7:00 PM Regular Board Meeting
Welcome to the 2014-2015
Dear Parents and Guardians of District 58, Welcome to the 2014-15 school year! As the school year gets started, we are very excited about the fantastic year of learning, growth and achievement that lies ahead of us in District 58. Our staffs, students and parents work hard to build and maintain high standards of excellence in our educational community, and we are honored to support and strengthen these efforts through innovative practices and a focus on engaging and challenging all students. This year in District 58, we are particularly excited to welcome back our students and families. Over the past two years, we have made significant advancements in our curriculum, technology and instructional practices. In addition, we have completed a substantial amount of facility improvement projects in each of our schools helping to ensure that our schools are safe, nurturing and vibrant places to learn. Our teachers and staffs continue in their unwavering commitment to making our schools places where interest is sparked and a love of learning is nurtured, where students feel safe and respected, and where collaboration, creativity and innovation are encouraged. We hope that the 2014-15 school year is engaging, rewarding, successful and filled with all the joys of learning. Thank you for your continued support of District 58 and your children’s educational endeavors.
The Downers Grove School District 58 Board of Education reviewed the final 2014-15 budget during a special meeting and budget workshop Monday, Aug. 25. District Controller James Popernik reported that the final 2014-15 budget is healthy and generally balanced. The budget includes an estimated $62.3 million in revenues and $64.3 million in expenditures. One-time capital projects generated by a life safety bonds sale account for the slight difference.
The district's new bus company, First Student, completed trial runs as well as a mock school day on Aug. 19. After these trial runs, they identified a few potential timing issues with some bus routes. The bus company is working with district staff as quickly as possible to update the routes in question to eliminate any timing issues.
Downers Grove was recently named one of the Top Places in the United States to Raise Children and One of the Friendliest Places to live. These accolades could not be truer! Downers Grove Grade School District 58 is very fortunate to benefit from a wonderfully engaged community, supportive parents, incredibly dedicated and inspiring teachers and staff, and, most importantly, truly outstanding students. We are very proud to be an integral part of what makes Downers Grove a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. Click the headline for the full letter!
June 10 marked a rite of passage for District 58 eighth-graders, as Herrick and O'Neill held promotion ceremonies to mark the end of their time in District 58 and wish them well in high school. Click the headline to see which eighth-graders were honored with awards this year!
District 58 has appointed two new assistant principals to its administrative team. Melissa Capizzi has been appointed assistant principal at Hillcrest and Pierce Downer, and Amy Gray has been appointed assistant principal for Herrick Middle School. Both appointments were approved by the District 58 Board of Education June 9. Click the headline for the full story.
The Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Board of Education ratified a new four-year contract with the Downers Grove Custodial Maintenance Association during the Board’s June 9 meeting. Click the headline for the full story.
The Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Board of Education ratified a four-year contract with the Downers Grove Elementary Education Association during the Board’s June 9 meeting. Click the headline for the full story.