Strategic Plan

Engage, Empower, Inspire

Last year, D39 launched an effort to develop a new multi-year strategic plan for the district.  The Board of Education unanimously approved a five-year plan during its September 2021 meeting that gives the district a roadmap that focuses on the most essential, key initiatives while accomplishing collective excellence for our students. 

A visual representation of our progress-to-goal for key performance indicators (KPIs) can be found on our D39 Strategic Plan Dashboard.

Portrait of a District 39 Scholar

Strategic Plan Showcase Video

Goal 1: Student Achievement and Growth

GOAL: Ensure a differentiated education that provides a strong foundation of rigorous academic learning


ACTION STEPS (2023-24):

Goal I action steps from previous years: 2021-22 | 2022-23

Goal 2: Supportive Community

GOAL: Cultivate a supportive and inclusive learning community that is responsive to the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of each student.


ACTION STEPS (2023-24):

Goal II action steps from previous years: 2021-22 | 2022-23

Goal 3: Professional Community

GOAL: Foster a professional community that values, supports, develops, and retains highly effective staff.


ACTION STEPS (2023-24):

Goal III action steps from previous years: 2021-22 | 2022-23

Goal 4: Family Partnerships

GOAL: Strengthen partnerships by connecting, collaborating, and communicating with families and communities to advance teaching and learning.


ACTION STEPS (2023-24):

Goal IV action steps from previous years: 2021-22 | 2022-23

Goal 5: Stewardship of Resources

GOAL: Ensure the effective use of resources to sustain practices that promote growth.


ACTION STEPS (2023-24):

Note: Action steps 1-4 are regular items on Board of Education meeting agendas throughout the year. Therefore, the information, discussions, and presentations can be found on the district website.

Goal V action steps from previous years: 2021-22 | 2022-23

District Strategic Advisory Team

As we build a strong foundation of leadership, collaborative decision-making, and ongoing progress review and monitoring for our 2021-26 Strategic Plan, we are in the process of assembling a District Strategic Advisory Team.  The District Strategic Advisory Team of representative stakeholders will review, inform and evaluate implementation of the strategic plan as well as the related annual action planning and performance. The purpose of the D39 Strategic Advisory Team will be to continuously provide input and study progress related to the strategic plan in order to guide improvements, action plans, and progress monitoring as well as suggest adjustments to planning and next steps.  

The D39 Strategic Advisory Team is not a voting body; rather, it will help establish and review key performance indicators (KPIs) to guide decisions on refinement and implementation of action plans. This group will make recommendations to the superintendent regarding adjustments to action plans, implementation and progress monitoring, and will be responsible for reviewing and providing feedback action plans, monitoring accountability in plan progress, and ensuring voice, agency and representation in decision-making. Formation of this group will help support a strong foundation of shared decision-making, ownership, action-planning and accountability.


The D39 Strategic Plan Advisory Team will comprise representative stakeholders from district administration, teacher and support staff union leadership, parents, educational professionals, and members of the Board of Education. An annual application process to this District Committee will be established by the superintendent.

District Strategic Advisory Team (2023-24)

District Superintendent/Facilitator
Dr. Kari Cremascoli

District 39 Representatives (2)
Allyson Paflas (Member of the Board of Education)
Amy Poehling (Member of the Board of Education)

Goal Champions (6)
Goal 1 - Katie Lee (Administrator for Curriculum and Instructions) and Kristin Swanson (Administrator for Student Services)
Goal 2 - Kelly Jackson (Principal, Highcrest)
Goal 3 - Heather Glowacki (Assistant Superintendent)
Goal 4 - Tony DeMonte (Administrator for Technology, Information, and Safety)
Goal 5 - Corey Bultemeier (Business Manager)

School Administrators (6)
Cindy Anderson (Principal, Romona)
Jackie Brennan (Assistant Principal, Harper)
Kate Dominique (Principal, Wilmette Junior High School)
Anthony Haduch (Assistant Principal, McKenzie)
Linda Moric (Grade Level Administrator, Highcrest)
Nicole Ryan (Grade Level Administrator, WJHS)

District Parents/Families (5)
Sarah Black (Wilmette Junior High)
Sharon Hofmann (Harper)
Joe McGann (Wilmette Junior High)
Megan Roberts (Highcrest)
Marc Wilson (McKenzie)

Wilmette Education Association (WEA) Member (1)
Jessica Rylach (McKenzie)

Wilmette Support Staff Union (SSU) Members (1)
Michelle McGregor (MEC)

Presentation of Strategic Plan

NOTE: This presentation was made during the District 39 Board of Education meeting on Sept. 27, 2021.

Click here to access an archive of District 39 strategic plans.