November 2018
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, all board agendas, packets, and videos can be found here. 
Superintendent's Report
Mike Simeck reported that the Illinois State Board of Education recently released School Report Cards. Beginning this year, the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)   framework is being used for reporting school performance on each school’s report card. The new state designations are Exemplary, Commendable, Underperforming, and Lowest Performing based on a list of weighted measures. Mike noted that 75% of the designation is based on academic indicators and 25% on student quality/success metrics. Mike commented that the state’s ratings have a history of being inconsistent and frequently changing. The District continues to focus its meaningful work as outlined in the Strategic Plan, Mission, Vision, and Milestones that underscore: All District 67 students will:
  • Have access to a guaranteed and viable curriculum
  • Grow socially/emotionally and academically each year
  • Receive instruction that is highly differentiated and inquiry-based
  • Learn in re-imagined learning spaces where time, tools, and technology are used inside and outside the classroom
Public Participation
Laurie Rose, President of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff League of Women Voters, discussed the Student Safety Protection Resolution that is pending before the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB). The resolution authorizes the IASB to advocate for new legislation to allow trained teachers and administrators to carry a licensed firearm in school when students are present. She urged the Board to oppose the proposed resolution. Laurie also highlighted the recent League Forum discussing Gun Violence.
Two parents addressed the Board to express concern about how parent notification regarding head lice is handled at the schools. View video for complete report
Legislative Liaison
Tom Ford reported that the 2017 School Funding Bill (SB1947) in Illinois put the state on a 10-year path to closing an estimated $6.8 billion school-funding gap statewide, where over 83% of the school districts statewide (713 of 852) are funded below the ‘adequacy targets’ set in this overhaul under the Evidence Based Funding for Student Success Act. Tom noted that on average, Illinois funds over 63% of its school budget from local property taxes, so the challenge of easing the property tax burden statewide, while still adequately funding our schools, is one that the Governor-Elect faces. Tom discussed the School Funding Bill, stating 18 school districts will be voting on referenda as to whether or not they can actually cut back on a portion of their property taxes that are related to education funding under the above-mentioned Evidence Based Funding for Student Success Act. Tom reported that the amount of the tax bill that can ultimately be reduced, and how it is finally calculated, is still murky due to different interpretations of this Act and we should have a much clearer idea on the true impact of this law in April. 
Spirit of 67 Foundation
Suzanne Sands reported that the Thanks for Giving Luncheon and Auction raised $86,000 up from $57,000 last year. The auction alone brought in $69,000 of that total. Donations are at just over $121K as of October 31, 2018. $106,000 of that is from District 67 families. Family participation district wide is at just over 57%. Any school with a participation rate of 80% or greater will earn a $1000 Founder’s Grant and a celebration. Sheridan is currently at 77%, Cherokee is at 72%, Everett is at 61% and DPM is at 56%. Mike Simeck spoke with the Foundation about the recent administrative reorganization. Mike shared his gratitude for the role the Spirit of 67 Foundation plays and in response to their request he suggested a few projects on the horizon that the Spirit could consider contributing to in an impactful way. This year in place of the Home Tour, which will now only happen every other year, the Spirit will be hosting an evening fundraising event on Friday, April 26, 2019. More details will be shared in the weeks and months to come. View written report View video
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Next Meeting
Tuesday, December 18, 7:00pm, Administration Center/West Campus, Board Room