November 19th, 2021

Voice Recognition

November 19th, 2021

November 19, 2021

Dear District 57 Families,

We had the opportunity to honor some special people at last night’s School Board meeting. We recognized Lincoln’s 2021 Cross Country team, which had an amazing season. The girls placed 22nd at the State meet, and the boys placed 16th. All of the runners worked hard all season long and had a lot to show for it. We’re so proud of them and thankful to Coaches Steve Shaffer and Kelly Bailey for their guidance and leadership! We also surprised our School Board members with a special thank you from several Lincoln Middle School students. Monday was School Board Members Day, so we took advantage of this opportunity to recognize our Board members’ leadership and service on behalf of our District. We are thankful for the many hours they volunteer and for their dedication!

We also had the following actions and updates at the Board meeting:

Finance/Tax Levy
Jason Kaiz, assistant superintendent of finance and operations, presented the 2021 Tax Levy which included an increase of 6.50 percent of capped funds from 2020, and the Board voted to adopt it. The levy is the amount of real estate taxes that a taxing body requests; the amount that is ultimately approved to be given to us is always less than the levy. Mr. Kaiz gave an informative presentation explaining the Tax Levy process; you can find his slides at this link.

Summer 2021 Capital Improvements
Mr. Kaiz also updated the Board on the building projects planned to undertake next summer. This summer, we have a lot of little projects being done in the different buildings.  These projects are taken from the Master Facilities Plan, which prioritizes our most urgent building maintenance. After working with the architects and finalizing some of the projects, the estimated cost has been reduced from the original $3M to just under $2M.  Last night, the Board approved a bid for purchasing a new chiller for Fairview. The rest of the summer 2021 bid packages will be presented to the Board in January. But due to anticipated extended delivery times, the District brought the chiller bid to the Board’s attention earlier than the others.

Vaccination Clinic
We have been pleased with the response to the vaccination clinic that will be held at Westbrook, in partnership with Jewel-Osco, on Nov. 22 and Dec. 13. Over 170 children have appointments to be vaccinated on those days. Families who want to make an appointment for their children can find the link and more information about the events by reading my November 10 Superintendent’s Message. This Superintendent’s Message also includes information for families who have appointments about what to bring with you and includes some guidance about reducing anxiety that children might be feeling. Families who have registered for a first dose appointment will receive an email from Jewel-Osco with a link to schedule a second dose appointment within 24 hours of the first appointment.

Free Lunches
Our free lunch (Seamless Summer Option) program is off to a good start in all four schools. Remember that this is a federal government program and is open to ALL students. For Fairview, Lions Park, and Westbrook, order deadlines for the following week are Wednesdays at noon. Lincoln students do not need to pre-order. Breakfast is also available at Lincoln, and those students no longer need to pre-order; they simply go to the cafeteria between 7:30 and 7:45. We have emailed detailed information and order forms to parents/guardians.
We’re off school all of next week for Thanksgiving break. We’ve had a busy and productive start to the school year, and students, families, and staff have earned the week off! I hope you are able to relax and enjoy some time with family. In this time of expressing gratitude, I want you to know that I am grateful for this community, for the privilege of leading this District, and for the welcome you have given me as your new superintendent. Happy Thanksgiving!
In the spirit of education,

Dr. Mary Gorr
Superintendent of Schools
Mount Prospect District 57
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