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Sycamore middle, high school students present to District 427 board

Student, building use fees OK’d for fiscal ’19

Sycamore School District 427 Board Vice President Steve Nelson recognizes a young author during Tuesday night's district board meeting at Sycamore Middle School.
Sycamore School District 427 Board Vice President Steve Nelson recognizes a young author during Tuesday night's district board meeting at Sycamore Middle School.

SYCAMORE — The Sycamore School District 427 Board’s regular Tuesday night meeting was filled with recognition of the district’s students.

The 7 p.m. meeting, which was held at Sycamore Middle School, 150 Maplewood Drive, Sycamore, began with the recognition of three young authors and continued with the presentation of medals to students from band, choir, orchestra, girls basketball, dance, scholastic bowl and wrestling.

Sycamore High School class President Tyler Hull invited members of the board to attend Wednesday morning’s walkout, which will honor the lives lost in Parkland, Florida, and emphasize school safety.

“This is to give our respect for those who lost their lives in Florida, not to advocate for any one political group,” Hull said.

The consensus from administrators is that students should feel supported in their actions about 10 a.m. Wednesday – one way or the other.

Members of the SMS News Team, a group of about 35 students who produce news-style videos at Sycamore Middle School, showed a sample video and told the board how the organization helps build confidence. High school students, who participate in the Business Leadership Academy, also gave a presentation.

“It’s not just for business majors; it’s about the social skills you need for your entire life,” member Joslin Peck said.

Peck went on to say the group likes to see Sycamore community members enjoying their careers, as the students hope to one day appreciate their livelihoods, too.

High school Principal Tim Carlson sought guidance moving forward after the Interstate Eight Conference extended an invitation for the school to join. Board members agreed it was a good opportunity to further explore.

“Go Tim go,” board member Kris Wrenn said.

The board approved the student and building use fees Chief Financial Officer Nicole Stuckert explained in its Feb. 27 meeting, and member Eric Jones suggested a committee be created to look into encouragement and enforcement of student fee payments.

Board Vice President Steve Nelson, who was leading the meeting, said the suggestion would be made a future agenda item.

Kishwaukee College officials and the district’s safety team also want to appear before the board in the near future, Superintendent Kathy Countryman said.

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