Monday, April 22, 2013
North Shore School District 112 has received the Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation from the Association of School Business Officials International.
The information below comes from District 112. North Shore School District 112 has received the Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation from the Association of School Business Officials International. This is the first time the district has received the award, which was given for its 2012-2013 budget. The district’s Board of Education members recognized Chief Financial Officer Mohsin Dada and his department at the April 16 board meeting for earning the award for the district. To earn the award, the district submitted its 2012-2013 budget for a rigorous review based on stringent criteria. The district was one of just twelve districts in Illinois and 121 in the country to receive the award. The award was designed to…
Friday, April 12, 2013
Highland Park's elementary and middle school district promoted a co-principal to assistant superintendent and hired a new principal and assistant principal at its April 2 meeting.
The information below comes from District 112. Northwood co-principal promoted to assistant superintendent At its April 2 meeting, the Board of Education approved the appointment of Northwood Co-Principal Jennifer Ferrari as the new Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, effective July 1, 2013. Mrs. Ferrari will replace outgoing Assistant Superintendent Dr Heidi Wennstrom, who was appointed earlier this year as the new superintendent of Butler district 53 inOak Brook. Mrs. Ferrari has been associated with North Shore School District 112 for her entireprofessional career. She taught English at Northwood Junior High School for 8 years from 1996to 2004. She was the school’s associate principal from 2004 to 2008, and has served as …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The $89 million bond referendum proposed by District 113 to renovate Highland Park and Deerfield High Schools was the big reason people came out to vote on Tuesday.
Editor's note: Polls close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. For results about the referendum and District 113 school board, click here. For all other Highland Park election results, click here. Cold, rainy weather did not stop Highland Park residents from coming out to vote on Tuesday. As of 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 485 votes had been cast at Lincoln Elementary School. The school was getting about 50 votes per hour, according to Site Manager Kipp Wilson. Though many voters admitted to using "cheat sheets" for the Park Board, City Council and School Board races, there was one issue that they had clearly done their homework for: the District 113 referendum. Read all of Patch's coverage on the referendum here. "We feel it's necessary," said Mike Grossman, …
Monday, March 4, 2013
District 112 and Highland Park High School have canceled classes and after school activities in anticipation of snowstorm.
All Highland Park schools are closed Tuesday in anticipation of the storm expected to drop as much as 10 inches of snow in the area, according to weather.com. Want Highland Park news in your inbox? Subscribe to Patch's newsletter. All classes and after school activities at Highland Park High School and all District 112 elementary and middle schools are cancelled, according to Districts 112 and 113. Details about Highland Park High School events will be reassessed by 1 p.m. Tuesday. New information and updates will be published on the school website. For more news and updates, "like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Since the Sandy Hook massacre, Robert Bernat has made his case for armed guards in every Highland Park school to the City Council, both school boards and the police. And that's just the beginning.
Robert Bernat has been to a lot of meetings since January, and he has no plans to slow down soon. The Highland Park resident, attorney and doctor has made presentations to the city council, the district 112 and 113 boards and the chief of police. If this sounds like a lot of legwork, it's because Bernat's battle is an uphill one: he wants an armed guard in every school. Want Highland Park news in your inbox? Subscribe to Patch's newsletter. "I'm going to try to push the national dialogue," he said. "I have to sleep at night knowing that I did everything I could." Though his goal is to put armed guards in every school nationwide, he hopes to start with Highland Park. He's asking the local school boards to set up committees to brainstorm …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Highland Park's elementary and middle school district invites all community residents to weigh in on critical issues and provide feedback about the district’s leadership and overall direction.
The information below comes from District 112. North Shore School District 112 invites all community residents to weigh in on critical issues and provide feedback about the district’s leadership and overall direction. A District Climate Survey that launched on Tuesday is the first in a series of planned communication initiatives aimed at engaging the entire school community in discussions on how to navigate through the challenging times that lie ahead. The survey will remain open through Tuesday, March 12, and results will be shared with the community in the spring. “We’re conducting this survey because an informed and engaged community is critical to student success,” said Superintendent David L. Behlow. “As a district with 12 …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Arbitrary "cut" scores are changing to align ISAT scores with ACT and PARCC assessments. That means students' and schools' performance grades are likely to drop in the categories of English and math.
Don't be surprised if your District 112 son or daughter drops from "exceeds standards" to "meets standards" or from "meets" to "below" standards in the upcoming Illinois Standard Achievement Tests (ISAT). Want Highland Park news in your inbox? Subscribe to Patch's newsletter. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) last month approved new cut scores that will help align the ISAT results with those of the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) — colloquially called the ACT test — given to 11th graders, and establish a foundation for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam set to debut in the 2014-15 school year. The higher expectations of the new ISAT cut scores will cause a downward shift in …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Want to know more about the likelihood of another referendum in District 113 or about how District 112's teachers are doing after last fall's strike? Head to this open forum on Thursday.
The superintendents of both of Highland Park's school districts will take your questions at a public forum on Thursday evening. The event was originally scheduled for October, but was delayed when the District 112 teachers' strike began. Curious about whether or not there will be another referendum to renovate Highland Park High School? Wondering about District 112's facilities, or how its schools are doing in the aftermath of its teachers' strike? Here's your chance to get answers straight from the source. Want Highland Park news in your inbox every morning? Subscribe to Patch's newsletter. The event will be held on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Deerfield High School. It's been organized by the Highland Park League of Women Voters. The…
Monday, December 31, 2012
Teachers went on strike, a beach redesign was approved, taxes were raised and the city-owned Highland Park Theatre was shut down, all in 2012. Check out this year's top stories.
Sure, being an elected official in a small suburb like Highland Park might seem like a manageable task, but if this year's top political and school stories reveal anything, it's that this city keeps its public figures busy. In 2012, strained contract negotiations between District 112 School Board and the teachers' union led to a strike. Meanwhile, the Park District Board passed the Rosewood Beach redesign proposal, meaning Highland Park's beach will look drastically different in 2013. The Highland Park City Council was forced to shut down the Port Clinton Parking Garage and city-owned Highland Park Theatre earlier this year after it was revealed both structures violated fire safey code. The city is still figuring out what's next for the …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Since December 2010, the district has significantly reduced expected energy expenditures for natural gas and electricity by almost $700,000.
The information below comes from District 112. North Shore School District 112 recently received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2012 Energy Star Leader award for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 35 percent in 2012. The district is proud to be part of an elite group of organizations across the county to have received this award. Since December 2010, the district has significantly reduced expected energy expenditures for natural gas and electricity by almost $700,000 and demonstrated environmental stewardship. This translates into preventing 5,000 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of…