The River Forest Public School District 90 Board of Education bid farewell to outgoing superintendent Thomas Hagerman at his last official board meeting June 7, thanking him for his three years of service and bidding him good luck in future endeavors.

“We will miss you. You’ve guided us through the last three years with wisdom and courage and strength when needed,” said board President James Weiss. “I think we have made a lot of progress. On behalf of District 90, we wish you well in your next challenge.”

Hagerman took the opportunity to thank the members of the board present at the meeting, as well as all 12 current and former members he’s worked with over the years. He noted the board’s exceptional devotion to River Forest children.

“It’s been a whirlwind,” he said of his experience as superintendent. “It’s been an absolute pleasure to work here in the community. … It’s a very special place.”

In other business, the board reviewed the progress made on their strategic plan, which the district began implementing in 2010. At the meeting, Hagerman said the plan is expected to be fully in place by the end of the 2012-13 school year, which is significantly earlier than the initial 2015 projection.

The objectives of the strategic plan include giving students access to high-quality educational programming, increasing engagement between the district and the community of River Forest, maintaining facilities that meet curriculum and fiscal needs, keeping a high-performing, committed staff, and adopting technology that will enhance children’s learning experiences.

The strategic plan includes a detailed list of goals for reaching each individual objective. The board discussed the status of each goal, with some further along than others. Decisions have been made, for instance, about the length of the school day and school year, with slightly extended hours planned for next year.

Other areas need more work, such as implementing differentiated instruction techniques, reaching a decision on the all-day Kindergarten debate, and developing a three-year technology plan.

Hagerman said the plan already has a great foundation and pointed to a number of successes. The district completely revamped its website, which was finished in far less time than expected, and has ramped up its sustainability efforts.

“I’m glad to see the progress we’ve made,” Weiss said.

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