It has been another busy summer in District 111. In addition to the Burbank School Construction Project, which you can read more about on page 2 of the back to school newsletter, we’ve already begun design work on the Liberty Addition Project. After much discussion and several town hall meetings and focus groups, it was determined that District 111 will move forward with building an addition at Liberty Junior High School and moving 6th grade over. We have had numerous meetings with the architects in order for them to accommodate the needs of a modern, flexible middle school learning environment while maintaining fiscal responsibility. The project is expected to be completed for the 2020-21 school year.
In other building news, we’ve had several other renovation projects across the district which include asbestos abatement, sidewalk repairs, exterior lighting, exterior door replacement, a new intercom system, and locker painting at select schools. We also have several upgrades in the technology department including a new phone system and new student devices.
There are numerous changes happening back at the district office as well. We have transitioned to the new E-Finance program for finance and human resources, in conjunction with Stickney Township, Reavis High School and Sahs School. Although the transition will be tedious, the end result will be a more efficient, easier to use, and more ecofriendly system. Also, in moving towards paperless, the student services and human resources departments are working on scanning and archiving student and personnel files. This will eliminate excess storage as well as make archived documents easier to find.
The curriculum department has been focusing on social studies this year and two new curriculum series will be implemented: Kids Discover for grades 3-5 and Discovering Our Past for grades 6-8. Our curriculum director and coaches have been attending numerous professional development workshops including those hosted by the Northwestern University Educational Coaching Network. They will be working together to build an instructional playbook to provide a guideline for best teaching practices.
The start of school is quickly approaching and I am looking forward to another productive year for District 111. Mark your calendars for Back to School Nights, which will be held prior to the first day of school. Having an open house the day before school will give students and families a chance to meet their teacher and drop off school supplies. The Back to School Night for elementary schools will be August 27 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Liberty Junior High will host their Back to School Night on August 28 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. We hope to see you there!
In closing, I would like to invite you and your families to join us at the Back to School Rally on September 8. It is a family friendly event and a great way to celebrate the new school year.
Great things are happening in District 111!
Dr. Franzy Fleck