February 2018
Dear District 67 Community Member,

Highlights from the February 27, 2018 Lake Forest District 67 Board of Education meeting. These are not the official minutes of the Board of Education. Minutes once approved, all board agendas, packets, and videos can be found here
Board President's Report
Mike Borkowski remembered the lives of the 17 people who were killed in the recent Florida school tragedy. He underscored his understanding of the immense responsibility that we have as leaders of our school district, as parents entrust their children into our care every day. Mike noted that the district continues to put the safety of our students and staff at the top of the priority list. That is evidenced in how we choose to spend our resources, including devoting $2M last year to upgrading each of our buildings' entryways. He commented that our Administrative Team is reviewing our security protocols, and ensuring all staff is up-to-date on their training. In addition, staff is discussing how to keep students safe if they choose to utilize their 1st amendment right and participate in the upcoming planned National School Walkout on March 14. Some will choose to participate, others will not, but every student must be kept safe. Mike asked for a moment of silence to remember the 17 individuals who lost their lives in the Florida tragedy. View video 
Superintendent's Report
Mike Simeck reported on the National School Board Association (NSBA) Advocacy Conference that he attended with Alice LeVert in Washington DC. Mike discussed the priorities of the NSBA and how they could potentially affect our district. These priorities include the prevention of public school privatization, increasing federal investments in education, healthcare, limiting federal overreach, immigration reform, the implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), child nutrition, and full funding for special education. View video 
Strategic Plan Report
Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Jenkins, teachers, and students overviewed a few key areas of progress from the Strategic Plan. Highlights included information regarding Student Inquiry, Co-Teaching, and Social Emotional Learning and Assessment Writing. The Strategic Plan, in its entirety, is posted online. View strategic plan    View video
Finance and Operations Committee
Tom Ford reported that the Committee discussed the audit and the district received an unmodified or "clean" opinion. He noted that this is the highest level of assurance a district can receive. The Committee reviewed the proposed 2018-2019 Student Fees. In order to compensate for the increase in transportation costs, the group discussed decreasing the number of bus routes. The fee for the pre-school program, Community of Learners, was also discussed as the district is revamping the program to include more peer students. The Business Office is analyzing cost data from similar programs. View written report     View video
North Suburban Special Education District (NSSED )
Suzanne Sands noted that the Leadership Council approved the Strategic Plan and action steps are being developed for each set of goal area objectives. Council representatives attended the National School Board Association Advocacy Institute and Equity Symposium and found it to be a valuable experience. NSSED is reporting an approximate $4.9 million deficit. This deficit has resulted due to the fact that NSSED enrollment is declining as students return to their home districts. Suzanne encouraged her fellow board member to read the National Council on Disability Report as it helpful in understanding how to best serve students with disabilities. View written report    View video
Legislative Liaison
Tom Ford reported that Governor Rauner delivered his fiscal year 2019 budget, with a primary focus on shifting more of the pension costs to local school districts. The proposed shift would occur over four years. He noted that what this proposed shift would mean to District 67 is yet to be determined, but we need to closely monitor this conversation and proposed direction. View written report    View video
Spirit of 67 Foundation
Suzanne Sands reported that the Spirit received 26 grant applications requesting $419,465. The Grants Committee is meeting regularly to review and carefully evaluate all of the grant requests. The Committee's recommendation will be presented and voted on at the April meeting. The Foundation announced that parent participation has hit the 50% mark. The Home Tour will take place on May 10, 2018. It has been decided that the Home Tour will be held every other year going forward. View written report    View video
Association of Parents and Teachers Executive Board (APT)
Jeff Folker commented that 2018-20 Executive APT Board Nominees were announced:
  • Vice President - Mary Kay Hanlon
  • Recording Secretary - Monica Yaun
  • Cherokee Building President - Carolyn Hutchinson
  • Sheridan Building President - Lindsay Nero

The nominees' biographies are posted on the Executive APT website. The slate will be voted upon at the APT Annual Meeting, March 14, 9:00 am at CROYA. View written report View video
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Next Meeting:
Tuesday, March 20, 7:00pm, Administration Center/West Campus, Board Room