Board of Education Vote 6-0 on $24.2 Million Bond Referendum Question
 
At the Board meeting this past Monday evening, the Board voted 6-0 to put a $24.2 million bond referendum question on the April 4, 2017 ballot.

If approved, these bonds will fund projects to:
  • Eliminate portable classrooms with a new addition at Hadley Junior High School
  • Address some infrastructure and health life safety issues at all schools
  • Add additional ADA accessible restrooms at all of the schools
  • Enhance safety with secure entranceway at Churchill School
  • Reduce congestion in the neighborhood around Hadley by adding a bus lane on district property
The reason some infrastructure projects are included in the referendum is because there is a cost savings to complete some projects at the same time. In addition, the scope of the projects that would be covered by the referendum are larger and more significant. The district annually allocates up to $2-3 million for infrastructure projects to cover all six of the buildings in the district. The district will continue to maintain all of our buildings moving forward with these budgeted district funds. 

In 2018, the District will pay off bonds that funded past building projects.  This reduction of debt payments gives the community an opportunity to invest the $24.2 million to address some facilities needs at our schools and have a tax decrease over the taxes paid in 2016.

For example: 
If a community member pays $8,000 in 2016, the District 41 debt portion of their tax bill would decrease by approximately $85.

If you are interested in learning more, we will be conducting information sessions and open houses for the community over the next couple of months.  More information will be coming soon.

Click Here for background about the proposed projects.


New Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Accountability

Dr. Katherine McCluskey has been appointed as the new Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Accountability for District 41 effective July 1, 2017. Dr. McCluskey has been the Director of PreK, Extended Day Kindergarten, ESL and Bilingual Programing in District 41 for six years. She began working in District 41 through an intergovernmental agreement, between Glenbard District 87 and District 41 for two years as the Director of ESL and Bilingual Programming. Prior to that she was employed by Plainfield School District 202 for two years where she worked as an ELL/bilingual specialist. She also taught ESL at Morton East High School for six years.


Dr. McCluskey earned her Doctor of Education in Leadership Administration from Aurora University. She also holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree from Arizona State University in elementary education and a Master's Degree in educational administration from Governor's State University. She holds her Superintendent's Endorsement, multiple certificates in administration, elementary teaching and secondary teaching with an ESL Endorsement, and a Bilingual Spanish Approval.

Dr. McCluskey has many publishing credentials as well. She is a contributing author of the State of Illinois Tool-Kit: Access to Educational Excellence-Framing Services for English Language Learners. She is the co-author of the book Game Plan: A Playbook for Developing Winning PLCs at Work which is endorsed by Rick DuFour and designated as a PLC at Work publication. She co-authored the article, "Let's Not Stop with Pockets of Excellence" and she published research in the Center of Applied Linguistics manual Using the SIOP model:Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction.

Dr. McCluskey's reputation as a successful collaborator, her organizational skills and deep understanding of effective instructional practices will serve her well in her new role as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Accountability. She replaces Mrs. Karen Carlson who will be retiring on June 30, 2017 after 11 years in District 41.



5Essentials Parent Survey

Every other year, the State of Illinois requires school districts to administer a survey called 5Essentials. Please take the 5Essentials survey and let us know about your experiences with our schools.  


To take the survey, please Click Here  and select the PARENT survey to begin. The survey deadline has been extended to January 30.

UChicago Impact administers the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is based on the Five Essentials for School Success, an evidence-based framework developed by the University of Chicago. This framework identifies how school performance on five factors or "essentials" can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains.

The 5Essentials are:
  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environment
  • Ambitious Instruction
For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org . If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu

Thank you in advance for providing your feedback!



Cyber Safety Presentation for Parents

All District 41 parents are invited to a presentation by cyber safety expert Liz Repking on Monday, January 30 at 7 p. m. at Hadley Junior High School. Come learn how to keep your kids safe in this digital world. For more information:
Thanks to Saylor & Murphy Orthodontics in Glen Ellyn for sponsoring this event!



Parent Camp Coming February 4 

All District 41 parents are invited to engage with other parents and District 41 teachers and staff at Parent Camp on Saturday, February 4 from 8 a.m. to noon at Hadley Junior High. Parent Camp starts with a keynote presentation by representatives from Glenbard West and then will transition into small breakout conversations about topics chosen by staff and parents. It's a great opportunity to meet others, talk and exchange ideas in person. Sign up information coming soon!
 


8th Grade Orchestra Field Trip to Glenbard West High School  

The 8th Grade Orchestra class attended a field trip to Glenbard West High School for a joint rehearsal on Friday, January 6.  The 8th graders learned about the orchestra program at West and performing with the other advanced high school orchestra students.

Thank you to Mr. Bill Ortega, Orchestra Director at Glenbard West High School, for organizing this special event. Ms. Georgia Alemis, Hadley Orchestra Director stated that, "This type of educational experience inspires our 8th grade orchestra students to continue playing at Glenbard West and to continue performing for years to come."



Hadley Builders Club Visits 'Feed My Starving Children'

The Hadley Junior High Builders Club visited Feed My Starving Children in Aurora. The students helped pack meals while experiencing a working non-profit organization that provides meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. 

Led by teacher Robin Bollinger, Builders Club is run by Hadley students who decide one service learning project to do per month. For more information about Builders Club Click Here.