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About the School Board

The School Board is comprised of seven District 303 residents elected by the community.  Key responsibilities of the Board are to provide educational leadership to the school community, create and maintain a vision and a mission for the District, and hire and evaluate the Superintendent to whom is delegated all administrative responsibility and authority. The Board establishes clear and measurable goals and evaluates results.

They adopt and evaluate policies, approve and adopt the School District's annual budget, and involve the community in the life of the District. The District 303 School Board maintains open and honest communication and welcomes your interest and participation. Open lines of communication are vital for providing a positive educational experience for the students who learn in District 303 classrooms each day.

School Board Culture Statement

While being mindful of the expectations of the community, the Board will continue to make fiscally responsible decisions in the best interest of all students.

School Board Commitments

  • Provide learning opportunities responsive to the whole student which will prepare them for life after District 303
  • Allocate community resources responsibly to ensure exemplary student growth, academic achievement, and positive social-emotional development
  • Monitor and continue to improve our safe and secure learning environments for our students and staff
  • Promote our environment of respect, responsibility, and good citizenship
  • Support and sustain a culture of learning and leadership that attracts, develops, and retains high quality staff
  • Engage and collaborate with stakeholders to develop trusting partnerships for the betterment of our students

Public Comment

The District 303 School Board welcomes community input by providing opportunities for public comment at all meetings. We value our partnership with the community and encourage you to respectfully share your perspectives and opinions that will assist us with important discussions about public policy.

As a board, we are committed to transparency, public engagement in decision making, and representation. We will model good behavior by treating those who attend our meetings with the same civility and courteousness that we expect in return.

Thank you for your continued support and participation as we work to serve the students, staff members, and families of District 303.

Board Documents

Board Meetings

Agendas and meeting minutes from School Board regular, special and committee meetings are accessible online via Boardbook.

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Regular Board Meetings

The School Board announces the time and place for its regular meetings at the beginning of each calendar year. The District 303 Board of Education typically meets in regular session on the second Monday of the month with meetings generally starting at 7:00 p.m. 

Unless otherwise noted, School Board meetings are held at:

Administration Center
201 South 7th Street
St. Charles, IL 60174. 

 Meeting agendas are posted at least 48 hours before the meeting and are accessible in BoardBook Premier.


Special Board Meetings

Special meetings of the School Board may be called by the President or by any three (3) members of the Board of Education. These meetings are scheduled as needed and may be open or closed. Public notice of a special meeting is given in the same manner as Regular Board Meetings.

The audio from regular board meetings is available online:

Audio of Regular Board Meetings

Across the Board newsletters:

Regular School Board and Committee Meeting Newsletters

Board Committees

The School Board may establish Board Committees to assist with the Board's governance function, and in some situations, to comply with state law requirements. Board committee meetings are scheduled as needed and are open to the public, with notification given in the same manner as Regular Board meetings.

School Board Standing Committees:

  • Business Services Committee: Committee Members - Heidi Fairgrieve and Joseph Lackner
  • Citizen Advisory Committee: Committee Members - Becky McCabe and Kate Bell
  • Learning & Teaching Committee: Committee Members - Ed McNally
  • Policy Committee: Committee Members - Becky McCabe and Joseph Lackner

President

Mrs. Jillian Barker *
(630) 613-0694

Mrs. Barker was elected in 2019 for a term that expires in 2023. She is currently the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for a group of therapeutic day schools which provides special education services to students who are outplaced by contracting public school districts. Mrs. Barker has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University in Special Education and a Master of Science degree from Northern Illinois University in Educational Administration with a Director of Special Education endorsement. Mrs. Barker has worked as a special education administrator, a principal and in other administrative roles as well as a special education teacher. She has also served on a special education citizens advisory council, an African-American citizens advisory council, a teacher mentor program oversight committee, and an equity and excellence training group.

Mrs. Barker has also taught and designed courses for a Chicago-based university for the last 8 + years in the special education, reading specialist, and differentiated instruction master's degree programs.

Mrs. Barker and her husband Adam have lived in St. Charles since 2010 with their four children who attend D303 schools.

Vice President

Mrs. Heidi Fairgrieve *
37W340 Red Gate Rd.
St. Charles, IL 60175
(319) 270-1414

Mrs. Fairgrieve was elected to the School Board in 2017. She was re-elected in 2021 and is serving her second four-year term which expires in 2025. Mrs. Fairgrieve has Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science, Accounting degrees from Arizona State University. She earned a Global Leadership Certificate from Thunderbird School of International Management.

Mrs. Fairgrieve is a working professional in the banking industry and serves on a Diversity & Inclusion Council. She is currently a mentor in the Chicago Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization, a Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Troop Leader, and an active PTO member at two D303 schools. Mrs. Fairgrieve continues to support Junior Achievement, March of Dimes, and United Way.

Mrs. Fairgrieve and her husband, David, have two daughters currently attending D303 schools.

Secretary

Mrs. Becky McCabe *
3035 Meadow Drive
St. Charles, IL 60175
(630) 276-9528

Becky McCabe is a retired educator who is currently working part-time for North Central College and DuPage Regional Office of Education as a school improvement coach to elementary principals in DuPage County. She taught primary grades for over 15 years in the Urbana-Champaign school districts and was very active in the teachers association leadership.

 Becky moved into administration as the principal at Leal Elementary in Urbana and was Illinois Principal of the Year and National Distinguished Principal in 2004. Becky became Division Administrator for Student Assessment at the Illinois State Board for three years before becoming Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the DeKalb School District.

She finished her career in St. Charles CUSD 303 as Area Assistant Superintendent for Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Throughout her career, she led hundreds of workshops on assessment, instruction, classroom management, and leadership. Becky has a Masters and Advanced Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Mrs. McCabe and her husband, Ken, have two grown sons whose families live in St. Charles. They have three grandchildren - two of whom are in the D303 schools.


Board Members

Member 

Mrs. Kate Bell *
(773) 251-5333



Member

Mr. Joseph Lackner *
3N780 Trotter Lane
St. Charles, IL 60175
(630) 235-9455

Member

Mr. Edward McNally *
724 Horne St.
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 220-1065

Mr. McNally was elected to the School Board in 2013. He is serving his third four-year term which expires in 2025.


* indicates member has completed mandatory board member training required by Section 105 ILCS 5/10-16a of the Illinois School Code

Contact boardofeducation@d303.org, to communicate with all the School Board members