Bedford Park - Clearing Industrial Association
5101 West 67th Street
Bedford Park, IL. 60638
June 2022
I'm honored and excited to serve as President of the Bedford Park - Clearing Industrial Association (BPCIA) for the next two years. The last few years have been challenging for everyone, but it seems the business world is starting to move forward. Our Annual Meeting had a great turnout for our first in-person meeting in almost 2 years. I look forward to meeting all of you at different events in the coming months. Speaking of events, we just had our June golf outing, but you still have time to register for our August 4th outing at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. Come join us... it's always a good time!

Will Hansen
BPCIA President

Annual Meeting & Election of Officers & Directors
BPCIA held it's first in-person meeting after almost two years, at the Marriott Chicago Midway. The 2022-23 Board of Directors were voted in, followed by Mayor David Brady who gave a "State of the Village" presentation with Q&A afterward.

Below is the 2022-23 BPCIA Board:
President: Will Hansen, Nexus Distribution
1St Vice President: Tammy Jurinek, Midway Hotel Center - Weglarz Hotel Collection
2nd Vice President: Steve Pappageorge, Moraine Valley Community College
Secretary: Christopher Steinway, Belt Railway of Chicago
Treasurer: Vito Ungaro, Atlas Employment Services
Immediate Past President: Mary Koutek, Nalco Water Company
Director: Brian McKeown, Beverly Bank & Trust - A Wintrust Community Bank
Director: John Calmeyn, John J. Moroney Company
Director: Pamela Coan, GRM Information Management Services
Director: Robert Mead, Ingredion Inc.
President Mary Koutek addresses the attendees at the Annual Meeting
Mayor David Brady give a "State of the Village" address
New members John Marusarz and Monika Sztylc from
Addiction Recovery Services
New member Caroline Kulma from First Choice Occupational Health
New member Scott Duerkop from JLL
Thank you to Mary Koutek for serving as President of the BPCIA for two years. She has been extremely supportive to the association, and continues to remain on the board as Immediate Past President.
New Members:
Addiction Recovery Services
AERO School in Burbank
A.E.R.O. is a special education cooperative composed of eleven member school districts. It is A.E.R.O.’s mission to assist member districts to provide comprehensive special education programs and related services to children with disabilities who are residents of our member districts. These services are provided in both public and private schools throughout portions of Stickney, Worth, and Lyons Townships. A.E.R.O., a legal entity under the School Code of Illinois, is governed by a Governing Board comprised of one board of education member from each of the eleven districts in the cooperative. A.E.R.O. is funded through a combination of local school district funds, state and federal grants, and state reimbursement.
Where do we want to go?
The A.E.R.O. Special Education Cooperative is vested in programs and services that equip all learners and their families with differentiated and advanced knowledge, skills, and opportunities that lead to success. A.E.R.O. is steadfast in creating optimal learning environments that enhance growth, encourage creativity, and provide excellence in school support systems. We seek to expand innovative approaches, empowering partnerships, and fostering distinguished accessibility to learning.
Why do we exist?
The A.E.R.O. Special Education Cooperative’s mission is to provide a full continuum of innovative services for students with disabilities through cooperative planning and effort with our member districts, educators, parents, students, and the community. We provide safe and nurturing learning environments and are committed to promoting inclusive efforts to maximize the success of students. A.E.R.O. encourages the involvement of students with disabilities as active members in the classroom, school, and community.
Climate and Community
Goal: Create culturally responsive, high-achieving learning environments that engage students with disabilities, staff, families, and communities as essential partners, in order for all students to reach continuously higher levels of student learning which prepare them to be a contributing member of society.
Action Statements
1.     Expand on and develop new partnerships with the community resources in order to increase opportunities and experiences outside the classroom, including local businesses and agencies within the participating A.E.R.O. member districts.
2.     Expand and create programs, resources and services that provide parents support and professional development to promote student success.
3.     Expand and create new ways to effectively communicate between A.E.R.O. administration, A.E.R.O. staff, parents, member districts, local community agencies and businesses, increasing awareness and understanding of what A.E.R.O. provides to the special needs populations of our member districts.
4.     Identify cost effective ways and/or means to provide parents with information and resources to support their child’s current and future needs.
5.     Assist school districts to view A.E.R.O. classrooms as a valued resource of the school community throughout member districts that adequately deliver the curriculum and instruction of all programs.
6.     Encourage member districts to make a commitment to space/classroom needs that will allow for appropriate integration of A.E.R.O. students.
Special Education Programs and Related Services
Goal: Expand programs and services to embrace the diverse needs of each individual student, which encompasses a well-rounded approach with a strong emphasis on academic, social-emotional, and functional curricula all aimed at preparing the learner for future education, employment and independent living.
Action Statements
1.     Define and design community based transition programs that provide opportunities for post high students to meet their individual transition goals.
2.     Expand upon and establish additional community partnerships with outside agencies to assist in providing mental health and behavioral supports.
3.     Explore the potential of developing a year round calendar for programs and services.
4.     Create fifth year programs that extend the services to students who are transitioning from high school.
5.     Establish a process that defines the effectiveness of each A.E.R.O. program and service.
6.     Expand school based transition programs that increase learning opportunities for students with significant medical, physical and behavioral needs.
Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology
Goal: Maximize student learning, empowerment, and achievement within a rigorous standards based learning environment through the integration of technology, curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Action Statements
1.     Develop, implement, and expand the use of technology in all areas of instruction for all students.
2.     Investigate, evaluate, and provide for the ongoing expansion of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and technology across grade bands and diverse abilities.
3.     Determine, identify, and create multiple measures of student performance outcomes.
4.     Create a data warehouse for staff to better monitor student achievement and implement a dashboard to monitor progress and student achievement.
5.     Investigate options and develop a plan for bridging technology between home and school.
6.     Investigate additional options and expand capacity for professional development for A.E.R.O. programs and member districts

As mentioned in the Chicago Sun-Times, 4 southwest suburban school districts, Argo, Evergreen Park, Reavis & Oak Lawn (A.E.R.O cooperative) plus 7 elementary school districts that feed into them are committed to development of a new facility for special education students on the site of the former Queen of Peace High School in Burbank.  This will include specialized classrooms and facilities conducive to special needs students of all types. The building was a joint venture between AERO and the Rebuild Illinois program.  

5101 West 67th Street
Bedford Park, IL. 60638