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    The February 4 Regular Board of Education Meeting featured the recognition of more than fifty students from both high schools. Included below are a few notable updates from the meeting, as well as links to relevant agenda items.

    Student Recognitions
    The Board of Education recognized 52 outstanding students across the District. Students were recognized for extraordinary academic, athletic, artistic, and extracurricular achievements. Click here to view a list of the students and their accomplishments.

    Superintendent Report
    Dr. Martindale and Dr. Yonke congratulated the recognized students and their parents for their accomplishments in a variety of academic and extracurricular areas. District 113 is incredibly proud of all the students’ unique and extraordinary achievements.

    District 113 celebrates the success of the Deerfield High School Warrior Dance Team. The team attended the state competition in Bloomington in January and finished in 2nd place. This is the highest ranking they have earned in the history of the program. The team will be formally recognized at a later date.

    Dr. Martindale and Dr. Yonke acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the District 113 maintenance and transportation department. Led by John Fuhrer and Rob Weiler, the departments did an outstanding job maintaining the facilities and buses after the snowstorm and during the record-breaking cold weather last week. Thanks to both departments, both schools were able to open safely and on time when classes resumed.

    Computer Science Education Week Presentation
    Ms. Wilson presented highlights from Highland Park High School’s recent celebration of Computer Science Education Week (CS Ed Week). CS Ed Week is nationally celebrated in December, but due to the school’s final exam schedule, HPHS celebrated in January with several different workshops and activities open to all students. All math classes were invited to attend Computer Science classes during the week. Computer Science students taught other students how to build websites and mobile apps, as well as code and create graphics in Java. They also shared their knowledge of encryption and the binary number system. Students attending the workshops had the opportunity to create bracelets with their names written in binary.

    Capital Projects
    At the December Board Meeting, the Board of Education was presented with the following projects as part of the District’s long-term facility plan and building priorities:

    • HPHS Cafeteria Expansion/Renovation - $7.4 Million
    • HPHS PE Athletic Office Renovation - $500,000
    • PE Corridor Flooring - $56,000
    • DHS Storm Line, DHS Track, DHS Tennis Court, DHS and HP Baseball Back Stops and
    • Field Screening - $1.05 Million
    • DHS and HPHS Windows - $1.5 Million (previously approved)

    Based on the recommendation of the Superintendents, action was taken by the Board of Education to move forward with the projects in the last two bullets above in the summer of 2019 and to postpone the remaining projects until the summer of 2020. Bids for the following projects will be presented to the Board of Education at the March 18 Board of Education Meeting and are scheduled for completion in the summer of 2019:

    • DHS Storm Line, DHS Track, DHS Tennis Court, DHS and HP Baseball Back Stops and Field Screening
    • DHS and HPHS Windows

    The remaining projects will be scheduled for completion in the summer of 2020. Dr. Martindale and Dr. Yonke also recommended that the Board hire an Owner’s Representative to help manage the large projects to be completed in the summer of 2020, including the cafeteria expansion and renovation at Highland Park High School and a possible auditorium renovation at Deerfield High School. The Owner’s Representative would work closely with the architects, construction company, contractors, and school and District staff to ensure successful completion of the project in a cost-efficient manner.


    Complete minutes for this meeting will be posted upon Board approval at the next Regular Board of Education meeting.