The District 123 School Board of Education held their regularly scheduled meeting April 23, 2018. View the agenda.
Highlights from the meeting include:
The OLHMS Student Advisory Panel
The principal of Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle, School Kristin Simpkins introduced students who are apart of the Student Advisory Panel. The group attends meetings at the school, and in the community to see how different sectors come together to work as one. The Panel aligns with the District 123 vision, to be a leader in education, not only educating students through school but equipping them to be productive and active members of society. Most recently the group attended a Community Partnership meeting to see how District 123 works with the Oak Lawn community.
“I thought it was interesting because we don’t get to see what goes on behind the scenes and it was neat to see how the community works together and helps each other,” said a student.
The group answered questions from the board, including what it means to them to be an active participant in their community.
“Being an active participant is making sure you come from different views but showing you have a voice in what is happening sharing your own voice makes everyone closer, It isn’t something we are forced to do, we want to get involved and make our voices heard,” They said.
During his Superintendent Report, Dr. Enderle praised Dr. Loftin, Assistant Superintendent of Business and his team for earning the 2017–2018 Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). Only 18 school district’s in the state received the honor this year.
Dr. Enderle also briefed the board on the steps our school district is taking for the safety of our students by participating in Security Vulnerability Audits.
“As we embark on the last 6-7 weeks of the school year. We audit our safety and security measures in District 123. Small teams to go to each school for a day using the checklist from the Security Vulnerability Audit. A report is then filed and given to principal as well as administration. From there emergency plans based on feedback,” he said.
The board completed the annual reorganization and the following members assumed the positions listed below:
- Brian Nichols was re-elected President of the D123 Board of Education.
- Theresa M. Roche was re-elected Vice President of the D123 Board of Education.
- Jay M. Lurquin was re-elected as Secretary of the D123 Board of Education.
The board also approved the amended the 2017-2018 School Calendar to account for the snow day this winter, the last day of student attendance will be Friday, June 8, 2018.