Superintendent's Message, 5.2.2018


We’ve made it to May, and what a busy month this is! We’re making up frozen-out sports events, proudly celebrating our students’ academic and artistic achievements, enjoying end-of-year concerts and performances, and appreciating long-awaited warmer days. We’re also keeping our focus on learning right through the end of this 2017-2018 school year!





Last night at their meeting, our Kildeer Countryside District 96 Board of Education accepted with sincere regret the resignation of member Elizabeth Dietz. Ms. Dietz first took her seat at the Board table in October 2010–the Board’s choice for appointment from among 11 candidates to fill the seat of Victoria Juster for the balance of Mrs. Juster’s term.


The following April, Ms. Dietz ran for the Board seat and was elected.

She has served District 96 in many varied roles, from finance and policy work to strategic long-term planning and community engagement, to her contributions as a Parent Review Committee representative. Her focus on the best interests of our students and staff never dimmed during over seven years of thoughtful and selfless service to our learning community.


Those fortunate to work alongside Liz know that she is an informed and frank supporter of our school district. “This is a district of marvelous educators,” she declares. As a parent to her District 96 alumna daughters Kaila and Kristen, her personal experience with quality education, high value for taxpayer dollars, and commitment to improvement reinforce her genuine regard for our faculty, staff, administrators–and her fellow Board members.


Ms. Dietz is stepping down to have more time with family. Our Board of Education will appoint a member to fill her seat for the balance of her current term, expiring in April 2019. Residents of Kildeer Countryside School District 96 interested in applying for the vacancy created by Ms. Dietz’s resignation are requested to submit a letter of interest and an APPLICATION.

A candidate shall, on the date of his or her appointment, be a citizen of the United States of America, 18 years of age or older, a resident of the State of Illinois and the school district for at least one year immediately preceding his or her appointment, and a registered voter. Prior to the appointment it will be necessary for the candidate to complete a statement of economic interest with the Lake County Clerk. Letters of interest should include a brief biographical background as well as work experience.


The candidate’s letter of interest and application must be received by hand delivery no later than 12:00 PM on May 11, 2018, to be considered for appointment to this vacancy.

The Kildeer Countryside District 96 Board of Education will interview selected candidates on May 21, 2018, and will choose the individual to fill the unexpired term. This seat will be up for election on Apr. 2, 2019, in the consolidated election.



Last month I participated in District 96 work that was so genuinely affirming and exciting, I want to share some details with you.


Approximately 60 individuals devoted an evening to participate in conversations about our District 96 values in action. We had rich discussion about how those values–written almost ten years ago–are understood and applied today.


It speaks so highly of our community that the parents and community leaders who accepted our invitation to participate that evening were enthusiastic, appreciative of the opportunity, passionate, and insightful. In diverse small groups, we discussed our vision for how our District values should be reflected and experienced in action by students, parents, and the greater community.


The opportunity to interact and consider our experiences together as a diverse community committed to our students’ learning was nothing short of amazing. The consensus at the end of the evening was a commitment to building on those conversations in order to make the exceptional school district in which we learn, live, work, and serve even better.

Watch for info linked from Principal’s Messages to come about those “We” statements and more involvement opportunities….


I’m so proud to serve this community!

In appreciation,
--Julie Schmidt, Superintendent of District 96 Schools