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 14, 2018
 
Welcome back to school, District 57 families! There are 2,227 students walking through the doors of Westbrook, Fairview, Lions Park and Lincoln this week. We’re so happy to see them, and we’re looking forward to a wonderful year. I extend a warm welcome to the new families joining District 57, as well as our new staff members. You will find that we value the strong partnerships we have with parents, a crucial part of every child’s success in school. I have a few updates to share as the year gets underway:

=         Last week, we added a fifth-grade section at Lions Park, to reduce class sizes. In addition, we added two classroom aides to Fairview fifth grade so there would be extra teacher support and greater parity with Lions Park. One goal of the tax referendum that passed last spring was to preserve class sizes as much as possible, and we feel these changes help accomplish that. It’s also imperative that Administration and the School Board are responsible stewards of District resources and adhere to our budget and staffing plan. It can be challenging to reconcile these priorities, especially with enrollment on the rise. That’s why the Board plans to discuss updating its policy language and guidelines on sectioning and class sizes at the Board meeting on Thursday, Aug. 23 (7 p.m., Fairview). This will help our constituents better understand how the process works and what to expect. Community members are welcome to attend Board meetings, and there are opportunities for public comments.

=         The maintenance projects planned for the summer were completed successfully, including replacing Fairview’s nearly 25-year-old sprinkler system (the Lions Park system will be replaced next summer) and replacing several of the schools’ outdated exterior doors for added security. At Lincoln, we installed a chiller that provides air conditioning, to replace aging equipment that began to fail during the final days of last school year. While it’s unfortunate to have to undertake an emergency project, the District had planned for this need. The new system has the added benefit of improved energy efficiency.

=         Local schools will have increased police presence throughout the year, as part of a new Mount Prospect Police Department initiative. Officers will periodically walk around the exterior and interior of the buildings as they monitor security and familiarize themselves with the layouts to better prepare for any emergency situation. We already enjoy a strong partnership with the department, and officers are involved in our security drills. We expect this new initiative to further strengthen our relationship.

Communicating with our District 57 community is one of my top priorities. You will occasionally receive Superintendent’s Messages like this one and our District newsletter. Also check www.d57.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for frequent updates. And, of course, be sure to read all communications from your child’s teacher and school. See this document that outlines the many ways District 57 will make sure you’re well informed.


Thank you for all you’ve done to prepare your child for the new school year. Thanks also to our staff members for their hard work leading up to this exciting week. We’re off to a great start! 

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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mount prospect school district 57
701 w. gregory
mount prospect, il 60056
phone:  847-394-7300
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