Hello NSSD112 Community,

Below are highlights from the North Shore School District 112 Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.
Superintendent’s Report
Topics of Tuesday night’s Superintendent’s Report focused on the Winter Institute Day which involved staff from across the district working to continue multiple initiatives focused on professional learning and growth. Dr. Lubelfeld also recapped a visit from the distinguished professor and author Dr. Yong Zhao who visited to see the innovative learning practices that occur every day  in the STEM and Creative Media Arts classes in our schools. We visited classrooms at Northwood Jr. High. Dr. Zhao is a professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas and a fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy at Victoria University in Australia. Dr. Zhao requested this visit as a part of a tour of esteemed educational organizations in the area. The report went on to mention a recent PTO meeting at Red Oak School in-which Dr. Lubelfeld answered parent questions on a range of topics regarding the Long-Range Plan and the Dual Language program.

Instructional Coaching Plan Presentation
Dr. Kevin Ryan, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning and other administrators presented a plan to bring instructional coaching to the district. Based on research and an identified need for an increase in job-embedded professional learning for teachers, the Teaching and Learning Department is recommending the addition of five instructional coaches for the 2019-2020 school year. The initial focus of these instructional coaches will be to support instruction in all areas especially in language arts and mathematics in kindergarten through eighth grade. The instructional coaches will be trained in the adopted core curricular resources, as well as research-based instructional practices, with the goal of ensuring growth in student achievement and professional learning experiences that are tailored to meet the needs of teachers. The proposal calls for an instructional coaching model inclusive of 5.0 FTE starting in the 2019-2020 school year. After the presentation, the Board gave direction to proceed with the plan.

Discuss Sale of Green Bay School
Later in the meeting, the Board discussed the potential sale of Green Bay School. The Board Strategic Timeline from November 2017 called for an October 2018 timeframe to determine the location of the Early Childhood Center and the District Offices. As part of the July 1, 2018-December 31, 2018 Long-Range Planning Process, it was decided to delay the conversation about Green Bay School and the programs located there. During the discussion, the Board gave direction to further delay the consideration of the sale while Phase II of the Long-Range Plan is further developed.

Discuss HP Community Nursery School Lease - West Ridge Site
The Board of Education approved a land lease with Highland Park Community Nursery School & Day Care Center on December 18, 2018. Subsequently, in January, at the request of the Park District of Highland Park, the City of Highland Park, and the Highland Park Community Nursery School & Day Care Center, the School District was asked to consider the potential lease of its land on West Ridge Park for the possible use for the Nursery School, The Nursery School leadership has indicated they would in fact like the School Board to consider leasing School District property at West Ridge and rescinding the existing lease at the Kennedy Park site. During the meeting Tuesday the Board received a formal request from HP Community to lease the land at West Ridge, which will be considered at a future board meeting.

Personnel Recommendations

Upcoming Meetings
The Board’s Policy Committee will meet on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 5:00pm.

The next Regular Business Board of Education Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

The Board’s Facility Committee will hold meetings on the following dates:
Wednesday, Wednesday, March 20, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, and Monday, May 13, 2019.

In addition, the Superintendent’s Citizens Advisory Committee for Construction will meet from 5pm-6pm 3/20, 4/10, & 5/13.