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Superintendent’s Blog – School Closing and Student Lunches

April 17, 2020
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Good evening. Let me start by saying that a two-inch snowfall on April 17th somehow makes sense considering the last five weeks of our lives. With that being said, I hope that you are all safe and healthy as we finish off our Spring Break. As you may have heard, the Governor has closed schools for the remainder of the school year. This means that the final six weeks of student work will be finished under our current Remote Engagement model. We are very aware of how this pandemic and accompanying Shelter in Place order has impacted families in different …

Superintendent’s Blog – Elementary Materials

April 9, 2020
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I wanted to take a minute to update our Elementary School families about today’s delay in delivering instructional materials to our Elementary School children. As you all know, one of our concerns is that children continue to learn in this new environment. The reality of this pandemic is that not only will we probably not be back in school this school year, but it is likely that we will begin our next school year in this same remote engagement model. With that in mind, it is important that kids keep learning so as to not fall behind. With that being …

Superintendent’s Blog – Remote Engagement Update

April 1, 2020
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Governor Pritzker has extended Illinois’ Stay-at-Home Order through April 30th. This means that Beecher 200U will remain closed through at least April 30th. As for our upcoming Spring Break, it will take place as planned. There will be no school lessons for Good Friday, April 10th or the entire week of April 13th – April 17th. To ensure connectivity, giving all students the opportunity to be engaged and learn – the school has delivered internet hot spots (free of charge) to the few families in our District with no internet connection. If you (or someone you know) has no internet, …

Superintendent’s Blog – Shelter in Place

March 23, 2020
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With Illinois being sheltered in place, the Beecher 200U District Office will be the only office open on campus moving forward. If you have questions about anything, call 708-946-2266, and we will get you connected. Speaking of connected, if you or someone that you know is having trouble with their internet or accessing online materials, give us a call. Today is the beginning of the 4th quarter, so your kids should begin having new grades in the gradebook, if they haven’t already. Please go online, as your child’s third quarter grades should be posted. Since the Governor put us out …

Superintendent’s Blog – Financial Update

March 6, 2020
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As we close the books on February, Beecher 200U is two-thirds of the way through our fiscal year. In the last 12 months, our District’s reserves have decreased by $180K from $12.79M to $12.61M. This puts us on track to end the fiscal year (June 30th) with about $14.9M in the bank. However, the Board has already approved the asbestos abatement of 14K ft2 of floors and ceilings in the High School and a remodeling of the Junior High gym for this summer. Once those projects are complete, our reserves should drop to about $14.1M, depending on final project bids …

Superintendent’s Blog – BJHS Gym Remodel

February 19, 2020
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At the February Board meeting, the Board of Education approved the remodeling of the Junior High gym for approximately $135K. The two main pieces to this project are the floor and bleachers. Anyone who has spent any time in this gym knows one thing: three rows of bleachers is not enough. Moving forward, the gym will have seven rows of bleachers, more than doubling the gym’s seating capacity. As for the floor, the gym’s west end has started to settle, causing cracking in the existing floor. A new floating wood floor will be installed over the top of the existing …

Superintendent’s Blog – Anticipated School Tax Rate Drop!

January 22, 2020
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At the December meeting, the Board of Education approved the latest local property tax levy. This impacts the property taxes that we (as taxpayers) will be paying on our next tax bill. As you know, the local public school district is the largest item on your tax bill, so what happens at levy time impacts each of our household budgets. Last year, Beecher 200U had a tax rate of $6.81; it is anticipated that next year’s rate will drop to $6.57, which is a 3.5% decrease! If you would like to access specific information from the presentation to the Board, …

Superintendent’s Blog – 1:1 Laptop Program

January 10, 2020
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In the first week of this new year, Beecher 200U celebrates a wonderful opportunity for our students. We have completed a 1:1 laptop deployment in grades 6-12! This means that we are providing 600+ students a Chromebook to take home every night. Of course, the hardware itself is not the end of this journey; it is only the beginning. Over the course of the next few years, students will become more empowered in their own learning as they are immersed in their native learning environment – technology. As a school, we will be focusing on changing the way teaching and …

Superintendent’s Blog – Hot Lunch Program

October 29, 2019
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For the first time in a decade, we are running our own cafeteria program. For years, we have had a third party provide lunch for our kids… and it could have been better. So this year, we are planning our own menus and finding quality, tasty meals. Most of our food comes from Gordon Food Service (GFS), so we know that it is going to be fresh and delicious! We are getting back to the basics: mini corn dogs, chicken sandwiches, and pepperoni pizza. So far, the hit of the year has been bosco sticks and marinara sauce. That being …

Superintendent’s Blog – School Budget

September 11, 2019
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On Monday night, the School Board passed the budget for this year. After putting $282K in the bank last year; this year’s budget calls for deficit spending of $664K due to larger-than-normal spending on technology, buses, textbooks, and debt repayment. We are anticipating total spending for the 2019-2020 school year to be about $14.7M, and we should end the year with $14.9M in reserves. In other words, we have a year’s worth of spending in our savings account. You can find the entire budget summary HERE. Please call or email (bcox@beecher200u.org) with thoughts or questions about this or other topics.