Message From The Superintendent
“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”
~Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. President
The greatest challenge facing our school district is to continue our journey to improve in the areas of learning, communication, operations, and finances. It is great that we exceed our performance benchmarks; however, our ongoing goal is to reach higher levels of greatness.
Transforming from Great to Greater Schools
Thanks to our committed community, the recent referendum which passed this spring enables us to enhance educational programming. Brief descriptions of the projects (with completion dates) are listed below and photographs are included in this newsletter.
On the curriculum front, enhancements include:
- Update middle school science labs (2018) and purchase portable elementary science labs (2017)
- Upgrade student technology devices and related infrastructure (2017 and 2018)
- Modify elementary cafeteria to serve also as a large group instruction area (2018)
- Acquire some student furniture providing flexibility so students can better collaborate and work on solving problems (2017 and 2018)
- Enlarge middle school band room and improve soundproofing for elementary music room (2017)
Safety and security improvements include:
- Improve front entrance access and security at Evergreen Elementary School (2018)
- Provide access via a lift/elevator for individuals with physical disabilities to access second floor classrooms at Benjamin Middle School (2017)
- Repair or replace non-working and inefficient windows (2017 and 2018)
- Repair or replace playground surfaces and parking lots (2018)
- Install a new phone system with safety/security features (2017)
- Update burglar and interface security system (2017)
Facility maintenance projects to protect community investment in our buildings include:
- Repair/replace designated roofs (2018)
- Replace elementary school classroom sinks to meet current code (2017)
- Replace classroom fluorescent lighting with energy-efficient and long-lasting LED lighting (2018)
Rigor has been expanded through more in-depth problem solving in our math curriculum. The English Language program continues to be enhanced by the Ready Gen program which enters its second year with increased focus on non-fictional reading, more opportunities for writing, and use of extensive higher level thinking skills. Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) programs also will be expanded this year. Examples include adding Project Lead the Way for grades three and four which will provide hands-on activities relevant to our students. Illinois Math and Science Academy classes are being provided for grade five students and focus on how data impacts their daily lives, and for seventh graders who will learn how agriculture and technology intersect. These classes complement the already successful eighth grade class which explores technology and science in the aviation field. Our social studies curriculum is in the process of being aligned with recent updated state standards. Finally, students are flourishing in our multiple arts and physical education opportunities.
Strong Schools, Strong Community, Strong Future
A wise Chinese Proverb points out that, “A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.” During the 10 years that I have served as superintendent, I have been very impressed by the strong work ethic exhibited by our students, the strong support of our parents, and the strong commitment of our community to provide outstanding schools. As a result, our students greatly benefit from the excellent education, home values are strengthened, and the quality of life in our community thrives.
Philip M. Ehrhardt, Ed.D.
Superintendent, FOIA Officer
Benjamin School District 25
District Support Staff - Accounting/Payroll
Clark, Dr. Shelley
District Support Staff - Secretary
Special Education/Intervention Consultant
Tech Info Coordinator
District Support Staff - Administrative Assistant/Board Recorder, FOIA Officer