www.cusd200.org September 22, 2015
Board Adopts 2015-16 Priorities
Each year, the Board of Education sets priorities to implement specific measures that address identified issues or challenges for the coming school year.At the September meeting, the Board of Education prioritized four main areas of focus for the 2015-16 School Year: implementation of new science and engineering standards; improvements in learning environments by creating common expectations on best practices in instruction and use of technology; creation of a facilities master plan and continued, meaningful engagement with our community.In 2014, the Board of Education adopted Vision 2018, a strategic plan that outlines our goals and priorities for the next several years. Vision 2018 includes five overarching areas: support systems, finance, student learning, community engagement and facilities.Board President Jim Vroman is pleased with the priorities the Board has set. "This year we are implementing a new science curriculum with a focus on engineering; continuing to enhance the 21st century learning environment; and addressing critical capital and programmatic needs in all our facilities, including Jefferson Early Childhood Center. Ongoing dialogue with the community will facilitate the successful completion of our priority areas," says Vroman.Tomorrow night, September 23, Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schuler will provide the community a closer look at what the 2015-16 School Year has in store at the State of Our Schools presentation at 7:00 p.m. at Hubble Middle School. All members of the community are encouraged to attend.
Board Adopts Balanced BudgetAt the September Board Meeting, the Board adopted a balanced budget for the sixth consecutive year. Members of the community are invited to view all budget-related information on our website."The Board was committed to ensuring that the proposed expenditures were financially responsible, and that the programs the budget supports were consistent with our mission and with the feedback we received from our community engagement efforts." commented Board President Jim Vroman.The Board of Education remains committed to the responsible use of taxpayer dollars. We are proud to report that Standard & Poor’s recently upgraded our bond rating to AA with a stable outlook - an upgrade from the prior year.The District anticipates the Illinois State Board of Education will recognize us this spring with their highest financial ranking, Financial Recognition.
Longfellow Receives Blue Ribbon AwardLongfellow Elementary has been named as a Blue Ribbon School from the Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD).Longfellow staff Barb Williams, Nancy Shirley, and Liz Westergaard were recognized at the September Board of Education Meeting. This Blue Ribbon Award places Longfellow in an elite group of schools in the State.Longfellow P.E. teacher Barb Williams is thrilled about the award. "I am just so grateful to be surrounded by a community that sees the importance of physical literacy of a child," says Williams.According to the awards committee, Longfellow provides a great variety of skills, activities and community involvement through their curriculum. Longfellow also has a strong curriculum integrating health related concepts and it is evident through their use of Fitnessgram and their Red Grange Challenge.To view pictures of their Board recognition, click here.
Both High Schools Named Safe Sports SchoolsBoth Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South High Schools have been named as Safe Sports Schools from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Only nine other schools in the State have this distinction.The Training Departments from both schools were recognized at the September Board of Education Meeting.Lead trainers Steve Mayo (WN) and Traci Headley (WWS) are honored to receive this recognition. "We remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players," says Mayo.Both schools received this distinction for meeting various criteria. More importantly our high schools are leaders in the sports safety arena. This summer they hosted several other DuPage County schools for a training on proper removal of athletic equipment in the event of injury.To view pictures of the training and their Board recognition, click here.Board of EducationJim Vroman, PresidentBrad Paulsen, Vice PresidentChris Crabtree, SecretaryJoann CoghillJim GambaianiBarbara IntiharJim Mathieson