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Message From the Superintendent
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Mr. 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
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Halloween conjures up scary images of ghosts, goblins and ghouls.  Unfortunately, for many Illinois superintendents, the scariest thought this October has nothing to do with Halloween - it has to do with the Illinois General Assembly.  You may have read my previous communications regarding Senate Bill 16 and the potential $1.4 million cut in state funding to District 118 should the bill be enacted as currently written.  While that is certainly a scary possibility, the scariest thing is the uncertainty school districts face time and time again regarding potential legislation coming out of Springfield.

As superintendent, I am not interested in maintaining the status quo.  It is my job to collaborate with stakeholders to find ways to effectively enhance and expand opportunities for our Palos students.  But doing so requires thoughtful long term planning, including the ability to predict what financial resources will be available.  Legislation like Senate Bill 16 makes this an extremely difficult task.

On top of the uncertainty in state funding, school districts across Illinois are continually bombarded with new mandates from Springfield.  Each spring, I receive the Digest of New Bills Passed publication from the Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance.  The publication contains all the new unfunded mandates passed by the General Assembly during its most recent session.  This too makes long term planning difficult, as school districts grapple with implementing (and financing) all the mandates coming from our state capital.

In spite of the uncertainty in Springfield, Palos 118 continues to plan for the future.  I am confident with continued community support and parental involvement, the future is very bright.

Involved parents and volunteers are key to a thriving school district. I would like to thank the volunteers who work throughout the year to provide new opportunities and experiences for our students. The Foundation's Laps for Literature fundraiser last month raised nearly $6,000 for iPads at all three schools, and proceeds from last week's Harvest Fest will go directly back to the Music Program. Everyone at the event was treated to great food and entertainment from all of our choirs and bands. The PFA's Cardinal Chase October 5 was a huge success, and now they are busy coordinating classroom Halloween parties for East and West, a theme lunch at South, and planning the Mother/Son Bash on November 15.

Once again this year, Palos 118 is hosting our Senior Holiday Breakfast on Thursday, November 13 at Palos South for all senior citizens in our community. Attendees will be treated to a delicious breakfast, and entertained by the Red Jazz Band and Performing Arts Ensemble.

As a reminder, Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held November 5-6, and Parent Visitations will be held November 18-20. Please don't miss this opportunity to discuss your child's progress with their teacher. Beginning October 22, you can go online to schedule conferenceswith your child's teachers for a time that is most convenient to you.

Wishing you a safe and delightful Halloween.

Sincerely,

Anthony M. Scarsella,
Superintendent of School