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. 

Regular Meeti ng 

Kristen Hertel, Board President, called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance.

Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent, noted that May is a busy month with end-of-the-year activities in District 36 schools. One such activity included TECH 2017, a leadership opportunity for Skokie School students who served as ambassadors for the District, advocating for the use of technology in schools with Illinois leaders in Springfield. She thanked teachers for their dedication to supporting the growth and achievement of the community's children in light of Teacher Appreciation Week, which took place at the beginning of May. A video was shared, produced by Hubbard Woods School, showcasing the annual Trout Release at Lake Michigan.


Daniel Ryan, Assistant Superintendent for Professional Learning and Human Resources, shared an overview of Professional Learning in the District. He indicated that Professional Learning initiatives (such as the Winnetka University program) currently align with research on best practices, as well as State directives and District 36 goals. Ryan noted that the District's vision for Professional Learning is cohesive and long-term, relevant to student and faculty needs, and job-embedded and research-based, all of which is intended to have a positive impact on student growth.

Informational Memos

In preparation for Extended Day Kindergarten, administrators and teachers have been meeting regularly to ensure a smooth and highly effective rollout of the program. Key areas of the committee's collective work was highlighted.  These areas include curriculum, materials, activities, intervention, facilities, student schedule, staffing, transportation, professional learning, and parent communication.

The School Board Facility Subcommittee met on April 26, 2017, to narrow the field of architectural firms being considered for the District's Master Facility Planning process to four. Based on qualifications, ability of professional personnel, past record and experience, performance data, willingness to meet time requirements, location, workload of the firm, etc., a preferred firm will be selected by the Board. School Board approval of the recommended firm is anticipated in late May.
The Board was presented with a proposed generous donation, by the Skokie/Washburne School PTO, of a climbing wall for Skokie School to enhance the Kinetic Wellness curriculum and after school activities.  The donation was later approved.

The School Board annually reviews the performance overview for District employees. This month's report was specific to the Educational Support Personnel (ESP) that includes associates, nurses, entrance monitors, secretaries, District office staff, and technology support staff.

For the 2016-2017 school year, Washburne's CoLab partnered with Northwestern University by adding Northwestern's FUSE program to existing STEAM offerings. FUSE offers additional interest-driven learning experiences developed by researchers and educators in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. An update on progress made in the research study was shared.

The Consent agenda and following Action Items were approved:

  1. Approval of Donation from Skokie/Washburne PTO
  2. Intra-District Transfer Requests

The Complete Board Packet for the May 16, 2017, School Board Meeting, containing all Memos and Presentations is here.
Upcoming Regular Meeting Dates

June 7, 2017 

Regular meetings are open to the public and will be held at Crow Island School through June 2017. 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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