A Message from Your Superintendent
March 22nd, 2019
Good morning, District 57 families. Before we head off for spring break, I have a couple important updates for you:
At their meeting last night, School Board members approved the Preliminary Staffing Plan for FY20. The number of staff members will basically stay the same next school year, other than the addition of two support staff. Class sizes will range from 22 to 27 students per room, which is consistent with the levels we’re accustomed to having. Of course, this could change if we have a lot of additional students enroll over the summer, which would necessitate adding staff. But at this point, we believe staffing levels will remain stable.
One area where we expect to see slight increases in class sizes is Fairview fourth grade. Current enrollment projections indicate we will have four sections of 26 and one section of 27 (these students currently have 25-26 students in their third-grade classes). If we were to add a section for next year, these classes would drop to 20-21 students, which is quite low for our district and not consistent with our policies on sectioning and class sizes. So our plan is to hire support staff to assist in these slightly larger classrooms.
The School Board recently passed a policy that clarifies how we make decisions related to the staffing plan and class sectioning. The policy states that the Board shall establish class size guidelines annually prior to each school year, and then the superintendent shall have broad discretion in grouping students as deemed appropriate, taking the Board guidelines into account. I have developed next year’s staffing plan based on this policy and the Board’s specific guidelines for class sizes. The complete FY20 staffing plan, including comparisons to this year’s plan, is available in the Board packet for last night’s meeting, available at this link.
The Board also has approved the revised school calendar for this year. Due to the emergencies days that were used, the last day of school for students has been moved to Friday, May 31; the last day for staff has been moved to Monday, June 3 – this is assuming that no other emergency days are necessary. We’ve also had to move the date of eighth-grade graduation to Wednesday, May 29. The last day of attendance for eighth graders is Tuesday, May 28.
It’s hard to believe spring break is already here. We return to school on Monday, April 1. April 2 is a non-attendance day for students because it’s Election Day and the schools will be used as polling places. Please be sure to vote in this important local election, in which we will select three School Board members. You can either vote early at Village Hall (find hours at this link) or at your polling place on the second.
Thank you for being involved and engaged in our schools and our District. I hope everyone has a wonderful spring break!
Dr. Elaine Aumiller
Superintendent of Schools, Mount Prospect School District 57