• Leadership Update - March 2021

    “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” said James Baldwin, American writer and activist. I cited those words when I welcomed the newly installed Equity Leadership Advisory Council’s executive board at our first meeting.

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  • Leadership Update - Feb. 2021

    District 49 is blessed by a long tradition of leadership from teachers and other committed educators. We are not the largest or wealthiest district, so D49 has been a place that attracts and holds employees because they are committed to students and the community.

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  • Leadership Update - Jan. 2021

    As many staff know, finding and keeping reliable and effective guest teachers has remained a top workforce challenge the past few years, and the problem has magnified during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Leadership Update - Dec. 2020

    As a district, we are fortunate to have incredibly dedicated staff serving in all areas of D49, including operations. Our transportation, safety and security, information technology, facilities and nutrition services teammates combine their unquestioned expertise with uncommon levels of commitment to enable our core mission of educating students.

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  • Leadership Update - Nov. 2020

    Let me first express a whole lot of appreciation, gratitude and admiration for what you all have done, and are doing, to take care of our students during this unprecedented and unimaginable time of disruption and uncertainty. Thank you!

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  • Leadership Update - Oct. 2020

    If you spend any time on social media, you’ve seen tweets, posts and memes expressing thoughts and feelings about the year 2020. Many of the expressions are humorous and lighthearted, but at the root of the expressions is a real sense that we can’t wait for it to be over.

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  • Leadership Update - Sept. 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic came at everyone like a wrath we had done nothing to deserve. We responded in the best ways we could muster as the infectious waves hit, and we have grown to disdain the phrase, “the new normal” with justified dislike.

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  • Leadership Update - August 2020

    During this period characterized by the significant impacts of a once-in-a-century pandemic, I am reminded of our shared objectives. I know every single one of us shares the goal of getting our students back into classrooms as soon as possible, because we signed up for the mission of supporting student education.

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