November 2017
Dear District 67 Community Member,

To keep you informed, we will be sending you the District 67 Board Report on a monthly basis.  Please note: These are not the official minutes of the Board of Education. Minutes, once approved, board agendas, packets, and videos can be found here
Board President's Report
Mike Borkowski commented that the district is in the midst of pursuing its Vision on many different fronts: improving talent, curriculum, facilities, and even improving the student report card, all with the goal of achieving growth in all of our students. He noted that the Board would be voting on a furniture order at this meeting and additional furniture orders will be considered at the December and January Board meetings. The staging of these orders allows the district to consider input and make the best choices. The Classroom Transformation, designed to enhance the learning experience for our students, is officially underway. If over the next few months all these orders are approved, all classrooms K-8 will be outfitted with new furniture by the start of the 2018-19 school year.

Mike noted that the second priority in the Classroom Transformation project is classroom lighting. The staff feedback has been clear and unequivocal: improving the lighting has a direct impact on our students’ learning experience. The next step in the lighting project is to contract with an architect to complete the detailed schematic drawings for each classroom, and that contract requires formal Board approval. The details of that contract were not ready in time to be placed on the November agenda. He stated that the Board could wait until the December Board meeting to vote on the item, moving ahead sooner puts us in a better position, both financially and from a project timeline perspective.

With that in mind, Mike announced the Board will be holding a Special Meeting next Wednesday, November 29 at 6:30pm, in the Board Room, to vote on this contract. He wanted to inform the public of the purpose of the special meeting, the legal reason the Board is unable to vote on the item at the November meeting, and also offer fellow board members the opportunity to ask questions and discuss this topic.
Superintendent’s Report
Mike Simeck thanked the board members for their service to our students, school, and community. He recognized their dedication to our students and their focus on being good stewards of the community’s finances.

Mike discussed the “evolution of childhood” and encouraged all to attend the How To Raise an Adult author presentation on December 4, 7:00pm, at Lake Forest High School. View video
Education Committee
Jeff Folker reported that the committee discussed the Illinois Social Emotional Learning (SEL) standards, the work of the D67 SEL Committee, and how the standards are being implemented in our district. The committee also discussed how the district is embedding the Next Generation Science Standards and looking for resources to more effectively align those standards. The committee also heard an overview of the proposed Personalized Student Portrait and the utilization of the Gallup Student Poll in 5th and 7th grade. On the technology front, the committee discussed an iPad trial in Kindergarten and 1st grade, the upcoming pilot of student-teacher email accounts for our 8th grade students, and three different learning management systems.
Legislative Liaison
Tom Ford noted that a new state budget was passed this year. He reported that legislation to temporarily freeze property taxes advanced through the House and was sent to the Senate. The Senate did not take up the bill prior to concluding its business in November. The House and Senate are scheduled to reconvene in January.
North Suburban Special Education District (NSSED)
Suzanne Sands commented that the committee heard an update on the strategic planning process. A draft of the mission, vision, and belief statements was recently shared with stakeholders. The next phase involves selecting NSSED administrators as facilitators for each goal area. The Leadership Council has been involved in learning about the NSSED organizational structures.
Spirit of 67 Foundation
Suzanne Sands reported that 43% of the district’s families have donated to the Spirit of 67 Foundation thus far. The fall luncheon and auction were successful, raising approximately $55,000.
Association of Parents and Teachers Executive Board (APT)
Jeff Folker announced that Ami Lamberti overviewed Twitter and how to access and follow district information (#findingjoy67). Mike Simeck presented information about the proposed Personalized Student Portrait and asked for feedback.
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Upcoming Meetings:
Special Board Meeting – Wednesday, November 29, 6:30pm, Administration Center,
West Campus, Board Room

Regular Board Meeting – Monday, December 11, 2017, 7:00pm, Administration Center, West Campus, Board Room