• Request for Feedback on Draft Strategic Plan

    Strategic plans help focus entire organizations to ensure that they move beyond “business as usual” and do not get caught up in one new idea after another or one crisis after another. 

    District 189 has conducted a strategic planning process and seeks your feedback. The process and culminating product is helping District 189 focus our attention, energy and resources on activities that best support our youth at this time and for the next five years.

    The outlined Strategic Plan is a culmination of dedicated work of the leadership team of District 189. Dr. Zollie Stevenson, Jr., Lead Auditor of Curriculum Management Solutions, Inc., guided the multi-stage planning and drafting activities. The ambitious process began in March 2017 and was reviewed by the Board of Education on October 26, 2017. District, departmental and campus improvement plans are aligned with this strategic plan. It has been vetted by a number of key constituents, including Local 1220 and Local 382. Community stakeholders such as parents, community members and others have provided key guidance and feedback to strengthen the strategic document.

    We believe the outlined mission, vision, and five strategic goals represent a strong collaborative process and provide purposeful direction for the East St. Louis School District. Significant changes in personnel, funding, board policies, state and federal laws or other unknown factors may impact the timeline or execution of these goals. Nevertheless, the following mission, vision, goals and objectives provide a clear roadmap for the District as we ensure educational excellence for our students.

    Please provide feedback by December 31, 2017.

    Sydney Stigge-Kaufman - sydney.stigge-kaufman@estl189.com or 618-646-3010.

    Strategic Plan - Draft

School Hours

  • Bell schedule for school year 2017-2018:

    • Vivian Adams Early Childhood Center: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • Avant, Dunbar, Officer & Wright Elementary Schools: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • Bush Elementary School: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • Mason/Clark & Lincoln Middle Schools: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • East St. Louis Senior High School: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • Younge Alternative Center: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    HALF DAY dismissal times for school year 2017-2018:

    • Vivian Adams Early Childhood Center: 12:00 p.m.
    • Avant, Dunbar, Officer & Wright Elementary Schools: 12:00 p.m.
    • Bush Elementary School: 11:30 a.m.
    • Mason/Clark and Lincoln Middle Schools: 11:00 a.m.
    • East St. Louis Senior High School: 10:30 a.m.
    • Younge Altnerative Center: 11:00 a.m.


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  • SHINE 189

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  • School Supply List and Uniform Information

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  • Congratulations Class of 2017!

    Class of 2017 Earned $14+ Million in Scholarships

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A Spark from ARC

  • Progress on the Path - December 2017

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  • Committed to Excellence - August 2017

    We are blessed to be chosen to work with our community’s most precious resource, our children. They depend on us to provide them with a high-quality education in spite of every adversity we face. For children, education is the gateway to opportunity, the pathway to the future and their ticket to the middle class.

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  • Finish Strong - April 2017

    The school year will soon be coming to a close. It is hard to believe that most of the school year is already completed. There have been many great experiences and successes during this time. Four high school students will be graduating with their high school diploma and their associate’s degree from SWIC through the Running Start program.

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  • Reflections on Excellence - December 2016

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  • True Grit: The Predictor of Excellence - September 2016

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