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53a04bac2271b Board president Bruce Sedivy and District 145 Superintendent Bill Heimann present information to community members during a one of three public facility meeting presentations at Waverly Intermediate School on April 28.
Board president Bruce Sedivy and District 145 Superintendent Bill Heimann present information to community members during a one of three public facility meeting presentations at Waverly Intermediate School on April 28.

District News Update June 17, 2014

While students are home for the summer, preparations are being made for the 2014-15 school year, which is less than two months away. Even though it is summer, there is plenty of action in our schools in June and July. Summer school is being held, many youth sports camps, music, drama, and other activities are in full swing. 

At the end of May, the District 145 Foundation for Education successfully held a golf tournament and fundraiser at Hillcrest Country Club.

Facilities are being cleaned and prepared for the next school year, including a replacement of the Waverly High School commons area skylight.

As part of the district strategic plan, efforts to improve communication in the district over the past year have been implemented, and data is being reviewed to determine the appropriate enhancements to the communication plan. A special thanks to Horizon Bank, who provides the sponsorship and financial support to provide the use of our School Messenger district alert system.

At the June 2 Board of Education meeting, curriculum updates were provided, including the planned purchase of new math resources. Board members received a report for the Activities program and the tremendous student success that occurred. It was approved to add an intramural girls basketball program at Waverly Middle School, to add a freshman/reserve baseball team at Waverly High School, along with the addition of a reserve boys basketball coach and junior varsity girls tennis coach for the 2014-15 school year.

One of the strategic goals is to improve district facilities, and technology. As part of the ongoing process, the Board of Education met with members of a Facility Advisory Committee Meeting on March 19, 2014. The Board then advertised and invited the public to attend any of the three Public Facility Meeting presentations held on March 31 at Waverly High School, April 14 at Eagle Elementary and April 28 Waverly Intermediate School. The purpose of the meetings was to share the facility study that was conducted, the recommendations from the Advisory Committee and the plans to make improvements in the future.

At the May 5 and June 2, 2014 Board of Education meetings, the facility needs discussion continued. (Click here for facility planning process information). 

The Board of Education is discussing whether or not to consider a resolution to present a bond issue to district patrons on the November ballot for the purpose of providing the identified improvements. The areas of emphasis that have been prioritized include:

Facilities and Infrastructure

  • Invest in maintenance practices and facility upgrades to provide learning environments that meet programming needs and promotes equity in all district facilities.
  • Consider potential future utilization when renovating existing facilities, in order to accommodate needs of students, district, and community.

Safety and Security

  • Implement solutions to secure buildings entrances and control all other building access in every school.  Solutions may vary at each school and may include remodel of office and/or commons area spaces to provide direct line of sight to entrances.
  • Upgrade camera system to utilize technology to enhance security in high-priority areas.
  • Renovate facilities to improve safety, such as replacing exterior doors as necessary, replacing interior flooring as necessary, replacing exterior surfaces as necessary to improve the safety of school grounds.

Technology

  • Expand the capacity of the district’s fiber network to ensure timely delivery of curriculum content to all district locations. Provide the ability to support an anywhere/anytime use of collaborative and creative software environments.
  • Upgrade wireless infrastructure for every classroom and instructional area, as necessary.
  • Provide every classroom with equipment essential for interaction with digital curriculum content.

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District Update June 2014

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