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Legislative Committee

The District 58 Legislative Committee meets four times per year.

View the 2018-19 Legislative Committee Meeting schedule.

2016-17 Legislative Committee

Beth Taylor, Chair – School Board Member

Gwendolyn Box – DGEEA Designee
Kathy Catalani – DGESP Retired
Dr. Kari Cremascoli – Superintendent
Laura Duffy – Community Member
Dan Gilbert – Community Member
Megan Hewitt – Community Relations
Geoff Neustadt –  Asst Director of Buildings & Grounds
Lisa Niforatos – Elementary Principal
Lorie Pilster, Secretary – Administrator
Angela Rodriguez – Community Member
Angie Rybarczyk – DGCMA Representative
Michelle Rzepka – Elementary Principal
Jill Samonte – School Board Member
Bruce Swanson – Retired Teacher
Bob Trojanowski – Retired Custodial/Maintenance
Doug Purcell – Board President
Apr. 6, 2018
Feb. 28, 2018
Jan. 31, 2018
Dec. 6, 2017
Sept. 27, 2017
Mar. 15, 2017
Feb. 15, 2017
Jan. 18, 2017
Nov. 8, 2016
Feb. 28, 2018
Jan. 31, 2018
Dec. 6, 2017
Sept. 27, 2017
Mar. 15, 2017
Feb. 15, 2017
Jan. 18, 2017
Nov. 8, 2016
Legislative Committee – Membership Structure
Member Category Number Recommendation: Special Duties
Board of Education 1-2 Board President
Board President 1 (Ex-Officio member)
Business/Finance Administrator 1 Superintendent Clarify impact of legislation on district
Superintendent 1 Superintendent
Principals 1-2 Superintendent Keep principals informed
Certified Staff 1-2 DGEEA designee Keep staff informed
Support Staff 1-2 DG Educational Support Personnel designee Keep staff informed
Custodial/Maint. Staff 1 DG Custodial Maint. Assoc. designee Keep staff informed
PTA 1 PTA Council President or designee Keep PTA informed
Parents 1-2 Legislative Committee Chair(s) Work with PTA to keep parents informed
Retired Personnel 2-3 Superintendent/Leg. Committee Chair Voice of experience
Residents 2-4 Committee Chair Voice of the taxpayers
Business Member 1 Committee Chair Voice of the business community
Total Membership 15-23

Background and History:
The Legislative Committee was established by the Board of Education in February 1990 and charged with the responsibility of keeping the Board updated on current legislation and its impact on District 58.

The Mission of the Legislative Committee is to assess existing and proposed state and federal education legislation; impact and promote legislation in support of District 58; and communicate vital information to our school community.

Committee Charge:

  1. Discuss, analyze and evaluate pending legislation and related issues that will impact District 58.
  2. Encourage and support legislation that:
    • Provides a blend of stable and adequate funding sources for free public education;
    • Fosters a climate for the improvement of educational programs and educational opportunity for all public school children in the state;
    • Provides property tax relief which is fair not only to taxpayers, but fair to children, the nation’s future;
    • Funds state mandated programs with state revenues;
    • Is consistent with the state’s constitutional obligations for public school funding;
    • Maintains the use of public tax dollars for appropriate public education;
    • Maintains local control of public schools.
  3. Promote legislative issues through education:
    • Work with the PTA to educate parents. Activities may include articles in PTA newsletters, presentations at PTA meetings, supporting letter writing campaigns, and assisting with lobbying trips to Springfield. Legislative information, including Committee minutes and explanations of pending bills, should be shared with PTA.
    • Inform local residents and taxpayers. Activities may include regular articles in the district newsletter explaining current issues, editorials in local newspapers, presentations at local civic organization meetings, updated information on district website.
  4. Establish mutually beneficial relationships with local legislators:
    • Frequent contact with state and federal legislators representing Downers Grove.
    • Attend meetings and functions where legislators will be present.
    • Invite legislators to attend functions in Downers Grove.
    • Host annual Legislative Breakfast to discuss current issues.
  5. Participate in Legislative Education Network of DuPage (LEND) and Education-Research-Development (ED-RED).
  6. Report to the Board of Education at their monthly meeting