New D123 supt. presents plan for his first 100 days

  • Written by Jessie Molloy

The superintendent of Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 presented his first 100-day plan at the board’s committee of the whole meeting Tuesday night.

Paul Enderle, who began his job July 1, began his presentation by saying he is proud of the community he serves and wants to secure a successful tomorrow for children in the district. The eight-page plan details Enderle’s goals for getting to know the inner workings of the district and improving communications with district “stakeholders.”

“It [the plan] is designed based on the belief that the role of the superintendent is one of public service, and that the most powerful and sustainable educational reform efforts are built by people from the ground up,” Enderle stated.

Enderle’s plan places a strong emphasis on communication and building relationships between himself and with the board, students, parents, and the district staff as well as other groups of people in Oak Lawn. Enderle plans to meet with each member of the school board individually to get their feedback and discuss the district’s possible strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats.

The goal of all this is to make a smooth transition into the position and be able to compile a detailed report of the district’s strengths and areas in need of improvement, he said. He intends to present the report to the board in December following the completion of his first 100 days on the job. Enderle believes this report will help him become more informed about the district’s greatest needs and priorities “in order to make decisions that are reflective of community expectations and most importantly, in the best interest of our students.

In the discussion following Enderle’s presentation of his plan, he and the board prioritized the finalizing of the district’s strategic plan.

The last plan took the district through 2012 and initial meetings were held last school year with staff and parents to create a new one, but it was set aside incomplete during the resignation and replacement of former Superintendent Art Fessler. Board members agreed it is important to restart discussions on the plan, and they intend to begin working on it so additional community meetings can be held in the fall.

The previous meetings held on the subject set four goals for the new strategic plan: student achievement, healthy communication systems, fiscal responsibility, and community partnership, but the final details, including when the plan will last through and need to be reevaluated -- most likely in three to five years -- need to be established.

“The work was about 90 percent done,” Enderle said. “We just need to have another meeting or two to cap it off.”