High School District 214
Highlights from the Board of Education Meetings

Feature Story 


New Mural Honors the Spirit and Dedication of Catherine M. Lee


Last night, Superintendent Dave Schuler and several members of the Board of Education and Community Education Foundation and staff unveiled a new mural to celebrate the life and contributions of the late Catherine M. Lee. They were joined by members of Ms. Lee's family as part of the dedication ceremony.


The mural is the creation of several Vanguard School students who, after listening to stories of Ms. Lee's passion for the Center, turned their imagination and talent into a new work that now welcomes all who visit the Center. The event also featured three women who shared inspiring stories of how they personally have grown and benefited from their involvement with the Center, each sharing a story of how they remember Ms. Lee.


The Catherine M. Lee Women's & Children's Center, established in 2000, helps female immigrants develop skills necessary for entering the workforce through several classes, including English as a Second Language, computer literacy and parent education.

Interim Director for Community Engagement and Outreach


Jessica Thunberg, Director of Community Engagement and Outreach, recently left the District to return to her former employer. Her contributions in developing the strategy and structure of the department were recognized by the Board. The District will be conducting a search for 
a permanent replacement. During the transition period, Nathan Jenks will be assisting as the Interim Director of Community Engagement and Outreach. He comes to the District with more than 15 years of communications, public relations and marketing experience in the private sector. He can be reached at 847-718-7690 or

Arlington High School Open House Welcomes Alumni as Part of D214's Centennial Celebration


More than 300 alumni and guests visited the former Arlington High School on Saturday, September 27, to celebrate the Cardinal Spirit as part of District 214's centennial celebrations. Attendees were greeted by several displays of memorabilia that showcased Arlington and students throughout the school's history. The event also included a special screening of the documentary "The Lady in Red," which tells the story of this beloved institution. The Board recognized the efforts of volunteers and the planning committee, led by Erin Brooks, Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Outreach.

2015-16 Academic Handbook Revision and Curriculum Changes


Dr. Lazaro Lopez, Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, presented the highlights of proposed changes to the 2015-16 Academic Handbook. Several enhanced programs focus on adding advance placement options and reintroducing classes for students in areas like auto technology and technical performing arts. The additions continue the District's mission of enabling all students to discover and explore what they are most passionate about and preparing them for success beyond high school. A formal vote on proposed changes will be addressed at a future Board meeting.

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, October 3, 2014

After the Gavel


The Board approved the three international educational trips for student groups from Prospect High School.

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