We’re moving forward in District 111. It’s been another busy summer full of renovation and building projects. We celebrated the groundbreaking for the Liberty Addition Project on April 17 and things began to move quickly right after the last day of school. The front office and the restrooms in the old portion of the building have been demolished and work has been done in the area that will be the temporary office suite for the 2019-20 school year. Outside, the parking lot and retention areas are under construction behind the fencing and temporary parking will be designated around the building. There’s a lot going on at Liberty, which will require some new procedures for arrival and dismissal, but it will all be worth it in the end. Meanwhile, the safety of our students and staff is of great importance and will always be a top priority during this process. You can read more about the Liberty Addition Project on page 2 of the Back to School Newsletter.
In other building news, we built a KaBOOM! playground at Byrd School. It was wonderful to see the community come together with the support of our funding partner, the CarMax Foundation, and through the coordination of KaBOOM!. More information and pictures from the day can be found on page 3 of the newsletter.
Additionally, Maddock School had a roof replacement and interior painting. Lighting upgrades are taking place a Kennedy and McCord Schools and sealcoating will be done at Fry School. Our technology department has been busy working on student devices, PowerSchool updates, archiving, security cameras, and single sign-on for the numerous educational programs used across the district.
At the district office we are continuing the transition with E-finance for business and human resources, in conjunction with the Stickney Township Treasurer’s Office, Reavis High School and Sahs School. This transition will allow the district to have more accurate reporting for auditing purposes as well as State and Federal mandates. The majority of our past student files and personnel records have been scanned and archived, which will eliminate excess storage and make archived documents easier to find.
The curriculum and student services departments have been working together to create and implement a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) handbook for general and special education teachers district-wide. 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. The middle school science team reviewed several curriculum options and ultimately selected Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Science Dimensions, which will be implemented in the fall for grades 7-8, and the following year for 6th grade when they join Liberty.
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 Night, which will be held August 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm for all elementary schools. Liberty Junior High will host their Back to School Night on August 13 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 August 17, which will be held at Burbank School this year. It is a family friendly event and a great way to celebrate the new school year. As always, great things are happening in District 111!
Dr. Franzy Fleck