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  • Barb Golik Appointed to Lead District 63’s First Steps Preschool

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 7/11/2016

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    At its July 13 meeting, the East Maine School District 63 Board of Education approved the appointment of Barb Golik to lead the District’s First Steps Preschool. As Assistant Principal for Preschool, she will manage both D63 preschool sites – at Melzer (Morton Grove) and Apollo (Des Plaines) Schools.

    Golik began her career as an at-risk preschool teacher at the Early Childhood Development Enrichment Center in Arlington Heights, moving on to Mount Prospect District 57’s Westbrook School as a 1st grade teacher and then as a literacy specialist before becoming Interim Principal in 2015.

    She received her B.S. in early childhood education from Illinois State University and two M.A.s – in reading education and educational leadership – from Concordia University.

    District 63’s First Steps Preschool offers high-quality programming to more than 200 children annually. In addition to a fee-based Community Preschool, First Steps also offers special programs to qualifying at-risk and special needs students at no charge through grants provided by the Illinois State Board of Education.

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  • State Passes Budget for Public Schools

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 7/8/2016
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    On June 30, state legislators and Governor Rauner reached a compromise on a stopgap budget that, among other things, will fund public schools throughout the state - including District 63. 

    The new deal fully funds General State Aid (the conduit through which public schools receive state dollars) for the first time in seven years, as well as providing $250 million for a statewide school equity grant. The budget also provides $75 million in additional funding for early childhood education.
     
    That's good news for Illinois families and students -- and for D63. Although only 10 percent of our budget comprises GSA dollars, that does represent almost $5 million in annual funding for the District. 
     
    "Although we remain concerned about the long-term impact of the gridlock in Springfield, we're relieved that the State has demonstrated a strong commitment to public education, enabling us to remain on sound financial footing," noted Dr. Scott Clay, Superintendent. "And we're grateful to all of our D63 families who contacted their elected officials on this issue."
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