” A Word from the Board of Education President “
On behalf of the Board of Education, I invite you to become a part of East St. Louis School District 189. Whether you are a staff member, a parent, a community member, a volunteer or just an interested party who values high quality education for all children, there is a place for you in District 189. Your input and your efforts are needed.
We have a rich history of graduating young people who become legendary figures in music, dance, medicine, law, business, writing, and athletics. These successful graduates span many decades. The 2011 student achievement results from the Illinois State Board of Education demonstrate that we continue to prepare children for success in life. Just consider the following:
- Of only six schools in the entire state of Illinois to earn Spotlight School Awards and Academic Improvement Awards, two of them (Alta Sita and Annette Officer Elementary Schools) are in District 189.
- Of only nine middle schools in the state to earn the Academic Improvement Award, one of them (Mason/Clark Middle School) is in District 189.
- One of the 458 Academic Excellence Schools (Brown Elementary School) is in District 189, but it has a distinction that many of the others do not. Over 61 percent of the Academic Excellence Schools in Illinois enroll less than 15 percent of their students from low-income homes. Brown Elementary School enrolls 100 percent of its students from low-income homes.
- Lilly Freeman Elementary School posted the highest scores on the ISAT (Illinois Student Achievement Test) in St. Clair County.
We plan to build on this trend of academic success despite the challenges of decreasing revenue from state and federal funding. Our community is doing all that is possible to support our schools, but our local tax base is one of the lowest in the state. Our citizens support our schools, but they cannot fund them alone.
Our school district is adapting to diminishing revenues, but we are not compromising on quality. Our staff and our students are some of the most outstanding in the nation. We are on a journey to prove that we can continue our rich heritage despite changing financial circumstances. You can be a part of this journey. Please contact me, any other Board member, or a member of the administrative team to learn how you can help. I thank you for your continued support of East St. Louis School District 189.