October 10 School Board Work Session Recap
Educational Master Facility Plan (EMFP): Future Ready D36

Kristen Hertel, School Board President,  opened the Work Session with definition of the Board goal to confirm all components required of the Educational Master Facility Plan (EMFP) as a critical guide or "business plan" reflecting the long-range vision of the District and priorities defined by two years of research and broad community input.  Hertel reiterated information gathered from the recent survey-poll indicating a "clear mandate to act" and emphasized the need for the EMFP to provide maximum flexibility for future School Boards and economic realities.

Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent, supported the Board discussion with evidence and key data from EMFP work over the past two years. The Board committed to include the following components in the EMFP (to be approved at the October 23, 2018 School Board Meeting):
  • K-4; 5-8 Grade Level Configuration with consolidation to a single (1) 5-8 grade campus at Carleton Washburne School and a 5-year utilization plan for The Skokie School. This model upholds the neighborhood schools configuration.
  • Baseline facility needs that recognize priorities for: 
  • Health, Life Safety items/projects
  • Safety and security enhancements
  • ADA accessibility upgrades
  • HVAC upgrades with improved indoor air quality and temperature regulation 
  • Domestic water pipe replacement
  • Electrical capacity upgrades
  • Update and modernize instructional spaces and common spaces to afford greatest flexibility in future planning. This includes multi-purpose cafeteria and gym space renovations or additions to serve District needs and community use.
  • Sustainability-Air Quality, Student-Centric Design, Sustainable Operations, and Energy Consumption are some of the high priority items among a range of important topics addressed in the EMFP.
  • Redistricting. The School Board, in consultation with District administrators, community leaders, and Village and safety officials, will determine changes to the elementary school attendance boundaries and the implementation timeline to achieve optimal enrollments and eliminate the short-term Kindergarten plan.  
Mr. Jason Lembke, DLR Group, provided a review of conceptual EMFP site plans demonstrating an allocation for key programs/space through multi-tiered modernization and options for renovation and additions. Although not intended to depict actual design, Lembke confirmed the high-level alignment to long-range goals to support flexibility, teaching and learning, and future enrollment (fluctuation or growth).

The outcome of the EMFP confirmation formed the basis for a brief review of emerging priorities and the preliminary framework for an implementation plan (Phase I Facilities Plan). The Board committed to adopting the EMFP on Tuesday, October 23. They will reconvene for a Work Session on November 12 to discuss scaling and funding sources for the Phase I Facilities Plan and corresponding Redistricting Plan.

For comprehensive planning information, upcoming meeting dates, and FAQ's please visit https://www.winnetka36.org/master-facility-plan-overview.

Fall 2018 Winnetka Parents Institute Events

Navigating Your Child's IEP: A Parent's Role
Tuesday, October 16 at 9:30 a.m.
The Carleton Washburne School Green Room
Presented by Susan Hans, Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) Parent Mentor, this session is intended for all parents - whether your child has just received their IEP or has had one in place for years. With years of both personal and professional experience, Ms. Hans will cover the basic components of the IEP process and plan, provide specific strategies on how to make the meeting more meaningful to you as a parent, and how you can effectively contribute to the process and outcomes. RSVP here .

Why Learning Space Design Matters with Dr. Robert Dillon
Monday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m.
The Skokie School
Join Dr. Robert Dillon (author, educator and Director Director of  Innovation Learning at University City in St. Louis) and members of the Learning Space Design Team (a D36 and Winnetka Public Schools Foundation partnership) to learn more about the impact of learning space design to create brain-friendly, modern classrooms for active, collaborative, experiential learning. RSVP here.

Not Quite Little Kid, Not Quite Teenager: The Developmental Progression of the Middle School Child
Friday, October 26 at 9:30 a.m.
The Skokie School Community Room
Join Principal Tess and Assistant Principal Weir (The Skokie School) and Principal Kanne and Assistant Principal Horwitz (Carleton Washburne School) for an informational session focusing on the ins and outs of the growing middle school child. We will spend time exploring both the academic and social-emotional needs appropriate to 5th-8th grade children, how they change over that four year span, as well as the neurological changes that contribute to these needs.  Parents with current middle schoolers, or soon-to-be middle schoolers, are encouraged to join us for an engaging, encouraging and educational hour together. RSVP here.

From Washburne to New Trier:
A D36 Parent's Guide to the New Trier Transition
Thursday, November 15 at 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Carleton Washburne School, 515 Hibbard Rd.
Paul Waechtler, Principal at the New Trier High School Freshman
Campus, and Lori Worth, 8th Grade Transition Faculty, will discuss the New Trier freshman placement process and the efforts made to ensure a smooth transition to high school.  A Q & A will provide an opportunity for parents to learn more about how to best support their child(ren) as they prepare for their New Trier experience. RSVP here.

The Winnetka Public Schools community empowers every student to flourish in 
an innovative, experiential environment. We support and challenge all learners 
to actively engage in continual growth and achievement to make 
a meaningful difference in the world.  

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