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Superintendent's Message

Dr. Elaine Aumiller

A Message from Your Superintendent

October 4, 2018

The School Board has passed a balanced 2018-19 budget with a surplus of approximately $2.5 million this year, which will be used to maintain staffing and programs, as outlined during the referendum campaign. We’ve also set aside $4 million for 2019 to address deferred maintenance and overcrowding in the schools. The District dealt with inadequate funding for years and was repeatedly forced to limit repairs and safety/security upgrades, so there are now many issues that must be addressed. We are in the process of determining which ones are highest priority. We’re developing a prioritized list of recommended projects for next summer, using the longstanding Master Facility Plan as a guide. We will present our recommendations to the School Board at its meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18 (7 p.m., Fairview). In the meantime, we hope to get some input from the public at the Community Forum next Thursday, Oct. 11. Please join us at 7 p.m. at Westbrook for this conversation about the District’s finances and the allocation of referendum tax dollars.

At the Community Forum, we will also talk about enrollment projections and how they figure into our long-term planning. I presented our enrollment study at the Board meeting last week. Here are a few highlights:

=         There has been a steady five-year enrollment increase that should stabilize next year. But we expect to see an overall increase of approximately 93 students by 2023.
=         Fairview reached capacity last year and this year with 23 sections and is expected to do the same next year, with class ranges of 21-24 students. We do not think it’s wise to count on a leveling of enrollment, as we often see unexpected and last-minute increases. That’s why we’ll likely ask the Board to approve construction that would increase classroom space.
=         Lions Park enrollment for next year is expected to require 21 sections with ranges of 23-25 students. The school has capacity for 23 sections.
=         Lincoln will continue to be very full but should have adequate space for the next three years. Beyond that, projections indicate serious space issues, with enrollments exceeding 800. To accommodate the growth, doubling up of classrooms may be required.

There is a lot of new housing development planned for Mount Prospect in the coming years, which could mean even more District 57 students. We have been in close communication with the Village and also have been talking to other towns that have experienced similar growth. These conversations will help us prepare and plan as our community continues to change, and we will share more information as it’s available.

There are potential challenges in our future. But we are fortunate to now have the resources that enable a balanced budget and give us the ability to better prepare our buildings. Thank you for supporting these efforts. I hope to see you at the Community Forum and hear any thoughts you have about our next steps.

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

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701 W. Gregory
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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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