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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 January 24 Board of Education Meeting Update

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

The Board approved lease and service agreements for copiers through June 30, 2023. One copier will be installed as soon as possible at Maple School to replace their failing copier and to help Andy’s team define procedures that will successfully leverage the new features available and reduce paper waste. Thank you to Andy and Dale for their work on this vital effort.

Sale of Surplus Property Approved

The Board officially approved the Purchase and Sale Agreement and authorized the administration to enter into said Agreement with Gavin School District 37 and Care In Action International for the purchase of surplus personal property and equipment from the demolition of the existing Maple School and the elementary new furniture replacement project that otherwise would not be needed for District 30 purposes. I also thanked Dale for his efforts to help this surplus property to find a new educational home!

Superintendent’s Report

Tour of Maple School

Our Board, our Steering Committee, and our Citizens’ Task Force toured the new Maple School. The collaborative work of these individuals resulted in the recommendation for the Board to consider a referendum for the new Maple School. Construction continues to progress well as the project has now eclipsed the 60% mark; we remain on time and within budget. Our visitors were excited by all that our new middle school will offer our students and staff!

Discussion/Information Items

Math K-5 from Summer 2018/ Math 6-8 from Summer 2018 & TCD-HS Placement

Mrs. Ruf, Mrs. Obradovich, Mrs. Goss, and Mrs. Janick shared a comprehensive crosswalk document that brings together multiple resources aligned explicitly to students’ RIT ranges from MAP. The presentation also included information on pathways from grades 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade mathematics programs to the high school. Placement exams and local assessments were created for students who are recent move-ins to the district and who would need further clarification for the upcoming school year. The new high school placement exam, PSAT was also referenced as they highlighted that 2019 placements for current 8th graders for mathematics were consistent to previous years even with the new PSAT placement exam.

World Languages Grades 3-8 Summer Curriculum

Mrs. Cherney, Mrs. Schmeckpeper, Ms. Stipes, Ms. Youseph, and Ms. Zhang shared their work on middle school units in grades 6th, 7th, 8th. The team emphasized revising 8th-grade units as they generated a new one they will implement this spring. There was also discussion around the three modes of communication- Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational, which are an emphasis on the local assessments given to students for multiple units throughout the school year. They also referenced Township Articulation and the Seal of Biliteracy; this seal is earned at the high school level.

Board Reports

Mrs. Artz presented an update on NSSED’s last meeting that included a summary of their efforts to hire a new business manager, ongoing work with districts to define program and service usage levels next year, and an upcoming parent workshop at Glenbrook South High School. Mr. Riad reported on the last Economic Development Committee Meeting in Northbrook. He shared updates from Northbrook’s Village, Chamber of Commerce, Park District, and School Districts.

He concludes, "We continue to enjoy another Chicago winter. Keep in mind that every day gets longer! Spring will be here before we know it! In the meantime, know that we will be watching next week’s weather closely."

 

 

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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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