Hello NSSD112 Community,

Below are highlights from the North Shore School District 112 Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.
Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) Update
At Tuesday’s meeting, Dr. Lubelfeld presented an update on the progress of the LRPC process. He gave summaries of the LRPC meetings held on September 12th and 24th. Dr. Lubelfeld referenced the 7-school proposal that was presented at the 9/12 meeting as well as updated proposals presented at the 9/24 meeting, which included a new version of the 7-school proposal and a new 8-school proposal . He also updated the Board on the LRPC boundary process, which includes a series of draft boundary maps that were presented on 9/24. The next LRPC meeting will be on Thursday, October 4th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.  .

2018 Summer School Presentation Update
A summer school leadership team made up of the Teaching & Learning department, principals, associate principals, and teachers presented an update on last school year’s Summer School programs including the Title I Summer School program and the Extended School Year (ESY) program. The presentation touched on the development of program priorities, student selection, staffing, master schedule, and assessment of student progress.

Student Enrollment and Projections
John Petzke, Chief Technology Officer, presented District 112 student enrollment for the 2018-19 school year. This includes 3,661 K-8 students​ and 221 Pre-K students, bringing the total to 3,882 students​. For the most accurate historical comparisons, the district typically focuses on student enrollment in grades K through 8. With this in mind, the K-8 enrollment from this time last year was 3,726 students, for a difference of 65 students​. This figure is in line with the most recent enrollment projections which predicted a 2018-19 enrollment of 3,636 students.

Organizational Culture Survey
Dr. Lubelfeld presented the results of an all-staff organizational culture survey. The survey was meant to better understand workplace satisfaction and engagement. The INSIGHTeX survey designed by HUMANeX Ventures was anonymous and confidential and included 88 questions covering fifteen dimensions: Pride, Quality, Engage-Inspire, Training & Development, Support-Equip, Continuous Improvement, Satisfaction, Career-Development, Talent/Fit, Communication, Mission-Conscious, Recognition, Performance Planning, Innovation, and Relationships. Parents and students will take a culture survey next month which is available in English and Spanish.

Middle School Intensive English Language Arts Resource Pilot Update
Dr. Kristin Swanson, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, presented a plan to implement an English Language Arts (ELA) resource for intensive ELA special education instruction. District 112 provides specialized instruction for students with significant discrepancies in ELA. Most students are educated with peers in a general education classroom or one that is co-taught, but for some students, this does not provide sufficient differentiation. After reviewing a variety of resources and evaluating them related to multiple criteria, the special education teacher & administrator team determined that a pilot using iLit90 would be best for the 2018-2019 school year. Educators using iLit90 curricular resources have received a full day of training, and there will be ongoing consultation with experts during the implementation period. Data and feedback from teachers will be gathered throughout the school year, and a decision on whether to continue iLit90 will occur during Spring 2019.

Personnel Recommendations

Upcoming Meetings
The next Regular Business Board of Education Meeting will be on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. The next LRPC meeting will be on Thursday, October 4th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.