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Dr. Matthew MontgomeryIn a unanimous vote at the April 12, 2021 Special Board Meeting, the Lake Forest Elementary School District 67 and Lake Forest Community High School District 115 Boards of Education jointly approved the contract for Dr. Matthew Montgomery to become the next Superintendent of Lake Forest Schools, effective July 1, 2021.

Dr. Montgomery, who has been in his current post as Superintendent of the Bath, Ohio Revere Local School District since 2015, was selected following an extensive community engagement and national search process managed jointly by the District 115 and District 67 school boards.

Since our last update, the Boards have worked in collaboration with search firm HYA to vet candidates. Following an extensive interview process, we have narrowed the field to three individuals who were introduced to the community last week during our Meet the Candidates Forum. It was exciting to see the finalists discuss their visions for or Districts with leaders across the community. For those unable to tune in, we are sharing a recording of that program here.

Superintendent Search Webpage Link

District 115 Board of Education

Board Meeting Overview

Unless otherwise noted below, meetings of the District 115 Board of Education will be held from September through July (excluding January). Meetings are normally held in the Board Room at Lake Forest High School West Campus, 300 S. Waukegan Rd. (2nd floor). The regular business of the Board of Education will not be conducted until 7:00 p.m. An Executive Session and Workshop may be held prior to the conduction of regular business. The agenda and any changes to meeting dates or location are posted on this website, and on the bulletin board in the foyer of the Administration Center prior to each meeting. Agenda items include matters related to education, finance, and operations. The public is encouraged to attend Board of Education meetings.

For questions or to access archived minutes, please contact Julia Polszakiewicz, Board Clerk.


Independent Investigation Report

The District 115 Board of Education voted in July to retain a nationally-renowned investigator of sexual misconduct as part of its response to a report lodged by a Lake Forest High School (LFHS) alum that a former staff member had an inappropriate relationship with him several decades ago while he was a LFHS student.
 
The investigator’s report notes that the District has already taken a number of steps to enhance our responsiveness to reports of inappropriate behavior. It also outlines additional actions we can take to further demonstrate our commitment to the safety and well-being of students, including enhancing District policies, training and parent and student communications pertaining to reports of sexual misconduct. We are working to put these recommendations into practice, and we are committed to doing whatever we can to continue to maintain a zero tolerance culture for any kind of misconduct in our community.
 
The Board authorized posting the investigator’s executive summary of her findings as well as a redacted version of the report to ensure parents, students and the full school community can assess the findings. The redactions are made, in part, to comply with state and federal law that prohibits disclosure of certain “personal identifiers,” including student information and personnel records.
 
As we continue to work through these findings and recommendations, we again encourage anyone with concerns about misconduct, past or present, to use the LFHS Confidential Reporting Tool to inform school officials about perceived threats to the safety and security of our school community. Above all else, ensuring the safety and well-being of students remains our highest priority.

Statement from Board President David Lane

Executive Summary Report

Redacted Report


notice regarding board Meetings

Governor Pritzker recently extended the disaster declaration related to the COVID-19 pandemic for all Illinois counties to May 30, 2021. Based on the current public health concerns, the Board President of Lake Forest School District 115, as head of the public body, has determined that it is neither practical nor prudent to hold in-person meetings of the Boards of Education. Board meetings will be remote and comply with the procedures set forth in Public Act 101-640 that Governor Pritzker signed on April 30, 2021.

Public Comment

Unless otherwise noted, individuals who wish to make a public comment at a virtual meeting should notify Board Clerk Julia Polszakiewicz, at jpolszakiewicz@lfschools.net no later than 12:00 p.m. noon on the day of the meeting. During the afternoon of the day of the Board meeting, Ms. Polszakiewicz will be in contact with those individuals regarding instructions on how to call in to make public comment.  If comments are submitted by community members in writing only, they will be added to the meeting record but will not be read aloud by a representative of the District at the meeting. Community members may read their own written comments once registered with Ms. Polszakiewicz. It is not required, however, that community members submit their comments in writing.

A link to the live stream of virtual Board of Education meetings will be available on the District 115 Board of Education website approximately two hours prior to the start of each meeting.


Upcoming Meetings

Monday, May 10, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Public Board Packet
Live stream link


Recording of April 12, 2021 REgular Board Meeting

Meeting Date

Time

Location

Monday, September 14, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Gym, Lake Forest HS West Campus
Agenda
Approved Minutes - Regular Meeting
Budget Hearing Agenda
Approved Minutes - Budget Hearing
Public Board Packet/Reports
Recording of Meeting

Monday, October 5, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes
Public Packet/Reports
Recording of Meeting

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Special Meeting

3:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Emergency Meeting
5:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes
Recording of Meeting

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Special Meeting
5:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes

Monday, November 9, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes
Public Board Packet
Recording of Meeting

Thursday, December 3, 2020
Special Meeting - Self-Evaluation
5:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes
Recording of Meeting

Monday, December 7, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes
Public Board Packet
Recording of Meeting

Thursday, January 7, 2021
Special Meeting
5:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes
Public Board Packet
Recording of Meeting

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Joint Special Board Meeting
5:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes
Recording of Meeting

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Special Meeting
5:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda - AMENDED
Approved Minutes
Recording of Meeting

Thursday, January 28, 2021
Joint Special Board Meeting
5:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes
Recording of Meeting

Monday, February 8, 2021

7:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes
Public Board Packet
Recording of Meeting

Monday, March 1, 2021
Joint Special Board Meeting
HYA Leadership Profile Report Presentation
and Action on Interim Superintendent Contract

5:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes
Recording of Meeting

Monday, March 8, 2021

5:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda - AMENDED
Public Board Packet - AMENDED
Approved Minutes
Recording of Meeting

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Joint Special Board Meeting
HYA Superintendent Candidate Slate Presentation
5:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes
Recording of Meeting

Friday, March 12, 2021
Joint Special Board Meeting
Board Interviews of Superintendent Candidates
Day 1
5:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes
Recording of Meeting

Saturday, March 13, 2021
Joint Special Board Meeting
Board Interviews of Superintendent Candidates
Day 2
10:00 a.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes
Recording of Meeting

Sunday, March 14
Joint Special Board Meeting
Post-Interview Candidate Deliberations
4:30 PM.      

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes
Recording of Meeting

Thursday, March 18, 2021
Joint Special Board Meeting

6:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Approved Minutes
Recording of Meeting

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Joint Special Board Meeting
Board Second Round Interviews of
Superintendent Candidates - Day 1
5:00 p.m.

Deer Path Middle School,
95 Deerpath, Lake Forest
Agenda

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Joint Special Board Meeting
Board Second Round Interviews of
Superintendent Candidates - Day 2
and Board Final Superintendent
Candidate Deliberations
5:30 p.m.

Deer Path Middle School,
95 Deerpath, Lake Forest
Agenda

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Joint Closed Special Board Meeting
6:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda

Monday, April 12, 2021
Joint Special Board Meeting

5:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Recording of Meeting
Monday, April 12, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Public Board Packet
Recording of Meeting

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Special - Election and Reorganization

6:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Recording of Meeting

Monday, May 10, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Meeting
Agenda
Public Board Packet
Live stream link

Monday, June 14, 2021 7:00 p.m.  
Monday, July 12, 2021 7:00 p.m.  

Board Members

Email ALL Board Members: boed115@lfschools.net
 
Ms. Jenny Zinser

Ms. Jenny Zinser, President
Term: 2019-2023
1680 Tall Grass Lane
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847-615-2188
jzinser@lfschools.net

 

 
Ms. Sally Davis

Ms. Sally Davis, Vice President
Term 2015-2025
332 E. Prospect Ave
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
847-295-7392
sdavis@lfschools.net

 

Mr. Dewey Winebrenner

Mr. Dewey Winebrenner, Secretary
Term: 2019-2023
117 E Westminster
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847-295-0093
dwinebrenner@lfschools.net

 

Mr. David Burns

Mr. David Burns, Board Member
Term: 2021-2024
530 East North Ave.
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
847-370-0327
dburns@lfschools.net

 

Mr. John Noble

Mr. John Noble, Board Member
Term: 2019-2023
1819 Hackberry
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847-226-5030
jnoble@lfschools.net

 

Dr. Marcus Schabacker

Dr. Marcus Schabacker, Board Member
Term: 2021-2024
1411 Lake Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
215-808-8558
mschabacker@lfschools.net

 

Dr. John Venson

Dr. John Venson, Board Member
Term: 2021-2024
1721 Westbridge Circle
Lake Forest, IL 60045
415-845-5066
jvenson@lfschools.net

 

Board Member Leadership Training

Sally Davis
IASB Master Board Members (Level 1)  - September 2015
Opening Meetings Act  - September 2015
Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA)  - September 2015
The Basics of Governance - November 2015
DCFS Mandated Reporter Training - December 2019

John Noble
Opening Meetings Act - June 2019
Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT) - June 2019
Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) - June 2019
The Basics of Governance - June 2019
DCFS Mandated Reporter Training - December 2019

Dewey Winebrenner
Opening Meetings Act - June 2019
Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT) - June 2019
Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) - June 2019
The Basics of Governance - June 2019
DCFS Mandated Reporter Training - February 2020

Jenny Zinser
Opening Meetings Act - June 2019
Professional Development Leadership Training (PDLT) - June 2019
Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) - June 2019
The Basics of Governance - June 2019
Balancing Effective Governance and Transparency - November 2019
The Happiness Advantage - November 2019
DCFS Mandated Reporter Training - December 2019