Dear District 181 Community,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the District 181 website. The 2016-17 school year is underway, and the days have been filled with exciting opportunities that continue to build on the outstanding educational experience we provide to the students of District 181. Guided by our Strategic Plan and together as partners, we create, grow, share, inspire, learn, and lead. We aim to make this an unforgettable year for nearly 4,000 learners. We have had an excellent beginning.
In the Strategic Plan Goal Area of Academic Success, the Department of Learning is working in collaboration with principals, teachers, and staff to strengthen all aspects of our academic program, from committee structures and science curriculum to social-emotional learning and assessments. I have great confidence that their work will have a very positive impact for all learners in our District.
In the Strategic Plan Goal Area of Organizational Excellence, the Human Resources Department is leading the District in attracting, retaining, and continually supporting high quality educators. We are fortunate to have an exceptional team of teachers, support staff, and administrators in District 181.
In the Strategic Plan Goal Area of Culture of Community, we continue to create new avenues for partnerships with parents, community members, and organizations that support our families. We are enhancing District communications and opportunities for even greater transparency. We recently implemented the use of SMS texting via our automated notification system, and we are preparing for the launch of a District mobile app. In cooperation with the District Safety & Crisis Committee, we are developing the District's first safety-focused strategic plan.
In the Strategic Plan Goal Area of Operational Integrity, one of our major initiatives is the finalization of the Facilities Master Plan. We anticipate that work will be coming to the Board for approval in the spring. In related news, on November 8, 2016, the community approved a referendum question which sought approval to sell bonds for the construction of a new Hinsdale Middle School. Moving forward in that project with the architect and construction manager has been a key operational focus this year. In addition to moving forward with facilities efforts, our Strategic Plan calls for a balanced budget. A balanced budget was approved in September and the Board took action on the tax levy in the winter. We are unfortunately not immune to budget challenges and will need to further increase our efficiency. With a AAA bond rating and a strong financial score from the State, I know we can be successful in that work.
Our Vision calls for District 181 to be a community school district where students develop the skills they need to change the world and the confidence they need to do it. I am proud to join you on this journey as we support every "world changer" who enters our doors.
Dr. Don White
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent