School District 57
From the Desk of the Superintendent
Friday, January 20, 2023
Dear District 57 Families,
Our classrooms and offices are back in action and ready for an incredible 2023!
Based on the feedback from the D57 Family Survey on this topic last month, District 57 will plan to hold e-learning days in the event of emergency school closures. Please take a moment to review this inclement weather procedures letter and the D57 Emergency Closing Day Document for Families for information on accessing e-learning and the school day hours in the event of emergency school closures.
School Board Meeting Recap
Below are a few highlights from the remainder of the meeting. You can view the meeting in its entirety here.
What better way to start our first Board meeting of the year than with a few Lincoln Middle School highlights? Coach John Bonadurer presented much-deserved awards to the Lincoln 8th grade girls basketball team for a successful 2022 season capped off by winning the Conference Championship. And Principal Eric Larson highlighted Lincoln’s Musical Fine Arts programs with a special performance by five talented band, choir, and orchestra students.
The Board approved the 2023-2024 School Year Calendar. One new feature for next school year will be a collaboration with District 214 and several neighboring school districts to offer a multi-district professional development day for staff on the Monday after winter break next year.
In spring 2022, District 57 launched the Citizen Finance Advisory Committee (CFAC), a panel of community members whose purpose is to provide our School Board with relevant information so that they can make informed financial decisions for the District. Jason Kaiz, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Operations, alongside CFAC members Ryan Collins, Robert Taylor, and Kelly Morales, presented a mid-year update of the 2022-2023 budget as well as projections for the next 5 years. The CFAC presentation highlighted that the District will hit its target financial goals and is in a good financial position.
Jason Kaiz also presented the summer 2023 site work and building improvement plan. The Board approved the request to upgrade security cameras in all schools, upgrade alarm systems and various security items in all schools, perform roof maintenance on Westbrook, replace Fairview and Lions Park’s water heaters, and route copper piping in Lincoln.
In the spirit of kindness and inclusion, I hope you will join us for a special screening of “The Upstanders,” a film that focuses on the severe emotional and physical consequences of bullying. This one-hour film will be followed by a panel discussion with District 57 mental health professionals. Adults and middle school children are invited to attend. You can reserve your free tickets here. I hope we can pack Lincoln for this event to symbolize our collective commitment to addressing bullying in our District and community.
Thank you for taking the time to stay informed.
In the spirit of education,
Dr. Mary Gorr
Superintendent of Schools
Mount Prospect District 57
Bus Bulletin Notifications
With winter upon us, a reminder to parents of bus riders to sign up for Bus Bulletin in order to receive alerts when there are bus delays. If you have not signed up yet, go to www.busbulletin.com/parents to sign up for this free service. Bus routes can be found on your child's bus pass. Any questions, please reach out to Annette Griffith at 847-394-7300 x1005.