When we recently polled our readers in the “Best of Barrington Survey” about who they’d most like to have lunch with, one of the people who received the most votes was Barrington School District 220 Superintendent, Dr. Tom Leonard. Inspired, and with only days left until the first day of the new school year, I thought I’d pick up the phone and ask Dr. Leonard out to lunch. Not only did he agree, he offered to host, and then he asked if I wanted to invite six friends. Sounds like a party to me!
Now that we’ve set a date, I’m looking for a few people to join me. So who wants to have lunch with Dr. Leonard at District 220 headquarters at noon on Friday, August 24th? He says he’s up for answering any questions we may have about the district and the new school year.
If you’d like to meet the guy in charge of District 220 schools in his office over lunch, here’s one way to do it: In the comments box below, just tell us any of the questions you’d most like to ask him about his plans for the school district.
Would you like to know more about the district’s brand new, state-of-the-art “Infinite Campus” online information system? Do you have questions about their 2012 goals for enrollment, class size or student achievement? Maybe you’re just curious about Dr. Leonard’s favorite books, musicians or why he decided to get involved with education. Did you know he is also an accomplished saxophone and piano player? I hear he loves to talk about jazz and other kinds of music so there’s lots we can chat about and, in this informal and friendly setting, the sky is the limit!
Here’s how it works: If you submit a question for Dr. Leonard in the comments box below, we’ll enter your question into a drawing and randomly select six names (with the help of my 3-year-old daughter, Grace).
We will draw and reveal the six chosen names next week on Friday, August 17th. Those six people (and I) are invited to sit down to get to know Dr. Leonard a little better over lunch in his office at noon the following Friday, August 24th. Our students should be settling into their new classrooms by then after their first day back on August 21st.
I’ll follow up here at 365Barrington.com by letting you know how he answers the questions asked and it’s as simple as that!
So I’ll get started. One thing I’d like to learn from Dr. Leonard is more about the district’s new Elementary Math in Focus Curriculum that they’re debuting this fall. Math in Focus is the U-S edition of Singapore’s top-ranking math program. The new curriculum offers a more hands-on approach to learning, which includes using blocks, cubes, drawing pictures or acting out lessons to teach math concepts to students in Grades 1-5. I’m just a few years away from having a first grader so I’m definitely interested.
I look forward to learning from your questions, too. So thanks for entering our first ever “Win Lunch with School Superintendent, Tom Leonard” contest. Good luck getting your students ready for the first day of school and I’ll be sure to bring my spiral notebook, number 2 pencils and protractor to take notes during our lunch date later this month.