As we celebrate the accomplishments of school District 163, I have many wonderful things to share with you. Our students are curious and engaged in their learning and are exploring new ideas.
We have enhanced our STEAM rooms, have one-to-one Chrome Books for students at Barack Obama, made the X-STEAM summer program more rigorous, incorporated more enrichment in our instruction and offered a wide variety of Eligibility STEM Field Trips for Barack Obama School students. Students meeting specific criteria are eligible for trips to the Federal Reserve Bank, Museum of Science and Industry, Northern Illinois University, Museum of Broadcasting, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and many other educational destinations.
Our students’ commitment to attendance last year brought $350,000 in revenue to the School District. Our students raised attendance rates to 99 percent month after month last year. As a result of the reconfiguration of the schools and the concept based schools of choice, our students are more invested in their learning and they love the experiences that are available to them. As the daily attendance rate increased, our general state aid increased.
Finally, I am proud to share that District 163 continues to be fiscally responsible. It ended 2014-2015 with a balanced budget and is executing a balanced budget for the 2015-2016 school year. Also, the District once again received Financial Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education. This is the highest level a school district can achieve.
We are fortunate to have the ability to offer our students so many wonderful opportunities, extremely able staff members, a selfless and dedicated Board of Education that supports our endeavors, and involved parents who strive to be a part of their children’s education.
Joyce Carmine, Ed.D.