October 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 welcomed everyone to the newly renovated Haskins 2.0. He commented that District 67 has a defined Vision and six Milestones designed to keep track of the District’s progress. The Environment Milestone states that Reimagined learning spaces, places, time, tools and technology are used inside and outside the classroom to enhance the learning experience for all students.

This reimagined learning space is a wonderful example of how the District is working toward the Environment Milestone, and more broadly, how the District is working toward achieving its Vision. Mike shared two stories that illustrated the increased level of student engagement resulting from the offerings of this space. He commented that the District is enabling more creativity, collaboration, improving learning, and its students are growing in many ways as a result. Mike thanked the Board, the Spirit of 67 Foundation, administration, and staff for their dedication and support in making this initiative a reality. Mike noted the project came in on time and under budget. The next areas of focus are our aging buildings and classroom environments. Mike expressed his hope that the Haskins 2.0 can be an example of how environment can positively affect learning and growth and serve as a springboard to continued progress toward the District’s Vision. View video 
Superintendent's Report
District 67 educators presented information about how students and staff are using the newly imagined Haskins 2.0. Flexible spaces and furniture were noted as important supports for today’s learning styles and curricula. Student and staff use of this space throughout the school day and substantially before and after school. Classroom teachers commented that the individualization in their test classrooms was very beneficial.  Superintendent Mike Simeck presented a video that underscored the Environment Milestone and how the newly designed learning spaces are supporting the District’s educational direction. He noted that the revitalization of classrooms and learning spaces is moving District 67 closer to achieving its Vision.
Strategic Plan Report
Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Jenkins overviewed a few key areas of the Strategic Plan. She highlighted the Personalized Student Portrait, a number of areas related to the curriculum (teaching, learning, and assessment), and program supports. The Strategic Plan, in its entirety, is posted online.
North Suburban Special Education District (NSSED)
Suzanne Sands discussed two upcoming special education leadership conferences, the National School Board Association Advocacy Institute in February 2018 and TASH Conference in December 2017. Suzanne plans on attending the TASH Conference. She also reported that NSSED anticipates a balanced budget for FY18. A discussion was held about the potential impact of the new school funding legislation on the cooperative.  
Spirit of 67 Foundation
Association of Parents and Teachers (APT) Executive Board
Jeff Folker announced that the APT Executive Board budget was approved. The budget is just under $40,000, or $11.32 per student. Julie Sakici will serve as chairman for this year’s Executive Board Nominating Committee. Positions open for the 2018-20 school years are: Executive Board Vice President, Board Recording Secretary, Cherokee School President, and Sheridan School President. Jeff noted the successful 8th Grade Community Service Day and thanked all involved, including parent volunteers, the LF-LB Rotary Club for donating the busses, and the 8th Grade Activity Committee members.  
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Next Meeting:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7:00pm, Administration Center, West Campus, Board Room