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2019 School Board Elections Information

 

Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 will have four school board seats to be filled at the Consolidated Election on April 2, 2019. Candidates who are elected will fill four-year terms expiring in April 2023.

Candidates for the office of the school board were circulating nominating petitions for signatures beginning in September 18, 2018. The period for filing nominating petitions runs from December 10 through December 17, 2018.

A candidate for school board is required to file the nominating petitions, Statement of Candidacy, and receipt for the filing of their Statement of Economic Interests with the applicable county election clerk and not with the school board secretary or the administrative offices of the school district. The county clerk may have petition forms available or blank petitions may be downloaded from the State Board of Elections website: http://www.elections.il.gov/.

Candidates may also want to consult the “2019 Candidate’s Guide (https://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/PDF/2019CanGuide.pdf), which can be downloaded from the State Board of Elections website, or contact the county clerk or board of election commissioners regarding the requirements of filing. Candidates and voters can get information about the district from its website, and learn about being a school board member from the Illinois Association of School Boards, at: www.iasb.com/elections.

Caucus Process

Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 has four school board seats that will need to be filled at the Consolidated Election on April 2, 2019.  Candidates who were interested in seeking endorsement from the School Board Caucus should have emailed Co-Chairs Joanna Kaplan (joanna.kaplan@gmail.com) or Susan Akpolat (susan.akpolat@gmail.com) by Tuesday, November 13, to request an interview.

 

Board of Education Vice President Ursula Sedlak, President Chuck Gitles, Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, and Ihab Riad. Back row, left to right:  Jeff Zuercher, Elizabeth Shabelman, Keith Karchmar, and Nancy Artz.

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's Board of Education Update

2018 Tax Levy Approved After Hearing Held 

On December 13, the Board held a public hearing at the beginning of their meeting for the 2018 Tax Levy and approved it during the meeting. Districts under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (i.e., tax cap) can raise their property tax collection by the Consumer Price Index plus new growth/construction. Annually, the Board is required to approve a tax levy before the new growth/construction in our district is known. Therefore, the levy is routinely set artificially high with a 10% increase, which is significantly higher than we expect to realize. Once new growth is known in the summer, the actual extension (what we receive) will be finalized.

 FY 2018 Financial Audit Approved

The Board officially accepted the 2018 fiscal year audit as prepared by the district's auditors, Miller, Cooper & Co., Ltd. Mr. Gitles and Mr. Zuercher praised our auditors who gave District 30 high marks for the strengthening of many business office systems.

Superintendent’s Report

IASB-IASA-IASBO Joint Annual Conference

The Board and I reflected on this valuable conference attended by our Board of Education. This year’s conference was especially strong with a keynote from Ruby Bridges. Board members attended sessions on lessons learned from Parkland and also voted on possible IASB resolutions.

Bilingual Census of Student Population Report

I updated the Board on the 35 languages spoken within the district. Twenty-seven percent of our students speak a language other than English at home. A little over one in three of these students receive English Language services. Korean remains the most represented language after English, followed by Mandarin, Philipino, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.

Lew Blond Donation

Dr. Carter shared a $7,500 donation from last year’s Lew Blond run that will benefit the Maple Playground effort. Thank you to everyone who plays a part in this fundraising effort.

Professor Huck Thank You

I officially thanked Mr. Jeff Huck from ARCON for sharing an engaging presentation on the design processwith Maple’s 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students. Mr. Huck did a fantastic job, and I was inspired to see our students’ excitement as they learned about the new Maple School.

Discussion/Information Items

Wescott School Report

Dr. Brown celebrated Wescott School with our Board of Education. He shared his pride in our students and staff as he shared the school’s improvement plan, efforts related to our Board Goals, and the "#choosekind" theme for the year. He also emphasized the meaningful integration of technology that supports our child-centric values as he played videos of ukelele songs and first-grade Animal Battles. He also thanked the Board for their support on behalf of Wescott. In closing, he invited the Board to attend the next PTO Speaker Series on January 31st, and he showed a short video of Leon Logothetis who will join Wescott for a special day with students and an evening with parents. Leon’s Netflix Series, The Kindness Diaries, resonates with Wescott’s theme, and we are all excited to learn more about his adventures.

The Board and I shared our appreciation for Dr. Brown’s continuous pride in and commitment to Wescott School and District 30. 

Utilization of Virtual Reality (VR) to Support Next Generation Science Standards

The summer of 2018 had eight curriculum projects led by administrative colleagues with participants that spanned multiple departments and grade levels from our talented teaching staff.  

Dr. Hirsch reflected on the benefit of our summer curriculum project initiatives and praised the work of everyone related to the VR project. For the past three years, Virtual Reality learning experiences have been integrated within Social Studies and Science curriculum. Mrs. Obradovich, Mrs. Goss, and Mr. Kohl shared examples of how VR has been incorporated into second and fifth-grade units. The second-grade project, Diversity of Life Experience, utilized VR to place students in the polar mountains, ocean, tropical rainforest, and desert, while the fifth-grade project, Edge of the Earth, leveraged VR experiences to provide evidence that the earth is indeed round. The Board and audience enthusiastically took the second-grade tour with VR headsets donned! 

Special appreciation was shared by Dr. Brown and Dr. Carlson for the PTO support that helped strengthen the VR efforts across our district. I join our Board in echoing appreciation for all of our PTO support across District 30!

Board Reports

Mrs. Artz presented an update on NSSED’s last meeting that included a summary of efforts to hire a new business manager, negotiation of their transportation contract, IDEA funding, and their revised policy manual. Mrs. Sedlak reported that the Glenview Library would offer programming over the winter holiday break. She also shared that the Glenview and Northbrook Park Districts are working to create all-day programming in the first week of June and the month of August to assist District 30 parents during the summer of 2019. She also thanked the Kiwanis Club for their $1000 donation to Character Counts that supported the gift cards that went to poster and video contest winners.

 

 

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The Board of Education Participates in the April 5, 2018 Groundbreaking of the New Maple School, which is due to open in the fall of 2019!
 
Groundbreaking Ceremonies for the New Maple School Celebrate the Orange-and-Blue in Style!
If the west Maple School gymnasium was a person and could express emotions, it would have been bursting with pride on April 5, when the official groundbreaking assembly and ceremony took place for the new Maple School. Instead it was “bursting with” Board of Education members, administrators, students, staff, village leaders, community members, former Board members, teachers, administrators, the architectural team from ARCON and Associates, Nicholas & Associates Construction, and of course, Manny the Mascot!

Poised between towers of blue-and-orange balloons (Maple’s colors) and the symphonic band, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Wegley proudly stated, "This is a historic event for District 30, as we officially begin to realize a new innovative, flexible, and responsible Maple School that has been designed by our District 30 Family through hard work by our Board, administrative team, staff, students, and members of our community!”

Kicking off the ceremony, Maple Principal Dr. Nate Carter welcomed seventh grader Sachin Patel and the color guard, as everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the Star Spangled Banner accompanied by band director Mike Vecchio and the symphonic band! He thanked everyone for coming to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Maple School.

The following individuals and groups were thanked and honored for their support: Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 Board of Education members: Board President and Maple School graduate Mr. Chuck Gitles, Board Vice President Mrs Mrs. Ursula Sedlak, Board members Mrs. Nancy Artz, Mr. Keith Karchmar, Mr. Ihab Riad, Mrs. Beth Shabelman, and Mr. Jeff Zuercher. Others recognized were the District 30’s Administrative Team: Mrs. Betty Holzkopf, Dr. Melissa Hirsch, Mr. Dale Falk, Mr. Andy Kohl, Ms. Lauren Schulman, Mrs. Nadine Lee, Mr. Chris Brown, and Mr. Don Zabski.

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Local dignitaries included Northbrook Village President Ms. Sandy Frum, Northbrook Village Manager Mr. Rich Nahrstadt, State Representative Mr. Jonathan Carroll, Ms. Shiva Mohsenzadeh from State Representative Laura Fine’s Office, State Senator Mrs. Julie Morrison, Northfield Township’s Ms. Jill Brickman, Northbrook Library Director Ms. Katie Hall, and Glenview Park District Director Mr. Mike McCartney.

Also present were former Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 Board members: Mrs. Karen Roloff, Mr. Scott Margolin, and Mr. Carlo Cavallero; as well as former Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 Administrators: Maple Principal, Mr. Steven Waitz, and former Administrative Assistant to Dr. Wegley, Sam Friedman.

"We would also like to express our appreciation to our architectural team from ARCON and Associates: Mr. Rick Cozzi, Mr. Jeff Huck, Mrs. Erin Miller, Mr. Chris Killinger, Ms. Lisa Martin, and Mr. Dakota Betts, and our construction managers from Nicholas & Associates: Mr. Nicholas Papanicholas, Jr., Mr. Jeff Zurlinden, Mr. Steve Hayes, and Mr. Joe Minalga,” he added.

Superintendent Dr. Wegley summarized, "What is best for our students always remains at the center of our decision making. This effort began with input from students and staff, to ARCON, who formulated a Master Facility Plan. The work generated options that were finalized by a Steering Committee and analyzed by a Citizen’s Task Force."

The referendum effort was led by a community advocacy committee that included Jeff St. John, Pat Dunbar, David Abraham, Carlo Cavallaro, Ashley Delaney, Joanna Kaplan, and so many more! The results of these efforts led to support of this new facility that will serve countless students into the future, with a nearly 76% yes vote on a referendum presented to the community last spring.

Dr. Wegley continued to thank countless individuals and groups for their support, adding that the district could not have succeeded without the help of neighbors the Village of Northbrook, La Salceda del Norte, District 225, and Glenbrook North High School.

“Our mission in this work has been to align our facility vision with our educational vision. We are so excited. With the input from so many, the guidance of our architects at ARCON, and our construction managers from Nicholas, we will see our vision take shape before our eyes over the next 17 months. We can’t wait for our students and staff to benefit from this new facility!” Dr. Wegley concluded.

Next, as a former Maple alumnus, whose child attends (and two whom attended) District 30 schools, Board of Education President Chuck Gitles spoke about the past and future of Maple School.

"I estimate that over 12,000 students have been through this building since it was built over 65 years ago. I know that for a few of today's students that number includes your older brothers and sisters. I also know that for some of you, that includes your parents, as well."

"There’s a lot of history and memories in this building. But while we are constructing a new building, we are not building a new school. A school is not just a physical structure. It’s everything that happens within that structure. It’s the students, the teachers, the staff, and the traditions. Most importantly, it is the life-long friendships we've made and the memories shared. Those things are not tied to a structure, they are tied to the people who are a part of it."

"Maple School will always be Maple School. It will always be your Maple School. And no matter what the building looks like, you and everyone who ever went to school here will always be are a part of it. You all have created the culture that makes Maple School, and District 30 as a whole, a destination for outstanding education that this community demands."

He concluded, "One of you looking at me right now is going to be the first student in the new building on the first day of class. Your Board of Education is so excited to start a new chapter in the long history of Maple School."

At the conclusion of the assembly, Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf and Principal Dr. Nate Carter chose 12 students randomly to participate in the breaking of the ground for the new Maple School. They included: sixth graders: Declan Noyes, Rachel Florek, Dylan Azizi, Maia Abrahams; seventh graders Noah Kaufman, Vivian Wang, Rohan Mitra, Annalise Pappas; and eighth graders  Zachary Donatello, Melanie Baczweski, Sloan Greenfield, and Andrew Marasco.

Everyone was invited to grab a shovel, pose for a photo, and participate in the groundbreaking behind the west gym of Maple School.  Now, as Board President Chuck Gitles said at the conclusion of his speech, “Let’s get to it!”

The new Maple School is scheduled to open its doors in the fall of 2019.

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