Superintendent Community Relations Council

Inaugural Meeting - September 15, 2015

Dr. Laurie Heinz (right) welcomed 19 members of the new Council for its inaugural meeting. Read more details

Second Meeting - January 12, 2016

Dr. Heinz was joined by Chief School Business Official Luann Kolstad and Director of Facility Management Ron DeGeorge for an in-depth focus on Strategic Plan objectives related to facilities and finance. They reviewed the District's Master Facilities Plan and 10-year Health Life Safety study, and studied architectural drawings of some of the construction projects proposed for 2016. They also learned about the District's finances, including the budget, fund balance policy and long-range financial projections. Finally, members previewed a draft of the 2015 Financial Report with Public Information Coordinator Bernadette Tramm.

Third Meeting - April 12, 2016

Dr. Heinz was joined by Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Lori Lopez and Director of Innovation and Instructional Technology Mary Jane Warden for an in-depth focus on student learning and use of technology to support the 4 C's (Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Communication). They also reviewed how District 64 measures our success and reviewed the ways we share data about our results. Finally, members previewed a new online forum, called Thoughtexchange, as a means to create a dialogue about satisfaction with families, staff and community members.

2015-16 Call for Members

**News release is available here**

Call for Applicants from Dr. Laurie Heinz, Superintendent

Ensuring that stakeholders in the Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 community have a clear understanding of what the District is striving to accomplish while also ensuring the District is aware of the thoughts and desires within the larger community is a priority to me.  Therefore, I am forming a Superintendent Community Relations Council that will open lines of communication and develop liaisons between District 64 and the larger Park Ridge-Niles community.

Interested District 64 residents should complete the attached application to be considered for membership on the Community Relations Council. I will strive to assemble a diverse council that provides a balance of stakeholder voices from throughout the school community. The primary goal of the SCRC will be to increase two-way communication flowing from stakeholder groups to the Superintendent of Schools and vice versa.

The council will be composed of approximately 20 members representing a cross-section of District residents. The council will share their external perspectives on District 64’s strategic objectives/areas of focus, finances, educational as well as demographic trends and on other critical school-related issues. Members will act as communication ambassadors to increase the community’s understanding of District 64 and to provide the Superintendent with feedback about how the District is meeting the expectations of the community.

The group will meet three times a year with the kick-off meeting taking place on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The remaining meetings will be held on Tuesday, January 12 and Tuesday, April 12, 2016 also from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Members will serve for up to a period of two years and must demonstrate willingness to openly communicate, work toward positive outcomes, and have the best interests of both District 64 and the larger community at the center of their volunteerism.

Applications of interest should be submitted on or before Monday, August 24. Electronic copies are preferred, but they can be mailed as long as they arrive on or before the deadline.

I thank you for your interest in District 64 and look forward to forging stronger relationships and open lines of communication within the community.

Dr. Laurie Heinz,
Superintendent of Schools