Superintendent's Office

Dear District 157-C Families,

The final weeks of school have arrived, and summer is just around the corner. As we prepare to finish the 2018-2019 school year, I would like to remind families of some important dates:

  • Friday, May 3, is an early dismissal day. Administrators, teachers and staff will be engaged in school improvement activities.
  • On Monday, May 27, the district will observe Memorial Day and will be closed for the holiday.
  • On Wednesday, June 5, Eighth-Grade Graduation will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Lincoln-Way East High School, 201 Colorado Ave. in Frankfort. Congratulations to all graduating eighth-graders and their families!
  • Friday, June 7, is the last day of school. This is also an early release day for students. Because of emergency days used during the year due to inclement weather, the last day has been amended from the originally planned school calendar.

The end of the school year is also time for Hickory Creek Middle School’s annual spring musical. More than 100 students are working hard to prepare a fantastic show for the Frankfort community. This year is the school’s 23rd annual show, and students will perform “Beauty and the Beast”. The show is being presented by the Hickory Creek Middle School Choral Department, under the direction of Leslie Walton and assistant director Cynthia Corso Heath. Performances are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 17; 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Hickory Creek, 22150 S. Owens Road in Frankfort. Tickets for the show are $6 each and may be purchased at the door or in advance by emailing Chorus Boosters President Cori Chojnacki at

For families who were unable to attend the Board of Education’s regular April meeting, the Board recognized Susan Niendorf for being named the Illinois Elementary School Association Speech Coach of the Year; reviewed proposed updates to the district’s 21st Century Continuous Learning Plan, including sustained academic success and an increased focus on social-emotional learning; reviewed a proposal for the purchase of leveled library books at Grand Prairie Elementary School; approved contracts for a roof overlay project at Chelsea Intermediate School and a parking lot replacement at Grand Prairie; and approved compensation for education support personnel for fiscal year 2020. To read a full recap of the meeting, click here.

Additionally, at a special Board of Education meeting in April for the purposes of reorganization, the Board thanked Tom Reidy for his four years of service to the district. Reidy chose not to run for another term on the Board this year. School Board members who were elected to seats through the April 2, 2019 election recited the Oath of Office. This included new members Brian Skibinski and Michael Bouck, as well as returning members Edie Adamski, Edith Lutz and Dr. Larry Kociolek. To read a full recap of this meeting, click here. I hope you have a very enjoyable end to the school year.

Thank you for your continued support of our students and schools this year.

Dr. Maura J. Zinni,
Superintendent of Schools