ISBE Holds Second Round of Schoolhouse Meetings


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September 1, 2000                                                   (217) 782-4648 or (312) 814-3490

Springfield -- The Illinois State Board of Education is going on the road for a second round of local Schoolhouse Meetings this fall.

State Superintendent of Education Glenn W. McGee will visit 16 schools statewide in September and October to hear comments and suggestions directly from local residents. McGee plans a third round of visits next spring that will complete his tour of “listening sessions” in all 45 of the state’s Educational Service Regions.

In June, the Board held 12 meetings and listened to ways the state can better support schools and students. The ideas and suggestions shared at the first meetings by parents, students, teachers, school board members, administrators, and business and community leaders are helping the State Board respond more effectively to schools and students. The Schoolhouse Meetings are one component of McGee’s plan to improve and strengthen ISBE’s delivery of services.

“Visiting communities across the state has allowed me to hear from local citizens about the local needs of schools and how we can best support them,” McGee said. “And the listening will continue, not just at meetings but by all parts of the agency. This input is vital to help the State Board provide first-class service as we work together to make Illinois schools Second to None.”

The two-hour meetings will start with a panel presentation on the Illinois Learning Standards. The overview will outline the skills and knowledge encompassed in the Standards, why they are important to students at all grade levels, and how achieving the Standards helps students succeed in life. In addition, representatives of the Illinois PTA will be on hand to talk about what the Standards mean to parents.

But the bulk of the Schoolhouse meeting will be devoted to questions and comments from the audience.

McGee stressed that everyone in the community is invited and urged to attend and give input.  He encourages superintendents to bring a “team” of representatives from their districts and communities. Registration is free and easy online at or at the door. Everyone is welcome. Those who cannot attend may e-mail ideas and suggestions to ISBE at

Agenda Information

6:30-7 p.m.            Register, network and ask questions in the customer service exhibit area.

7-7:30 p.m.            State Superintendent McGee and staff seek public input, give information updates                                    and discuss the Illinois Learning Standards.

7:30-8:30 p.m.            Q & A Discussion

Spring 2001 Tour Areas

Spring 2001 tour areas include Canton, Carbondale, Centralia, Charleston, Crystal Lake, Danville, DeKalb, Fairfield, Kewanee, Lacon, Macomb, Marion, Mason City, Monmouth, Morris, Ottawa, Pekin, Rock Falls and Waterloo.

Fall 2000 Schoolhouse Meeting Schedule
All meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Monday, September 11             Elgin, Larkin High School, 1475 Larkin Avenue
                                                  Host: Regional Superintendent Clem Mejia

Wednesday, September 13         Decatur, Stephen Decatur Middle School, #1 Educational Park
                                                   Host: Regional Superintendent Charles Shonkwiler

Monday, September 18             Robinson, Nuttall Middle School, 400 Rustic Street
                                                  Host: Regional Superintendent Samuel White

Tuesday, September 19             Springfield, Springfield High School, 101 S. Lewis Street
                                                  Host: Regional Superintendent Helen Tolan

Monday, September 25             Kankakee, Kankakee Junior High, 2250 E. Crestwood Street
                                                  Host: Regional Superintendent Kay Pangle

Tuesday, September 26             Quincy, Quincy Senior High School #1, 3322 Maine Street
                                                  Host: Regional Superintendent Raymond Scheiter

Wednesday, September 27         Joliet, Joliet Central High School, 201 E. Jefferson Street
                                                  Host: Regional Superintendent Richard Duran

Monday, October 2                    Gurnee, Warren Township High School, 34090 Almond Road
                                                  Host: Regional Superintendent Edward Gonwa

Tuesday, October 3                    Litchfield, Litchfield High School, 1705 N. State Street
                                                  Host: Regional Superintendent Greg Springer

Tuesday, October 10                  Pontiac, Pontiac High School, 1100 E. Indiana Avenue
                                                  Host: Regional Superintendent Eugene Jontry

Wednesday, October 11            Galesburg, Galesburg High School, 1135 W. Fremont Street
                                                  Host: Regional Superintendent Robert Johnson

Monday, October 16                  Carlinville, Carlinville High School, 829 W. Main Street
                                                  Host: Regional Superintendent Russell Masinelli

Tuesday, October 17                  Mt. Vernon, Mt. Vernon Township High School, 320 S. 7th Street,
                                                  Host: Regional Superintendent P.E. Cross

Monday, October 23                  Alton, Alton High School, 2200 College Avenue
                                                  Host: Regional Superintendent Harry Briggs

Tuesday, October 24                  Freeport, Freeport High School, 701 W. Moseley Street
                                                   Host: Regional Superintendent John Lang

Wednesday, October 25             Addison, Addison Trail High School, 213 N. Lombard Road
                                                  Host: Regional Superintendent Berardo DeSimone