34Next Presents Final Recommendations to Board of Education

On Monday, December 8 34Next Co-Chairs Daniel O’Brien and Bill Utter presented the final set of recommendations that stemmed from the community engagement program to the Glenview District 34 Board of Education.

The recommendations will remain posted here for 60 days in an effort to solicit additional feedback. Once the 60-day window has closed, any patterns or themes that emerged in the feedback will be considered along with the recommendations for district improvements. To provide your feedback, you may e-mail 34next@glenview34.org
“Through the community engagement program, we gained meaningful insights into our community’s values, priorities, questions, concerns and satisfaction around education in District 34,” said Board President Chris Northwick. “Given the uncertain future and shifting landscape in public education and Illinois school funding, this feedback will help guide our Board in decision-making as well as steer the district’s efforts in improving its ongoing communication with our community.”   
34Next: Community Views on Glenview 34 Schools was a collaborative effort between District 34 and a group of local residents that first launched in September. The purpose of this extensive community engagement program was for District 34 to gain a deeper understanding of the community’s values to help further shape the district’s priorities for its future.
A total of four sessions were held, which included: “D34: Past, Present, Future” on September 10; “Defining Student Success” on October 2; “Financial Landscape” on October 21; and “Review of Key Findings and Recommendations” on November 5. Attendance at all four sessions nearly surpassed 200 participants, which included D34 parents, non-parents, business owners and other key community members in Glenview.
Feedback that was received from community engagement participants at the November 5 session was incorporated into the final set of recommendations that was presented to the Board on Monday.  The recommendations can be found in the attached report, which also includes celebrations, surprises and concerns that were found during the program.
“We are truly grateful to the community for the time they invested each month by attending the sessions. By hearing their voices and perspectives, we were able to identify some key areas of focus for the Board of Education to evaluate moving forward,” Utter said.
“Spearheading this program allowed Bill and me the unique opportunity to not only take an in-depth look into District 34, but to also gain a better understanding of the values our residents represent.  We feel this educational experience was one shared by all in attendance throughout the four sessions,” O’Brien added.