Board Briefs

January 23, 2020

Mrs. Martha Carlos Appointed New Board Member

The Board of Education appointed Mrs. Martha Carlos to fill the vacant seat on the Board. Mrs. Helen Melnick administered the Oath of Office to Mrs. Carlos, and she was warmly welcomed as a member of the Board of Education. Mrs. Carlos is currently the Director of Communications for the University of Illinois Cancer Center, where she develops and leads integrated marketing and communications efforts for the country’s first community-focused cancer center at a public research university.

Board Member Mrs. Carlos and Board Member Mrs. Melnick

Pictured from left to right: Mrs. Martha Carlos, Mrs. Helen Melnick

2020 Environmental Scan

Dr. David Kroeze and the Central Office Team presented the Environmental Scan to the Board of Education. The Scan is the District’s annual review of the external and internal factors that can have a significant impact on the success of the District. The data from the Scan help the District:

  1. Support goal identification to optimize resources
  2. Promote an awareness of the external environment and future trends which enables the District to adopt a future orientation
  3. Anticipate the future training needs of our staff
  4. Increase return on investment to our taxpayers

Dr. Kroeze pointed out that as we are start a new decade we should reflect on the incredible themes of change that have occurred in education this past decade. Some of the key changes that took place in the past 10 years include:

  • The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 – Now referred to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • Changes in State Assessment
  • The implementation of Full Day Kindergarten
  • 1 to 1 Technology Initiatives
  • Common Core State Standards
  • The Next Generation Science Standards
  • Equity in Student Discipline with SB100
  • Heightened Emphasis on Social-Emotional Learning
  • School Funding Reform
  • Health Care Reform
  • Increased Emergency Preparedness
  • Teacher Evaluation Reform

As we look to the future, some of the key factors and implications include:

  • Maintain our competitive position in student performance
  • Implement changes in the State Assessment System
  • Respond to any future changes in our learning management system
  • Address workforce shortages as they emerge
  • Build our capacity and systems of support to meet changing student needs
  • Examine space utilization in our buildings and emerging needs, and respond to them through revisions to our Master Facilities Plan
  • Continue to address network security and system recovery to respond to hacking and malware
  • Respond to and implement the legislation from the Illinois General Assembly and Congress
  • Address emerging changes with the Northern Suburban Special Education District

The Board of Education reviewed changes to the Strategic Plan in light of these key factors and implications. The Board and Administration will continue to adjust the Plan over the next few months and approve the final version in April.

In Other Board Action

The Board approved the Northfield Township Shared Services Agreement designed to provide programs and services that support students with special needs. This Agreement enables the Northfield Township school districts to work collaboratively on behalf of our students and families. This Agreement complements the work provided by the Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) and offers additional options to best meet the needs of our students and families.