Hillside School District 93

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Hillside School District 93 is a school district headquartered in Hillside, Illinois in the Chicago metropolitan area. It operates one K-8 school, Hillside School. In addition to most of Hillside it also serves sections of Berkeley, Elmhurst, and Westchester.

As of 1960 the school is next door to the Hillside village hall.[1] The district has an intergovernmental agreement with the Hillside Police Department.[2]

History[edit]

It was established in 1918.[3]

Prior to April 1950, it had a school board with three persons. That year the number of board members increased to five since the population of the district had increased.[4]

Circa 1945 the school had around 92-93 students. In 1949 the school had 185 students; that year the school added a $165,000 wing with two classrooms, a 500-seat gymnasium, a heating plant, and an administration office. The yellow-brick structure, which included one story and a basement and had the capability to be expanded, was designed by Arthur E. Swanson & Associates architects and built by Powers Construction.[5] The total number of classrooms in the school structure was six. By 1950 it already had 230 students, so another school bond for an addition of four classrooms was proposed that year. In 1950 the student count in half of the classes was 45 or greater.[6] This second addition was built in 1951. In 1952 there were 320 students. Voters approved of the construction of a $100,000, four classroom wing in April 1953. It was scheduled to open on September 15, 1953.[7] In 1958 390 voters approved a renovation of the existing structure and a $390,000 school addition, while 135 voted against it.[8] In 1960 the Hillside School had 590 students.[1] The Hillside School had 661 students in 1965.[9] and in 1968 that figure was to at 964, close to the school's 700 student limit. That year an inspection by the Illinois Office of the Superintendent of Public Inspection stated that the cafeteria, library, and shower facilities were not sufficient for its student body.[10] In 1971 439 voters rejected a $1,635,000 bond for school equipment as well as additions and renovations of the Hillside School, while 323 voted in favor.[11]

In 1968 the school district proposed a bond for a $975,000 grade 6-8 junior high school campus to relieve the Hillside School.[10] For this purpose, the school district bought a 12.5-acre (5.1 ha) parcel of land in Westchester.[12] The vote was scheduled for March 16, 1968.[10] The plan for the new building was canceled after the voters rejected the referendum. The president of Concord Homes, Roger Mankedick, stated in a Chicago Sun-Times stated that the student population that was supposed to surround the school never came.[13] The Chicago Tribune stated there was a decline in students in the area surrounding the school site. In 1998 the district instead sold the land to Concord Homes for $2.6 million. By 1999 the school district instead built another addition to the Hillside School,[12] funded by the sale of the Westchester land.[13]

In 2012 the district had 485 students. That year and in 2011 the district bought projectors and cameras for its classrooms.[14]

In 2015 Kevin Suchinski was hired as the superintendent.[15]

Service area[edit]

In addition to most of Hillside, the district also serves sections of Berkeley, Elmhurst, and Westchester.[3] In 1953 the Cook County portion of Elmhurst, then called Yorkfield, had 45 houses. It also serves a community called West Dale Gardens, which was an unincorporated area in 1953. At the time it had 110 houses.[7]

Operations[edit]

In 1971 the school instituted a mental health program affiliated with Northeastern Illinois University. This program used a graduate student in social therapy to work in the school's drug control program, to assist 7th and 8th grade students about to transition to high school, and to assist children with emotional disturbances. This student was interning at the Forrest Hospital in Des Plaines, Illinois. The student used videotapes of classrooms sessions in order to control the behavior of the disturbed children. It was the first program of its type in the area.[16]

Feeder patterns[edit]

Students move on to Proviso West High School.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hillside Village Grows With Shopping Center". Chicago Tribune. 1960-01-14. p. W1.
  2. ^ "Hillside School District No. 93 Board reviews intergovernmental agreement with Hillside Police Department". West Cook News. 2016-12-16. Retrieved 2017-03-18. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ a b Home. Hillside School District 93. Retrieved on March 18, 2017. "About Since 1918 Hillside School District 93[...]" - See also U.S. Census Bureau School District Map page 4 of Cook County
  4. ^ "Elect School Officials in 163 Districts Today". Chicago Tribune. 1950-04-08. p. Part 2, Page 6. Retrieved 2017-03-19. Full page view "Because of increased population in Hillside elementary district 93,[...]"
  5. ^ "Wing Is Added to School as Rolls Increase". Chicago Tribune. 1949-12-11. p. W16.
  6. ^ "Discuss School Bonds Monday in District 93". Chicago Tribune. 1950-10-19. p. WA5. - Note: "[...]Hillside School, which serves most of Hillside, all of Westdale Gardens, and parts of Berkeley and Yorkfield,[...]" - Yorkfield redirects to Elmhurst, Illinois
  7. ^ a b "Sees Hillside School Wing Built By Fall}". Chicago Tribune. 1953-08-02. p. W2.
  8. ^ "Vote Hillside School Bonds By 300 to 135". Chicago Tribune. 1958-09-21. p. A11.
  9. ^ "School Districts Ready for Start". Chicago Tribune. 1966-09-05. p. Section 1C p. 2. Retrieved 2017-03-19. Full page view
  10. ^ a b c "District 93 to Discuss Need for New School". Chicago Tribune. 1968-02-25. p. W2.
  11. ^ "Hillside School Bond Issue is Voted Down". Chicago Tribune. 1971-05-26. p. 5.
  12. ^ a b "School Site Turns Residential". Chicago Tribune. 1999-07-18. Retrieved 2017-03-18. "Concord purchased the land in an auction in 1998. Hillside School District 93 had [...]"
  13. ^ a b Cunniff, Bill (1999-07-30). "Westchester site of 76 town houses". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 8 New Homes.
  14. ^ Wong, Wylie (2012-07-05). "Start Your Back-to-School Shopping with These Tools". EdTech. Retrieved 2017-03-18. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help) "At Hillside School District 93, a single-school district[...]Gilmore explains. "And the teachers love it. They can't get enough of it.""
  15. ^ "HCMS principal to become superintendent of Hillside School District 93". The Frankfort Station. 2015-02-15. Retrieved 2017-03-18. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  16. ^ a b "School Tries New Mental Health Program". Chicago Tribune. 1971-12-16. p. W9.

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