High School District 214
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John Hersey High School multimedia teacher Todd Hatfield recalls one of the last conversations with his father. “He looked right at me and said, ‘You have to keep this going for as long as you can.’” Helping veterans is personal for Hatfield. His father was a Vietnam veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for heroic service in combat.
Nicole McCormick, special education teacher at District 214’s Specialized Schools, has been named Illinois Special Education Teacher of the Year for 2023. McCormick also is a finalist for the statewide Illinois Teacher of the Year award.
Michael Ayala, world languages teacher at John Hersey High School, has been named Cook County Co-Regional Teacher of the Year for 2023. Ayala is also a finalist for the statewide Illinois Teacher of the Year award, which will be announced later this year.
Rolling Meadows principal Eileen Hart was selected as Principal of the Year by the North Cook Region of the Illinois Principals Association. The annual Horace Mann/IPA High School Principal of the Year Awards recognize outstanding high school administrators who provide high quality learning opportunities for students.
The D214 Special Olympics team showed off their skills in the Night of Hoops event at Hersey High School. This annual event is held with Barrington High School, but the host school switches every other year. It serves as a fundraiser for Special Olympics Region B in the northwest suburbs.
Abraham Lopez is the latest in a long line of District 214 students to pursue their career interest at Arlington Heights Ford. The John Hersey High School student became an apprentice auto technician at Arlington Heights Ford last summer. Lopez graduated a semester early and now is working full time at the dealership, while working on his industry training and certification.
Twenty students from High School District 214 schools have been selected to perform at this year’s Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) All-State Festival, the highest honor a high school musician can achieve. All-State musicians will travel to Peoria, IL from January 25-28, 2023 to participate in the Illinois Music Education Conference.
When Madelin Luna first arrived in District 214 as an incoming junior, she faced challenging adjustments. During the pandemic, she had been taking all her classes remotely at her previous school—and loved it. But entering the 2021-22 school year, remote classes were no longer an option. The transition felt a bit overwhelming. She felt anxious.
Arlington Park Presentation
District 214’s Board of Education conducted a special meeting on Feb. 2 at Forest View Educational Center.
The District’s legal counsel presented an overview of a new financing mechanism called PILOT, or Payment in Lieu of Taxes, being drafted in the Illinois General Assembly that could be applied to the Chicago Bears’ Arlington Heights stadium proposal. This overview includes the potential economic impact on District 214 and district residents.
Click here to view the presentation and the Special Board Meeting.
Superintendent Leadership Transition
After 18 years, Superintendent Dr. David Schuler is leaving his position at District 214 to serve as the next executive director of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). As the District wishes him well on his new endeavors, the Board of Education is tasked with appointing a successor.
Dr. Kenneth Arndt and Dr. Lazaro Lopez have been appointed as Co-Interim Superintendents to lead the District as the board continues its search.
The District is seeking the community's input to help prioritize the desired characteristics of the next superintendent. Please complete this survey HERE by Wednesday, February 1.
For a list of community forums and the latest updates on the process, click HERE.
Celebrating Dr. Schuler
Please join us for a special farewell reception honoring Superintendent Dave Schuler for his contributions and 18 years of leadership in District 214. Wish him well on his new and exciting journey on Thursday, February 9 at 5:30-7pm at Forest View Educational Center. Presentation and remarks begin at 6pm. Click HERE to RSVP.
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44,000Average annual potential college credits earned
11,895Number of students 2020-2021
1,112Class of 2021 composite SAT score (out of 1600)