09.02.14

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ISAT and PSAE
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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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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Board Meetings 

All meetings will be held in the Board of Education Meeting Room at Byron High School, 696 North Colfax Street, Byron, Illinois.

Meetings & Agendas 
Finance & PolicyAug 286:15 pmAgenda 
Regular BOE MeetingAug 287:00 pmAgenda
 
 
Approved Minutes June 26 BOE Meeting
Building & GroundsMay 22Minutes
Special BOE MeetingMay 27Minutes
Finance & Policy MinutesMay 29Minutes
Special Meeting/Public HearingMay 29Minutes
Regular BOE MeetingMay 29Minutes
Special BOE MeetingJune 5Minutes
Regular BOE MeetingJune 26Minutes

Click HERE for Board Agendas & Minutes 

Click HERE for Meeting Dates & Times

Click HERE for Open Session Documents 


Deficit Reduction Planning and Staffing Information

Click to download information concerning district deficit reduction. [pdf]



Byron School Board Reduces Registration Fees
From the Board of Education
The Byron Board of Education reduced some registration fees and eliminated other fees at its June meeting in an ongoing effort to keep costs for families as low as possible. “It’s easy for school boards to nickel and dime parents at registration time,” Board Finance and Policy Committee Chair Bill Craig said. “The problem is, those nickels and dimes add up, particular in families with several children. “The Board is committed to reducing costs for families or at the very least, holding the line on increases whenever possible.”

Specifically, the Board....read more

On-Line Registration begins July14th     

Mary Morgan Required Fees
 
Mary Morgan Optional Fees
Registration
$25.00
 Semester 1 Milk$22.00
Grade K-5 Folder Fee
$5.00
 Semester 2 Milk$22.00
   PTA Yearbook$15.00
   Wall Calendar$7.00
   Pocket Calendar$6.00
     
BMS Required Fees
 
BMS Optional Fees
Registration
$40.00
 Wall Calendar$7.00
8th Grade Lab Fee 
$9.00
 Pocket Calendar$6.00
     
     
BHS Required Fees
 
2014-2015 Lunch Fees
Registration
$75.00
 Mary Morgan Elementary$2.00
Student Class Fee
$12.50
 Byron Middle School$2.50
   Byron High School$2.50


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


Fiscal Year 2015 Tentative Budget      
From the Central Office
Spring-Summer 2014 Newsletter
From Dr. Hammack
Tentative
Fiscal Budget
2015
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
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  • Dr. Hammack's message
  • School News from HS, MS and Mary Morgan Principals
  • Fiscal Servivces 
  • Technology update
  • Teaching & Learning News
  • Athletics
  • Building & Grounds

 



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.
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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




 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


Strategic Plan for Teaching and Learning
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.

The members of the strategic plan committee have dedicated themselves to an intensive process of review, discussion, and decision-making regarding four major areas that are highly impactful of student learning. Those areas are as follows:

  1. Leadership of Values and Expectations that will Advance Student Learning
  2. Use of Time for Advancing Student Learning
  3. Development and Implementation of the Highest - Quality Curriculum, Support Service, and Assessment Practices to Advance Student Learning
  4. Use of Research-Based Delivery of Instruction Practices to Advance Student Learning

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.

 

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