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News from August 17th Board of Education Meeting

News from August 17th Board of Education Meeting

The District 64 Board of Education held a regular meeting on Thursday, August 17th, at the Jefferson Early Childhood Center. 


Entry Plan Update from Superintendent Dr. Ben Collins

Dr. Ben Collins opened the meeting with an explanation of his D64 Superintendent Entry Plan. This plan includes four goals to guide his transition into the District:

  1. Build strong foundational relationships and norms with the School Board and district office staff
  2. Cultivate a strong understanding of staff working environments and student impressions of learning
  3. Engage community members and audit current systems of communications
  4. Establish clear objectives for continuing to improve and execute the Strategic Plan 2026

Approval of Emerson School Assistant Principal

Motion Approved

The District 64 Board of Education voted to appoint Paul Csongradi as the new Assistant Principal at Emerson Middle School, effective July 31st. 

It's a homecoming for Csongradi, who is already familiar with D64 and Emerson. He was a 7th/8th-grade science/social studies teacher at Emerson for five years. Most recently, Csongradi has worked as the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs and Activities at Saint Patrick High School in Chicago. 

You can read more about Mr. Csongradi here


Approval of Roosevelt School Assistant Principal

Motion Approved

The District 64 Board of Education voted to appoint Jacquelyn Peters as the new Assistant Principal at Roosevelt Elementary School, effective July 31st. 

Mrs. Peters has taught first and second grade at Willard Elementary in River Forest District 90 for the past ten years. “One of the things that was a strength of hers throughout the entire process was her commitment to curriculum and modeling for other teachers,” stated Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Joel Martin.  “She is somebody who is willing to lead training for co-grade level teachers and teachers within her building.”

You can learn more about Mrs. Peters by watching this introductory video


Adoption of Resolution #1316 Authorizing the Sale of Real Property

Motion Approved - authorizing the sale of real property for the price of $230,000, with earnest money 10% down. 

This resolution is for the vacant land at 820 Rowe Ave, Park Ridge. The area is a parcel of land that was connected to the former Oakton School, and this parcel of land was kept and maintained by the District. 

The next steps in the process include: a notice will be published in the newspaper for three consecutive
weeks regarding the sealed bid process. A pre-bid meeting of all interested bidders will be held
on September 19, 2023. All bids will be open on October 5, 2023. Finally, per statute, the
successful bidder's contract will be approved at the October 19, 2023, Board meeting to satisfy
the 60-day required timeline.

Adoption of Resolution #1317 Approval of 2023-2024 Tentative Budget & Establishment of
Public Hearing Date

Motion Approved

You can watch Chief School Business Official Dr. Adam Parisi’s presentation to the Board by clicking here.
The public hearing on the budget will take place on September 21st, 2023. You can find more information on the 2023-2024 Tentative Budget on our website


Approval of Recommended Personnel Report

Motion Approved


Discussion on Board Meeting Dates for 2023-24

Motion Approved

The District 64 Board of Education approved a change with the February Board meeting. The regular Board meeting will now be held on Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, instead of the original date of February 15th. 

Together We Discover, Learn, Grow & Care

At D64, our mission is to foster opportunities for discovery, engagement, and growth for all students. We accomplish this by nurturing interdependence, appreciation of differences, and care for self and others.

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