The Huntley School District 158 Board meets Oct. 17.
The Huntley School District 158 Board meets Oct. 17.

The Huntley School District 158 Board will review the results of the 2019 Illinois Report Card during Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

Under the Illinois Report Card, schools are rated one of four ways: exemplary, commendable, underperforming and lowest performing.

To be designated as exemplary, a school must have no underperforming student groups and must be performing in the top 10% of schools statewide.

Last year, the district had no underperforming schools and one exemplary school: Leggee Elementary School.

This year, Leggee and Mackeben elementary schools were rated exemplary. All other schools were rated as commendable.

“Again, while we appreciate this mark of quality from the state, we strongly encourage our community to dive deeper through the various storytelling pieces posted throughout the year on our website and social media channels, videos and updates shared via text and email,” Superintendent Scott Rowe said in a news release.

Under the evidence-based funding model, the district received about $698,000 in new revenue that is meant to help the district reach its adequacy target – or the calculated cost to educate all students within the district based on certain cost factors.

As of fiscal 2020, the district is receiving funding at 68% of its adequacy target.

Board members during Thursday’s Committee of the Whole also will discuss setting a property tax levy hearing for Dec. 19.

By law, a school district proposing to increase its aggregate levy amount by more than 105% of the previous year’s tax extension must publish a notice about the hearing 14 days in advance. However, the district is not expected to exceed 105% of last year’s extension.

District staff are expected to present preliminary estimates of the tax levy to the school board Nov. 14. After the public hearing, the board is expected to vote on the levy.

The committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the District 158 administration building, 650 Dr. John Burkey Drive.

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