Mindful that informed voters make better voting decisions, this website is designed to provide community members with online resources pertinent to the NSSD112 School Board Election on April 4th.
Uncertainty looms in terms of the district' ongoing ability to deliver high-quality education to its students. Nine candidates seek to fill four open board seats to tackle the challenges we face and each of them have a slightly different approach.
One issue stands out in particular - district reconfiguration.
Since three districts were consolidated by a referendum measure in 1992, NSSD 112 has operated seven elementary schools, three middle schools and an early childhood center serving roughly 4,000 students for the past half-decade. The district has grappled with the changing educational landscape, geographic boundaries, declining student enrollment, aging facilities and administrative costs for nearly a quarter century.
In that time, several unsuccessful attempts have been made to reconfigure the district to meet educational needs and community desires. Community groups have been convened and one particular plan was put to referendum in March 2016. In the wake of that ballot initiative's failure, Reconfiguration 2.0 team was convened in summer 2016 to keep the reconfiguration conversation and process in motion.
Open questions remain: Is D112 competitive with peer districts? How serious is the district's financial situation? What is the best way to reconfigure district facilities? What will the new teacher contract look like? What curriculum issues must be addressed?
Our community (and as a reflection, these candidates) do not agree on the scope and severity of the problem at hand, rendering any community consensus on the solution seemingly impossible. We look to the district, our community groups and the next board to help bring a consensus-based solution to the table.
Early Voting Begins
Highland Park Police Station
March 20, 2017
Reconfiguration 2.0 Community Forums
Elm Place Middle School Gymnasium, 7:00 PM
March 22-23, 2017
Your Polling Place
April 4, 2017