Board Briefs: September 22, 2022

Board Briefs: September 22, 2022

Board Welcomes New Teachers

The Board of Education welcomed the District’s eight new teachers during a reception prior to the regular Board meeting on September 22.

8 new teachers met with the Board of Education on September 22, 2022

Start of the School Year Reports

The Board received a report on the start of the school year from the District’s principals. Hickory Point, Shabonee, and Wood Oaks have all experienced a successful and exciting start to the school year. The principals stated that students are thrilled to be returning to school traditions, collaborating with their peers, and participating in school-wide activities and assemblies. 

In addition, Mr. Douglas Heurich, Director of Facilities, provided the Board with a transportation update. Mr. Heurich stated that the school transportation service has been running smoothly with 631 students, or roughly half of the student population, enrolled in the service this year. This is the District’s third year of a three-year contract with North Shore Transit. 

Board Approves Incoming Director of Facilities

The Board formally approved the appointment of Mr. Richard Hansen as the District’s incoming Director of Facilities. Mr. Hansen will assume the role on November 7, succeeding Mr. Heurich, who is set to retire this fall. Mr. Hansen is highly experienced and passionate about facilities management, having spent more than 30 years in Orland Park School District 135 with the last six years as Director of Buildings and Grounds. 

Board Adopts Budget for FY23 

The Board formally adopted a $31 million budget for Fiscal Year 2023, which is a 2 percent increase over the Fiscal Year 2022 budget. A public hearing was held on September 8. The budget allocates $300,000 toward contingencies and includes a 60 percent fund balance reserve. 

School Board Election Set for April

The District 27 Board of Education invites candidates to run for the Board in the April 4, 2023 spring election. Interested individuals must be a resident of District 27. The Illinois Association of School Boards offers additional information about School Board Elections and how to run.