Maple Construction Begins March 26, 2018

Dear District 30 Neighbor,

In 2016, District 30 began an in-depth review of our organization’s facilities. Our master facility planning process resulted in a focus on building a new Maple Middle School and the health/life-safety work at our elementary schools. We remain grateful for the support of our referendum that was approved by nearly 76% of our community and for the partnership of La Salceda del Norte, Glenbrook North High School, and the Village of Northbrook in this effort.

The new Maple School has been designed, bids have been accepted, and construction is ready to begin!

District 30’s construction will include several phases:

  • Site work preparation and earthwork for the new Maple School in the field adjacent to the current Maple School (late March 2018)
  • The District Office will move to our new temporary location by March 15, 2018:
    • Our mailing address will remain the same (2374 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL) as mail will be couriered over from Maple School to the bank on a daily basis
    • Our new physical address will be at the Northview Bank at 245 Waukegan Road, Northfield, IL 60093
  • Demolition of the existing District Office trailers at 2374 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL (early April 2018)
  • Construction of the new Maple School (March 2018 through June 2019)
  • Demolition of the existing Maple School at 2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL (June 2019)
  • Completion of the new Maple School campus with water detention, fencing, parking lots, and a field (Summer 2019)

Construction will follow Village of Northbrook ordinances which allow work from 7:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. on weekdays, and (if needed) 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Thank you all in advance for your patience through this effort which will generate a modern, flexible, comprehensive, and responsible new middle school for our students, staff, and community. You can find more information at http://www.D30facilities.org. If you have questions now or during construction, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 847-498-4190.

Sincerely,

Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent of Schools

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School Safety Reflections

Dear D30 Families,

This morning Maple School enjoyed listening to the talents of our orchestra, choir, and band students. They handled challenging pieces incredibly well! During the program, Mr. Vecchio reflected on a particularly positive number and shared, “Now is as good a time as any to send some beauty into the world.”

Indeed it is. I know that our hearts break for those affected by senseless violence like the recent shooting in Florida. I am incredibly touched by the caring response by our students and staff whose actions include writing letters to students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

I am also saddened by the fact that these threats consume our time and energies, but they must. The safety of our students and staff is always our primary concern and events like these highlight the importance of our security efforts. I believe that there are two ongoing actions that maximize our safety:

  1. See something, say something: Our trusting and open communication with our students, families, and community are our first line of defense. Whether concerns surface about an individual considering harming themselves or others, it is typical for warning signs and signals to be known by someone. We must all continue to maintain our strong connections and provide appropriate support services to those in need, while remaining in close contact with the Northbrook and Glenview Police Departments.
  2. Building our capacity: We know that unthinkable acts of violence can occur anywhere. To be prepared, we must continuously develop our ability to react as intelligently as possible.

Regarding the first point, we all need to reinforce, “See something, say something.” Increased sensitivity to warning signs and concerns is a positive thing. In a recent conversation with a Northbrook Police Officer, he emphasized that they follow up on any information regarding a potential threat and take all of them seriously. We do the same.

Concerning building our capacity across District 30, please know that District 30’s administrative team has been engaged in updating our Emergency Preparedness Plans as part of our strategic plan. Our goal is to implement one set of protocols and language across Northfield Township (schools, parks, police, and fire). Northbrook District 27 has taken the lead on this vital work. Specifically, we are learning and intentionally developing an options-based response plan that aligns with the EEEE (Educate, Evade, Escape, and Engage) framework from Tier One Tactical Solutions out of St. Louis. Several members of our team, including me, have updated our protocols and engaged in active shooter training this year. We are using this knowledge to continuously update our plans, and will fully implement what we are learning in District 30 over the next few years.

A focus on safety motivated the new entrance configurations at Wescott and Willowbrook. Also, we have had the Northbrook Police Department and Fire Departments directly involved in the security and layout of the new Maple School.

Thank you all for continuing to send some beauty into the world. Together, we maximize the safety of our most precious resource, our kids.

Sincerely,

Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent

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District 30’s Board of Education Approves Contracts to Support Construction of New Maple School

On February 8, the Board of Education approved the individual contracts that support the construction of the new Maple School. Based on these awarded contracts, the total cost of the new Maple School remains within the $40.6 million budget.

In 2016, District 30 began an in-depth review of our organization’s facilities. Our master facility planning process resulted in a focus on a new Maple Middle School and the health/life-safety work at our elementary schools with a total cost of $41.5 million. Of that total, $40.6 million was the budget for the new Maple School. To generate needed funding, District 30 is investing $5.2 million from our fund balance that will be combined with $36.3 million in facility bonds which were approved by 76% of our community in last year’s referendum.

After an initial pre-construction meeting on December 20, 2017, the bids for the construction of the project were accepted, opened, and read at 4:30 p.m. on January 24, 2018.  Sealed bids were opened from 70 bidders.  The scope of work was broken down into the following bid/trade packages: asphalt paving and fencing, excavation, concrete, masonry, structural steel, general trades, roofing, aluminum windows and doors, flooring, kitchen equipment, interior furnishings, fire protection, plumbing, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), and electrical.  The bid packages included additional scopes of work (i.e., alternates) for possible consideration pending final budgetary considerations.

The most notable alternate approved on February 8 was the construction of a second-floor District Office, to replace the current administration trailers that will be vacated and torn down in March, to make room for the new Maple School. After examining several long-term options, the Board of Education determined that the most responsible choice was to build the District Office on the top of Maple School, while it is under construction. The total cost of the District Office will be under $2 million, and financing will occur out of operating expenses, with a price that is less than leasing.

Superintendent Dr. Wegley shared, “We are thrilled that we will have the opportunity to construct the modern, flexible, comprehensive, and responsible new Maple School that we have designed and that it will be within the budget.”

Board President Chuck Gitles reflected on this journey, “It is always sad to see the demolition of a building that was the home to the formative years of so many children, myself included. However, the Board must look forward, not back. We must provide the community with what they have asked for: A facility capable of supporting the educational demands of students in the 21st Century.”

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Neighbors Help D30 Construction Efforts & Bids Opened

Designs Finalized

District 30’s new Maple School designs were finalized in December.

Community Assistance Appreciated

We sincerely appreciate the help from Northbrook Bank & Trust Co., La Salceda Del Norte, District 225, and the Village of Northbrook, whose support will significantly assist District 30’s construction efforts.

Northbrook Bank & Trust Co.

The current District Office trailers will be vacated and torn down as construction begins. Northbrook Bank and Trust Co. offered District 30 office space to lease with the use of a kitchen, conference room, and restrooms (at no extra charge). They have generated a dramatically reduced price for space and have incorporated a modest monthly payment back to District 30 that we can utilize within each school’s benevolence funds that support students in need.

New Location – Same Address

The Board has supported our temporary location on the second floor of Northview Bank and Trust Co. building at 245 Waukegan Road, Northfield, IL 60093 beginning by March 2018. Although our physical address will change, the mailing address of the District Office will remain 2374 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL.

La Salceda Del Norte

Thank you to La Salceda Del Norte for their partnership and support of our construction efforts. The creation of a new Maple School, while student attendance continues in the old Maple School, creates a unique challenge with limited space for required water detention. District 30 reached out to La Salceda Del Norte to request utilizing their retention pond that is adjacent to the area that will become the new Maple School. Our engineers determined that we could meet our detention needs by pumping the water level down 11”, and La Salceda Del Norte’s Board voted to support this partnership.

Thank you to La Salceda Del Norte’s Board and residents for their partnership. As a sign of our appreciation, we are working to replace the fence that runs between our two properties as a part of our construction effort.

District 225 & GBN

The District 30 Community also extends our gratitude to District 225 and GBN for their partnership in design and their help in realizing our goal of a new Maple School within our limited footprint. D225’s Board of Education approved a land swap with D30 that supports one of our entrances, and they are working with us to coordinate parking. We have also worked together on the design of traffic and walking student flow.

The Village of Northbrook

The Village of Northbrook has worked with us during design and supported three variances allowing for our northern parking lot within the setback along with a decorative 5’ fence along the northern part of our property and an 8’ decorative fence around the new soccer field.

Bids Opened

On Wednesday, January 24th, bids were opened.

The District 30 administrative team is now analyzing bids, and the District 30 Board of Education will consider approving bids at our February 8th meeting. Construction is expected to begin by the end of March, and our goal remains to occupy the new Maple School in the fall of 2019.

Please keep up with developments at http://www.d30facilities.org/!

Brian

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Thank You D225 for Land Swap & Maple Construction Support

Construction on the new Maple School campus will begin in March of 2018. Efforts will begin with the creation of a new Maple School that will include two drop-off areas which are significantly safer than Maple’s current traffic pattern.


In the 1970’s, the current Sherman Drive that runs between the GBN and Maple campuses was extended near GBN’s athletic entrance to Greenview Road. Sherman Drive cut through the corner of D30’s campus (shown in red) and D225’s land (shown in yellow), leaving a D30 triangle of land on GBN’s side of Sherman Road, and a D225 triangle of land on D30’s side.


The D225 and D30 Boards have approved a land swap resolution to officially incorporate these two triangles of land into their respective campuses. This action allows the creation of a Sherman Drive entrance for the new Maple School. 

D30’s designs of the new campus have evolved over the design phase of the project with input from many stakeholders. The traffic patterns have been informed and analyzed by our architects and traffic consultants and they have incorporated input from the Village of Northbrook Engineers, Fire Department, and Police Department. These safer traffic patterns have also been reviewed by the District 30 Board of Education, representatives from the D225 Board of Education, and our neighbors at Glenbrook North High School.

The current staging pattern and design at Maple School creates challenges, especially at the end of the day, which our traffic consultant depicts in the diagram below:

The new Maple campus design plans for two distinct entrances and exits. Bus traffic will occur without cars on the south drive behind Maple School. This design offers a significant improvement in the current condition. Improved end-of-the-day traffic is depicted by our traffic consultant in the diagram below:

Current designs also include a fence along Sherman Drive (on the north end of the campus) to guide foot traffic to the crosswalk.

On behalf of the entire District 30 Community, thank you to District 225’s Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Mike Riggle for supporting a land swap to assist with District 30’s plans for the new Maple School campus.

Sincerely,

Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent

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Maple Progress Update

District 30’s new Maple School designs continue to progress and are now well into the construction drawing phase. Bid documents will be finalized in mid-December, and we will break ground in the Spring of 2018! Below are updated exterior and interior pictures of this exciting new facility for our students:

The Future of the District Office

In preparation for the work, the current District Office trailers are expected to be vacated and torn down in March of 2018. Northbrook Bank and Trust Co. offered District 30 office space to lease with the use of a kitchen, conference room, and restrooms (at no extra charge). They have generated a dramatically reduced price for space and have incorporated a modest monthly payment back to District 30 that we can utilize within each school’s benevolence fund that supports students in need. The Board has endorsed our temporary location on the second floor of Northview Bank and Trust Co. building at 245 Waukegan Road beginning by March 2018.

Several permanent locations have been explored for the District 30 District Office including a long-term lease in the community, repurposing the existing Maple School’s kitchen and cafeteria, building an office building adjacent to the future soccer field, and building the District Office on the top of Maple School as it is constructed. After analyzing all options, the Board of Education has determined that the most responsible option is to build the District Office on the top of Maple School during construction.

If bids come in as expected on this alternate, financing of this long-term solution will occur within operating expenses, with a cost that is less than leasing. Thank you to Northbrook Bank and Trust Co. for allowing District 30 to realize considerable short-term savings to put toward this needed space.

Please keep up with developments at http://www.d30facilities.org/!

Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent

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Instilling Hope Generates Grit

We are excited to begin a new school year in District 30, and I welcome our parents and community to another magical year. As we start the 2017-18 school year, it is hard to believe my children are 27 and 24 years old. I am proud that they are both caring and capable teachers. My wife and I enjoyed every phase of life, as they grew from excited toddlers into curious children, and now into invested young adults.

Collectively, our job in raising our children centers around helping them continue to develop and grow into independent, perseverant adults. District 30 has been part of the team raising children in our community since 1860. Consider our grammar school students shown here in 1903:


Reflect on the societal changes these young men and women saw in their lifetime. They needed to adapt, possess a growth mindset, and to employ grit.

This year’s kindergarteners will graduate from high school in 2030 and college in 2034:

Ponder the changes they will see in their lives and careers. They will need to have the ability to adapt to change, embrace a growth mindset, and they will need to exercise grit.

District 30 exists to create a community that craves learning, fosters resiliency, and cares deeply for every child. We honor childhood and focus on growth. In one of my earlier blogs, Mindset & Grit blog, I reflected on the book Mindset, by Carol Dweck. I recommend that every parent and educator read this book.

As we begin this year, I want to reflect on and recommend the book Grit, by Angela Duckworth. For Angela, grit has two components: passion and perseverance. These are two essential attributes for every child. Angela provides insights for how we can intentionally build grit in ourselves and our children.

Passion & Purpose

This book joins many other sources advocating for discovering and following our passions, which creates true purpose in life. William James foretold this a century ago, “The casting vote for how well we can expect to do in any endeavor is desire and passion, the strength of our interest.” Angela emphasized that half of grit is perseverance and that nobody works doggedly on something they don’t find intrinsically interesting.  Research shows:

  • People are enormously more satisfied with their jobs when they do something that fits their interests
  • People perform better at work when what they are interested in what they do

Support is Key

Interests are triggered by interactions with the outside world, and they thrive when there is a crew of encouraging supporters, including parents, teachers, coaches, and peers. We can and should help our young men and women to discover and follow their passions. Encourage them to consider the following questions:

  • Where does my mind wander?
  • What do I really care about?
  • What matters most to me?
  • How do I enjoy spending my time?
  • And in contrast, what do I find absolutely unbearable?

Hope & Perseverance

Perseverance requires hope, which is fueled by a growth mindset:

Growth Mindset → Optimistic self-talk → Perseverance over adversity

Angela pointed out that:

talent x effort = skill

skill x effort = achievement

Perseverance requires our students to have hope in the fact that their effort can impact their achievement. When it comes to achievement, effort counts twice. The key ingredient for success is completely within our control, and our language we use with our students can cultivate perseverance by reinforcing these important points:

Undermines Growth Mindset and Grit Promotes Growth Mindset and Grit
“You’re a natural! I love that.”

“Well, at least you tried.”

 

“Great job! You’re so talented!”


“This is hard. Don’t feel bad if you can’t do it.”

“Maybe this just isn’t your strength. Don’t worry-you have other things to contribute.”

“You’re a learner! I love that.”

“That didn’t work. Let’s talk about how you approached it and what might work better.”

“Great job! What’s one thing that could have been even better?”

“This is hard. Don’t feel bad if you can’t do it yet.”

“I have high standards. I’m holding you to them because I know we can reach them together.”

Deliberate Practice

Anders Ericsson’s research concluded that it takes ten thousand hours of practice over ten years to achieve elite levels of expertise. We all know that making significant progress on meaningful tasks involves failing at first. A key to achievement is deliberate practice, which includes four components:

  • A clearly defined stretch goal
  • Full concentration and effort
  • Immediate and informative feedback
  • Repetition with reflection and refinement

Angela noted that students who learned about the benefits of deliberate practice were more likely to focus on their weaknesses and “concentrate one hundred percent.”

Thank you all for partnering with us to instill hope as we help to build grit in all of our students. Together, we will continue to create a community that craves learning, fosters resiliency, and cares deeply for every child! Here is to a fantastic 2017-2018 school year!

Sincerely,

Brian K. Wegley

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D30 Board Gives Go Ahead for Maple Design

On Thursday, July 13, 2017, District 30’s Board of Education came to a consensus on giving the go ahead on the plans that have emerged from the design development phase of work for the new Maple School! In the Fall of 2016, the District 30 Board of Education entered into an inclusive process that generated District 30’s Master Facility Plan. The process included input from all stakeholders:

  • Community Members
  • Parents
  • Students
  • Staff
  • Administration
  • Board of Education

Leadership for this process was provided by our Board, Administrative Team, a Steering Committee (board members, administrators, teachers, parents, and community members), and a 34-member Citizens’ Task Force (District 30 parents, local business and real-estate leaders, village representatives, community members, building principals, and a teacher from each building). The wealth of information generated in our Master Facility Planning process was utilized to create a preliminary design of a new Maple School.

A leadership team convened that began work with ARCON and Nicholas & Associates two days after the referendum. Efforts have incorporated input from teachers, the Northbrook Police and Fire Departments, a traffic consultant, and engineers from the Village of Northbrook. Our work has also included meetings with District 225 and Glenbrook North High School.

Our collective work has generated designs for the new Maple School, which will be constructed on the field that is adjacent to the current Maple School. These designs will continue to evolve, and you can see the current design and how plans develop at our facilities website: http://d30facilities.org.

Our architects will now enter the mechanical drawing phase that will position us for bidding the work in the winter. Ground breaking will occur by April, and the goal remains to occupy the new Maple School in the fall of 2019.

District 30’s bond sale for this project went extremely well due to our AAA bond rating and the low-interest rates at the time of sale. The actual cost to our taxpayers will not be included in our taxes until the fall of 2018, and it will be lower than advertised during the referendum. The actual cost will be $45.63 per thousand dollars paid in taxes as opposed to the advertised impact of $47.55.

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New Maple Design Progressing

In the Fall of 2016, the District 30 Board of Education entered into an inclusive process that generated District 30’s Master Facility Plan. The process included input from all stakeholders:

  • Community Members
  • Parents
  • Students
  • Staff
  • Administration
  • Board of Education

Leadership for this process was provided by our Board, Administrative Team, a Steering Committee (board members, administrators, teachers, parents, and community members), and a 34-member Citizens’ Task Force (District 30 parents, local business and real-estate leaders, village representatives, community members, building principals, and a teacher from each building). The wealth of information generated in our Master Facility Planning process was utilized to create a preliminary design of a new Maple School.

On April 4, 2017, the community delivered District 30 a mandate to replace Maple School when 76% of the community voted yes for the facility bond referendum that grew out of this planning process. Once our community approved, the administrative team began utilizing the information generated for our Master Facility Planning process to finalize plans for a new Maple School. This important work continues to evolve with input from our teachers, students, administrative team, community members, architects, construction management firm, and consultants.

District 30 recently earned a Triple-A (AAA) Bond Rating with a Stable distinction from Standard and Poor’s. This strong rating is important because it provides us with an “exceptional degree of creditworthiness,” which will keep the rates on our bonds as low as possible.

Our goal remains to break ground on our current soccer field by April of 2018, to occupy a new Maple School in the Fall of 2019, and to allow current middle school and summer school programming to continue in the current Maple School during construction.

Our realization of a new Maple School will:

  • Eliminate the need for millions of dollars of maintenance for the current Maple School
  • Add two additional classrooms which will increase flexibility and capacity for future enrollment growth and additions
  • Create two drop-off lanes with significantly increased car-staging zones and safety
  • Create full-size science classrooms with fully-functional labs
  • Generate appropriately-sized music, art, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) rooms
  • Cluster grade-levels together with collaborative learning space
  • Locate student services (our nurse and psychologists) in a confidential area
  • Allow for public spaces (e.g. the music areas and gym space) to be isolated from the academic areas of the building
  • Create a “Cafetorium” that allows for after-school activities and performances without interference with physical education and after-school athletics
  • Introduce natural light to virtually every student space
  • Increase energy efficiency including the replacement of 37 rooftop heating and air-conditioning units with more efficient centralized systems

We invite the District 30 Community to keep up with the progress on our new Maple School through the http://www.d30facilities.org/ website. This website includes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the most recent design progress. Once construction begins, this site will include regular updates on progress.

Thank you again to our supportive community and to all of those giving their time freely to generate an outstanding plan for the new Maple School.

Sincerely,

Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent

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Direction Defined for Maple School & Thank You

“District 30 has the kids; the faculty and staff; the leadership; the community. The only thing you are missing is the facilities.”  

District 30 Parent’s Statement During Master Facility Planning

As District 30 embarked on updating our Master Facility Plan, the above quote summarized what drove this facility process. Our Master Facility Plan was shared with a Steering Committee and Citizens’ Task Force, who unanimously recommended that our Board of Education pursue a Facility Bond Referendum, which included the building of a new Maple School, and completion of required Health/Life-Safety work at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools.

While nothing is official at this point, it appears that the April 4, 2017, Facility Bond Referendum for District 30 was supported by the community by a substantial margin. Therefore, District 30 will continue planning for a new Maple School, as we begin completing the Health/Life-Safety work at Wescott and Willowbrook. Moving forward, we will include the voice of District 30 stakeholders in our planning, and we will keep our community well-informed.

Thank you to the citizens who actively engaged in one of our 14 tours of Maple School, who hosted or attended one of the 10 community coffees, and who worked to make sure the community was informed about our options. Throughout this effort, our community has demonstrated character and civility. I have appreciated the respectful, open conversation and learning that has occurred as we shared District 30’s facility issues and options.

I want to personally thank our staff, Board of Education, parents, and community who provided input into the District 30 Master Facility Plan. I have every confidence that District 30 will intelligently and responsibly work to create a middle school that aligns with our educational vision and supports the high expectations that we all share for the education that we provide for our students.

In addition, Tuesday’s election resulted in the election of the three board members who ran for three open seats. On April 27, 2017, our Board of Education will welcome back Mrs. Ursula Sedlak, as we welcome Mr. Jeffrey Zuercher and Mr. Keith Karchmar. I know our community appreciates these individuals for the service that they will provide District 30. At the same time, we have two seasoned board members who will retire from service to District 30. Please join me in thanking Dr. Kenneth Spero and Mr. Fred Sloneker for their commitment to District 30. They have served our district with dedication and distinction, and they will truly be missed!

Thank you again to our community for your partnership and support in providing our students with outstanding learning opportunities. District 30 will continue to create a community that craves learning, fosters resiliency, and cares deeply for every child.

Gratefully,
WegleySig
Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent of Schools

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