Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Wegley's Board of Education Update for August 8

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Wegley's Board of Education Update for August 8

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian K. Wegley

 

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's Board of Education Update 

The August 8 Board of Education meeting included the following relevant items:

 

Board Tour of Maple School

 

District 30’s Board of Education toured the new state-of-the-art Maple School, and we held our first
meeting in the library. The Maple Campus project remains on time and within budget. With the support of the PTO, the additional playground project will be installed next summer.

 

I shared our sincere appreciation for all of the hands that have played a part in this updated community asset. Our Board, administrators, staff, and community played significant roles in this project. The Village of Northbrook, Northbrook’s Police and Fire Departments, District 225/Glenbrook North High School, La
Salceda, and Wintrust’s Northview Community Bank have also been terrific partners throughout this project.

 

The Board and administrative
team also shared our appreciation for our custodial staff and teachers who have moved into this new space. Their efforts will ensure that our first day of school will be productive in District 30!\

 

Tentative Budget

 

The Board approved a tentative budget for public display at the District Office before final
approval at its September 19, 2019 meeting. The budget follows our financial projections and continues our planned, controlled deficit budget utilizing $1M of our fund balance to support Health/Life-Safety needs as promised during our referendum.

 

Board Governance Review Next Steps

 

The Board recapped their Board Governance Review. Our Illinois Association of School Board consultant recognized our high-functioning Board of Education for their effective governance, strong strategic planning, and positive relationships. Our work resulted in the generation of three relevant goals for me this year: Support the transition of Maple School and the District Office; identify and hire a new Maple School Principal; and begin planning to solve our elementary enrollment/facility capacity issues.

 

Superintendent’s Report

  • Reviewing current enrollment numbers across District 30. With a few weeks left before the start of the school year, our total enrollment consists of 1168 students with 118 kindergarten students.
  • Sharing upcoming events, including New Teacher Orientation that begins on Monday, August 19, our first Teacher Institute Day on August 27, and our first day of school and opening ceremonies on September 3. 
  • Inviting our community to tours for Maple on Thursday, August 29 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 7 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Thanking our 12-month staff for all of the work they have done throughout the summer to prepare for the upcoming year. We are almost ready and looking forward to a great school year

New Maple Community Tours Set for August 29 and September 7

District 30 invites our community to view the new Maple School this fall to share this new community asset. We are planning on two public tours for the new Maple School at 6:00 p.m on Thursday, August 29, 2019, and from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on Saturday, September 7, 2019. 

"We will begin sharing these opportunities publicly and look forward to showing off the new Maple School!" stated Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Wegley.

 

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's Board of Education Update 

The July 18 Board of Education meeting included the following relevant items:

 

Personnel Report

The Board formally approved Mrs. JoAnn Dynkin as Maple’s Psychology Intern, Rachael Jennings as Wescott’s 1st-Grade Teacher, Sojung Kim as an Instructional Assistant at Willowbrook, and Stephanie Marcus as Maple’s Speech Pathologist. Please join me in welcoming them all to the District 30 Family!

 

The Board approved Dawn Novak for a Leave of Absence for the 2019-20 School Year.

 

Maple Springfield Trip

The Board approved the Maple 7th-Grade Springfield Trip that will take place on October 24 and October 25. Our staff’s commitment to this trip continues to be appreciated by our Board of Education.

 

Staffing Plan Update

I shared current enrollment numbers across District 30 with our Board of Education. We currently have 115 kindergarteners, and students continue to enroll. Our defined sections continue to support enrollment.

 

Master Facility Plan Update

Mr. Falk briefly updated the Board on the progress of our summer projects:

  • Maple's construction project remains on schedule and within budget

  • Five rooftop units have been repurposed from the old Maple School to Wescott and Willowbrook in support of our Health and Life-Safety needs

  • The transformer at Willowbrook School will be replaced on Tuesday, July 23

  • A new fence was installed along the south side of Wescott’s campus, and parking lot repairs will be completed over the next few weeks

  • The District Office is preparing to move out of our temporary location at Northview Community Bank, to the top of the new Maple School by the end of July

 

Maple School Tours and Events

I shared that Community Tours for Maple will be on Thursday, August 29 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 7 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. I also highlighted our excitement for the opening ceremony, Maple: Open for Learning that will occur on Tuesday, September 3 at 8:35 a.m.

 

Board Reports

Mr. Rizki summarized relevant items from the last Northbrook Economic Development Committee Meeting, including:

  • The Village of Northbrook is planning a Downtown Land Use and Parking Study that includes defining the future of the Grainger Property that is within District 30’s boundaries

  • The Sterling Place on Techny Road that is within District 30’s boundaries has been approved, and the 84 unit housing development will break ground in October

  • Issues related to recent assessments were discussed. It was emphasized that increased assessments result in decreasing tax rates to maintain the cap on property tax collection that has been in place for years

  • The One Book, One Northbrook initiative for the village to read Trevor Noah’s Born in Crime was also shared

 

The Board and I also celebrated Eleni Lamson, Ashley Grosshuesch and everyone who put together another successful District 30 Summer School program that wrapped up at Willowbrook School on July 12! I also shared that our first institute day will be on Tuesday, August 27.

 

The June 13 Board of Education meeting included the following relevant items:

Personnel Report
The Board formally approved Mr. Benjamin Clemons as our next Director of Bands. Mr. Burdi’s FTE was increased to teach PE full-time next year at Wescott and Willowbrook, and Mrs. Jeanne Mills will take over full-time clerical duties at Wescott. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Clemons and thanking Mr. Burdi and Mrs. Mills for their service to the District 30 Family!

The Board also approved Mrs. Sara Weinstein’s retirement from District 30 this year and Mrs. Liliam Alvarez-Connolly’s retirement at the end of the 2022-23 School Year. Congratulations to both!

Staffing Plan Update
I shared current enrollment numbers across District 30 with our Board of Education. We currently have 115 kindergarteners and have just enrolled our 91st third-grade student at Wescott. In response to the third-grade enrollment, we added a fifth third-grade section as projected. We look forward to filling this position soon.

Strategic Planning Update
Our administrative team provided an update of progress on our District 30 Strategic Planning Work:

Goal 1: Increase District 30’s capacity to systemically collaborate within grade-level teams to execute the cycle of continuous instructional improvement by:

-Generating a cost-neutral way to provide time for meaningful grade-level collaboration
-Defining collaborative norms for grade-level collaboration
Establishing protocols for continuous instructional improvement (e.g. analyzing local common assessment data)

Goal 2: Ensure District 30 facilities possess the capacity to support our evolving and emerging programs and contribute to optimal educational experiences by:

-Leveraging and managing supported funding options for one-time debt management for the new Maple/DO Project

Implementing supported Master Facility Plan options that:

-Build the new Maple School and campus
-Update operations to support our new Maple School

Updating the Master Facility Plan to:

-Define the flexible furniture that will be integrated into our elementary schools to support our educational vision
-Incorporate capacity needs at our elementary schools that support enrollment projections
-Generating continuous updates on construction to District 30 Stakeholders 

I highlighted our Time Committee’s successful creation of common collaborative planning time for our core elementary teachers, along with the successful completion of our new Maple School. Both will positively impact generations of students! Thank you to our team and everyone involved in our improvement efforts this year.

Board Reports
Mrs. Nancy Artz summarized Northern Suburban Special Education District’s (NSSED’s) most recent Leadership Council Meeting that included updates on their communication efforts, their professional learning support, and the approval of NSSED’s FY 2020 budget. 

Mrs. Zivit Blonder shared an overview of the latest Character Counts meeting. She shared two community runs for next year that included the Hero Hustle Run on September 8, 2019, along with the Lew Blond Run on May 16, 2020. She noted that next year’s Lew Blond Run would be its 20th on a new course that will be approved by CARA this summer. She also highlighted Character Counts upcoming participation in Glenview's July 4th Parade and asked that candy donations be turned in at Maple’s new front office.

Finally, I celebrated the positive, trusting tone set by our Board of Education, along with the care and teaming accomplished by our Administrative Team for each other and our staff. I also emphasized my pride in the fact that District 30 continues to partner with our communities to provide our students with a great place to grow up as we place them on a positive trajectory for their future!

Thank you all for another fantastic year! Let me know if you have questions!

Warmly,

Brian

Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent of Schools

 

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's End-of-Year Message to Faculty

 

Dear District 30 Family,

 

The last couple of weeks included several meaningful celebrations. Last Tuesday, we had the privilege of graduating our 8th-grade class. All of the work and love put into our graduates was on full display with our graduates as they represented District 30 well. Friday included closing ceremonies at our elementary schools. We paraded our graduating seniors and lauded our fifth-graders as we reflected on another fantastic year, including Willowbrook’s 50th anniversary!

 

Thank you for your professionalism and commitment displayed at the June 3 and 4 institute days. Your class and care were noted and appreciated. Our de-escalation training included a reflection on the impact we have on all of our children, especially those who often come to us with the most need. In my career, the students I remain in touch with include some of the most challenging ones that I got to know on a personal level to help. It warms my heart to see them thrive in adulthood!

 

Throughout my career, I have been amazed at the impact even simple gestures of kindness and care can have. As we reflect on another great year in District 30, know that you continue to change lives for the better. Thank you for enriching our students within the most important profession on the planet.

 

District 30 is a great place for kids to grow up. As we head into our last day of the 2018-2019 school year, I want to take a moment to thank you all for all you give to our students, and each other. Collectively, we continue to honor childhood and foster growth, and I admire all of you.

 

I continue to feel blessed to be a part of this family, and I wish you a restful and enjoyable summer! Take care, and thank you again!

 

Warmly,

 

Brian

 
Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent of Schools
 

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's Reflections on Maple Closing Ceremony and Tours

"On behalf of District 30, I extend a thank you to everyone who joined us on May 23 for "Maple on the Move" during our ceremony and evening tours. As the current Superintendent of District 30, I was proud to join Maple Principal Dr. Nate Carter and his staff to reflect on our strong and positive culture. Our students:

*Appreciate our community that profoundly values education;
*Value their relationships with their teachers and fellow students; and
*Know that our educators work hard, and take the responsibility of preparing them for their future seriously.

We shared the original deed, executed in 1843, for the land that housed our first school. Our first school opened its doors in December of 1859!

We also examined the grade book from our early days.
Recognize any notable names in Northbrook/Glenview?

We reflected on the fact that our students have bright futures ahead of them and will benefit from the exceptional people who surround them in District 30 and then in high school! The Class of 1964 and the Class of 1969 honored us with their presence, and it was inspiring hearing from our alumni through time!

For fun, we also shared a famous shot of our Maple athletic field and what it would look like today if John Hughes were to make the movie "Ferris Buehler's Day Off" today. (Thank you to Chuck Gitles for this idea)!

We look forward to moving into our new Maple School as we kick off next year on September 3, 2019. We will benefit from this new space and the foundation generated by our community through time!"