A Message from Your Superintendent
August 26th, 2019
A Message from Your Superintendent
This week we welcomed approximately 2,230 students back to school. That number will grow slightly next Tuesday when Circle of Friends preschool begins. We’re off to a great start! I welcome families who are returning as well as those new to District 57. I hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready for an exciting school year. I have some important updates to share with you as we kick off the new year:
New Roles and New Faces
A few administrative changes took effect over the summer. Dr. Mary Gorr, former Westbrook principal, is now assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. She has hit the ground running, and you’ll be hearing more about her exciting plans for curriculum and other areas. Kristin Vonder Haar, former Westbrook assistant principal, has replaced Mary as principal, and Karl Andersen, former Fairview fifth-grade teacher, has replaced Kristin as assistant principal. These three are exceptional educational leaders and have already made valuable contributions along with our other talented administrators. We also have approximately 20 new staff members in the schools – please join me in welcoming them!
Improvements in the Buildings
As you know, it was a big summer of change for District 57, as we completed a major addition to Fairview. Fairview is now better equipped to accommodate its expanding enrollment, with four new, modern classrooms (being used by fifth grade), an expanded multipurpose room and added storage (check our website for the video tours conducted by Adam Parisi). The project was completed slightly under budget and just before the start of school. Some construction fencing remains to protect the new sod, but it will be gone soon. In addition, at Lions Park, we replaced the outdated fire sprinkler system and rebuilt the crumbling courtyard. At Lincoln, we rebuilt the service delivery ramp and parts of the north wall to stop flooding, and we replaced ducts for the HVAC system and repaired rotted wood and aluminum windowsills. At Westbrook, we added a new bank of swings and expanded the footprint of the playground to serve more students. Thanks to the Westbrook PTO for helping to fund this project. And thanks to our community for supporting our schools and enabling us to make these important expansions and updates that will benefit students for years to come.
Thank you, Bosch!
We recently learned that District 57 will receive another $10,000 grant from Bosch, to support STEAM initiatives that enhance critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. We will use the funds to purchase Chromebooks for the Westbrook LRC and STEAM supplies and books for Fairview and Lions Park. I thank Westbrook’s Cindy Larson and Kim Stortz for applying for the grant, and of course we thank Bosch for its ongoing support of science, technology, engineering, art and math education in our schools.
Staying Connected to the District and the Schools
Be sure to check out our new-and-improved website at www.d57.org and our new free app that you can get at the App Store or on Google Play. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for frequent news, information and photos from the District and schools. Please see the attached page that outlines the many ways we will keep you informed all year. Thank you, as always, for supporting District 57!
Dr. Elaine Aumiller, Superintendent of Schools
District 57 administrators welcome students and their families to the 2019-2020 school year!
Dr. Elaine Aumiller
Superintendent of Schools, Mount Prospect School District 57