Hello NSSD112 Community,

Below are highlights from the North Shore School District 112 Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
Teacher Presentation - Sherwood Student Government
Sherwood's fifth-grade student government representatives presented to the Board on how they run meetings, take on leadership roles, and organize service projects as a part of student government.

112 Education Foundation Update Presentation
112 Education Foundation Executive Director, Sue Kaden along with Chairman Leslie Alter presented an update on the extensive work of the Foundation. They shared information about current programs, grants, and upcoming events, as well as funding.

The Foundation and District also honored Co-Chairs of the 2018 District 112 FUNd Run and Family Walk Christine Arreola, Samia Bukhari and Lindsie Miller for their service during this year's race.

Long-Range Plan Phase I Vote
At Tuesday night's meeting, the Board of Education unanimously approved a series of measures that comprise Phase I of the Long-Range Plan to fully upgrade both Northwood and Edgewood Middle Schools. The measures approved are as follows:

Investments in Northwood and Edgewood Middle School with costs not to exceed $75 Million

The use of up to $20 Million from the district's fund balance

The issuance of $55 Million of Alternate Revenue Bonds

The formation of a citizen advisory committee
Superintendent’s Report
Topics of Tuesday night’s Superintendent’s Report included the recent decision to close schools due to inclement weather conditions. Dr. Lubelfeld thanked district staff, parents, city officials, and the community at large for their support and understanding in the lead up to and during the storm. Dr. Lubelfeld also detailed his recent trip to the People’s Republic of China, as a delegate in the 2018 Chinese – American Principal Delegation. The trip, sponsored by the College Board and the Confucius Institute (Hanban), was meant to bring American educators to China’s schools, cultural sites, and business and economic zones on a mission of public diplomacy and educational exchange. Dr. Lubelfeld also reported recent news that District 112 has achieved a AAA bond rating, which illustrates the exceptional degree of creditworthiness and fiscal aptitude of the district.

2017-2018 Student Performance Monitoring
Dr. Kevin Ryan, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning presented an update on student performance as measured by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and as reported on the Illinois School Report Card. Dr. Ryan shared and explained the Student Growth Percentile (SGP), a new metric used by the state of Illinois for the 2018 PARCC Assessment. SGP measures whether a student grows the same or more than that percent of their peers in Illinois who started at the same baseline. The analysis of 2018 PARCC performance reveals the following trends:

  • Overall, North Shore School District 112 students in grades 3-8 perform above the state averages in English language arts (ELA) and math
  • average in both ELA and math.
  • In our District, student math performance in third through fifth grade showed positive growth from 2017 to 2018.
  • Significant performance gaps exist in ELA and Math for Hispanic, EL (English Learners), IEP (students receiving special education services), and low-income students.

While the District is concerned about the achievement gaps between groups of students, the student growth and gains are showing an upward trend across the district and in various groups. District officials attribute this growth to the renewed focus on a guaranteed and viable curriculum.

2018 Tax Levy Presentation
The information on the proposed 2018 Levy was shared at the October 23, 2018 Board Meeting, the Board approved the proposed 2018 tentative levy for publication and approved holding a public hearing, which was held during Tuesday's meeting. After the hearing, the Board approved the proposed 2018 Levy.

Personnel Recommendations

Upcoming Meetings
The next Regular Business Board of Education Meeting will be on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. The Board of Education Policy Committee will meet on December 13, 2018 from 5:00pm-8:00pm.