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D62 Kindergarten Registration Approaches

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016 | 4:30 – 7:30 PM
Kindergarten Registration is from 4:30-7:30 PM, Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Iroquois Community School and every District 62 elementary school will pre-register students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2016. Read more...

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Rivers Grant Makes “Principal’s” Day

"Principal for the Day” Mikey didn’t realize that when he won the honor of serving as the leader of Forest Elementary School at the school’s PTC Fall Fest that he would do more than shadow his principal, Dr. Julie Fogarty. In addition to seeing first hand what principals do, he joined foundation and district representatives in the presentation of a generous check for more than $48,000 from the Rivers Casino Foundation. Mikey joined Nelson Gray, assistant superintendent for business services; Paul Hertel, associate superintendent for human resources; Dr. Fogarty, and Patricia Olvera, Rivers Casino communications manager, in receiving the funds that will expand technology use and enhance teaching and learning for the Forest community. Besides additional computers, a makerspace will be created that expands and transforms assignments. Makerspaces combine technology, students, and education to design, prototype, and create various works in multiple curriculum areas that would be difficult to create without the resources.

Education Innovator Tapped to Lead District 62

Community Consolidated School District 62 Board members approved the hiring of a new school superintendent, Dr. Floyd E. Williams, Jr., Tuesday evening.

According to Stephanie Duckmann, board president, the new superintendent comes to Des Plaines with a wealth of experience and enthusiasm for his new position and community. Dr. Williams served as Assistant Superintendent for Elementary School Leadership for Kenosha Unified School District, which educates 22,474 pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade students in Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie, and Somers, WI. Prior to serving in Kenosha, Dr. Williams was a teacher and principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in the Milwaukee Public School system. Dr. Williams also served as an adjunct instructor at the university level.

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"We are pleased to introduce Dr. Floyd Williams, Jr. to our faculty, staff, and community," said Duckmann. "A servant leader and active listener who places the interests and concerns of students, staff, parents, and community members before his own; a champion of a positive professional climate of mutual trust and respect among faculty, staff, and administrators; and a visible leader who is actively engaged in the community are qualities that our community expected in a new superintendent. The Board of Education believes that Dr. Williams has demonstrated these attributes throughout his career in public education.” Assisting the school board in the search process, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, conducted surveys, interviews and focus groups that shaped a candidate profile that was used to select the preferred candidate.

The choice of Williams for the position of superintendent is the culmination of a nationwide search that began this fall when current superintendent, Dr. Jane L. Westerhold announced that she would retire at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

“I could not have asked for a better place to lead than District 62,” stated Williams. “D62 is an excellent district to be a superintendent. Academically and financially the district is in good shape. The District 62 professional learning community is highly regarded. Dr. Westerhold has done an outstanding job over the past 11 years. I am thankful to have this opportunity.”

Dr. Williams earned a doctorate of education from Cardinal Stritch University. His bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social studies was earned from Marquette University, and his master’s degree in administrative leadership was earned from Concordia University. He is a member of the Administrators and Supervisors Council, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, International Literacy Association, Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators, who named him the 2004 Sarah Scott Principal of the Year, National Alliance of Black School Educators, National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Parent Teacher Association, and the NAACP. Dr. Williams was also featured as one of three Milwaukee principals whose individual style makes a difference in the lives of students.

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Dr. Williams will assume his duties July 1, 2016. Dr. Williams is married with two children and will relocate to the northwest suburbs.

Community Consolidated School District 62 educates more than 4,800 PreK – 8 students in eleven schools.


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