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Welcome Back Staff 2019!

Greetings Antioch School District 34 Employees,


I hope you are enjoying a restful and relaxing summer.  Our Master Facility Plan (MFP) is nearing the end and we are still on time and on budget.  Visit our MFP Photo gallery on our website to see our progress.  In addition, our crews have been hard at work preparing our facilities for another school year and the moving of classrooms went smoothly.


You will receive communication from your building principal regarding the timeline for entry to the building to begin setting up your classroom which we are hoping is August 5th.  Please note that there may be variations in the timeline given the construction at certain schools.


To kick off the new school year, I'll be addressing all employees on Monday, August 19, 2019 at W.C. Petty Elementary School starting at 10:45 am sharp.  An optional lunch mingle will be available from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in the W.C. Petty Multi-Purpose Room.  Please RSVP if you will be joining us for lunch so we make sure we have enough food.  View more detailed information regarding the August 2019-Teacher Institute Day on August 19, 2019.


If you don't typically work on this day per your work calendar, attendance is optional.  Non-certified employees that choose to attend will need to clock in and will be paid their hourly rate.  If you are unsure about attendance on August 19th, please contact your direct supervisor.


As we did last year, we invite all employees to send photos from your summer ventures as we will have a slide show running during the lunch mingle.  Just attach photos (unedited, high qualify) with captions in the body of the email message to  We need to receive your photos by Friday, August 9th in order to include them in the slide show.


I look forward to speaking with you about how all employees will continue to be involved in our mission of "inspiring personal excellence" and continuous improvement through teamwork, collaboration and shared leadership in the coming year.  Our primary focus in the coming year will be on the social, emotional and behavioral aspects of the whole child. 


Thank you for your dedication to our students, families, and District 34.  It is evident your continuous improvement efforts are making a difference.  I am honored and humbled to serve as your superintendent in the Antioch School District 34 community.



Dr. J. Jay Marino

Continuous improvement through teamwork, collaboration and shared leadership!