Volume 30 | May 1, 2017
News from the April Board Meeting
2017 Board Members Sworn In,
New Board President Elected
  Jennifer Gallinson joins the Board of Education after winning the seat in the April 4 General Election. Gallinson was sworn in for a four-year term, along with returning board members Tony Forchetti, Michael Gilmore and Lou Gross at the April 25 meeting. The four members were unopposed on the ballot. The new Board elected Tracy Katz Muhl as President. Read more on the district website

At Left: Newly sworn-in board members are, from left, Tony Forchetti, Michael Gilmore, Jennifer Gallinson, and Lou Gross.

Students Reap Benefits
of Full-Day Kindergarten
  The Kindergarten teaching team said they are proud of the growth their students have made during this first year of full-day kindergarten.
“Their progress is monumental,” said Westmoor teacher Matthew Crawford, “academically, socially and emotionally.”
Board Briefs
Board Approves Six New Staff Appointments 

The Board of Education approved the appointment of six new staff members for the 2017-18 school year.

Appointments include: Beth Mand-NBJH Special Education; Cailin Melka-SEL Coach; Kelly Melzer-Speech Pathologist, Greenbriar; Megan Roberts Esterling-2nd Grade, Greenbriar; Katherine Robison-4th Grade Meadowbrook; Shamsha Rupshi-2nd Grade Meadowbrook School.

In addition, Greenbriar Administrative Assistant Vicky Mazur was appointed district data specialist, replacing Barb McMillan, who is retiring June 30.

Read more about our new team members

Gym Floor Contract Approved for Westmoor School

A contract was awarded to replace the gym floor at Westmoor School over the summer. The gym was used for storage during the recent renovation project, and the floor was not replaced at that time. Four contractors bid on the project, and the lowest bid was awarded to Kiefer USA. Architects Wight and Company will oversee the project.

NBJH Food Contractor Renewed
OrganicLife, which has been providing food service at Northbrook Junior High for the last five years, was awarded the service contract for 2017-18. Bids were received from three companies during the competitive process, which is required by state law.
OrganicLife best meets the District’s needs and philosophy to provide nutritious meals. They have also been responsive to requests and suggestions, said Jessica Donato, Chief School Business Official.

District to request School Speed Zone on Waukegan Road
The Board agreed to submit a written request to the Illinois Department of Transportation to create a school speed zone on Waukegan Road as it impacts Northbrook Junior High and the crosswalk for Meadowbrook School at Walters Avenue.
Two community members who have been working to lower the speed limit on Waukegan Road between Voltz Road and Dundee Road discussed the issue during public comment portion of the meeting.

Transportation Costs Impact Student Fees
An increase in transportation costs reflected in a new three-year contract will trickle down to student fees while the District continues to cover the bulk of transportation costs through other revenue sources.
Transportation fees for students who live within boundaries that do not require bus service by state law will increase $25 to $305 for the year. The $305 represents less than half the actual cost of providing service, said Jessica Donato, Chief School Business Official.
Students who are required to be bussed by state law are provided the service free of charge. However, there is a $75 late registration fee after July 18.
The sixth-grade Outdoor Education program fee will increase $10 to reflect bus and programming cost increases, and the bus fee for Young Explorers pre-kindergarten program will increase $25 per year.  

Happenings Around the District
Retirees Honored at Celebrate 28!

Nearly 300 people attended Celebrate 28! on Thursday, April 27 to recognize milestone years of service and 14 retirees.

This year's retirees include: Darlene Andre,  Ellie Chapman, Shelley Cohen, Sarah Conrad, Janice Herndon, Carol Hirsh, Dr. Kathy Horvath, Dawn Jordan, Nancy Levey, Barb McMillan, Gretchen Ross, Juan Soliz, Liz Story and Katherine Sutton. Each retiree is highlighted on the web page banners or their respective schools.

Gear Up for HOH 5K

It's not too late to sign up for the HOH5K -- or to volunteer to help on race day.
The HOH5K/Fun Run/Walk is held at Northbrook Junior High.
Awards are given for overall male and female runners by age group, ranging from first grade to age 60 and over. Afterward, there is a Fun Run obstacle course for children ages 11 and under. 

  • Race Day registration begins at 7 a.m.
  • The race begins at 8 a.m.
  • Kids Obstacle Run Course is at 9 a.m. and
  • Post Race Yoga begins at 9 a.m.

Visits HOH5K.com to register and for more information.

  Volunteers Needed For Race Day

Will you be cheering on family and friends at the HOH 5K on May 6?  Please consider volunteering a little of your time while you enjoy the race.  Click on the link to sign up:
  Gift Card Plus Open Through May 9

Shopping for mom or a grad? Why not use Gift Card Plus to make your dollar go even farther. Gift Card Plus revenue is used for PTO programming and events, publishing the calendar, the Traveling Art Show, and a donation to the Homer O. Harvey Scholarship Fund.
All orders must be submitted to your school representative by Tuesday, May 9.  
Online orders will be accepted thru Thursday, May 11. Orders will be available for pickup or delivery by Friday, May 19. Download the order information: https://goo.gl/1WJvRx


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