High School District 214
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"Board Buzz" Inaugural Edition:
Highlights from the District 214  
Board of Education Meetings 

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Feature Story   


Buffalo Grove Principal  
Carol Burlinski Named Illinois
High School Principal of the Year
Second Year in a Row District 214
Principal Given High Honor

On Thursday, Dr. Schuler announced to the Board of Education that Buffalo Grove principal Carol Burlinski has been named the 2014-2015 Illinois High School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association. This high honor is in recognition of Mrs. Burlinski's outstanding contributions to her students and learning community.


Mrs. Burlinski has been an educator for 39 years. While principal at Buffalo Grove, she led a team responsible for increasing ACT scores and student participation in AP. She oversaw the creation of the school's Literacy Lab, which provides students with additional academic support and is widely used and championed by students and teachers in the building. Mrs. Burlinski will retire at the end of this year, and commented at the Board meeting that this is the "exclamation mark on a wonderful career in education."


This is the second year in a row a District 214 principal has been named Illinois High School Principal of the Year. Former Wheeling High School principal and current Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning  

Dr. Laz Lopez received the honor for 2013-2014. 



District 214 Volunteers Honored


As part of District 214's annual Distinguished Service Awards, 10 individuals were recognized for their commitment to the District's schools and programs. Honorees included parents and local business owners
who have been longtime supporters of our schools.
Our students and staff have benefited from their effective leadership and tireless energy. They have made our
schools better and our District stronger.  


Honorees included:


Zach Mulso

Administration Center  

Zach is service manager at Hoskins Chevrolet and an Elk Grove High School graduate. Hoskins Chevrolet provides positive work experiences and a mentoring program for District 214 special education students. Zach takes his mentoring very seriously and has helped many District 214 students explore potential jobs in the automotive industry.


Carol Kopp
Community Education

Carol volunteers with District 214 Community Education's Read to Learn Adult literacy/volunteer program. Since starting with the program in 2000, she has logged more than 700 tutoring hours at the District's 13 community- wide sites.


Joe and Jennifer McCallister

Buffalo Grove High School

Joe and Jennifer have been an irreplaceable part of the Buffalo Grove choir and band programs. Joe serves as Choral Guild president and the Buffalo Grove Instrumental Association vice president. Jennifer serves as the choral competition and wardrobe coordinator.


Lynn Cirrincione

Elk Grove High School

Lynn is an outstanding ambassador for the athletic programs at Elk Grove High School. As president of the Grenadier Athletic Boosters, she has reorganized the
club's structure, organized fundraising events and sold
spirit wear at countless events to raise money for the
school and promote Booster membership.


Kelly Loomis

John Hersey High School

Kelly has volunteered with several groups at John Hersey High School. Most notably, she has been an officer for the Post Prom Committee, working extremely hard to provide
a safe, substance-free event for students and helping to raise more than $20,000 each year to help offset the cost
of the event.


Bruce Nejdl

Prospect High School

Bruce is an alumnus of Prospect and the parent of current band members. He is an active member of the Band Booster and head of the transportation committee for the Prospect Marching Knights. In this role he is responsible for getting all of the 150-member band's instruments, uniforms and equipment to each performance.


Bill Dolan

Rolling Meadows High School

Bill is president of the Mustang Athletic Booster Club, and has been instrumental in various fundraising projects that cumulatively raised $137,000 to benefit the Rolling Meadows High School athletic department. During his time with the Club, the school has been able to purchase end zone cameras, gym scoreboards, and much more.


Juan Quiroz

Vanguard School

Juan is general manager at Chipotle in Rolling Meadows. Under his leadership, Chipotle has donated more than 1,600 meals to Vanguard students because of their community involvement and achievements at school. The partnership helped foster the Acts of Kindness program, in which Vanguard students complete work at the homes of those in need.


Vivian Smith

Wheeling High School

Vivian is a proud Wheeling High School graduate who
has had four children come through Wheeling, with another on the way. She has served as president of the Athletic Booster Club on and off for years. She has spearheaded fundraising efforts that helped purchase a stadium scoreboard, gym scoring tables, new weight room equipment and much more. 

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.

Friday, February 28, 2014

After the Gavel

Board action included:

Approval of Dawn Francis as Division Head of Math/Science at John Hersey High School

Approval of Dan Weidner as District Administrator for Career and Technical Education

To learn more about both new administrators click here.  


Jessica Thunberg
Director, Community Engagement & Outreach
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