Indian Prairie School District 204, Illinois

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Indian Prairie School District 204 is the third-largest school district in Illinois (Sunshine Review), encompassing 46 sq. miles, including portions of Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook and Plainfield. IPSD has 33 school buildings, including 3 high schools and 1 alternative high school and serves 29,500 students.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Illinois school district websites

This website was most recently evaluated April 19, 2013.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • The Board of Education members are listed and include bio and contact information.[2]
    • Contact Board with feedback page.[3]
    • The Board’s goals and goal statuses are published.[4]
  • Meetings
    • The Board’s meetings and meeting minutes are published according to date.[5]
    • Meeting information is archived to 2008.
    • Board meetings are available for viewing online.[6]
  • Administration
    • Administrative Office contacts published including title, name, telephone and email contacts.[7]
  • Budget
    • Current budget is posted. [8]
    • Some budget information for the most recent budget, including presentations and a financial forecast is posted. [9]
    • Budgets are archived to 2007. [10]
    • Compensation report is published for all district administrators.[11]
  • Audit
    • Annual financial audits are posted. [12]
    • Audits are archived to 2008.
  • Contracts
    • Contracts exceeding $25,000 posted and include vendor, date, description and amount for 2011-2013 are posted by the business office.[13]
    • Negotiated union contracts are published.[14]
    • Monthly Board bill payments is published. See “Board Bills” for instructions to access the information.[15]
  • Academics
    • Annual district report cards are posted. [16]
  • Public Records
    • Information on how to file a public records request is posted. [17]

The bad

  • Budget
    • Budgets are archived online for at least three years.
  • Contracts
    • Contracts under $25,00 are not posted.
    • Current bid openings are not posted.
  • Background checks
    • The site does not provide background check information for employees.
  • Taxes
    • Information on levied taxes is not posted.

School Board Members

Name Board of Education Role
Curt Bradshaw President
Susan Rasmus Vice President
Dawn DeSart Member
Cathy Piehl School Board Secretary
Lori Price Member
Mark Rising Member
Christine Vickers Member

In the News

  • In March 2010, IPSD voted to lay off 145 teachers with one to four years experience, saving approximately $7.2 million from a $12 million deficit.[18]
  • In March 2007, Indian Prairie School District was sued by two students at Neuqua Valley High School for infringing their right of free speech by forbidding them to make a specific negative statement about homosexuality, in particular, by wearing a t-shit during school hours that says “Be Happy, Not Gay.” The protest was in response to the annual event Day of Silence promoted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network who encouraged students to wear “Be Who You Are” t-shirts on the day to show their support. In March 2011, the Court of Appeals held that the plaintiffs had every right to wear the shirts.[19]

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