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Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's Board of Education Meeting Update

January 12, 2018

Dear D30 Family,

 

 

The Board of Education held a meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2018, where the following relevant items were discussed:

 

 

District 30 & La Salceda Water Detention Agreement

The Board of Education formally approved an agreement that supports sharing La Salceda’s water retention pond serving District 30’s temporary water detention requirements for the new Maple School. We will pump down their pond by a few inches to generate capacity and will monitor it to provide us with the required detention during construction. Once the new building is in place, the permanent water detention solution will be underground below the current Maple School. Therefore, any temporary detention would be a wasted investment. Thank you to La Salceda’s Board for partnering with us!

 

 

Commissioning Agent Approved

The Board officially approved E Cube, Inc. as our commissioning agent for the new Maple School. Commissioning is required and valuable for this project to verify that our energy-efficient systems operate accurately.

 

 

Sixth-Grade Civic Action Project Update

Thank you to our 6th-grade team of teachers, Josh Bryant, Cindy Sheridan, Nikki Fosco, Phyllis Tsevis, Betsy Safranek, Leora Kurtz, and Mary Norquist have evolved the Civic Action/Service Learning experience for the 2017-18 school year.  I am happy to share that the experience has become focused on three projects that all the 6th-grade students can participate in this Spring.  Students will have the opportunity to pack lunches for Backpack for Blessings with three of our former Willowbrook teachers leading the way, Mrs. Jan Southerton, Ms. Karen Kaiz, and Ms. Annette Bonnevile. The lunches will be packed here on site at Maple, and then teachers will deliver the backpacks to Palatine. Students will also visit Little City in Palatine and Cradles to Crayons in the city, which is on the Northwest Side. All of the experiences have been confirmed and will be communicated to parents in the very near future. In addition, by having the district and teaching staff coordinate and finalize the experiences the cost has been significantly reduced. It is going to be an outstanding opportunity for our students, and we hope for all 6th graders to participate in this valuable experience this year!

 

 

Kindergarten Summer Curriculum Presentation and Report

Thank you to Amy Buzil Kurt Barker, Scott Carlson, Caroline Drake, Melissa Hirsch, Lisa Kauth, Sarah Lerman, Maggie Peters, Amy Schutz, and Jeannine Staunton for updating our Board of Education on the continued evolution of our full-day kindergarten program. They highlighted their Shared Collaborative Imaginative Play (SCIP) program. Thank you to Kurt Barker for his continued leadership of our 2nd-year Mentor Program stretch goals, which generated this program. The kindergarten team also shared the positive results of this year's survey of kindergarten parents. Well done!

 

Second Reading of New & Revised Board Policies

District 30 revises Board Policies twice a year. Revisions and additions occur due to new legislation and the need to ensure that our policies support and align with our practices. We completed the second reading of the following Board Policies that are being revised:

 

500.06 GENERAL PERSONNEL - Abused and Neglected Child Reporting; 600.02 EQUIVALENT ASSIGNMENT OF PERSONNEL, CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS; 700.01 (Change GENDER EQUITY) EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES; New Policy: 720.23 STUDENT WELFARE - Harassment of Students Prohibited; 720.24 STUDENT WELFARE - Prevention of and Response to Bullying; 720.25: STUDENT WELFARE - Sexual Harassment Policy; New Policy: 720.26 Teen Dating Violence Prohibited; 720.30 STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES; and New Policy: 726 Exemption from Physical Education.

 

Western Avenue Construction

Mr. Brown and I provided our Board and public with an update on Northbrook’s construction plans that will upgrade Western Avenue from April 2, 2018, through September 28, 2018. Western Avenue will be reduced to one southbound lane during the construction, and street work will occur in three stages:

  • Stage 1: 4/2/18 - 6/8/18 - Water main work on the East Side of the street: One lane of southbound traffic beginning April 2, 2018

  • Stage 2: 6/11/18 - 8/10/18 - Road construction from Asbury to Farnsworth up to the binder that will create full road closure during the day (Wescott will largely remain closed this summer)

  • Stage 3: 6/11/18-9/28/18 -The remainder of Western from Techny to Maple will be completed & the final asphalt coat will be applied along with landscaping

 

An informational meeting has been scheduled by the Village of Northbrook at Wescott School on Tuesday, March 20th at 5:00 p.m.

 

The following agreements were made for the duration of construction when school is in session:

  • The Village of Northbrook will put the timeline and traffic expectations up on their website

  • Because Western Avenue will be open to southbound traffic only, the Wescott parent traffic loop will be North on Fieldwood, East on Farnsworth, and South on Western

  • No trucks will travel from Farnsworth to Techny (except within the closed lane) from 8:15 to 8:45 and 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

 

Mr. Brown also advocated for a crossing to be installed aligned with Dehne Road as part of this project that generates a sidewalk on the south side of Wescott’s campus that mirrors the one on the north side to increase safety for students crossing the street. The Village of Northbrook has tentatively agreed to this addition.

 

Thank you to the Village of Northbrook for partnering with us on this project, and thank you to our Wescott staff and families for their patience and cooperation!

 

Please let me know if you have questions. Have a terrific weekend, and thank you for all that you do!

 

Warmly,

 

Brian

 

 
Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent of Schools