701 W. Gregory Mount Prospect, IL 60056  |  847-394-7300
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Superintendent's Message

Dr. Elaine Aumiller

A Message from Your Superintendent

August 24, 2018

Good morning, District 57 families. I have a quick report from last night’s School Board meeting:

Adam Parisi presented the tentative budget for 2018-2019. The Board will approve the final budget in September. As you know, we are beginning to receive needed funding from the successful referendum, and we’re happy to report that we’re now able to project a balanced budget with a surplus of approximately $3 million. One of our top priorities is addressing deferred maintenance and overcrowding issues in the buildings. This could potentially include adding space at Fairview, which is at capacity. This is just one of the many projects identified and communicated during the referendum campaign and currently under consideration. We’re working to develop a prioritized list of recommended projects for the summer of 2019, using the Master Facility Plan as our guide. We’ll present that list to the Board in October, and we’ll share it with you at that time as well.

You’ll also have an opportunity to learn more about this when the School Board hosts its first Community Forum of the year on Thursday, October 11 (7 p.m., Westbrook). Board members will explain how funds from the referendum will be applied to deferred maintenance and other priorities, and they’ll ask for your input. I hope you can be part of the discussion.

Last night we also talked about establishing Board guidelines regarding class sizes and sectioning. This discussion was the result of the recent decision to add a fifth-grade section at Lions Park and extra support in Fairview fifth grade. We reiterated the need to balance student needs with the District’s financial constraints, and also the importance of maintaining parity between Fairview and Lions Park. After some discussion, Board president Joe Sonnefeldt requested that the Board’s policy committee draft some grade-specific criteria that we in Administration can refer to when making difficult decisions about how many students to place in each class. This will help us explain to community members how and why decisions are made and the many factors that must be considered. We will further communicate the Board’s criteria when they’re available. Stay tuned!

Dr. Elaine Aumiller
Superintendent of Schools, Mount Prospect School District 57
 

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701 w. gregory
mount prospect, il 60056
phone:  847-394-7300
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