The Superintendent is the chief executive officer for the school district with the authority to manage, supervise, and evaluate all affairs of the system within the policies established by the Board of Education. The Superintendent administers the development and maintenance of an educational program designed to meet the needs of the community and carry out policies of the board. Additionally, she assists the board in developing long-range plans, formulates school objectives, policies, plans, and programs, conducts periodic audits of the total school program, and advises the board on recommendations for the educational advancement of the schools.
Dear District 135 Community,
It is my distinct honor and privilege to welcome you to District 135 and to a new school year! I am proud to begin my second year as superintendent of District 135 as I enter my 21st year working in education and 6th year as a public school district superintendent. A few other key numbers come to mind as I think about the 2017-2018 school year:
- 5,090 - The number of students we will welcomed into our schools on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.
- 747 - The number of part-time and full-time teachers, staff, and administrators committed to the success of our students.
- 174 - The number of student attendance days we have this year. I look forward to each one of them and the possibilities they hold for our learners!
Between now and June 1, 2018, our focus above all else will be the children we have the privilege and honor of serving, guided by our vision and mission to empower students to be prepared for successful lives beyond the classroom. Together with families, we share in the commitment to the continuous pursuit of excellence for all. With the outstanding D135 community, we want to help each student explore their potential, discover their strengths and passions, and recognize their ability to change the world. We already know that D135 is home to exceptional educators who can guide students in that journey. One of the most important ways we can support them in their work is by ensuring they have a strong curriculum, high quality resources, and a robust assessment framework. The work our staff completed throughout 2016-17 and over this past summer has set us up for success in 2017-18 in each of those areas. In partnership with community stakeholders, we:
- Redesigned the District’s vision, mission, and shared beliefs. From these, strategic goals were developed with the Board of Education, and a corresponding multi-year action plan followed. A redesign of the District’s logos and branding also took place.
- Expanded the District’s 1:1 technology initiative to include all students in Kindergarten through grade eight, and lead the creation of the technology resource renewal cycle resulting in cost savings to the District of nearly $1.8 million over the life of the five-year plan.
- Established a pool of Instruction Practices Inventory teams to conduct classroom walkthroughs to ascertain student engagement, reflect on technology integration, and determine the return on investment for the 1:1 technology.
- Lead the District through its transition to a new student information and management system.
- Supported the Department of Teaching & Learning as it led the District through a shift in pedagogical practices in effective assessment, and transitioning to standards-based assessment and grading.
- Supported the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in developing curriculum review and curricular resource review cycles while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
- Lead the District’s administrative team in conducting a full-scale staffing analysis leading to the reduction of staff through attrition, and resulting in over $1 million in savings.
- Created and executed a Leadership Development Seminar program designed to ‘coach up’ those individuals on staff with administrative credentials who did not yet hold a leadership position. Results in the first year alone included 50% participation of those eligible and the promotion of staff into building leadership roles.
- Lead the analysis of cohort survival statistics resulting in a recommendation to shift from grade level centers to neighborhood K-5 buildings which is projected to result in projected savings of at least $650,000 in transportation costs alone.
We are making exciting progress in the area of Academic Success. Throughout the year, we will be updating you on this work and the progress being made in our other three goal areas within the Strategic Plan: Organizational Excellence, Operational Integrity, and Culture of Community. These successes could not happen without each of us working in collaboration, all in support of our 5,090 young learners.
Thank you for your continued partnership and affording us the honor of working with our communities most precious commodities, your children (our students)!
Dr. DJ Skogsberg
Phone: (708) 364-3306
The hours for the Superintendent's Office are as follows:
Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm during the school year
Monday-Thursday 7:00am-3:30pm during the summer
The Superintendent is happy to answer and respond to any questions or concerns you may have, but please contact your school principal as a primary resource.