Superintendent's Message Archive
June 17, 2016
District 113 community,
June 17 was my first day as Superintendent of Schools for Township High School District 113. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to those of you whom I have not yet met, and express how incredibly honored and excited I am to serve in this new role in District 113.
This past year I had the privilege of leading Deerfield High School as principal. During my time in District 113, I have witnessed firsthand how much there is to be proud of when it comes to our schools: passionate and dedicated staff, talented and hard-working students, supportive families, a committed school board, and a community that places a high priority on education.
In each role I have held since I began working in public schools nearly two decades ago – including teacher, science coach, assistant principal and principal – I have operated with one overarching goal in mind, which is to work collaboratively to make a difference in the lives of students. I am a firm believer in servant leadership, and as superintendent I will strive to be as visible and accessible as possible to our students, staff, families, and community. Next year I will maintain an office in each of our school buildings, as well as at our District Administrative Building; I also plan to attend events and activities at our high schools and throughout the communities we serve, so please feel free to extend me an invitation!
As we strive for continuous improvement, it is crucial that we as a District listen to our community, communicate proactively and transparently, and function as a responsive organization at all levels. To that end, the 2016-17 school year will bring multiple opportunities for student, staff, family and community involvement in several key initiatives. This will include rebuilding the District’s strategic plan framework utilizing a robust, inclusive process to facilitate stakeholder co-authorship and ownership; reviewing the school schedule and school calendar in close partnership with each of our sender school districts; and engaging in a comprehensive study/audit of our current communications program to help identify our systems’ needs and determine how best to allocate communication resources to maximize student achievement and success through public support for our schools.
We will share more details about these initiatives–including how/when you can get involved—in the months to come. I look forward to building relationships throughout District 113 and partnering with all of you to help our students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.
Have a safe and enjoyable summer!
Christopher Dignam, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools