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

Board Tours New Maple on August 8

On August 8, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Wegley welcomed the Board of Education and former Board members to a tour of the now complete bright-and-shining new Maple School. Attendees were able to traverse all three floors of the school, including a glimpse at the new parking lot, which was just blacktopped this week. A Board of Education meeting took place after the tour. 

Dr. Wegley expressed gratitude to everyone who helped make the dream of the new building come true, and pride, as he described the state-of-the-art, flexible, innovative, school that boasts windows galore and natural light. He thanked the many partners who were instrumental in the building of the new Maple. They included supportive community members, staff, ARCON Architects, Nicholas & Associates Construction, Wintrust Bank, District 225, La Salceda del Norte, village entities, and more. He enthusiastically added that construction remained on schedule and within budget for the past 16 months.

During the public comment portion of the Board of Education meeting, former Board of Education member Chuck Gitles thanked Dr. Wegley and the Board and District 30 for building the community such an innovative, flexible school which is a shining star in the community!

Maple School's "Open for Learning" Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony takes place at 8:45 a.m., Tuesday, September 3 at 2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook. For more information, call 847-498-4190.

District 30 invites the community to view the new Maple School during two public tours which will be held at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, August 29, and from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, September 7. 

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.