Strategic Plan

Board Highlights are timely recaps of School Board meetings. They are emailed to staff, parents, and interested community members before the official minutes are approved and posted. 


Links to pertinent memos and presentations from the Board packet are highlighted in green. Board packets are posted the day before regularly scheduled Board meetings.


Meeting podcasts, packets, and Board information can be accessed using the links on the left. 

Work Session

Beth Martin, Director of Student Services, presented requested information to the School Board on the Extended Kindergarten Day study. The Work Session addressed the impact of adding the program at Crow Island School and examined the costs of a full-day and an extended-day (2:00 p.m. dismissal) program. The School Board discussed the various options under consideration to inform their decision and later approved the implementation of Extended-Day Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year. By November 2016, the School Board will determine how the Extended-Day Kindergarten implementation will occur from a logistical, space, and enrollment standpoint.

Public Hearing

Greg Kurr, CFO, received approval from the School Board to transfer $1.1 million from the Education Fund to the Operations & Maintenance Fund, as provided for in this year's budget.

Regular Meeting

Board President, Kendra Wallace, called the meeting to order. Superintendent, Trisha Kocanda, thanked teachers and staff for their service, in recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Week. She shared highlights from the District schools, noting that earlier in the month, over 700 alumni and friends of Hubbard Woods School gathered to celebrate its 100th anniversary and the legacy of Progressive Education in Winnetka. Ms. Kocanda also congratulated three students at Carleton Washburne School, who were selected as winners in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Promising Young Writers competition. Six students in the state were recipients of this honor, and the District is proud that these three students are among them.


Kinetic Wellness Curriculum Update

Betty Weir, Curriculum Coordinator, along with Eric Chan and Mike Hynes, Kinetic Wellness teachers, provided details on the curriculum review conducted by the District's Health and Kinetic Wellness Department. The presentation highlighted the accomplishments of the Department, including developing a revised 1st through 8th grade curriculum that aligns with recently adopted Illinois State standards for Physical Development. Information was shared on professional learning initiatives as well as additional resources that will be used to enhance curriculum delivery. The School Board is expected to approve the new curriculum at the June 8, 2016, Board Meeting.

Beth Martin, Director of Student Services, summarized the Work Session discussion on Extended Day Kindergarten. See the Work Session overview above for further details.

Informational Memos

The Curriculum Department shared an overview of 12 curriculum projects planned for this summer benefitting all grade levels.  Projects are dedicated to math, language arts, science, social studies, social emotional learning, and assessment.

 3. Board Policy-First Read

The Policy Subcommittee reviewed a number of School Board policies and provided recommendations for updates. A 2nd Read of Policies and vote to adopt the recommendations will occur at the June 8, 2016, Board Meeting.

Action Items

The Consent Agenda and following action items were approved:
  1. $1.1 million Fund Transfer
  2. Revised Science Curriculum (KUDs)
  3. Extended-Day Kindergarten implementation in Fall 2017
  4. Intra-District Transfer Requests

The Complete Board Packet for the May 17, 2016, School Board Meeting, containing all Memos and Presentations, is here.
Upcoming Regular Meeting Dates
June 8, 2016

Regular meetings are open to the public and will be held in The Skokie School Resource Center. Regular meetings begin at 7:15 P.M. Work sessions are also open to the public and may be scheduled at the discretion of the Board. Discussion topics and times for work sessions will be posted on the District website 24 hours in advance.
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