by Keith Beebe
KANELAND—Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler is feeling pretty good about District 302 these days.
“Overall, I would say that 2012 was a very successful year for the Kaneland School District,” he said. “Our students accomplished great things in the classroom, in all extra-curricular areas, and in the fine and performing arts.”
Schuler identified significant increases in the percentage of Kaneland students meeting college readiness standards in Explore, Plan and ACT tests as a major accomplishment for the School District. He also noted the designation of AP (Advanced Placement) Honor Roll by the College Board, and a 100 percent increase in AP enrollment for Kaneland students.
Additional significant Kaneland accomplishments include: the opening of a new College and Career Center at the high school, development of new Math and English Language Arts curriculum maps that are aligned with Common Core Standards, introduction of a new eight-period schedule at the high school, and recognition of nine teams of Kaneland teachers through participation and presentations at national and state conferences.
“(There was also an) introduction of a new version of Konnect, providing parents and students access to grades, homework, school announcements and a virtual backpack,” Schuler said.
Schuler also noted the introduction of a new mobile application allowing even greater access to grades, schedules, homework and additional school information. According to Schuler, Kaneland is one of the first school districts in the United States to implement the mobile app.
Kaneland featured a balanced budget for the second consecutive year, following three years of what Schuler referred to as “cost containment.”
Other Kaneland achievements in 2012 were the installment of a new extended day kindergarden program, as well as a new collective bargaining agreement with the Kaneland Teachers Association.
“I would like for our general public to know that we continue to work hard to maximize the return on investment that Kaneland residents make in our schools,” Schuler said. “Our mission is to graduate all students college, career, and community ready, and I think the list of accomplishments this year would suggest that we have taken significant strides toward this important goal.
“I am proud of our schools, and certainly hope that our community feels the same.”