Board of Education members make decisions about school policy, budget, and curriculum. School board elections are held on the first Tuesday of April in odd-numbered years.
District 67 – Elementary & Middle School
Lake Forest’s public elementary schools began in 1859 as part of the City government and, since 1993, the School Board are elected by residents. The Board consists of seven members who are elected to four-year terms, without pay, and may serve multiple terms. The Board is the official governing body of District 67 schools.
District 67 consists of the three Elementary Schools of Cherokee, Everett, Sheridan and the Deerpath Middle School. The elementary schools are grades Kindergarten to 4th Grade. The Deerpath Middle School is grades 5 to 8. The middle school operates as two separate buildings with two principals: Deerpath-East for grades 5-6 and Deerpath-West for grades 7-8.
Appropriations and tax levies are initiated by the Board and are incorporated in the tax levy ordinances adopted by the City Council.
Board decisions are implemented by the Superintendent and staff. The Board of Education meets monthly, generally on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Lake Forest High School’s West Campus, 300 S. Waukegan Road.
District 115 – High School
District 115 was created in 1935 and serve the students of the City of Lake Forest, the Village of Lake Bluff, and Knollwood. The District 115 School Board is the official governing body of Lake Forest High School. The School Board consists of seven members who are elected to four-year terms from the community at large, without pay. Members may serve multiple terms.
Board decisions are implemented by the Superintendent and staff. The Board meets monthly, generally on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Lake Forest High School’s West Campus, 300 S. Waukegan Road.
The main responsibilities of each Board includes:
- Defining the vision and mission of the district and setting priorities consistent with achieving that vision,
- Financial oversight of the district, including approving the budget, tax levy, and annual salary Adjustments for all staff not covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement,
- Direct supervision of the Superintendent, including delivering annual performance review and compensation adjustments,
- Approval of hiring, firing, and discipline related to all staff,
- Provide oversight of planning for site acquisitions and new construction,
- Review, oversight, and development of District 115 Board Policy, and
- Provide oversight of the district’s curriculum and assessment processes.