Dr. Barry M. Reilly, Superintendent
Dear District 87 Community,
The 2019-20 school year is well underway and we have many reasons to celebrate. District 87 is home to 2019 Teacher of the Year Finalist, Helen Brandon. As one of 10 teachers in the state selected for this honor, Helen represents the very best not only our district, but of all educations across the state of Illinois. We are very proud of her efforts and those of her colleagues at all of our schools. District 87 is home to some of the brightest and most talented educators who strive to make a positive difference with our children each and every day. This begins by building strong relationships with all children as the foundation for their success.
Student achievement continues to be a top priority across the district. Our experience has taught us that each time we raise the bar, our students not only meet but oftentimes exceed our expectations. While we are very proud of our academic success, District 87 is also home to an outstanding Fine Arts program. This can be seen in our new facilities that house our band, orchestra and choir programs at Bloomington High School. In addition, we have a beautiful multi-purpose sports facility that will serve the needs of all students for generations to come. We take pride in offering students a well-rounded program that will help them grow into outstanding citizens.
We continue to implement more one-to-one curriculum across the district. We research best-practice teaching methods and explore options for making sure all students have access to high speed Internet while away from school. We recognize that this is very important to you as parents and community members so every student has an equal opportunity to take advantage of all that our curriculum has to offer.
The District 87 Board of Education provides key oversight to ensure fiscal responsibility. Steps have been taken to address recent deficits caused in large part to declining revenues at the federal, state and local levels. Despite the financial challenges, the Board of Education continues the commitment to excellence across the district. We consistently earn the highest level of recognition on our financial audits.
The staff at District 87 takes great pride in helping our students achieve to their highest potential. They are very professional, well-trained, and dedicated to meeting the needs of our students. I would encourage parents as well as members of the community to be active partners in the education of our students. Together, we can accomplish incredible things.
These are some of the many reasons it truly is great to be in District 87!
Dr. Barry M. Reilly
Superintendent of Schools