want to recognize and thank the teachers, support staff members, and administrators of the Byron CUSD No. 226 for their daily efforts with students as they provide and equip the children of the Byron community with the knowledge and skills needed for post-secondary education and the job market. Download Plan

From Dr. Hammack
ISAT and PSAEByron CUSD No. 226 students evidenced very strong achievement scores on the 2014 Illinois State Achievement Examination (Grades 3-8) and the Prairie State Achievement Examination (Grade 11). Both tests measure the ability of students to meet or exceed Illinois Learning Standards, particularly in the areas of reading and mathematics.

Overall, 91% of Mary Morgan ES students met or exceeded learning standards in mathematics (This score is simply superior!) and 82% met or exceeded standards in reading. For Byron Middle School, 76% of students met or exceeded standards in mathematics and 72% met or exceeded standards in reading. Please be reminded that these scores are achieved via an ISAT model that has been significantly upgraded with Common Core Standards questions and increased cut scores for attainment of learning standards.

The Byron High School scores represent a huge and substantial achievement. Byron HS 11th Grade students achieved a 71.2% meets/exceeds learning standards score in reading, 66.1% meets/exceeds achievement in math, and 68.6% meets/exceeds achievement for science. Great!

Congratulations to our Administrators, teachers, and support staff personnel for your work and achievements in advancing student learning. Congratulations to our Board members and Administration for their work and achievements in the leadership of a strategic process by which to align and advance instructional practice throughout the District. To all, my admiration and respect for your continuous efforts on behalf of the students of the District. 
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Special Report From the Byron CUSD No. 226 Board of Education and Dr. Hammack Regarding Student Achievement and Financial Information

Congratulations! Test scores at Byron High School are at their highest level in seven years! Results recently released from the 2014 Prairie State Achievement Exams show that scores in every category are at the highest level they have been since 2008, with 68.6 percent of students (the combined average of math, reading and science scores) meeting or exceeding recommended standards.The Prairie State exam of all high school juniors is an indicator of the strength of the high school program in reading, math and science. As it is a combination of the ACT and Work Key assessments, the Prairie State exam also is an indicator of college preparedness. Read more...

Midterms Available
From Mr. Barton


Instructions are provided for parents pertaining to the navigation of the student gradebook using Skyward's Family Access.


Click Here For Skyward Family Access
Navigating the K-2 Gradebook pdf
Navigating the 3-5 Gradebook  pdf
Navigating the 6-12 Gradebook pdf 



Nominating Petitions For Board Available
The Central Office
Persons interested in seeking a position as a member of Byron CUSD 226’s Board of Education should obtain the necessary forms online at http://oglecounty.org/departments/ choose County Clerk and next click on Elections. Candidates may pick up petition packets at the Ogle County Clerk’s office in Oregon. The first day to circulate petitions is Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Board of Education members do not receive payment for their services. Four positions will be open in April 2015; each position is a 4-year term.

The Board of Education consists of seven members currently: Doug Floski, Kathi Gehrke, Matt Meyers, John Hess, Carol Nauman, Bill Craig and Ed Clift. The terms of John Hess, Carol Nauman, Bill Craig and Ed Clift expire in April 2015.

A minimum of 50 signatures, qualified voters residing within the District, is required for a candidate to file a petition. Petitions must be filed with the Ogle County Clerk from Monday, December 15, 2014 from 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. through Monday, December 22, 2014. In addition to the filing of the petitions, prospective candidates must complete, sign and have notarized a statement of candidacy, statement of economic interest and a loyalty oath. The loyalty oath is optional. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Ogle County Clerk’s Office at 815/732-1110.

Board Announces New Director of Teaching and Learning
From Dr. Hammack
The Byron CUSD No. 226 Board of Education announces the hiring of Mrs. Rachel Lathrop as the new Director of Teaching and Learning for the Byron CUSD No. 226. Mrs. Lathrop was approved by a 7-0 vote of the Board of Education at the June 26, 2014 regular meeting following a comprehensive search process to replace current Director, Mrs. Terie Engelbrecht, who resigned from that position. Read more...

 From the Byron CUSD #226 Board of Education and Dr. James Hammack, Superintendent

Like most school districts in Illinois, Byron faces two related challenges: school finance and declining enrollment. To control our costs, we need to make some minor adjustments in staffing levels.

Board of Education - Financial and Staffing Newsletter

Superintendent - Financial and Staffing Newsletter

Food Service Payments 

The Byron School District is no longer using MySchoolBucks.com for food service payments. Payments are to be made using Skyward Family Access, the same program used for student registration.

Click Here For Skyward Family Access

After login, click on the Food Service link found in the left navigation pane where you can view totals or make a payment. Food Service

Preschool Screening
From Mr. Barton
The Byron School District will be holding preschool screenings on the follwoing dates from 8:00 am to 11:00 am at Mary Morgan Elementary School.

September 12, 2014November 7, 2014February 27, 2015April 17, 2015May 19, 2015

This screening is for Byron school district residents only. The developmental screening is for children ages 3-5 years old. Areas of development that are screened include language, concepts, motor, hearing, and vision. Please call Joy at 815-234-5491 x 223 to make an appointment for your child.

Illinois State School Report Cards
Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois Report CardIllinois' new state school report card officially launched October 31, 2013. The new report card paints a more complete picture of the learning environment at every school in Illinois, providing information about academic performance, the school environment, available courses and programs. The new report card, accessible at illinoisreportcard.com, includes both an Online Report Card that offers an in-depth view of school- and district-level information as well as an At-a-Glance Report Card that provides a simple, one-page, printable view of a school or district's most important information.

DistrictHigh SchoolMiddle SchoolMary Morgan

Board Announces New BMS Principal
From Dr. Hammack


Board Announces New BHS Assistant Principal
From Dr. Hammack

The Byron CUSD No. 226 Board of Education announces the hiring of Mr. Jay Mullens as the new Principal for the Byron Middle School. Mr. Mullens was approved by a 7-0 vote of the Board of Education at the March 20, 2014 regular meeting following a comprehensive search process to replace current Principal, Mr. Steve Herkert, who retired from that position. Read more... The Byron CUSD No. 226 Board of Education announces the hiring of Mrs. Autumn Czizek as the new Assistant Principal for the Byron High School. Mrs. Czizek was approved by a 7-0 vote of the Board of Education at the May 29, 2014 regular meeting following a comprehensive search process to replace current Assistant Principal, Mr. Jay Mullens.

Byron School District 2014 Hall of Fame Announced
From Mr. Flater

The Byron School district is pleased to announce Hall of Fame Class of 2014. a school board appointed committee received and reviewed many nominations from friends, family and community members. After deliberation and voting the committee produced a list of 12 inductees. this year's members include:

1983 Volleyball Team1999 Wrestling TeamBob BakerMark Cameron
Matt ChildersRyan ConsidineNate DemusMarvin Dennis
Fran HoganRobert JarrettPetrece Faulkner-KleinJohn Nolan

The Class of 2014 will be presented at our first home football game vs Genoa-Kingston on Friday, Sept, 5th and will be introduced at halftime of the varsity game.  In addition, there will be an induction ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the Byron Forest Preserve Jarrett Center for members of the Hall of Fame.  Their families , friends, former teammates and coaches are invited.

Financial Planning Program
Mr. Kerr - Director of Fiscal Services
What is the Financial Planning Program (FPP)?  A comprehensive, interactive planning process that can be dynamically updated to assist the District in making important financial decisions.

PMA Financial Planning 
Download Plan 

How we use the plan: 

  • Budget Planning 
  • Trend Analysis 
  • Set Fiscal Policies 
  • Scenario Analysis 
  • Annual Update and Reassessment

Data Elements:

  • Five Years of Audited Annual Financial Reports
  • FY2014 Budget
  • Tax Levy / Extensions / Maximum Tax Rate
  • Equalized Assessed Valuation
  • Enrollment
  • Staffing Ratios
  • Compensation and Benefits Provided
  • District Assumptions

District Dashboard
Dr. Hammack

District DashboardUnder each section, you can view performance data related to the specific areas of student achievement, human resources, and finance & operations.  You'll then see a series of charts and graphs which allow you to observe and compare relevant data. Each metric contains current and historical data. In some cases, you will also be able to view additional details or compare the District's performance to national and state benchmarks or other comparison data where available.  Click here to view the District Dashboard