LASALLE — Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti came to visit Dimmick School, recently for the purpose of highlighting the benefits of shared services and or staff among public schools as a means to save money and ensure high quality programs and services. Dimmick and Oglesby were selected to be included under the list of schools being recognized for sharing their full-time music/band instructor, Jeremy Stevens.
It was noted by Michael Pillion, superintendent of Oglesby Schools, Ryan Linnig, superintendent of Dimmick School and Regional Superintendent Christopher Dvorak, this is a normal part of the educational culture in the region.
“Shared services are something that is done in many of the districts in the area and has been going on for a long time before I became a superintendent. It’s a benefit for each district to find ways in which they can offer more opportunities for their students through the shared service route while saving districts money. Our Regional Office of Education cultivates a culture of collaboration that makes it easy for districts to involve themselves with one another and work together for solutions,” Pillion said.
Dvorak works hard to encourage such efforts. As a result of this support and collaboration, many of the area school districts are working together to save money and improve the quality of education and services whenever it is appropriate and beneficial.
Sanguinetti highlighted the importance of sharing as a means to save taxpayers’ money and provide high-quality programs, staff and services in schools and other various forms of government.
Pillion and Linnig were presented with certificates of recognition for sharing a full-time kindergarten through eighth-grade music and band instructor; a concept that was highlighted in the 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Services Best Practices.
“Your districts are to be commended for the work done to most efficiently provide the best services available for your students. Through shared services, Dimmick and Oglesby school districts have exemplified how to best utilize available resources in delivering quality educational programming,” Dvorak said.
“We are grateful that Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti is making it a priority to recognize the efforts of public school districts at the local level and hope that this will raise awareness throughout the state that we can learn and benefit more from sharing ideas rather than mandating them,” Linnig said.
Sanguinetti also took the time to visit with and field questions from the fifth- through eighth-grade students at Dimmick. Students asked questions about her background, what her role is as lieutenant governor and how she juggles the responsibilities of being a parent and a public servant.