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On June 12, members of the District 65 School Board listed their priorities for the coming school year to assist in preparing the agendas for Board meetings.
Candance Chow said she would like to see the District’s Equity Plan effectively implemented, specifically equity training and continuing the focus on hiring and retaining teachers and staff. She added she would like plans developed to expand the TWI program and to improve success for struggling learners, particularly at pre-K through third grade.
Sergio Hernandez suggested the District look at home visits as a way to recognize infants’ and children’s potential; continuing Latino and black parent advisory committee meetings and holding them more often; and providing Latino and black parents a space to talk about their hopes and dreams for their children.
Joseph Hailpern mentioned the TWI expansion; ensuring that the District adheres to the goals for year one of its financial plan for using referendum funds; and making sure the culture and climate is right for District leaders, teachers and staff, so it is right for kids.
Anya Tanyavutti said her priorities were early childhood education; expansion of TWI and preparing for TWI to expand into the middle schools; providing a parent advisory entity to support access to black and Latino families; providing models to improve culturally relevant staffing and supports; and providing after-school programs and access to enrichment programs.
Lindsay Cohen said her priorities were improving coordination with School District 202 and the pre-K programs that feed into District 65; examining the detrimental impact of busing; and focusing on the whole child and social and emotional learning, and how that can be lived during lunch time and recess.
Suni Kartha mentioned implementing an action plan for the District’s Equity Plan, and examining how to integrate it into the strategic plan; examining the impacts of busing and possibly looking at boundary lines; and possibly creating a testing policy, and how the District can look at the success of the whole child and look at different measures beyond just standardized testing.