The May 20 Regular Board of Education Meeting featured the recognition of College Bound Opportunities (CBO) and Schuler Scholar Graduates from Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools. Included below are a few notable updates from the meeting, as well as links to relevant agenda items.
The Board of Education recognized DHS English Teacher, Jeff Berger-White, on being one of five recipients of the 2019 Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award (DSTA). Winners of the award are selected from recommendations written by Northwestern University graduating seniors who nominate teachers who had a “transforming impact” on their lives.
Ella Katz, Hannah Shapiro, and Zack Dickson were recognized for their service as student representatives to the Board of Education. During the last school year, the students prepared reports highlighting the activities and events at their respective schools. They personalized their reports and delivered them with enthusiasm. The Board of Education has taken great pleasure in working with the students and wishes them the best in their future endeavors.
The Board recognized two special programs that prepare and assist District 113 students with the college process — College Bound Opportunities and the Schuler Scholar Program. Since 2006, College Bound Opportunities (CBO) has been mentoring, empowering and inspiring low-income, first-generation scholars to overcome barriers, graduate college and achieve success in life. The Schuler Scholar Program equips high-achieving and underrepresented students to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Schuler Scholars are typically first-generation, college-bound students of color, or come from low-income families. The Board of Education congratulates the 24 graduating CBO Scholars and Schuler Scholars.
Three students from HPHS presented to the Board a project they did for their Honors Civics class that assessed how accessible the facilities are at their school. Their stated goal was to improve the school’s accessibility for current and future students with physical disabilities in order to provide a more inclusive learning environment. The Board was grateful for the information they brought forward and asked many questions about their findings. Click here to view a copy of their presentation.
The current DHS scoreboard is over 25 years old, in poor condition, and technically obsolete. The scoreboard is nearing the end of its useful life and repairing or replacing parts is no longer a viable option. At the December 17 Regular Board of Education Meeting, the DHS Athletic Booster Club offered to donate a new scoreboard and presented their proposal for a video scoreboardat Adams Field.
During the May 20 meeting, the Board of Education continued their discussion of the Booster Club’s proposed donation of the scoreboard. Representatives from the Booster Club and administrators from the District responded to questions posed by Board of Education members. The Board requested that administration provide additional information about the donation and scoreboard replacement options.
Complete minutes for this meeting will be posted upon Board approval at the next Regular Board of Education meeting.