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At the Board of Education meeting held on Thursday, August 27, 2015, the board:
During its August 27 meeting, the Lincoln-Way Board of Education voted to approve the transition of students as presented in North Option A. Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, freshmen through seniors will adhere to the following feeder school pattern.
Central: New Lenox 122 (Martino) and Mokena 159
East: Frankfort 157C and Summit Hill 161
West: New Lenox 122 (Liberty) and Manhattan 114
Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley advised, and the Board agreed, that as part of the transition process, the District 210 Advisory Board would study questions related to valedictorian, salutatorian and class rank. The District 210 Advisory Board is comprised of students, faculty, administration, parents, citizens and principals from each Lincoln-Way High School.
Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley outlined the timeline of transition decisions related to staffing. Administrators and department chairs will be decided in the next few months, followed by head coaches, band directors and activity sponsors in October/November. In February, the district will complete the master schedule which assigns students to classes and finalizes teacher and staff placement at schools based on student need.
Dr. Tingley stated that the students will help drive the transition process. Once coaches, band directors and activity club sponsors are selected, this group of leaders will begin working with students throughout the winter and spring to begin building relationships with student leaders. Student Councils will work with principals to ensure that students’ voices are heard and needs are met.
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Tim Reilly highlighted that the district saw a three-year rise on the ACT to 22.8. This score reflects the ACT scores of all graduating seniors. Five-year graduation rates also reached the top mark of 96.5% up from 91.8% in 2013 due to the Ed Ops program which serves at-risk students. The LIFE Transition Program is experiencing success and growth, currently serving 45 students with special needs. Mr. Reilly also reported success with Advanced Placement (AP) scores from Spring 2015, including 3.6 in English Language and Composition compared to the Illinois average of 2.93 and 3.59 in AP Biology compared to the Illinois average of 2.95.