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Community Members Selected to Work with Architects on District 113’s Long Range Plan

Steering Committee will provide feedback to architects during planning process.

District 113’s architecture firm, Perkins + Will, is in the process of developing a Long Range Master Plan for Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools. A Steering Committee, made up of community members and District 113 administrators, has been selected to work in conjunction with the architects during the planning.

“We want to develop our work while hearing your different viewpoints,” Perkins + Will Architect Mark Jolicoeur told the Steering Committee during its first meeting. “At this table we can open up about anything,” he added and encouraged members to speak freely about their ideas, concerns, insights and sensitivities.

Below is a list of community members serving on the Steering Committee:

Richard Becker has had five children graduate from HPHS and is a longtime Highland Park resident. He is a third-generation architect and the Principal of Becker Architects, which is based in Highland Park. Becker has twelve years of Highland Park public service, on both the Historic Preservation Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. Becker was a member of the 1914 Study Group as well as the Leadership Team.

David Brint is a Highland Park resident. One of his children recently graduated from HPHS and he has another child who is a sophomore. His wife grew up in Highland Park and went to HPHS. He is the CEO of real estate company Brinshore Development in Northbrook. Brint was a member of the 1914 Study Group as well as the Leadership Team.

Mary Cavanaugh currently has one child attending Highland Park High School and another in middle school. She is an architect with Cannon Design and specializes in K through 12 educational facilities. Cavanaugh was a member of the 1914 Study Group.

Walter Hainsfurther is an architect and the president of Kurtz Associates Architects in Des Plaines. He is also the former national vice president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Hainsfurther has had two children graduate from HPHS. He was a member of the 1914 Study Group as well as the Leadership Team.

Ed Jacobs and his family have lived in Deerfield for the past 19 years. He is a previous ten year board member of District 109 and his two sons are graduates of DHS. Jacobs has a 30 year professional history in the investment banking industry. Presently, he is a Principal at Piper Jaffray & Co. a regional investment banking firm. He also serves as a member of the Distinguished Alumni Council of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs of Indiana University. Jacobs was a member of the Building Systems Study Group as well as the Leadership Team.

Marjie Sandlow has been on the District 113 School Board since 2006 and is currently vice president of the Board. She has also served on a number of other District 113 committees. Sandlow is a former management consultant. She has been a Highland Park resident for the past 20 years and all of her children graduated from HPHS. Sandlow was a member of the Building Systems Study Group, Market Research Study Group and the Leadership Team.

Matt Wylie has been working as an architect in the Chicago area since 1985. He specializes in educational, religious and institutional architecture. Wylie is currently a Principal at Eckenhoff Saunders Architects in Chicago. The Deerfield resident is also the chairman of the Village’s Sustainability Commission. Wylie has had four children pass through the Deerfield school system.

Below is a list of District 113 administrators serving on the Steering Committee:

Barry Bolek is the District 113 Assistant Superintendent for Finance. He lives in Highwood. His children graduated from DHS. Bolek was a member of the Finance Study Group, Building Systems Study Group, and the Leadership Team.

Sue Hebson is the District 113 Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Communication. She was formerly the Principal of Deerfield High School. Hebson lives in Deerfield. She was a member of the Teaching and Learning Study Group, the Market Research Study Group and Leadership Team. 

Dr. George Fornero has been the Superintendent of District 113 since 2006. He lives in Highland Park. Fornero was a member of the 1914 Study Group, the Market Research Study Group and the Leadership Team.

The Steering Committee plans to meet with Perkins + Will on a regular basis during the planning process. You can access notes to those meetings on District 113’s website.

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