Board Briefs: September

The District 123 School Board of Education held their regularly scheduled meeting Monday, September 24, 2018. View the agenda.

Highlights from the meeting include:

Budget Approved for the Fiscal Year 2019:

The board welcomed Assistant Superintendent of Business, Mike Loftin, who presented the 2019 Fiscal budget. Following a public hearing, where members of the community could inquire about the budget, the budget was unanimously approved.

Delivering Mustangs:

A new CASE program at the middle school is empowering students to learn important life skills by delivering lunches to students throughout the school.

The goal of the program is for them to further develop independence for future success

Summer School Report:

Summer School classes were a success this summer with over 700 students including 52 in 39 classrooms at the middle school. 80 staff members helped the sessions ranging from STEM classes to sports and event a course on Harry Potter.

“The ignite online students have really taken advantage of it. They utilize office hours and they love that they can take home their Chromebooks earlier. The kids enjoy it they really feel an adult taking an online class,” said Sarah McIntyre.

Superintendent Report:

Dr. Paul Enderle gave the Superintendent Report, stating that the board is still working through the District’s strategic planning goals and open to get feedback from the staff, the community, and even alumni of District 123.

Strategic Planning Calendar: District 123 is continuing to work through the Strategic Planning Process i and working collaborative with our consultant, Robert Ewy. On September 11, 2018 our D123 Leadership Team and Board of Education engaged in two separate meetings to review the environmental scan and discuss future implications of what defines a relevant education in District 123.

Open House Events and Parent Organizational Meetings: ​Strong family partnerships is a key focus in District 123 each school year, and we have had a great start to welcoming and engaging our families across the school district. Each event has been well attended and productive. Each of the open house events served to provide families clear communication of classroom and curricular expectations, as well as ways to enhance communication between the school and home. Each PTA/PTA/PTSA parental group was able to participate in a discussion on the (4) themes of the new school school year, (1)the strategic planning process and how families can get involved, (2)our new family handbook, (3) as well as volunteer policy implications and our District 123 Educational Foundation mission. We look forward to another great year on building bridges with our families.

Parent University: ​D123 kicked off the 2018-2019 Parent University program with an engaging session from Officer Anthony Stack from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office on September 19th. The session included information on how to monitor social media activity and the potential risks associated with children using social media incorrectly. About 35 parents and staff members attended. The OLHMS and Sward PTA’s collaborated together to host the event, which included a time for families to gather and collaborate. Childcare opportunities through the Oak Lawn Park District FLASH program were provided, as well as opportunities to attend parallel sessions in preferred languages. We look forward to our next Parent University session which will be a district-wide school safety “real talk” at each school on October 23rd. Principals and District Administrators will be leading each dialogue and sharing information about how we work together with the community to keep our schools safe.

The next Board of Education Meeting will be on Monday, October 22, 2018, 7pm at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School.