Superintendent's Corner

Fall 2019

I want to begin the autumn message by thanking our entire community for the outpouring of support during our network disruption recovery.   We have made significant progress in restoring our systems.  Once again, I am reminded how resourceful our community is and how we always emerge from difficult circumstances as a stronger organization. 

Moving forward, I am pleased to report that there are several exciting things happening: 

Full-Day Kindergarten: For well over a year, the Administration and School Board have been studying the feasibility of implementing Full-Day Kindergarten.  The first phase of this study was identifying the key themes in the research on the effectiveness of a full-day program including an increase in school readiness, higher academic achievement, improved social and emotional outcomes, and a reduction in retention.  The next phase of our study will be evaluating our facilities and developing a staffing plan that will coexist within our budget, with the goal of implementation in the 2021-2022 school year. 

Safe Schools: Over the course of several years, the Administration and School Board have focused on keeping our schools safe.  This year’s budget allowed us to add a third School Police Officer as well as provide additional funding for training and equipment.  We collaborate closely with local and county officials and have received over $150,000 in safe school grant money to support our work.

The Indian Valley Education Foundation:  The Foundation continues to be a valued asset in our district providing Classroom Innovation Grants that directly benefit our students.   Please check out the latest IVEF news and events at https://indianvalleyef.org.

Athletics: I hope you had the chance to cheer on our student-athletes this fall. The girls field hockey team claimed the Suburban One Continental Championship - the first time since 2004!  Our Cross Country, Girls Soccer, Tennis, Golf and Water Polo teams all competed at either the conference or district level, and our football team is having one of its best years ever!

I also hope that you have the opportunity to be in the audience for one or more of our arts programs this fall.  Our students' musical and stage productions are always a delight. 

Finally, along with our Board of School Directors, I have been visiting some of our local senior living communities.  I always take pleasure in hearing from stakeholders, and am thankful for the investment that all of our residents make in the education of our community’s children. 

I hope that you enjoy the fall season with friends and family.  Stay tuned for another Superintendent’s Corner message in November. 

Sincerely,

Frank Gallagher

Frank T. Gallagher, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools