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Dear Parents,

It's hard to believe that we have already reached the end of the second quarter. While January was a short month following winter break and multiple snow days, our students and schools are as active as ever. We hope that your family made it through the severe winter weather safely. We are fortunate that very few problems were experienced at our schools. We thank our custodial and maintenance staff for all of their hard work. It made such a difference. Our walkways and parking lots were clear, our buildings were warm and our children were safe.

Good news for District 157-C taxpayers was announced by the Board of Education at its January 13th meeting. For the fourth straight year, the Board has been able to hold the line on the district's overall tax levy by abating $300,000 in property taxes and using some modest reserves to help pay bond and interest payments. Using a combination of debt refinancing, debt service fund abatements from existing reserves, and ongoing cost containment strategies, the district was able to ask taxpayers for about the same amount as the levy years 2010, 2011 and 2012, at around $29.5 million.

As always the safety of our students is our highest concern. We want to advise you that to be in compliance with Public Act 98-63, Firearms Concealed Carry Act, the District is in the process of obtaining the necessary signage stating that firearms are prohibited at schools and will post the signs in conspicuous places at all of our buildings. There will also be a notice placed on the District's website regarding the posting of these signs.

The ongoing superintendent search is progressing well. Our search firm, BWP and Associates, reported that a number of excellent candidates have applied for the position. BWP will present the slate of candidates for the superintendent position to the Board of Education at a special meeting on February 17th. We will continue to keep you updated as the search progresses and we are confident that we will have a new superintendent in place by this summer. We again thank our parents and staff who took time to complete the electronic survey and/or participate in the focus groups pertaining to the superintendent search.

Please check our District website, www.fsd157c.org, and school calendar and come out to visit our schools as often as you can. We welcome your partnership with us in the education of our students!

Sincerely,
Dr. Patricia A. Wernet,
Interim Superintendent of Schools

1/30/14





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The mission of District 157-C is to prepare all students to be confident, life-long learners and productive citizens by challenging them to reach their fullest potential and by providing a quality educational environment in partnership with family and community.


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