D93 Family Update
August 31, 2023
A Fantastic First Week of School
What a fantastic first week of school.
It is always incredible to see the level of collaboration that happens on the first day of school, as school buses pick thousands of students up across more than 100 square miles and bring them to 24 different schools and into the classrooms of more than 600 different teachers. It was so great to see kids in the classrooms and actively engaged in learning this week.
On Wednesday, as my wife and I left our two oldest girls behind at a college four hours away, I felt first hand how hard it can be to trust your children into someone else's care. Driving away from them and telling ourselves they would be okay was tough to say the least.
I recognize that is the trust you put into our hands every day when your kids climb onto a school bus, or ride their bikes or drive their cars away from home to our schools. Thank you for the trust and support you give us each day.
On Tuesday, D93 patrons voted to approve our bond to a build a new elementary school. This school will add much needed classrooms, preserve our all-day kindergarten program, and provide space for our students with significant disabilities. Thank you so much for your support.
I also recognize that 30% of voters said no to paying for the new elementary school. I recognize that many people are concerned with the affordability of new taxes. Last year, our Board voted to use funds in our bond savings account to provide our residents with a one-time $6 million reduction in their property taxes. This year, and going forward, HB 292 will provide our patrons with approximately $5 million in ongoing property tax reductions. That amount will not only cover our $2.2 million in annual payments for this bond, it will also pay almost $3 million toward other bonds.
I would strongly encourage those who voted no because of their frustration with paying more in property taxes to share their concerns with our legislators. The constitutional duty to establish a uniform and thorough system of public schools must include funding to actually build the schools necessary to provide our students' education.
Non-Instructional Elementary Collaboration Day
School Board News
No Emergency Levy
The district qualified for an Emergency Levy of more than $2 million this year based on the increase in our student attendance from last year to this year. However, the District administration recommended to the Board to not authorize this additional tax collection. The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to not authorize a tax collection for the Emergency Levy. This will be the fourth year in a row that the district has not authorized the Emergency Levy.
Child Nutrition Chat
We are excited to welcome back your students for another great school year. Below is a link to the transportation portal. This is a great resource to find your student's bus information. Please take a moment to review these safety guidelines for riding the bus.
- Please be at your bus stop 5 minutes before your scheduled stop time
- Dress for the weather
- Have a reflector or flashlight so the driver can see you waiting in the dark
- Be safe while waiting for the bus, no pushing or shoving
- Be respectful to others and the bus driver.
Student Route Deviations:
Due to the growth of our District, the safety of our students is our first priority, and we appreciate your cooperation with the deviation from procedure. All parents must come into the Transportation Office to fill out a deviation form if a student needs to deviate from their home stop for any reason. We will not approve a deviation form over the phone, it will not be emailed or faxed, and the school will not have a copy. The deviation form will not be approved for the following:
- Play dates
- piano lessons and any other such activities
The Transportation Office understands family emergencies and we are always willing to help in those circumstances. Please feel free to call and speak with someone before you drive to the office and are denied.
On that note...we are in desperate need of bus drivers. Please click on the link below if you are interested or willing to be a bus driver.
Come and Join the D93 Team
D93 Get Help Line
Students, parents, and employees can reach out for help with bullying, harassment, suicidal tendencies, self-harm, threats, or to report weapons at school by going to d93.org/gethelp or sending the text @gethelp to 855-528-0074.