River Forest schools submits technology plan to state

? Details still being worked out. District hires new Director of Teaching and Learning.

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By John Yoo

After a year of committee work, the River Forest School board unanimously approved the submission of its Technology Plan to the state board of education Monday night. The comprehensive 3-year-long plan aims to implement better technology equipment in the district schools, as well as train the educational staff to be more efficient in the use of the equipment.

District 90 Superintendent Marlene Kamm noted that the submittal to the state does not finalize the details of the plan, as future amendments can still be added. Education Committee chairperson Kristen Coe said the Technolgy Plan is taking concrete shape and will be discussed again extensively at the board meeting in June. Kamm also noted that professionals are looking for creative financial strategies to finance the technology plan. Those financial strategies, she said, are being studied by Technology Committee member Mark Coe, and will be brought before the full board in July.

The board also welcomed Dr. Bonnie Boyer to the school district. Boyer, previously the principal of East Elementary School in Lake Bluff, will be the district's new Director of Teaching and Learning beginning July 1. Boyer began her career as a speech pathologist and gradually moved into a 25 year education career.

"The reason that I came to this board is because I wanted to have a wide influence on things- a bigger view on things," Boyer said Monday. "And I also love helping kids as well as working with adults."

Other issues discussed by the board include the 125th River Forest Anniversary celebration, Youth Network Council Meeting and an error found in the Federal District of Special Education (FDSE) budget.

? A short film on the history of River Forest by students from district schools will be part of the official 125th anniversary at Dominican University on June 17th, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

?  The Youth Network Council, chaired by Kelly Welindt, showed a short movie on "bullying in school" to classes in district schools. Welind, who said the film will also be shown to Roosevelt sixth-graders in the future, said it is an attempt to make parents more aware of the problem as well as the solution. 

?  Kamm said two of the three River Forest schools did not report sufficient data to the state, which ffected the allocation of state funding to the district.  She said the corrections will take place soon and the district is expecting the correct allocation starting September. 

?  The Board of Education meeting started with the recognition of Roosevelt School's Seventh-Grade Girls' Volleyball Team. The team was co-champion of the West Suburban Seven Conference, and won all 15 games it played at the Fenwick Volleyball Invitational.

"There's more than just volleyball that these girls learn in volleyball," said coach Kate Rehfield. "They learn to keep positive attitudes all the time in life, even when they are down."

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