District 30 'reclaims tradition' for 2022-23 school year
There were so many reasons to celebrate this month as District 30 students at Willowbrook School in Glenview, and Wescott and Maple schools in Northbrook returned to class for the 2022-23 year.
This year, District 30 enthusiastically resumed its ceremonies and traditions. Superintendent Brian Wegley said that the first day, which included the district's long-standing "opening ceremony" at each school, was an important step toward normalcy for students, staff and parents.
"Our return to school was an inspiring first day back," Wegley said. "It was outstanding to reclaim our opening ceremonies and traditions, and continue fostering the connectedness that makes our district so strong."
This school year, District 30 welcomed Wescott Assistant Principal Katie Compagno, who is the first person to hold this role. Her hiring comes in response to the growing population at the Northbrook elementary school, which recently reached over 500 children. Compagno previously served as director of student activities at Niles North High School in Skokie.
At Willowbrook, children were welcomed back with a new playground. This was the final touch on nearly two years of construction at both schools, which included adding eight new classrooms and a gym at Wescott -- allowing the school to host kindergarten classes in-house for the first time this year. Other recent Willowbrook work included reconfiguring and refurbishing of areas within the building, such as the library, to position them for the future.
At Maple Middle School in Northbrook, Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf is entering her final year with the school after nine years with District 30. She will retire next summer, along with Wegley. Wegley has served District 30 for eight years, and the Board of Education is currently conducting a superintendent search with the help of executive search firm BWP and Associates.