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District 158 discusses strategic planning and new hires in newly renovated board room

LANSING, Ill. (April 18, 2024) – Lansing School District 158 held its March School Board meeting on Wednesday, March 27 in its newly renovated board room in the Administration Center. The board discussed strategic planning, Lansing Fire Department inspection, and new hires. 

Renovated meeting space

The March 27 board meeting was the first meeting to take place in the newly renovated space. The meetings were moved to a temporary space over six months ago due to renovations on the official board room. 

Guests can continue to park in the back of the Lester Crawl building and go through door 1 to get to the space. However, they will go downstairs to the Administration Center where the room is located. 

District 158 board meetings will happen in the official board room moving forward. 

Strategic planning

The Board gave an update on the district’s strategic planning. According to Dr. Nathan Schilling, Superintendent at District 158, the recent strategic planning survey received over 200 responses from parents and staff.

Dr. Schilling says the board is also working to put together a committee of 35 to 50 people to review the results and data in the survey in the hope of creating a three to five year plan for the district. 

The board plans to begin its strategic planning sessions toward the end of the month. 

New district administrators

The board approved the hire of two new administrators during closed session.

Kenneth Byrne, previously the Associate Principal for Operations and Activities at Coolidge Elementary, has accepted the position of Support Programs Coordinator at District 158. 

Jennifer Hartmann will replace Kristin Foster as the Associate Principal for Operations and Activities at Memorial Junior High School at the start of the 2024-2025 school year. Hartman is currently the Sixth Grade Assistant Principal at Memorial. 

“Both Mr. Byrne and Ms. Hartmann are outstanding professionals who have served Lansing School District 158 successfully as administrators,” said Dr. Schilling. “We are excited to see them advance to new opportunities and are confident they will make an even more positive difference in their new roles.”

Other agenda items:

  • The board approved the 2024-2025 School District Calendar.
  • The fifth grade basketball team collected over 1,000 items at its food drive to donate to the Lansing Food Pantry.
  • Twelve students qualified to represent District 158 at the State Science Fair on May 4
  • District 158 received no violations on its most recent Lansing Fire Department Inspection
  • Dr. Schilling presented the board with a summary of the 2023-2024 Lansing Area Spelling Bee that took place at Coolidge Elementary on March 14, 2024

More information about District 158 is available at Meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month at Lester Crawl Primary Center, 18300 Greenbay Avenue in Lansing.


Kinise Jordan
Kinise Jordan
Kinise Jordan brings local experience and a long list of journalism skills to her work with The Lansing Journal. She understands the need for reliable, factual information in equipping people to build community. An Audio News internship with WBEZ honed her interviewing skills and her sense of timing and deadlines. A native of Calumet City, Kinise is familiar with the interplay of local government, local schools, and local businesses.