High School District 214
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Buffalo Grove High School pool receives LEED Silver Certification


The Natatorium at Buffalo Grove High School, a 29,000 square-foot facility that houses gym classes and sports activities, recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for its energy and environmental design.


LEED officials thanked the District for recognizing the importance of investing in green infrastructure and healthier places for students to learn in.


They also presented Ted Birren, the District's director of operations, and the Board of Education with the award at Thursday's board meeting. This is the District's first LEED facility.


Through a drive for sustainability, the District designed and incorporated environmental-friendly features throughout the interior and exterior of the facility, including vinyl enhanced tile (VET) flooring that requires less maintenance, light-emmiting diode (LED) lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures and native species that reduce water usage and storm water run-off.


Legislative and Financial Update

As part of his report, Superintendent David Schuler updated the Board on financial and legislative actions that will impact the District's budget.

The District will receive fewer funds from the state than had been promised, but administrators anticipated that in the budgeting process. As the District continues to plan next year's budget, Schuler noted that administrators will take into account any legislative actions. Under Senate
Bill 1, a proposal to redistribute funding among schools in the state, District 214 could lose $7.6 million annually.


Board recognizes student achievements


At its Thursday meeting, the Board of Education honored students who have received state recognition. View photos of the recognized students here.


Honored students were:
Georgette Voss, Buffalo Grove High School
After finishing 5th last year, Georgette, a senior, returned to finish her high school career as a State Champion in the Dramatic Interpretation category at the IHSA State Speech competition. In March, she qualified her state championship speech to the National Forensics League tournament in Dallas, Texas.
Jack Marshall and Karthik Ravi,  
John Hersey High School
Last year, Jack and Karthik finished second in the Business Law & Ethics category at the DECA Business Club state competition, and qualified for the finals of the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta. Now seniors, they followed up by winning the state championship and again qualifying for the international conference.
Elizabeth Niersbach and Halley Lyon,  
John Hersey High School
Seniors Elizabeth Niersbach and Halle Lyon earned back-to-back state championships in their DECA Business Club event, Travel & Tourism - something no other District 214 students have done before. They are also the first to ever make a podium finish at the International Career Development Conference, finishing third in the nation
last year.
Ethan Bowers, John Hersey High School
Only a freshman, Ethan Bowers won All-State Honors at the IHSA Debate Finals. The medal was Ethan's first varsity award in his rookie season.  The IHSA All-State team is selected from the top ten scores in the three preliminary rounds, and Ethan's 4.56 speech average bested more than 180 other competitors.
Karthik Ravi, John Hersey High School
Illinois Congressional Debate Association All-State is one of the most coveted debate awards, because it is based on total performance over the entire season. More than 500 students compete in the ICDA circuit, and Karthik earned a spot among the seven best in the league.
He is only the fourth Hersey student to have qualified for this award.
Alexandra Daggett, Wheeling High School
Alexandra, a senior, was selected to the IHSA All-State Team at the IHSA Debate Tournament in Springfield. Over the course of two days, Alexandra spoke on 10 different issues, and was named among the top 10 debaters from
a field of more than 200 students. She also won the tournament's Best Legislation award.
Anna Markiewicz and Bruno Salgado,  
Wheeling High School
Wheeling High School senior Anna Markiewicz's choreographed duet was selected from dances across the state to be performed at the Illinois High School Dance Festival. This year marked the first time that Anna worked with Bruno Selgado, a freshman, choreographing the duet for the two of them to perform together.
Prospect High School's "The Underground"
The Underground, also known as "The U," has created
a positive student culture at Prospect High School that was recognized as the inaugural IHSA Student Section Showdown State Champion. These students have reinvented the phrase "school spirit" for the 21st century through multiple projects, including a fundraiser that collected more than $11,000 for the Breast Cancer Center at Northwest Community Hospital.

Senior leaders include: Kyle Beyak, Alex Blethen,
Beth Clifford, Kyle Formanski, Sam Garcia, Eryk Krzyzak, Katie Olson and Greg Suarez.
Kelly Johnston, Rolling Meadows High School
Kelly, a junior, was named the 2015 State Beam Champion in gymnastics - a title that follows state qualifications in 2013 and 2014 in which she fell just short of making finals. Her coaches say Kelly sees the big picture when it comes to being a champion: she knows
it's not about winning or losing, but rather thriving on challenges, mental toughness at the end of the race, drive, focus and determination.
Jacob Barson, Rolling Meadows High School
Jacob, a senior, was one of the top 39 breaststroke swimmers in the state to achieve the qualifying time standard for the IHSA State Swim Meet. He then finished 5th in the state, the highest finish for Rolling Meadows High School since 1991, and was voted co-swimmer
of the year by MSL coaches.
Rolling Meadows High School Orchesis
In February, Orchesis groups from across the state auditioned for the chance to perform at the Illinois
High School Dance Festival. The festival's Student Choreography Showcase is the greatest honor that Illinois offers for student choreographers. In the 37 years the Festival has been in existence, Rolling Meadows Orchesis has been selected to perform 36 times. The group will be back this year.

Members include:
Nicole Anderson, Emma Corradi, Samantha DeRango, Daniel Gonzalez, Ola Kierzkowska, Sandra Ladzik, Michelle Matuszek, Ramona Mihaylova, Rachel Mullany, Robyn Oas, Robin Olson, Alyssa Tornabene, Laura Volkman, Erin Warskow and Amanda Wilt.
Rolling Meadows High School Winter Color Guard
On February 14, Rolling Meadows High School Winter Color Guard squads competed in the TeamDance Illinois State Category Championships at Northern Illinois University. The Varsity squad came in 3rd place for Lyrical Flag and 4th place for Open Flag for their performances
of "The Story of My Life" and "All of Me."

Members include:
Amanda Abraham, Ida Ajroja, Erin Crain,
Melisa Featherstone, Karen Hemm, Sarah McMahon, Brian Mestizo, Sarah Myers, Estevan Rodriguez,
Ella Schindler, Danielle Sioui and Emma Werle.
About High School District 214
We are the second largest high school district in Illinois, serving
more than 12,000 students from eight communities. Our nationally recognized district includes six comprehensive high schools and four alternative programs, offering more than 600 academic courses and 140 co-curricular opportunities.

Tuesday April 21, 2015 

After the Gavel

The Board named Brian Lichtenberger as the new Employee Relations Supervisor, effective July 1.

The Board appointed
Nick Mazza to the role of District Technology Services Supervisor-Systems,
effective March 30.

The Board also approved
a membership renewal with
the Illinois High School Association, a resolution authorizing procurement cards and bids for several supply items, including physical education t-shirts and floor care products.
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