Over the course of the year, District 97 has sought to better understand the perspectives, needs and concerns of its key stakeholders as part of its efforts to develop a shared vision for its schools and the children they serve. This included holding a series of community conversations in April during which students, faculty, staff, parents/guardians and community members had the chance to play an active role in the district’s vision planning process.
The Superintendent’s Advisory Panel—a 33-member group representing a cross section of the district’s stakeholders—used the information collected during those conversations to develop a comprehensive planning document. This document will ultimately be sent to the Board of Education, which will use it as the foundation for establishing goals and creating action plans for the next two years.
The district will be posting the planning document online on June 10 so that people have the opportunity to review it and offer their feedback. In addition, Superintendent Carol Kelley will be hosting another series of community conversations that will serve as the next phase of district’s vision planning process. Below are the dates, times and locations for those sessions.
• Wednesday, June 15 from 6 p.m. to 7:30pm (Holmes School Auditorium, 508 N. Kenilworth Ave.)
• Wednesday, June 15 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Fellowship Christian Church, 1106 Madison St.)
• Thursday, June 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Holmes School Auditorium, 508 N. Kenilworth Ave.)
*** All sessions will include light refreshments and childcare ***
Dr. Kelley will also be holding two special sessions for the district’s middle school students. Those sessions will take place on Wednesday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. in the media center at Brooks Middle School (325 S. Kenilworth). Light refreshments will be served.
Our community always has and always will play a vital and valuable role in setting the course for educating our children. By attending one of these conversations or providing your feedback online, you can help ensure that this course leads to a better and brighter future for all of us.