Highlights from the September 9, 2019
Lake Forest High School District 115 Board of Education Meeting
President’s Report
Board President David Lane commented that he was happy to start another school year with the D115 Board and Administration. He hoped that the students and teachers had a great summer break filled with activities they enjoyed and were ready for a productive year.

David noted that as the proud father of two senior boys at Lake Forest High School, he can tell that the slower pace of the summer is over. Students must now attempt to balance classes, the arts, athletics, and extracurricular activities. He stated that he has witnessed first-hand the added stress the seniors have with the college admissions process. David is reminded that as a community and board member, one of the greatest roles is to serve as a role model and bring a smooth and even-keeled approach to the many decisions or points of stress we find ourselves faced with every day. David commented that he is proud to be part of this community and takes his responsibilities to the students, community, teachers, staff, administration, and fellow board members very seriously.

David reported that there were a series of meetings with teachers, staff, and board members over the summer. He commented that he appreciates everyone’s time spent in the meetings, particularly the time of the volunteer board members. David believes the District benefits from having board members who first seek to understand and then commit themselves, engage in good processes, and exchanges with staff members and each other. David concluded his remarks by thanking all stakeholders for their commitment to engage and help Lake Forest High School be the best high school possible. View video for complete report

Superintendent’s Report
Principal Chala Holland introduced Student Body President Sarah Bires and Vice President Bridget Mitchell who discussed the Student Council’s focus on increasing school spirit and student participation at events. The student leaders also previewed upcoming Homecoming activities and enhancements. 

Chala thanked all who participated in the recent Open House, including the parents, staff, teachers, and parent groups who all worked together to make the night a success. Chala announced the relaunch of Executive Functioning support that will be offered after school in October. This program focuses on systems of organization, work completion, and time prioritization. Chala discussed Attendance Awareness Week and the upcoming Theater Open House.

Superintendent Mike Simeck noted the impressive showing at Open House and thanked all for a good start to the year. View video for complete report

Strategic Plan
Superintendent Mike Simeck presented an overview of the 2019-20 Strategic Plan. Mike commented that the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) include freshmen on track for college and career readiness, pre-college coursework, SAT attainment, attendance, social/emotional well-being, and financial health. Mike outlined action steps, data sources, and initiatives relating to each Milestone. The report concluded with a schedule of the Master Facility Plan Cycle. View Written Report View video for complete report

Policy Committee
Ted Moorman reported that the Board will consider the first reading of policies in PRESS Issue 101 and 5-Year Updates later in the agenda. View video for complete report

Legislative Liaison
John Noble reported that there are two key areas in development: the newly formed property task force and the unfunded state regulatory mandates issue. John will continue to monitor the direction of this work and ensure that the District’s voice is heard.

Ted Moorman noted that North Shore Academy school hours were changed to better align with area schools. Ted reported that NSSED is starting the collective bargaining process with two units and commented that NSSED will be working on a brand refresh to better reflect its role. Additionally, NSSED will be working with its school partners to modify its financial model.  View video for complete report

The Board Highlights are not the official minutes of the Board of Education.  Minutes, once approved, all board agendas, packets, and videos can be found here.

Upcoming Meetings
Monday, October 7, 2019 - Board of Education Meeting 7:00pm, LFHS West Campus Board Room.