District 30 News Briefs: Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's Latest Board of Education Meeting Update

District 30 News Briefs: Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's Latest Board of Education Meeting Update

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian K. Wegley


Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley’s
Board Meeting Update for May 16, 2019

Dear District 30 Family,

The Board was joined by our PTO Boards and a few past Board Members to tour the new Maple School. This project continues to proceed on time and within budget.

We look forward to Maple’s Closing Ceremony, Maple on the Move, next Thursday, and remain excited for our students and staff to benefit from our new facility in the fall!

Our recent Board of Education meeting included the following relevant items:


Mr. Karchmar led a celebration of our Maple Math Counts! State Competition Team: Stephanie Mei, Tom Mitchell, Rishi Purayil, Ben Wetzel. Congratulations to them and thank you to their coach Mrs. Sarah Arends for her commitment to this team.

Mrs. Blonder and our principals recognized our PTO Co-Presidents to thank them for another outstanding year of support. Thank you to Maple PTO Co-Presidents Becky Fliegel and Erin Sommer, Wescott PTO Co-Presidents Michelle Hacker-King and Christie Hartbarger, and Willowbrook PTO Co-Presidents Katie Schick and Grace Zuercher.

Board Meeting Calendar Revised

The Board officially approved two amendments to the 2018-19 Board of Education Meeting Dates Calendar. These included canceling the June 20, 2019 meeting and adding the Board of Education's Starting Right Workshop with the Illinois Association of School Boards on July 8, 2019.

Superintendent’s Report

A reminder about the Lew Blond Run on Saturday. I thanked Dr. Carter and his Lew Blond Committee for organizing and putting on this event again this year!

Our sincere appreciation of our talented and committed District 30 Educators that were celebrated last week in several Teacher Appreciation Week events.

A thank you to Dr. Carter and our eighth-grade team for taking our students to Washington DC last week. Dr. Carter also shared his appreciation of our staff and our outstanding students who represented District 30 and our communities well!

That District 225’s Board of Education would usually have adopted by the 2020-21 Scholl Calendar by April. In light of this delay, I reminded our Board that Northfield Township would continue to align our winter and spring breaks. I also reviewed a few relevant recommendations that District 225’s retiring Superintendent shared with their Board regarding the 2010-21 School Calendar.

Dr. Riggle’s recommendations included that:

Staff and students should start the 2020-2021 school year no earlier than the third full week of August. The school year should end as early in June as possible; the last day of school for students and staff before the winter break be Friday, December 18, 2020, and that students and staff should return to school on Monday, January 4, 2021.

The Student Services Report

Ms. Lauren Schulman gave her highly anticipated Student Services Report. She reviewed relevant data about Special Education Services, English Learners (EL) Services, and Health Services.

Ms.Schulman also reviewed the first year of Early Childhood under District 30’s management, including improved, coordinated support and services along with even better-aligned pre-K through 8 curricular paths.

The Board of Education joined me in sharing our sincere appreciation for Ms. Schulman, Mr. Carlson, and everyone who has made this such a successful transition.

Summer Curriculum Projects

Dr. Melissa Hirsch previewed our summer curriculum projects that include World Language-Grades 3-8, PE-Grades 6-8, Social Studies K-8, ELA 2-5, Navigate ELA 6-8, SEL, Math 1-5, Pre-K, Science 6-8, Time Study Committee, and PERA-Frontline Resource.

The Board shared their appreciation for the commitment of our staff who give their time toward these critical projects.

Board Reports

Mrs. Nancy Artz shared a summary of NSSED’s most recent Board Meeting that included NSSED’s budget that included staffing reductions and fee increases.

Mrs. Zivit Blonder shared an overview of the latest Character Counts Meeting. She underscored that Dr. Wegley and Dr. Carter would represent District 30 at Saturday’s Family Service Center’s fundraiser. She highlighted Character Counts upcoming participation in Glenview's July 4th Parade, and she asked for candy donations to be turned into Maple or the District Office.

I will wrap up this update with a sincere thank you to all of the members of the District 30 Family who helped make our 19th Annual Lew Blond Run a reality. We had an outstanding day for the run, great support, and around 750 runners! This lasting example of our values and care continues to be inspiring!


45 Faculty Recognized at Annual District 30 Family Dinner

On May 3, faculty and family members attended the annual Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 Family Dinner at the Ravinia Green Country Club, Riverwoods.

Dr. Wegley proclaimed, "District 30 is privileged to have professionals who touch the future by dedicating their careers to our students. We value and care for each and every member of our District 30 family. As we grow and prosper, the tradition of recognizing those who are celebrating a milestone year within our District continues."

In honor of their retirement, Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley and Board of Education President Ursula Sedlak presented each of the seven retiring staff members with a gift.

These honorees included Jane Eilhauer, Amy Kauth, Pam Korenthal, Jamie Reding, Michelle Rosen, Adrienne Schaye, and Mary Ann Sgarlata.

Willowbrook School music teacher Kurt Barker is part of The Dave Ness Trio, which performed easy jazz sounds for the audience throughout the evening. Mr. Barker played percussion/drums; Dave Ness was on guitar, and Matt Thompson played bass.

Thirty-eight staff members were recognized for achieving a milestone year with District 30: For 35 years, Cindy Habel; 30 years, Carrie Bargowski and Jane Eilhauer; 20 years, Roy Grober, Mario Gurgone, and Joel Losoff; 15 years, Pablo Astudillo, Lucio Castrejon, E.J. Choi, Jane Park, Christine Wawrzynek, and Valerie Yaeger; 10 years, Jessica Braiman, Dr. Nate Carter, Heather Cherney, Heidi Fletcher, Sarah Lerman, Jody Madden, Jennifer Murnick, Lisa Netzly, Connie Park, Jackie Ruf, and Betsy Safranek; and five years, Elissa Anderson, Tracy Bahn, Kristine Barker, Jamie Byrne, Dr. Scott Carlson, Marcy Cohen, Betty Holzkopf, Julie Ireland, Jeff Loppnow, Amy Norris, Dawn Novak, Stacy Rich, Karen Sattler, Nicky Stannard, and Iris Zhang.

Dinner Committee members who planned this event included Julie Bezanes, Brittany Brown, Dr. Melissa Hirsch, Keith Karchmar, Sue Nelson, Rachel Rabinowitz, Jackie Ruf, Beth Shabelman, Nicky Stannard, and Dr. Brian Wegley.


Left to right, front row: Board of Education Vice President Nancy Artz, Board of Education President Ursula Sedlak, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Wegley, and member Keith Karchmar. Back row left to right:  Board members Daniel Levin, Ammar Rizki, Jeff Zuercher, and Zivit Blonder. 

Fond Farewell Board Members/Hearty Hello New Board Members!

A warm "District 30 Welcome" to our new Board of Education members: Vice President Nancy Artz and members Daniel Levin, Ammar Rizki, and Zivit Blonder, who took their oath of office on April 25 with former Board President Chuck Gitles. Congratulations to Ursula Sedlak as she assumes the role of the new Board President! We look forward to your wonderful leadership!

We wholeheartedly thank former President Chuck Gitles, Beth Shabelman, and Ihab Riad for their dedication, volunteerism, big hearts, and wonderful service.