March 2018
Dear District 67 Community Member,

Highlights from the March 20, 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 can be found here
Superintendent's Report
Mike Simeck discussed the National School Walkout, individual’s rights, and underscored, safety was the district’s top priority. He also announced that the National School Climate Survey was being administered district-wide. Parent response rates continue to be low. Mike reported that the Spirit of 67 Home Tour is scheduled for May 10 and Parent University is scheduled for April 12. The district is working with Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development to conduct a program review to address the needs of our highly advanced learners to ensure the best outcomes. Mike noted district-wide spring and summer work includes the installation of new furniture and lighting. Mike noted that school will be held April 2 to account for the February 9 snow day. View video  
Education Committee
Jeff Folker reported that Renee Fitzsimmons updated the Committee on the implementation of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) standards into the District 67 curriculum and provided insight into the SEL resources that the district is going to recommend for adoption to aid in implementing the standards. Judi Epcke discussed two technology initiatives that are currently being evaluated, a new Learning Management System at DPM, and an iPad pilot in kindergarten and first grade.  The district has rewritten the science curriculum to align with Next Generation Science Standards. The current textbooks are out-of-date and there is a strong need for an on-line resource that allows for greater flexibility and breadth. The district has decided to move forward with Discovery Ed Techbook as the science resource for grades 6-8.
Finance and Operations Committee
Tom Ford reported that Jennifer Hermes and Brittany Tjardes presented a detailed review of the current 2017-2018 budget. As of this time, the district is projected to be ahead of budget, however, that can always be revised with an unexpected occurrence. In light of this information, the five-year outlook was reviewed, including fund balance projections, all of which have shown positive improvement versus the original outlook.
North Suburban Special Education District (NSSED )
Suzanne Sands noted that NSSED has been working to address a potential budget deficit of almost $5 million, due to a number of districts deciding to essentially take back classrooms. The Council heard an update on Early Childhood Services. The goal for all programs, whether operated by NSSED or by member districts, is to achieve a ratio of typical peers to IEP students of no more than 30 percent of students in a classroom having IEPs. Suzanne reported that NSSED is seeking to hire an Interim Head of Building and Grounds to assist with facility planning, manage inspections, maintenance, and custodial personnel, and coordinate program relocations. NSSED is in the process of determining facility needs for the coming year and will be looking to conduct long-term facility planning as part of the implementation of the Strategic Plan.
Legislative Liaison
Tom Ford reported that the Illinois House of Representatives was in session last week. House members will not return to the Capitol until April 9. The Senate is in session next week. Discussions continue, both in public and behind closed doors, on the hot topics of school safety, teacher shortages, and the Fiscal Year 2019 State budget. He commented that despite those most pressing topics facing public education today, lawmakers continue with the onslaught of proposals that would place new, burdensome mandates on local school districts, without proposing a proper way to fund them, where no time is added to the school day, or days added to the school year to implement them.
Association of Parents and Teachers Executive Board (APT)
Jeff Folker announced that the APT slate of officers was approved at the APT Annual Meeting. He thanked Julie Sakici and the Nominating Committee for their efforts.
Dr. Mark Reinecke, Northwestern’s Chief of Psychology, was the keynote speaker at the meeting. He discussed his book, Little Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On, that highlights ways to manage worry and anxiety. View video
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Next Meeting:
Tuesday, April 24, 7:00pm, Administration Center Board Room, LFHS West Campus, 300 S. Waukegan Rd.