Titles: Asst Supt of Innovation and Growth
Titles: Director of Res/Assess/Qual
Titles: Director of Communication
Titles: Asst Supt Learn & Lead Dev/L&T
Titles: Asst Supt of Finance
District Vision Statement
All students graduate College, Career, and Life Ready.
District Mission Statement
Accelerate learning for all students.
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A lot has changed since my February update in which I led with my four favorite words in the English language, “Pitchers and catchers report.” They did, but . . .
Since my Friday video updates are on hold, at least for now, I thought it would be a good time to update my Superintendent’s Message.
Virtual Graduation Set for June 21
The District will produce a virtual graduation scheduled for release on Sunday, June 21, with several events planned to lead up to the celebration. Among those is a car parade scheduled for Saturday, June 20. Details on the parade should be available the week of June 1. It will begin at the local middle schools at various times throughout the day and culminate at York High School with Board members delivering diplomas to participants.
Planning for 2020-21 School Year Underway
The 2020-21 Start of School Steering Committee met on May 27 to begin planning for the upcoming school year. The Steering Committee will oversee the work of four Committees: Instructional Core/SEL, Operations, Stakeholder/Communications, and Resources, which are comprised of 78 administrators, teachers, Board members, key employees, labor reps, and parents and community members.
The committees will plan for three scenarios to begin the school year—face-to-face, blended, or remote instruction—with the built in flexibility to transition among modalities should circumstances change suddenly at one or more attendance centers throughout the fall. The top priority is to ensure the health and safety of all District 205 students and employees. The administration is anticipating that these plans will be ready to be released to the public the week of July 6.
There are glimmers of hope for a return to some semblance of normalcy. The IHSA is considering guidelines for limited summer participation, and schools in Denmark and Finland, who have returned to face-to-face instruction in May, have reported no impact in COVID-19 transmissions.
Master Facilities Plan Updates
Phase I construction projects are on budget and on schedule. These include main entrances at several buildings, additional classrooms at Bryan, and work on the Emerson parking lot, which will result in flood remediation. You can follow the largest project, the expansion and renovation of Edison school here.
Architects presented initial draft exterior concepts for the new Lincoln and Field schools to the Board on May 26. You can access that presentation here.
Two Administrators Set to Join Team
Earlier this spring, Dr. Shahe Bagdasarian was named as the next principal at York High School, succeeding Erin DeLuga, who has served in that capacity for the past four years. Dr. Bagdasarian, an Elmhurst resident, was a Dean at York High School for two years and is completing a five-year stint as the principal at Glenbard East High School this month.
Additionally, Luke Pavone will replace Dr. Mark Cohen as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. Pavone is returning to the suburban Chicagoland area from Beverly Hills, CA, where he has been the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources for the past two years. He previously served as an administrator in several high performing local districts, including Township District 214 and as the middle school principal in Wilmette School District 39. Dr. Cohen will take over as superintendent in Mokena School District 159.
Both officially begin their duties on July 1.
Updated June 1, 2020
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