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SCHOOLOOK

District 34 Glenview Illinois

VOLUME 43, NUMBER 1 SEPTEMBER, 2004

Free Parents in Partnership Seminar Offers Practical Parenting Tips

Many would argue the toughest job in the world is being a parent. The job is made even tougher because every child is different and they don't come with a manual or guidebook. District 34 is trying to help bridge that gap by providing practical assistance and advice for everyday parenting through a program titled Parents in Partnership.

grade. These sessions will be the three breakout times. More than led by educational and ten sessions will be provided during parenting experts from Glenview and each of the three breakout time slots. Chicago. Some of the planned sessions Free childcare is available for chilinclude childhood depression, child dren under three-years old. The childmisbehavior, tips for parenting 3­4 care is provided through Wesley Child year olds, preparing students for Care. Pre-registration is required and high school, the challenges of faforms will be available at each school therhood, substance abuse and and the District 34 office. Additionally health issues such as obesity. The goal forms will be posted on the District's is to offer practical assistance and adwebsite at www.glenview34.org. vice for everyday parenting that will The event is made possible through help children develop into happy, rethe generous donations of local busispectful, and responsible teens and nesses and the PTAs. Local business adults. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. sponsors include: Glenview State with a free continental breakfast. At Bank, ERA Doetsch Realty, Jennings 9 a.m. the District's new superintenChevrolet, Jewel, Cookies in Bloom, dent, Dr. Gerald Hill, will provide the Viccino's, Food Stuffs, Caribou Coffee, keynote address. The breakout session Einstein Bros. Bagels, Dominick's on times are 9:45 a.m.­ Patriot, Georgia Nut PARENTS IN PARTNERSHIP 10:30 a.m., 10:45 Co., Sweet Tomatoes Free Parent University Event a.m.­11:30 a.m., and and Krispy Kreme. November 13, 2004 11:45 a.m.­12:30 p.m. 8:30 A.M. Parents choose the Attea Middle School sessions they want to Breakfast and Refreshments Provided attend during each of

A student hugs his dad on the first day of school.

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he 7th annual event will be held at 8:30 a.m. on November 13 at Attea Middle School, 2500 Chestnut Avenue. Free to all Glenview residents, Parents in Partnership offers a series of educational seminars to help parents become better at the difficult job of parenting. The free conference will feature more than 20 seminars offering advice in a wide range of the topics for parents of children ages birth through 8th

Budget for 2004­05 Anticipates Deficit Spending

The Board of Education recently approved a preliminary budget for the 2004­05 fiscal year. Overall, the theme stayed consistent with what we have been reporting in the past: revenues are growing at a slow rate due to tax caps and expenditures are outpacing revenues as we try to stay competitive with salaries and provide our teachers and students the necessary tools to teach and learn.

tax year and has averaged 2.4% for the past five years. The budget calls for increases in expenditures of 5.3% when compared to actuals and 4.4% compared to budget. The District has instituted a 2% budget increase in the school's discretionary budgets (which is mainly used for materials and supplies). Factors driving that increase in expenditures include: Seven additional teachers will be added to accommodate growing enrollments, especially at the primary level. Medical insurance costs increased by nearly 6% (which is much less than the national average) Special education services went up nearly 16% and special education tuition increased by more than 9%. Salaries across the District increased approximately 4%. The total expenditure budget is $46.9 million and the education fund is $35.2 million. Under the current Board policy for using reserve funds, it is anticipated that deficit spending can continue for approximately two years. After that time, the District will need to either ask the community for additional funding or make difficult decisions about programming and staffing.

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he budget calls for the the District received a higher than District to spend $1.75 typical spring tax receipt. million more than exIt is estimated that 85% of districts pected revenues in the across the state are deficit spending. Education Fund. As Districts across the state ask resiThe Education Fund is one of eight dents for tax rate increases in record funds that make up the total budnumbers to make get. It includes all budget items up that difference, that directly relate to the educa- District 34 will District 34 will balance its budget tion of students. Examples inbalance its budget clude special education, profesin the short term in the short term sional development, teacher, adby using the reby using the ministrator and support staff serves the Board reserves the Board has built up. The salaries as well as books and has built up. supplies. Overall, the District is Board recently projected to spend just under changed its policy $3.2 million more than revenues to allow the fund this fiscal year. balance minimum to fall to 30%. The District projected last year that The District is facing financial conduring the 2003­04 fiscal year (which straints because of several factors, ended June 30) it would move into defiforemost of which is that the District's cit spending. However, that did not ocproperty tax revenue increases are cur as the budget was under spent and capped by state law to the inflation rate. That rate is 1.9% for the 2004

GPA and District Agree to First Ever Contract

The District 34 Board of Education and the Glenview Professionals Association (GPA) recently established and ratified the first contract between the two groups.

and food service employees. Bargaining team members indicated the bargaining process was amiable and helped establish a clearer understanding between the two groups.

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he two-year agreement includes a 4.0% raise each year for the members represented by the GPA, maintains insurance benefits, increases retirement ben-

efits and outlines working conditions. The GPA represents non-certified staff including administrative assistants, maintenance/custodians, educational associates, health coordinators

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Dr. Hill Begins His Tenure

Dr. Gerald Hill started his work as the District's new superintendent on July 1.

Citizens may participate in the Board member election process by becoming involved in the District 34 Caucus. Every two years the caucus selects and supports candidates for the Board of Education. Delegates and alternates from each voting precinct are elected prior to an election. If you wish to become involved, please contact Michelle Cutler at 724-4102. The next Board of Education election is in April of 2005.

CHALK TALK

Caucus Looking for Members to Identify Slate for Board of Education Election

Students, Students and More Students

r. Hill spent the past eight years as the superintendent of Tinley Park School District 146 and follows Dr. Dorothy Weber, who retired at the end of the past school year. Dr. Hill has spent the past couple of months learning about the District and meeting administrators, teachers and staff members. "I have been extremely impressed with the talent and dedication of the staff in the District," Dr. Hill says. "I believe that our most important resource is people and I have inherited an impressive group." He has also spent time meeting with community members since arriving. Any community groups interested in inviting Dr. Hill to speak to their organization, please contact Brett Clark, Director of Community Relations and Grants, at 847-486-7861. Mike Anderson, a 7th grade student at Attea Middle School, was the winner of our contest during the Glenview Street Sale this summer. Mike was the closest person to guess the number of students new Superintendent Dr. Gerald Hill has taught or supervised during his more than 30-year career in education. Mike guessed 46,000 and the correct number was 46,941. He won a free lunch with the Superintendent.

Upcoming Board Meetings

Board of Education meetings are open to the public and the Board welcomes members of the community to attend. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Upcoming meeting dates include: Monday, October 18; Monday, November 1 (7 p.m. start); and Monday, November 15.

Enrollment Continues to Grow

The District's enrollment continues to increase as the total number of students reached the 4,075 level as of September 13. This is up from last fall's enrollment, which was 3,981. In just 10 years the District had grown by nearly 600 students.

Look Who's Turning 50: Springman Middle School

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istory was made when Springman Middle School students arrived for school this year on September 7. That date marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of Springman Middle School (formerly titled Glenview Junior High) in 1954. The day served as the kickoff for a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary. The events will culminate on May 6 when the school will host a celebration that the entire community, specifically former students, teachers and staff, are invited to attend.

It is estimated that 20,000 students have graduated from Springman Middle School since it opened its doors in 1954. The school is named for former Glenview School District 34 Superintendent John Springman, superintendent from 1948­1970. In June of 1985, the school was one of just two schools in Illinois to win the national "Presidential Award of Excellence in Education."

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Our Mission

In The Superintendent's Corner

t is with great pride, honor and a sense of excitement and challenge that I write this first message as the new superintendent of Glenview Public School District 34. I am proud to be joining a high quality school district, it is an honor to follow an outstanding leader like Dr. Dorothy Weber, and I am looking forward to the exciting challenges that are present as we seek to improve learning opportunities for all children. I especially look forward to working with a dedicated school board, a caring staff, and supportive parents and community members. In my more than 30-year career in education, I have been guided by a few basic values and beliefs. First, I believe that all people have worth and dignity, particularly children. As such, I expect that we treat each other respectfully as we engage in the challenges of teaching and learning. Second, since people are our greatest resource, I value the contributions that all stakeholders make to our success with children. The Glenview Public Schools have a rich tradition of people working collaboratively to

The Glenview Public Schools, in collaboration with the parents and community, shall empower children to be responsible learners and decision makers in a changing society.

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create optimum learning conditions for students. I look forward to engaging in this team approach to fulfilling our mission. I also believe that for a superintendent to be most effective, he/ she should become involved in community life. Toward that end, my wife, Cindy, and I will be relocating to Glenview later this fall. We both look forward to experiencing the quality of life offered by this community. Living in Glenview will give me greater insight into the goals, expectations, and aspirations of the community. We also look forward to meeting and getting to know the many people who make Glenview a vibrant community. Finally, I would like to extend an invitation to each of you to become or remain involved in our work with children. Whether that involvement is through the PTA, the Local School Councils, the Glenview Education Foundation, or as a volunteer, your time and contributions are highly valued. I look forward to meeting you and working with you as we ensure that in District 34 "Every Child is a Winner."

Board of Education

Julie O. Quinn Sue Ellen Bohac Galligan

Board President 847-729-2659

Elizabeth I. Dinsmore

847-998-8443

Beth Primer

847-724-1137

Timothy D. Tishler

Board Vice President 847-724-8233

Scott Britton

847-724-0349

John M. Travis

847-832-1305

847-729-6349

Administrative Team

Dr. Gerald D. Hill Bob Vincenti

Superintendent of Schools 847-998-5005

Philip A. Collins

Executive Director of Business Services 847-998-5008

Brett Clark

Assistant Superintendent 847-998-5006

Kathleen Hart

Executive Director of Student Services 847-998-5018

Marilyn Miller

Director of Community Relations and Grants 847-486-7861

Brian Engle

Executive Director of Human Resources 847-998-5017

John O'Connor

Director of Educational Technology 847-486-7855

Kim Radzinski

Director of Food Services 847-486-7711

Connie Rymsza

Executive Director of Facilities 847-998-5011

Director of Transportation 847-998-5064

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POSTAL PATRON

Schoolook (USPS 090370) is published six times per year for citizens residing in the School District by Community Consolidated School District 34, 1401 Greenwood Road, Glenview, IL 60026-1599. Periodical postage paid at Glenview, IL Postmaster. Send address changes to: SCHOOLOOK, 1401 Greenwood Road, Glenview, IL 60026-1599.

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Volume 43 · Number 1 September, 2004

BOARD OF EDUCATION Scott R. Britton Elizabeth I. Dinsmore Sue Ellen Bohac Galligan Beth Primer Julie O. Quinn Timothy D. Tishler John M. Travis

Dr. Gerald D. Hill, Superintendent Brett Clark, Editor Terry Sinnott, Photos & Design

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