Below please find the link to the Amended School Calendar for the 2016/2017 School Year. The new calendar includes an additional Institute Day on May 12, 2017, which does not impact the number of student instructional days. The Lisle Education Association (Teacher’s Union) supported adding a day to the school calendar under the new collective bargaining agreement that began this school year. This additional day will provide teachers more time to engage in collaborative discussions about data and resources to assist in continuing the development of a rigorous and viable curriculum. The placement of this day also allows for timely, important discussions to occur regarding the completion of the current school year as well as planning for the next school year.
In short, May 12th will be a student non-attendance day and the last day of school will be May 26th (assuming there are no school closings this winter due to inclement weather).
We hope you have a great holiday season and appreciate your continued support of our staff and schools.
Lisle 202 Parents,
As a parent, your voice is essential to help us understand the learning conditions at your child's school and guide our school improvement. December 1 through January 16, teachers, parents, and Grade 6-12 students will have the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This research-based survey of school climate and learning conditions was designed to reflect on the learning environment of your child's school.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by the University of Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The state will provide survey results for individual schools only if a school has at least 20 percent of parents take the survey.
If you have children attending more than one school, we ask that you complete only one survey for each school your child attends before January 16. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.
Take this short survey:
1. Go to: Parent Survey Illinois 5Essentials.
2. Enter County Name as DuPage.
3. Enter your school's name into the School field and select school name.
4. Click Login
5. Enter requested information and then answer survey questions. The parent survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. You must click Submit Survey when completed. Surveys cannot be retrieved once submitted.
Lisle Community Unit School District 202 is at a crossroads in deciding the future of its two elementary school buildings. The current elementary school buildings, Tate Woods and Schiesher, were built in the 1950’s. As a result, they are in need of costly repairs to the physical structures as well as significant renovations to more effectively support learning, teaching, and safety in the 21st Century.
After careful consideration of data and community input over the past two years, the Board of Education and the School District have decided that the most prudent way to support the students’ education is to invest not in band-aid solutions for old facilities that will continue to require future investment, but rather to invest in one new elementary facility that will support the education of the community’s children for generations to come.
The Lisle Community Unit School District 202 Board of Education has determined the Meadows site to be the most suitable location for a new Early Childhood through Fifth Grade School with construction projected to begin during the summer of 2018. This new facility will replace the two current elementary schools: Tate Woods and Schiesher. The following information outlines the financial implications of the project.
How will the School District pay for the cost of the new elementary school?
Over the past decade, Lisle Community Unit School District 202 has been addressing and anticipating costly repairs at the elementary school buildings. As a result of fiscally responsible practices, the District has been able to save a portion of its operating funds each year to help address the impending facility needs. Based on cost evaluations and community feedback, these funds will be better utilized for one new school building instead of repairing the two old buildings currently being used as elementary schools in Lisle CUSD 202.
The new elementary building is projected to cost approximately thirty-nine million dollars. To pay for this project, Lisle School District will utilize approximately twenty-one million dollars of its current funds and eighteen million dollars from the issuance of bonds.
Why don’t we use the District’s funds to just fix the current school buildings?
Based on the results of the detailed Facilities Assessment performed by the District’s architects during the summer of 2015, and despite ongoing maintenance and repairs, there are approximately five million dollars in repairs that need to be completed in the near future to maintain just the physical structure of the existing elementary buildings. These items include the replacement of roofs, replacement of parking lots, replacement of mechanical systems, and general repairs at Tate Woods Elementary School (built 1959) and Schiesher Elementary School (built 1956).
These dollars do not factor in the cost of much needed educational improvements that would create learning spaces to support future-ready learning and teaching to best prepare our students. This also does not include the cost of reconfiguring entries to improve security or creating more handicapped accessible spaces for all students.
After almost two years of conversations with Lisle CUSD 202 stakeholders including parents, community members, business owners, and employees, it was clearly communicated by these groups that they did not want to continue to repair and renovate the current facilities. The feedback from more than 250 participants over this time indicated a strong desire to build one new elementary school to best meet the needs of our students and community.
What will be the impact on my tax bill?
The School District will be debt-free in 2019. Similar to getting a new mortgage after your current mortgage is paid off, a new bond (or loan) can be utilized for the construction of a new building without increasing property taxes over what is currently being paid. Also, because of its strong financial ratings and the favorable interest rate environment, Lisle School District hopes to take advantage of historically low borrowing costs.
Lisle CUSD 202 is excited by the response to this project and look forward to the possibilities for our students and learning community. More information will be shared as we move through the process in the coming months. In the meantime, please stay connected by following Vision 202 on Facebook at Lisle Vision 202, on Twitter @Vision_202 and at www.vision202.org and direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the course of the past two years, Lisle 202 and the citizen-led Vision 202 facilitating team invited all community stakeholders such as current parents, future parents, past parents, community members, alumni, community partners, and business owners to engage in conversations about the future of our school district. Through these conversations a clear recommendation to address the need for further study and development of a long-term Facilities Master Plan emerged.
During the summer of 2015, professional evaluations of our current school facilities by Perkins & Will, an architecture and design firm, determined that while each facility has some needs, both elementary schools are in need of costly improvements. Community input was again a key factor in determining community preferences to develop next steps for the Facilities Master Plan.
While Lisle Junior High School and Lisle High School will both receive improvements as recommended by the architects’ evaluation, the facilities plan in the next five years will primarily focus on addressing the needs identified by both the professionals and the community for the elementary schools.
We invite you to take a look back at the process leading up to the elementary facility decisions by the Board of Education by clicking here to access a summary of the process.
We also encourage you to review the in-depth Facilities Master Planning Data Compilation Report to examine the extensive research and community input that was provided to the Board of Education for consideration. This report and other information can be accessed at www.vision202.org.