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Dr. Donald Barnes Re-Dedication Ceremony

Shortly after the first of the year, we anticipate welcoming the capstone piece to our recent building addition and renovation project, as the new Administration Center at McClure Junior High is named for long-time Western Springs resident and retired District 101 Superintendent Dr. Donald E. Barnes.

Dr. Barnes spent thirty-five years in District 101 as a teacher, principal, and superintendent – a position he held for nearly twenty years before his retirement in 1994. The District’s Administrative Offices, formerly located on the south end of Field Park School, were named “The Donald E. Barnes Administrative Offices” by the Board of Education in 1995.

We are pleased to reaffirm Dr. Barnes’ significant place in the history of our District as we carry on the dedication of our new offices as the Donald E. Barnes Administration Center at a ceremony to take place on Wednesday, January 21. The cermony will start at 9:45 am and will be followed immediately by a reception in the McClure Library.

The Board of Education would like to invite current and former District 101 students, staff, Board members, and community to attend the ceremony!



Board of Education elections will be held April 7, 2015. There are three Board seats up in this election cycle, with one incumbent seeking re-election for a second term, and two members concluding their Board tenure following eight years of service to the students of District 101. Interested citizens of Western Springs (Distrit 101 boundary areas) should find the following information useful. All other questions can be forwarded to Brian Barnhart, Superintendent of Schools, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or (708) 246-3700.


* Election Date - April 7, 2015  (Consolidated Election)

* Candidate Filing Period - December 15-22, 2014  

* Filing Information - Candidates file directly with the Cook County Clerk's Office

 Note: The Clerk's office may also accept filings at some suburban locations, with sites, days, and times to be posted on the Clerk's website in late-November.

* Nominating Petition Signatures - September 23, 2014 is the first day that Nominating Petitions may be circulated for signatures.

* What To File? - Information on this can be found on Page 40 of the 2015 Candidate's Guide (Statement of Candidacy, Receipt for the filing of Statement of Economic Interest, Loyalty Oath, and Nominating Petition. Appendix  is found on Page 59 of Candidate's Guide).



* Cook County Clerk's Website for Board Candidate Packet Information-

* Illinois State Board of Education 2015 Candidate's Guide -

* Illinois Association of School Boards, Frequently Asked Questions -

* Cook County Clerk's Office - (312) 603-0906; Regular Business Hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; 69 W. Washington Street, Fifth Floor, Chicago, IL 60602



* The District 101 Board of Education is made up of seven members elected on a staggered basis. Board elections are held in April in odd numbered years.

* Members serve four year terms, serve without pay, elect officers, and set meeting dates. The public is encouraged to attend our meetings.

* Meetings are held in public and are primarily held the third Monday of the month, although certain months may vary.


Note:  This information is provided as general information and is not legal advice. All candidates are encouraged to consult with legal counsel and/or the Cook County Clerk's Office on all formal election-related matters.


Community Open Houses


The School District would like to invite all members of the Western Springs community to see the new facility spaces and renovations during October. As the Laidlaw Gym Project and outside work east of Field Park are just nearing completion, we would like to invite all members of our community to the following Open Houses:


 October 28  6:00 to 8:00 pm at Forest Hills and Laidlaw

 October 30  6:00 to 8:00 pm at Field Park and McClure


We look forward to showcasing the new spaces that have already made an impact on the students and staff at our four buildings. It is refreshing to walk into our buildings and see students using beautiful spaces dedicated to special services, additional instruction, and fine arts classes, rather than hallways and converted storage areas.


You will see the difference, and we hope you can join us!


AUGUST 7, 2014

Laidlaw Construction Update


 Dear Laidlaw Families,

As you can see, the construction project at Laidlaw has come a long way in the past four weeks. We are incredibly excited about all of the opportunities that will be provided with the new and remodeled spaces.  We have received many questions from parents regarding the status of the project, so we thought it an optimal time to update you on our most current information, as we hit the one-month mark prior to the start of the new school year.

Our general contractor, Henry Brothers, and architects, DLA, have informed us that all primary instructional spaces - including the new kindergarten classrooms, Early Childhood Education (ECE) spaces, and the new second floor classroom (5-K) - will be completed prior to the first day of school (September 2). As well, all remodeled/updated spaces within the original building will also be completed in advance of September 2. This will allow all students to begin the school year in their primary classroom space as of the first day of school.

However, as expected, there are areas of the new addition which will not be ready for day one due to the six-week permit delay we experienced at the onset of the project – a delay we did not experience at Field Park, Forest Hills, or McClure. Because of this delay, we expect that the gymnasium, reading room/office, and building-wide air conditioning are unlikely to be fully usable prior to September 30. We do expect that all new building spaces and air conditioning will be completed some time prior to October 1.

If, for any reason, any of the new spaces noted above are not completed, we do have alternative plans at the ready, and we will communicate and implement them, as necessary. These alternative plans include keeping all of our students at Laidlaw in alternative spaces within the building.

You may be wondering what the impact of these plans will be on your child. We would like to reiterate that although we do foresee some delays with utilizing our gym space, school will start as scheduled on Tuesday, September 2nd.  We hope to continue the tradition where students come to Laidlaw and drop off supplies and meet teachers prior to the first day of school, but plans related to this will depend on construction progress over the next three weeks – plans which will be communicated to you as they become clearer to us. As well, physical educational classes will be taking place outdoors, and students will be eating lunch in their classrooms to start the year. But, as we noted above, we anticipate that these alternative plans will be very temporary, with normal operations and full building access beginning in early-October.

If you would like to see how the building is looking “up close and from the inside,” please go to our website and click on this link: Construction Movie Week by Week

We will continue to keep you abreast of the latest construction updates. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns. And, we look forward to seeing you and your child(ren) very soon in our new and improved building!


Erin DeBartolo-Principal

Brian Barnhart-Superientendent

JUNE 2014

June 16, 2014

Board of Education Meeting

Location Change


The June 16th School Board meeting will take place at McClure Junior High in the Library Learning Center at 7:00 pm


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