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Message From the Superintendent
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Dr. Anthony M. Scarsella
Superintendent of Schools

Yvonne Leschkies
Administrative Associate to the Superintendent and Board

8800 W. 119th St.
Palos Park, IL  60464

Ph: (708) 761-5801
Ph: (708) 761-5815

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

If you attended one of the school district's public presentations on our elementary school boundary changes, you probably heard me talk about restoring previous staffing cuts at Palos West to accommodate the enrollment growth that school will experience next fall.  To that end, I am pleased to announce my recommendation to restore the assistant principal position at Palos West for the start of the 2016-2017 school year.  And, I'm also pleased to inform you that Ms. Rose White, current assistant principal at Palos South and former Media Center Specialist at Palos West, will be "going home" next year to assume the assistant principal responsibilities at Palos West.  Rose has a deep understanding of how Palos West operates and she has built solid relationships with staff members that will serve the school well.  Her appointment will provide stability to that school as it welcomes approximately 150 new students next school year.  Please join me in welcoming Rose back to Palos West!  A search for a new assistant principal at Palos South will begin immediately.


As we continue to plan for the smooth transition of students to Palos West, I couldn't be more pleased to update you on the progress of our Transition Advisory Committee.  At our kick off meeting on January 5, nearly 40 participants representing parents, staff, administrators and the school board broke into groups and developed a list of outstanding activities to assist both our students and their families in familiarizing themselves with Palos West and more importantly building connections between students, staff and families.  At its next meeting, the committee will begin prioritizing activities, selecting calendar dates and planning for implementation.  I want to personally thank the committee members for volunteering their time and sharing their ideas as we work together to assist all transitioning students and their families through this process and to welcome them with open arms to Palos West.


Lastly, as the mercury drops please remember to bundle up your children before they head out to the bus stop in the morning.  It is my intention to keep schools open during frigid temperatures if our buses and school buildings are operational.  As always, if parents deem the weather too hazardous for their children to attend, I will respect their wishes and excuse their children from school if the weather conditions are extreme and schools remain open.  Cold weather typically means more students being dropped off and picked up in cars rather than riding the bus, which can result in long slow car lines.  Student safety, not speed is our top priority.  Please be patient as staff members carefully load and unload children into and out of cars.


Sincerely, 

Dr. Anthony M. Scarsella,
Superintendent of Schools