September 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 reported that a little over two years ago, the Board developed a set of Core Values. These values state that the Board will strive to: provide Student Centric Governance, value Fiscal Responsibility, and provide Vision Centric Leadership. He noted that these Core Values remain as important guideposts for the district. Mike commented that he believes the Board is doing a good job keeping these three values at the forefront of the decision-making process. Yet, it is important to step back and formally review periodically.

The renovations at Haskins 2.0 (or H20 for short) at DPM-W have largely been completed, and our students and staff are actively using the space. For those who have not yet seen it, he invited all to attend the October Board meeting, as it will be held in the H20. This provides a great opportunity for community members to see the new space.
Superintendent's Report
Superintendent Mike Simeck overviewed test classrooms that are being implemented and evaluated throughout the district. This pilot will help the district select the proper furniture and classroom amenities to best support student instruction and learning. Mike also discussed the national Gallup Poll Survey and how it will be used in the district to support social emotional growth for our students. He highlighted two upcoming events:
"A Fiscal Stress Test: How the State's Decisions Impact the City and Schools of Lake Forest" that will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 7-8:30pm at the Gorton Community Center, and a presentation by Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of "How to Raise an Adult" on Monday, December 4 at 7pm in the Lake Forest High School Auditorium.
Fund Balance Report
Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Hermes reported that the Board approved significant capital expenditures, related to multiple construction projects that were completed during the summer. These expenditures reduced the fund balance below the District’s policy target range. She noted this was known and anticipated, and long- term projections indicate a return to the desired range within a five-year time frame. No additional measures are necessary at this time to achieve the policy’s targeted parameters.
Education Committee
Jeff Folker reported that new members were welcomed and the Committee Charter was reviewed. Time was spent discussing the committee’s role relative to shaping curriculum, making recommendations to the Board, advising the administration, and representing the community. Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Jenkins led a meaningful discussion regarding the proposed 2017-18 Strategic Plan. Susan Milsk, Director of Teaching & Learning, showed a video describing the District’s committee structure and information about the Curriculum Coordinating Committee. Renee Fitzsimmons, Teaching & Learning Coordinator, showed a video describing a new concept being tested in the District called a “digital portfolio.” The digital portfolio is tied to our student inquiry journey, and focuses on student’s documenting and reflecting upon their work using a digital tool or platform.
Policy Committee
Kent Novit reported that the committee held a joint meeting with LFHS to better align policies. The committee reviewed Press Issue 95 and Press Issue 94 5-year updates. This information will be brought to the whole board in the future.
Board Operating Procedures Committee
Jeff Folker noted that a workshop was held to finalize the District 67 Board Operating Procedures Manual. The purpose of the manual is to provide school board members, administration, staff, and the general public with a clear, detailed understanding of the key board processes, procedures, and interactions. Where appropriate, the manual also describes how Board policies may be effectively implemented within the District.
North Suburban Special Education District (NSSED)
Suzanne Sands reported that the NSSED Leadership Council held a Strategic Planning Community Meeting. In preparation for this meeting, NSSED parents, staff, administration, board members, community members, and member districts were surveyed. Some of the data gathered was shared with meeting participants. Similar to last year, NSSED will be using a year-long process of gathering input from various stakeholder groups to develop a budget for the 2018-19 school year. Ms. Christy Crabtree, Early Childhood Administrator, presented an update on the partnership work she is developing with community preschools. Ms. Crabtree explained the work with community preschools is to provide a higher percentage of services in general education settings in neighborhood communities. View written report
Legislative Liaison
Tom Ford announced that Senate Bill 1947, which is a school funding bill, was passed in Springfield in late August 2017. This bill provides an increase of $350mm of educational spending over last year. Districts most in need will receive priority from this new formula, but no school district in the state will receive less funding than the previous year. Other highlights include the ability for taxpayers to request a voter referendum to lower school tax rates, a tax credit program for those who donate to private school scholarships, a TIF financial task force, and relief from state mandates regarding drivers’ education and physical education. Tom also reported that the state is beginning, in a very small way, to address pension concerns.
Spirit of 67 Foundation
Suzanne Sands noted that the Thanks 4 Giving Luncheon will take place on October 20 at 11am at the Knollwood Club. All district parents are encouraged to attend. Invitations have been sent and tickets are available on the Spirit of 67 Foundation website. The Raise Your Hand for Education Online Auction will take place from October 17-20 culminating at noon during the luncheon. Spirit launched a district Donor Giving Contest inviting District 67 families to make their annual Spirit of 67 donations. The school that reaches 80% participation will win a school-wide celebration.
Association of Parents and Teachers (APT) Executive Board
Jeff Folker announced that the APT Executive Board heard a district update from Superintendent Simeck. APT leaders were pleased to report 90% of district families have joined the APT this year and 97% have opted to be included in the APT directory. 
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Next Meeting:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 7:00pm, Haskins 2.0, Deer Path West Campus – please note change of location