By EMILY K. COLEMAN - ecoleman@shawmedia.com

Success, improvements to be discussed at D-12 State of the District

JOHNSBURG – Curriculum and technology improvements as well as student and staff achievements are some of the topics to be highlighted at the Johnsburg District 12 State of the District presentation.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of Johnsburg High School, 2002 W. Ringwood Road, Johnsburg.

As the district plans for the future, the event is a chance to share with the public what the district is doing well and talk about areas for improvement.

The public also will be updated on student services programs, the district’s financial affairs and facility conditions.

Faculty and staff have been preparing for the implementation of new education standards, called the Common Core.

The school board also recently approved a reduction in force of 35 teachers, or about 20 percent of its force, over concerns about state education funding and the potential shift of pension costs to local districts. It expects to hire at least some of those teachers back, Superintendent Dan Johnson has said.

The district continues to have low fund balances, which means it doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room to absorb costs.

Because of late payments and low fund balances, the district had to borrow last year to tide itself over until the rest of property taxes came through.

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