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Dunlap School District 323 Board Member Vacancy


Dunlap School District #323 is accepting applications to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of Jason Hauer.  The individual selected will serve on the School Board from the date of appointment to the end of the unexpired term, which ends in April 2017.


The Dunlap School District’s mission is to empower all students to excel in a global society.


Applicants for the Board vacancy must be:  a United States citizen, at least 18 years of age, a resident of Illinois and the District for at least one year immediately preceding the appointment, and a registered voter.  Applicants must not be a child sex offender, must not hold another incompatible public office, and must not hold certain types of prohibited State or federal employment.


Applicants should show familiarity with the Board’s policies regarding general duties and responsibilities of a Board and a Board member, including fiduciary responsibilities, conflict of interest, ethics and gift ban.  The Board’s policies are available at:


Letters of interest must be submitted to Sherri Espinosa, Superintendent’s Secretary, by 4:00 pm on Friday, March 6 at 3020 W. Willow Knolls Rd., Peoria, IL 61614.



Dunlap School Board Meet the Candidates Night


The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will hold a “Meet the School Board Candidates” forum on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Spartan Theater at Dunlap Valley Middle School. The forum will involve candidate introductions, and candidates will respond to questions asked by the League of Women Voters and the audience.


The Board candidates running in the April 7, 2015 Election for the four available seats are: Dawn Bozeman, Amy Fairfield Doering, Theresa Holshouser, Beth Rhee, and Bryan Zowin.


Dunlap Launches Illinois 5 Essentials Survey


Beginning January 12, teachers, parents, and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the third annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of our school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about our school.


On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:


·         Effective Leaders

·         Collaborative Teachers

·         Involved Families

·         Supportive Environments

·         Ambitious Instruction


All teachers and 6th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2015 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.


Additionally, Dunlap School District has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey. If at least 20 percent of Hickory Grove Elementary parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card if we do not reach the 20 percent participation rate.  Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. 


The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted January 12 through March 13, 2015. To take the survey please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin.


We appreciate your cooperation in participating in the survey and look forward to receiving the results.





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We are very excited to share the news that HGES was named as one of the "Top 50 Elementary Schools" by the Chicago Sun Times. We were tied for #48 out of over 2,100 elementary schools in Illinois.  Congratulations to the students, parents, and teachers on this outstanding achievement!



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