The Communicator

District 47 Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2019

IN THIS ISSUE

  • Superintendent's Message

  • Spring Highlights

  • Important Dates

  • Strategic Plan Update

  • Changes for the 2019-20 School Year

  • In the News

  • Financial Update

  • Operations Update

  • Board of Education Update

  • Connect with Us!

FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

As the 2018/19 school year is coming to a close, I would like to provide a brief review of the strategic plan’s first year and what the focus of year 2 will bring.


Last year, we created and adopted the District’s strategic plan. This year, 10 strategic plan action teams met on a regular basis to begin to carry out the plan and to discuss their particular goal strategy. One thing that came to light through these discussions is that, as a school district, we are functioning as a system of schools rather than as a unified school system. While we have wonderful, hard-working teachers, staff, and administrators, we found that many of our schools and teams are working independently and, in some cases, in isolation. While this may not seem like a problem when the focus is at the building level, a lack of cohesiveness in our processes and procedures can impact the implementation, success, and/or evaluation of new district-wide initiatives, needed interventions for students, staffing levels, and professional development.


We have determined we are in need of a framework and shared data system to help us make informed and consistent data-driven decisions across the District. A shared data system will help guide decisions regarding what level of intervention and instruction we provide for students, how we staff buildings based on need, what professional development is appropriate and most beneficial for staff, and how to best engage our parents and the community.


Next year we will be working toward establishing a Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) framework for the District. MTSS is a systemic, continuous improvement framework in which data-based problem-solving and decision-making is practiced across all levels of the educational system for supporting students. Rather than adding something more to our plates, incorporating MTSS will help us ensure we have the right things on our plates, so that we spend our time and energy wisely and on focus on those things that are most important.


I invite you to review the progress of our 10 action teams in the Strategic Plan Update section of this newsletter. Here you will see how our teams intend to use the MTSS framework next year to accomplish their objectives.


I look forward to this journey as a school district. With standard processes and procedures and the right “tools” in our “tool belts,” our talented, dedicated teachers, staff, and administrators will be better equipped than ever to continue fulfilling our mission of empowering all students.


Sincerely,


Dr. Kathy Hinz

Superintendent

SPRING 2019 HIGHLIGHTS

Student Art Show

The District 47 Student Art Show was held in May at Lakeside Arts Park/Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake. The exhibit showcased District 47 student artwork across all grade levels (K-8). On Friday, May 3, approximately 1,800 attended the exhibit's grand opening at Lakeside. The student art exhibit was on display for the community to enjoy through mid-May.

Poetry Slam by Mr. Merke's Sixth Grade Bernotas Vikings (May 22, 2019)

Viking Voices (2019 Bernotas Middle School Slam Poetry)

New U.S. Flags Donated by Crystal Lake VFW

Thank you to Mr. Harry VanBeetz and the Crystal Lake VFW for donating new U.S. flags to District 47 and all of our schools!

Lundahl Wins Regional Scholastic Bowl in Marengo

Lundahl seventh graders Jack Dacy and David Hronick took first place out of 17 teams at the Tri-County Scholastic Bowl meet in Marengo on May 1. Pictured (left to right) are: Mrs. Chakoian (coach), David Hronick, Jack Dacy and Mrs. Wilson (coach).

Eighth Graders Teach Digital Citizenship to Elementary Students Through Project B3

In late April and May, eighth grade student leaders from Hannah Beardsley, Bernotas and Lundahl middle schools visited D47 elementary schools to facilitate discussions with third-fifth graders about how to Be Smart, Be Safe and Be Kind online through the Project B3 program. Prior to the visits, elementary students watched videos created by District 155 students. To learn more about Project B3, including technology management resources for parents, visit the D47 website.

D47 Educators Named "Teacher of the Month" by Star 105.5 FM and Home State Bank

Nancy Boro, fourth grade teacher at West Elementary and president of the Crystal Lake Elementary Teachers Association, was chosen as April's "Teacher of the Month." Mrs. Boro was nominated for this honor by one of her students and will now be eligible for Star 105.5's/Home State Bank's "Teacher of the Year" award.
Stephanie Kuligowski, third grade teacher at North Elementary, was chosen as May's "Teacher of the Month." Mrs. Kuligowski was nominated for this honor by one of her students and will now be eligible for Star 105.5's/Home State Bank's "Teacher of the Year" award.

Coventry Fourth Grader Wins Sodexo Future Chefs Competition

The fourth annual Future Chefs culinary competition was held Saturday, March 16 at Hannah Beardsley Middle School. Coventry fourth grader Gabriela Carrillo was this year's winner. Carrillo received an Amazon Echo, a set of pots and pans and cooking utensils, and a restaurant gift certificate from Taqueria Las Cumbres. Open to fourth and fifth graders, the culinary competition is designed to help students learn about good nutrition, develop healthy eating habits, and inspire them to play an active role in meal preparation.

Creativity Abounds in District 47

Fifth Grade Fly Up Day

On May 21, fifth graders across the district got to visit their middle school for next year to eat in the cafeteria, access their lockers, learn about sports and after-school activities, take a tour of the school, and learn the "middle school way"!

Glacier Ridge Fifth Grader Wins CL Police Department National Night Out Design Contest

Ethan Mally was named the 2019 National Night Out T-shirt design contest winner. National Night Out is an event hosted by police departments across the country to unite with residents of the communities in which they serve. The T-shirt design contest is hosted by the Crystal Lake Police Department and District 47 and is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

Middle School Students Win 2019 Law Day Essay Contest

James Durcan, eighth grader at Bernotas, and Caden Alexander, eighth grader at Hannah Beardsley Middle School, were recently named winners of the McHenry County Bar Association’s 2019 Law Day essay contest.The annual essay contest is open to all sixth, seventh and eighth graders in McHenry County. To learn more, click here.

Hannah Beardsley IESA State Track Champ

Rylee Lydon, eighth grader at Hannah Beardsley, took 1st place in the 400 meter run at the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) state track at meet in Peoria on May 17. She also finished in 2nd place in the high jump and 7th place in the 800 meter run. This is the first year District 47 has participated in the IESA.

Comcast Cares Day at Canterbury Elementary School

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, approximately 100-120 volunteers “made change happen” at Canterbury for Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event. This is the fourth year in a row Comcast NBCUniversal and the Canterbury school community have come together to work on outdoor revitalization projects at Canterbury. This year’s Comcast Cares Day event was led by Canterbury Community Council member and Canterbury parent Michelle Archambeau in collaboration with Comcast Cares team leads Christopher Peck and Joan Sage.

Celebrating 2019 Retirees and Quarter Century Club Members

Below are this year's retirees and Quarter Century Club (QCC) members who attended the District recognition event on May 23, 2019. We appreciate their years of service and dedication to our students!


Retirees: Laura Bauman, Donna Bauer, Sherri Baxter, Colleen Beldin, Mark Cherry, Laura Francis, Vicki Kosin, Teresa Jacobsen, Sarah Johnston, Maureen Kilhoffer, Libby Leman, Mary Lichtenberger, LuAnn Napoleoni, Nancy Piel, Lori Plump, Annette Rafferty, Penny Reese, Joy Stanich, Janet Taylor, Beth Theiss, Pam White, Tina Wilbrandt, Alice Wojcik, and Nancy Vitacco


QCC members: Donna Bauer, Shari Chakoian, Penny Fleming, John Krol, Jordan Klinsky, William Schmidt, Suzanne Juarez, Shannon Martin, and Marla Norgard

The 6Cs of Education Video Series

District 47's education model is embedded in the 6Cs: creativity, collaboration, citizenship, character, communication and critical thinking. Check out our video series to learn more!
https://youtu.be/zdR77TrTKzA

Lisa Melendez Recognized with INSPRA's Distinguished Service Award

On May 10, District 47's special education business specialist Lisa Melendez was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award by the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA). The annual event recognizes Individuals around the state for their support of public education and their local school districts. Click here to learn more.

2019 Parent Leadership Academy

Congratulations to the following graduates of the 2019 Parent Leadership Academy. The academy is a year-long program that provides D47 bilingual parents with an overview of the education system and D47 schools, leadership skills, and ways to get involved in their child's education and the community. All participants were recognized at the Board of Education meeting on May 20, 2019.


Angela Arce, Maria de Carmen Aviles, Gabriela Dantes, Nori Gonzalez, Alexandra Granda, Hilda Herrera, Alejandra Leon, Erika Lopez, Lucy Lopez, Lorena Ocana, Ciro Perez, Sandra Romo, Marlen Salas, Maribel Tellez, Abigail Tirado, and Claudette Valencia

IMPORTANT DATES

June 2019

6/17 - Board of Education meeting, 7pm, CORE Center


August 2019

8/1 - D47 school offices open

8/5 - Transportation Open House “Meet the Bus” event for incoming kindergarteners (TJA bus garage, 1204 S. McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake)

8/13 - Teacher assignment and bus route information available on ParentVue

8/21 - First day of school for students in grades 1-8; Early Release Day

8/22 - First day of school for kindergarten

8/26 - First day of school for Wehde Early Childhood Education


September 2019

9/4 - Wehde Parent Night

9/5 - Parent Night (middle schools)

9/12 - Parent Night (K-5 schools)

9/25 - Early Release Day


*Meet the Teacher and new family orientation dates vary by school. Please visit school websites for details.


Click link for access to the complete 2019-20 school calendar.

Transportation Open House

Incoming kindergartneners and early childhood students and their families are invited to attend the annual transportation open house event to "meet the bus" on Monday, August 5, 2019. The event will be held at the TJA "bus garage," located at 1204 S. McHenry Avenue in Crystal Lake. Families are encouraged to attend the event according to the first intial of their last name and the schedule below. If questions, please contact TJA at 815-455-0558.


A-F: 9am - 10am

G-L: 10am-11am

M-R: 11am-noon

S-Z: noon-1pm

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CORE Center and New Family Registration Summer Hours

New family registration will be held this summer at the District 47 CORE Center, 300 Commerce Drive in Crystal Lake. The CORE Center’s summer office and registration hours are listed below. To register your child, please call 815.788.5000 to schedule an appointment. All families are encouraged to register as early as possible as this helps with appropriate staffing and class size. For registration forms and required documents, visit the Registration page of the District website.


June 3 - June 27, 2019

CORE Center hours

Monday through Friday: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

Registration hours

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 7:45 am to 3:00 pm


The CORE Center is closed Friday, June 28, 2019.


July 1 - July 25, 2019

CORE Center hours

Monday through Thursday: 7:30 am to 3:00 pm

Registration hours

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 7:45 am to 2:00 pm


The CORE Center is closed Thursday, July 4, 2019 for Independence Day and is also closed on Fridays in July (7/5, 7/12, 7/19 and 7/26).


July 29 - August 15, 2019

CORE Center hours

Monday through Friday: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

Registration hours

Mondays: 7:45 am to 3:00 pm

Tuesdays and Thursdays (7/30-8/15): 7:45 am to 5:15 pm


August 19 - August 23, 2019

CORE Center hours

Monday through Friday: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

Registration hours

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 7:45 am to 3:00 pm

Free Summer Lunch Program for Crystal Lake Youth

For the fourth year in a row, Crystal Lake youth 18 years and younger are invited to enjoy a free lunch this summer. The summer lunch program is sponsored by the Northern Illinois Food Bank, run by volunteers, and supported by various organizations, including the Crystal Lake Park District, Vineyard Church, the Crystal Lake Public Library and the Sage YMCA. Lunches will be served weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12::30 p.m. at Ladd Park, 556 Devonshire Lane in Crystal Lake. The program kicks off on Thursday, June 6 and runs through Friday, August 16. Due to the holiday, meals will not be provided on July 4, 2019. In case of rain, lunches will be served at Vineyard Church, 7105 Virginia Road in Crystal Lake (next to the CVS). No registration is required.

2019-20 Early Childhood Registration

District 47's Wehde Early Childhood Center is housed within Glacier Ridge Elementary School and is located at 1120 Village Road in Crystal Lake. Wehde provides general and special education programming for 3- and 4-year-old students. Registration is now open for the 2019-20 school year. For information about Wehde or to register your child, call 815-788-3100 or visit the website at http://www.d47.org/wehde.

STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE

Outlined below are the goals and strategies that make up District 47's strategic plan. Bulleted items indicate priority areas for the 2019-20 school year.

ACTION TEAM 1 / STRATEGY 1: Align and adjust curriculum and assessment to reflect rigor, relevance, and the 6 Cs - critical thinking, collaboration, character, citizenship, creativity, and communication

  • To ensure curriculum is aligned to learning standards, implemented with fidelity and facilitates deep learning through the lens of the 6 Cs
  • To utilize common assessments to view data and make decisions from the student and classroom to district level



ACTION TEAM 2 / STRATEGY 2:
To meet the learning needs of all PreK-8 students and close achievement gaps through an improved differentiated instruction, intervention, and enrichment system
  • Develop a specific system for identifying students (criteria - local and nationally normed data) - ELA/Math/SEL

  • Provide professional development to create differentiated instruction in the classroom

  • Provide time for teachers to work/collaborate in teams to differentiate instruction

  • Create a menu of interventions for all teachers

ACTION TEAM 3 / STRATEGY 3: Assess and support the social and emotional needs of all students

  • Respond to students' social-emotional skills and needs through common identifying tools and supports in each building

  • Ensure there are additional, layered / tiered supports for students with significant needs


ACTION TEAM 4 / STRATEGY 4: Assess and support pre-kindergarten through grade 2 early learners who are delayed in their readiness

  • Form a preK through 3rd grade team to align assessment systems, form common goals and develop a structure for interventions

  • Provide training to literacy, dual language, and early childhood coaches on OTISS (Observational Tool for Instructional Supports and Systems)

  • Continue collecting data on effective instructional practices in preK through 2nd grade classrooms

  • Inventory preK through 2nd intervention materials

  • Determine professional development needs for interventions and supports

ACTION TEAM 5 / STRATEGY 5: To provide time, tools, and clear expectations to ensure effective staff collaboration

  • Create universal, district-wide definitions for "collaboration" and "time"

  • Evidence from teams that provide predictability with balanced participation consisting of clear communication and accountability by all team members

  • Create a guide for standard meeting protocols



ACTION TEAM 6 / STRATEGY 6: Provide time, tools, devices, and clear expectations to integrate technology into teaching and learning

  • Provide adequate electronic devices necessary for assessments

  • Establish staff resources for administering assessments and accessing reports

  • Continue to utilize iCoaches and instructional coaches for support with core instructional strategies that utilize technology



ACTION TEAM 7 / STRATEGY 7: To develop an aligned data system for making informed decisions, monitoring progress, and reporting results

  • Finalize running record guidelines for K-5

  • Continue calibrating written response for grades 3-5, adding K-2 next year

  • Define assessment categories (screening, progress monitoring, diagnostic, outcomes) and purpose by grade level or non-classroom

ACTION TEAM 8 / STRATEGY 8: To investigate and utilize effective tools and strategies to engage families, businesses, and the community as vital partners in the learning process
  • Review 2018-19 5 Essentials survey data; compare against Strategy 8 survey data and identify gaps

  • Redefine D47 Parent University - three times a year, once at each middle school

  • Work towards clear and consistent communication guidelines across all schools

ACTION TEAM 9 / STRATEGY 9: Ensure equity in allocating fiscal and program resources across the District to address variances in individual school needs

  • Provide ongoing assessment and monitoring of student needs on annual basis
  • Use data to inform fiscal and program resource allocation, including staff
  • Create guidelines for data use to aid in allocation process

ACTION TEAM 10 / STRATEGY 10: Address facility needs in a timely manner to ensure an optimal teaching and learning environment

  • Assess facility needs

  • Assess security needs

  • Prioritize security recommendations and provide report to Operations Committee

CHANGES FOR THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR

Visitor and Volunteer Procedures

In a continued effort to ensure safety and security in our schools, District 47 will be upgrading its visitor management system called Raptor starting with the 2019-20 school year. This will offer several benefits:

  • For volunteers: The Raptor upgrade will help streamline and standardize the volunteer process across all District 47 schools. Parents or guardians who wish to volunteer will be required to complete a brief online application and undergo a background check. Once the background check is complete and the application has been approved, parents will receive a confirmation email.

  • For visitors: The Raptor upgrade will eliminate the need for parents/guardians to have to present their ID at every District 47 school they visit as the new system will now link data across the district. After the initial scan at any D47 school, parents and guardians may visit any school in the district and obtain their temporary badge by simply providing their name at the main office check-in.

More information about the new Raptor volunteer and visitor management process will be sent to parents via email and posted on school websites in August.

School Supplies

At the February 19, 2019 District 47 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved a motion for the District to purchase designated school supply items for the 2019-2020 school year to help offset the cost for parents.


The idea to subsidize the cost of school supplies came about as District 47 was granted additional funding from the state this year through the new Illinois education funding formula. The formula is based on a school’s adequacy target, which pertains to the cost of educating students, and factors in a community’s ability to financially support its schools. Through competitive bid pricing and bulk discounts, the District will provide a variety of items across all grade levels. School supply lists will be available in June and will be posted on school websites and the District’s mobile app. The school supply lists will show the items that will be provided by the District as well as the remaining items needed for purchase by the families so that parents can see what is being supplied by the District. Over the summer, school supply lists will also be available at local retailers.


Elementary Physical Education Requirements

A change in Illinois School Code requires elementary students in grades K-5 to engage in physical education for a minimum of three days a week. District 47 supports this change and plans to incorporate brain breaks and physical movement in the classroom to meet this requirement. Many elementary teachers are familiar with this concept and already incorporate brain and movement breaks for their students into the school day. Over the summer, District 47 physical education (PE) teachers will help develop a curriculum, aligning brain/movement breaks with PE learning standards. These activities will be shared with staff for use during the 2019/20 school year.

Coventry Elementary School Renovation

On December 18, 2018, the Board of Education approved a Coventry renovation project with an estimated budget of $18.4 million. The project includes a rebuild of the interior of the original school building and the addition of a new Learning Center as well as updates to the lower level and newer wing of the school. Demolition of the interior will occur this summer and reconstruction will begin in the fall of 2019. During the 2019-20 school year, Coventry classrooms will be housed in on-site in mobile units.


Coventry parents and staff were informed about the upcoming changes last fall and parent/neighbor informational meetings were held this spring. Detailed plans for the renovation are currently being drafted by the District’s architect. Besides functional improvements and a new look-and-feel, the Coventry renovation will include new playgrounds, lockers, and furniture. The expected date of completion for the renovation is August 2020. For more information about this exciting project, visit the D47 website.

New District 47 Leadership

Principal, Bernotas Middle School

Kellie Marks has served as an assistant principal at Bernotas since 2016. Prior to joining District 47, she was a sixth grade classroom teacher for 14 years in McHenry School District 15. During that time she taught language arts and math, served as a student council advisor, and took an active role on many school and district committees. After graduating from Cary-Grove High School, Marks attended the United States Air Force Academy for two years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in education from Illinois State University and her master’s degree in educational leadership from Aurora University.

Principal, Wehde Early Childhood Center

Monica Furlong began her career in District 47 in 2006 where she served as a speech paraprofessional and special education teacher. In 2013, she became an assistant director of special education in Grayslake and has been a director of special education for Huntley District 158 for the past five years. Furlong holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in speech pathology and audiology and master’s degrees in special education (Roosevelt University), literacy (Olivet Nazarene University) and educational leadership (Concordia University). She received her director of special education endorsement from the University of St. Francis. In addition, she is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from Aurora University.

Assistant Director of Special Education

Meggan Dacy has been with District 47 for the past 12 years. She worked as a special education teacher at South Elementary for the first five years and then transferred to Wehde Early Childhood Center. She was a classroom teacher at Wehde until this past year when she became a Local Education Agency (LEA) coordinator. Prior to coming to District 47, Dacy taught for four years at Barrington School District 211 as an early childhood special education teacher. She received her bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Northern Illinois University and her master's degree in educational leadership from Aurora University.

Assistant Principal, Lundahl Middle School

Angela Carvell comes to District 47 with seven years of middle school teaching experience -- three years at Yorkville D115 and most recently at McHenry District 15. She received her bachelor's degree in education from Northern Illinois University and her master's degree in educational leadership from Aurora University.

Assistant Principal, Hannah Beardsley Middle School

Maggie Fitzgerald has been with District 47 as an instructional coach for the past two years. Prior to that, she taught middle school for 10 years at Marquardt District 15 in Glendale Heights, Illinois. She received her bachelor's degree in education from Northern Illinois University and her master's degree in educational leadership from Concordia University Chicago.

Assistant Principal, Bernotas Middle School

Evan Kozlowski returns to District 47 after serving as a health/physical education teacher, driver education teacher and coach at McHenry School District 156 for the past 13 years. While in McHenry, he took on the role of instructional leader and worked to develop the PE department into a state-recognized Blue Ribbon program in 2018. Prior to that (2005-2007), he taught 7th and 8th grade physical education at Bernotas Middle School. Kozlowski has a bachelor's degree in physical education and school health education and a master's degree in educational administration from Northern Illinois University.

Assistant Principal, Woods Creek

Jason Brogan has served as an elementary and middle school educator in District 47 since 2007. Most recently, he taught 4th/5th grade multiage at Woods Creek Elementary School. Prior to that, he was a 4th and 5th grade teacher at Indian Prairie Elementary School and was a language arts and social studies teacher at Bernotas Middle School. In addition, Brogan served as an English language arts/social studies facilitator at District 47's CORE Center. Brogan holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and master's degrees in literacy education and educational administration from Northern Illinois University. He will begin pursuing his doctoral degree in literacy from Judson University in 2021. In addition to his career in education, Brogan is a certified firefighter and EMT, and has served part-time as a member of the Rutland-Dundee Fire Protection District for the past nine years.

Assistant Principal, North Elementary School

Danielle Bredemus has taught fourth grade in District 47 for the past three years. Prior to that, she taught at Holy Angels Catholic School in Chicago for three years. She received her bachelor's degree in education from Michigan State University and her master's degree in educational leadership from Concordia University.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Coming Soon to McHenry County Schools

In August, representatives from McHenry County public and private middle and high schools will have an opportunity to attend a Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training program, thanks to funding by the county’s Mental Health Board. The five-day training will be provided by certified national trainers and facilitated by the Crystal Lake chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), which is committed to partnering with schools to address the mental health needs of area youth.


The YMHFA program is designed to teach adults who regularly interact with young people how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD), and eating disorders. The training will be geared to middle and high school district administrators, special education staff, social workers and psychologists. While the initial focus will be on middle and high schools, the training will eventually expand to include elementary schools.

Meet Peachjar - District 47's New Electronic Flyer System

Whether you are looking for a summer program for your child(ren) or have a program/activity you'd like our families to know about, Peachjar is our new way to connect D47 families with events and activities in the community. Visit our website to learn more!

FINANCIAL UPDATE

The State of Illinois continues to fund education through evidence-based funding, a formula that was put into place by Senate Bill 1 in August 2017. This formula is intended to create equitable school funding across the state. The new funding formula created an adequacy target for each school district by applying research-based elements to unique district demographics, such as percentage of low-income, special education and ELL students. The formula also takes into account a community’s capacity to fund its schools. School districts were placed in one of four tiers scaled by farthest from the adequacy target (Tier 1/greatest need) to at or above the target (Tier 4/least need). Based on the Illinois State Board of Education’s 2019 fiscal year evidence-based funding formula, District 47 is at 75 percent of the adequacy target and falls in the Tier 2 category. As such, the District has received additional funding from the state the past two years to move towards the adequacy target. Additional state funding is prioritized starting with districts in greatest need that fall in the Tier 1 category.


As financial resources are limited, unfunded mandates placed upon school districts by the state continue to be a challenge as is funding ongoing building maintenance and improvement projects along with providing resources to fulfill the District’s mission to “empower all students.” District 47 relies on local taxpayer support. Local property tax support accounted for 76 percent of the District’s budgeted revenue for the 2019 fiscal year. The community is the backbone that supports the District, especially during continued financial uncertainty at the state level. The most current tax levy (2018), which will be collected in calendar year 2019, reflects a tax rate decrease of $0.31, which is due to the District making the last payment on two bonds. Any current debt is structured to be paid from the operating funds and will not be included as a debt service tax levy.


The District is in the third year of continued work to complete capital projects across all facilities as part of a five-year plan. In the summer of 2019, the District will begin a large renovation project at Coventry Elementary ($18.4 million budgeted) that will take one year to complete. Debt certificates have been previously sold to help in the financing with this project as well as a second phase of debt certificates to be sold in the summer of 2019.


For additional financial information, such as budget and annual financial statements, visit the District 47 website at www.d47.org.

OPERATIONS UPDATE

In addition to the renovation work beginning at Coventry Elementary School over the summer, the District will continue to enhance the learning environment at many D47 schools through Health/Life Safety projects and other facility improvements, including:

  • Relocating, replacing and adding interior doors

  • Tuckpointing and painting

  • Plumbing improvements

  • Flooring replacements

  • Main entry security enhancements with intercom / buzzer system


The budget for the summer projects listed above (excluding Coventry) is approximately $3 million.

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