Dear Parents, Stakeholders, and Guests,
On behalf of the Board of Education of Chicago Ridge District 127.5, I would like to welcome you to our wonderful District.
The District serves approximately 1500 students from Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade in two elementary schools (Ridge Lawn and Ridge Central) and one junior high school (Finley Junior High). The District serves a major portion of the Village of Chicago Ridge and a small part of the Village of Oak Lawn.
The District is proud of our diverse student population and how hard our students and staff work. For more information on the composition and academic performance of our District, I encourage you to visit the Illinois School Report Card. Upon completion of their K-8 education, most students attend Richards High School in Community High School District 218. The District is also a member of the Eisenhower Special Education Cooperative which assists the District in providing a continuum of services for all students.
The District offers a well-rounded educational program that assists students in developing the skills necessary to meet the educational and societal challenges they need to be prepared for the 21st Century. The Board of Education, administration, teachers, and support staff work closely together to meet the needs of our students. This was highlighted when the District was honored with the distinction of the National Blue Ribbon Award to Finley Jr. High School.
Like many Districts in Illinois, District 127.5 currently faces many challenges. Some of those challenges include dwindling state funding of education, Senate Bill 16, Senate Bill 7, PERA, the implementation of the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core, an increased need for more technology, and limited space to accommodate a rise in the student population. In order to face these challenges, the District is embarking on the Strategic Planning Process. Through this process, the District has identified five key areas. The five areas are school finance, facilities, curriculum, technology, and public relations. We look forward to partnering with community members to finalize the plan later this spring.
Although there are many challenges ahead, the District sees this unique time in education as an opportunity. Over the next few months, the District will complete its strategic plan in order to prepare our students for the future.
District 127.5 welcomes stakeholder feedback/ input and we want to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to contact any staff member with a question or suggestion.
Dr. Kevin B. Russell
Superintendent of Schools