SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

  • Welcome to the 2018-19 school year. I am honored to serve as the new Superintendent for School District 11 and will work to ensure our students are provided excellent, distinctive educational experiences that will prepare them for college, career and life. We will accomplish this by adhering to our current goals, which are:

    • Demonstrate improvement of student achievement
    • Demonstrate high performing teams
    • Embrace a culture of constant innovation
    • Communicate and engage frequently with our customers
    • Provide a safe learning and working environment
    • Demonstrate operational efficiencies
    • Demonstrate fiscal prudence and financial responsibility

    Each of our 27,000 students come to us with unique needs, passions, and strengths. We aim to engage each student where they are, and partner with them to find their passion and fulfill their potential. I believe in the power of relationships and recognize that I am not alone in my role. We have nearly 4,000 highly qualified employees who have a wide range of talent and skills and are supporting the learning of our students every day. As our K-12 student demographic continues to diversify, our staff are committed to their continuous learning and professional development to stay relevant and responsive to student needs.

    District 11 is a learning organization and as the lead learner in our district, it is important that I model what it means to take risks, accept challenges and work hard for what is best. I believe our students have endless possibilities in life and by setting high expectations, our students will strive to meet them. It will take the strength of our entire community to accelerate the learning of ALL students. Through partnering with parents, businesses, philanthropic groups, local military, and our faith-based communities (just to name several), our students will continue to excel in District 11.

    I want to thank our community for believing in us and continuing to make District 11 the district of choice! With the passing of a mill levy last fall, we will be able to expand opportunities for our students by managing class sizes, addressing the social emotional learning of our students, increasing safety measures and continuing our investments in high quality academic supports and rigor. 

    My excitement to join District 11 continues to grow with each day I spend in our community and our schools. Together, we are destined for greatness! I look forward to our collaborative, committed efforts on behalf of what is best for D11 students!

    Yours in partnership,
    Michael J. Thomas