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D65 Board seeks feedback on mission statement

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Updated at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday

The Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board is seeking public feedback on the draft of a new mission statement for the district.

At its monthly "working" board meeting Monday night, Chief Strategy Officer Maria Allison presented the following mission statement for the board's consideration:

"Through the collective efforts of students, educators, family and community, we will inspire and prepare each student to achieve academically, grow personally, and contribute positively to our global society by providing an engaging and enriching educational experience in a creative and collaborative environment. Every Child, Every Day, Whatever It Takes."

Other than questioning the meaning of the word "we," individual members of the board Monday night appeared to be in favor of the proposed wording.

But they asked that the new statement be posted on the district's website to facilitate the receipt of feedback from the district's various stakeholders. An administration spokesperson said Tuesday that the statement would be posted on the website on Wednesday.

They set Sept. 9-26 as the period for receiving public comment, with the results being reported back to the board at its October 20 meeting. 

Agreement on the district's mission is the first step in the development of the district's new three-year strategic plan.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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