High School District 214
Highlights from the Board of Education Meetings
The following is a summary of the District 214 Board of Education meetings held in November 2017.
Student recognition 
Elk Grove High School's Carissa Lehning, John Hersey High School's Diana Spulber and Prospect High School students Abigail Citterman and Patrick Kelly-Dutileachieved a perfect score of 36 on their ACT.

The ACT test is administered several times throughout the year and tests students in English, math, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Out of the nearly 2 million ACT exams administered each year, approximately 2,200 students achieve a perfect score. For the class of 2017, District 214's composite score was 23.6, Illinois' average was 21.7 and the national composite score was 21.1.

Students who achieve a perfect score on the ACT or SAT are scheduled to be recognized by the Board of Education throughout the year. Click here to view pictures. 
Superintendent's report 
Superintendent Dr. David Schuler announced District 214's Those Who Excel Award winners for the 2017-18 school year were recognized at the Illinois State Board of Education's awards banquet on October 28 in Bloomington-Normal.
Elk Grove High School's Collab Lab Team, which includes educators Linda AshidaRachel BarryMark Heintz, Quinn Loch and Kim Miklusak, received an Award of Excellence in the Team Category. Elk Grove educators Kristen Gierman and Stephanie Kezios were recognized for their work in the classroom. Gierman received an Award of Excellence in the Early Career Educator Category and Kezios received an Award of Recognition in the Classroom Teacher Category. District 214's Eric Brod, a master maintenance carpenter who works with the six comprehensive schools and four specialized learning programs, received an Award of Merit in the Service Personnel Category.
The District 214 Education Foundation has recently re-launched partnerships with Panera and Lumen. These partnerships allow the District, respectively, to one, offer breakfast items to our Vanguard, Academy and Newcomer students three days a week - a program that has seen tremendous results; and two, create new opportunities for free eye exams and glasses for our students who are in need throughout the District. Both of these partnerships are in their second year and have expanded this year following good results and positive feedback from staff.  
2018 Summer School discussion
Participation in the 2017 Summer School Program increased from the prior year, with more students enrolling in Talent Development Program (TDP) enrichment courses and workplace learning experiences. 

TDP participation increased by 35 percent and the number of workplace learning experiences increased by 46 percent. 

Students participated in 22 TDP enrichment courses, up from 18 in the summer of 2016, spanning a wide variety of areas, including iOS App Development, engineering, basic automotive care, jewelry & metals and graphic arts, as well as the All-District Summer Musical. 

Workplace learning experiences and TDP courses address the whole student experience, ensuring there are year-round opportunities for students to expand their areas of interest, and supporting the District's mission to help each student discover their future. 

The 2018 Summer School Program will be hosted at John Hersey and Prospect high schools. A number of opportunities will be offered to students in a variety of formats, including on-site, blended and virtual learning experiences. Students also will be able to participate in workplace learning experiences and TDP courses. 

Additionally, a dual-credit course called Introduction to Aviation will be offered next summer, pending enrollment, in partnership with Lewis University as part of the District's new aviation career pathway.

In response to requests from our students and families, TDP enrichment courses and workplace learning experiences will be documented on students' transcripts beginning next summer.
Board reviews 2017 tentative tax levy 
The High School District 214 Board of Education on November 2 reviewed the 2017 tentative tax levy. 

The tentative 2017 property tax levy represents a 3.3 percent increase over the total property taxes received for 2016. The tentative tax levy is estimated at $223,050,000. 

State law limits the District to an increase of the prior year's CPI, which was 2.1 percent, plus an additional amount to capture estimated new property and construction within the District's boundaries. Because the assessed value for new property and existing property is not known when the district adopts its levy, it is common practice to levy an estimated amount to capture the anticipated value of new property. 

The actual extension typically is lower than what is requested. For example, the 2016 approved levy request was 2.2 percent, however, the final extension resulted in an increase of 1.8 percent.

The tax extension will be determined by the Cook County Clerk's Office several months after the hearing.

A public hearing on the 2017 tentative tax levy will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 7th at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 South Goebbert Road in Arlington Heights.  
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 specialized programs, offering more than 600 academic courses and 140 co-curricular opportunities.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
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