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Welcome to Eastland CUSD #308
 

      Welcome to the Eastland CUSD 308 website. Our district continues to embrace the shifts in public education: the new priorities on student outcomes, accountability, student engagement, common and rigorous expectations, and dynamic instructional technologies.  At the same time, our district itself has gone through a period of change: adjusting for reduced enrollments, adding services for students and families in need, remodeling outdated facilities, constructing new additions, closing buildings that are no longer needed, reducing costs to match diminishing revenues, making security enhancements, replacing retiring teachers, and improving the quality of our school lunches.

      This begs the question: “is it all too much?” One theory says that the way to growth is to narrow the focus – to simplify. This is a common approach in the world of business, but not likely the best for a public school.

      Eastland agreed in 2011-12 to participate as one of 36 “Race to the Top” (RT3) districts in Illinois. As an RT3 District, Eastland has implemented educational reforms in eight (8) key areas. Research supports that these areas are all important characteristics of highly effective schools. Success in one to the exclusion of others is not good enough.     

    While doing this work, we have also been compelled to update our facilities, reduce costs and increase services as circumstances dictate. The idea is to evaluate our progress continuously, looking closely and regularly at all of the important indicators of success.

     Successful organizations know that they will never be “done” with improvement – it never stops. They do not focus on one thing, but on all of the things that are important enough to merit their time and resources. It may at times seem overwhelming, but improvement for most human endeavors requires a comprehensive approach because the world itself is increasingly complex. A key function of public education is to prepare our students to live productive and fulfilling lives in such a world.


ANNOUnCEMENTS

Board Position Statement on 1% Sales Tax

Below is a link to a position statement from the Eastland Board of Education on the 1% County School Facility Occupation Tax Law.

The question will be on the Carroll County ballot in March, 2016.  If you have any questions, or you would like to discuss further, please feel free to contact me.
 
Thank you.
Dr. Hansen



Darcie Feltmeyer Recognized as the Elementary Principal of the Year

Darcie Feltmeyer, Pre-K – 6th grade principal at Eastland Elementary in Shannon, has been recognized by the Northwest Division of the Illinois Principals’ Association as the Elementary Principal of the Year for the region.

Click here to read the entire press release.


Eastland Hires New Elementary Principal

‚ÄčOn Wednesday, January 20th, the Eastland Board of Education approved the hire of Angela Mahoney as Eastland Elementary Principal beginning July 1st, 2016.

Click here to read the entire press release.


Illinois 5Essentials Survey is here!

January 11th – March 11th, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, a survey of learning conditions, will available on Eastland’s website for all 6-12th grade students, parents, and teachers.  This survey aims to help identify strengths and weaknesses in five essential areas: instruction, environment, leaders, teachers and family involvement. This survey is a mandate for all schools in the state of Illinois and the feedback from this survey will be part of every school’s Annual School Report Card released in October. This information will also be used in future school improvement planning for Eastland Schools. There are a minimum number of respondents required from each of the groups surveyed (parents/teachers/students). Parents will need to complete a survey for each school their children currently attend (i.e. take survey for Eastland Elementary School and take another survey for Eastland Jr./Sr. High School). Please show your support for our school and plan to take the Illinois 5Essentials Survey before March 11th.

Please click here to take the survey.


Strategic Plan

The Board of Education is currently developing a three year strategic plan. You can read a copy of the proposed plan by clicking here. If you have any questions or comments, please email Dr. Hansen at mhansen@eastland308.com


Current Vacancies

Please click here to view current vacancies.