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White: Greetings from the new District 181 superintendent

I first want to share my appreciation to the district community for your support of our schools and your warm welcome.

I have worked in District 181 for only a short time, but already I feel deeply invested in our success. I have been greatly impressed by the caliber of our staff, the talent of our students, and the commitment of this community; there are so many elements that make District 181 exceptional.

I had a number of key priorities upon my arrival at the end of May, including walk-and-talk tours of the schools with our principals while school was in session, and meeting a variety of stakeholders, such as our parent-teacher organization, the D181 Foundation, rotary, district committee members, and colleagues in Hinsdale Township High School District 86.

Together with District leaders, we finalized the process of selecting the members for the District 1818 Superintendent’s Advisory Learning Committee and have filled a number of open staff positions. I have also been working closely with our board of education in looking at the way our organization operates as a system and in decision making. It is critical that our work is data-driven, transparent, and best for students.

The summer continues to be a busy time in District 181. We are monitoring class size to ensure we have the appropriate staffing to start our school year, and our teachers have been engaging in outstanding professional development opportunities ranging from technology integration to math curriculum work.

Our maintenance staff is addressing facility needs in each building along with their standard summer cleaning. The staff at the administration center is also completing a variety of important projects as we officially close the 2013-14 school year and begin 2014-15.

I invite you to visit our District website throughout the summer to keep up with the latest district news, including information about some of the new staff who have joined our team.

I have been energized by conversations around the most effective ways to strengthen and support District 181 now and for the future. We are shaping the vision around where we want to go, understanding our readiness to get there, and putting systems in place to plan how to best achieve those dreams. I look forward to continuing this work with the partnership of our district community.

Dr. Don White is the superintendent of Community Consolidated School District 181.

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