Superintendent's Message, 11.15.19

District 96 Families, Faculty, and Staff, 

I know with certainty that our community places great significance on the quality of our schools and our children’s education. Rightfully so.

While many contribute to the excellence that distinguishes Kildeer Countryside School District 96, on this statewide observance of School Board Members Day, Nov. 15, I want to lead a salute of recognition of our KCSD96 Board of Education for their stellar leadership, fiscal management, and commitment to all children.

They work behind the scenes, but our Board of Education members give their time and talents selflessly, investing countless hours preparing to make informed decisions that serve our students today and in years to come.

Our Board members celebrate our success and inspire us to be our best. 

They are innovative and do not tolerate complacency.

They support attracting and retaining highly qualified staff and ensuring those individuals have ongoing professional development to grow personally and to foster our students’ growth.

Their participation and actions reflect their wholehearted embrace of our District vision and values.

In addition to regular meetings, they take personal time from their own families to attend District events and participate in ongoing professional development for their roles as Board of Education members. 

As elected volunteers working passionately on behalf of our students, staff, and community, their combined service totals over 56 years!

We are fortunate, indeed, to have each of these talented and generous women and men at our Board table. I thank them sincerely for their collaborative leadership and their genuine commitment to every child, in every District 96 school, every day.

Our Board of Education members are Marc Tepper (Board president), Renee Klass, (Board vice president), Mike Burns (Board secretary), Dina Manka, Jim Strezewski, Meg Woodman, and Cynthia Zarkowsky.

I invite you to send a brief email, as you choose, in appreciation for their devoted work on behalf of our children and our community.

–Julie Schmidt, District 96 Superintendent of Schools