July 2020

Dear East Prairie Community,

It is an honor to serve the East Prairie community as the new superintendent.  I am thrilled to join a district with such a great track record of success in serving students, with all stakeholders working together for the greater good.  I have enjoyed every experience of my transition during the past six months.  It was wonderful to see our school in action and the students learning (although less often than I originally planned) in our beautiful new building.  I have appreciated observing every Board meeting since my appointment and getting to know our dedicated School Board, participating in a PTA meeting with many of our parents, and spending time learning about and meeting with our Education Foundation. Our staff has been as wonderful to work with as everyone described.  In a short time, I can see why East Prairie has such an extraordinary reputation.

Prior to joining East Prairie, I was fortunate to learn and grow professionally in wonderful districts.  I began my teaching career in neighboring Niles District 71 and transitioned to my first administrative experience in Palatine District 15.  I have spent the last 13 years in Schaumburg District 54 as an assistant superintendent and principal of both an elementary and junior high school. I believe these experiences have prepared me for my new position, working alongside all of you, to seek continuous improvement on behalf of our students. 
A number of goals are on the horizon for East Prairie 73 this year.

We will:
• work with all East Prairie stakeholders to establish a multi-year strategic plan which will guide future decisions.
• utilize two-way communication through new and existing platforms to ensure the community is engaged and informed.
• finalize interior and exterior building construction and host a grand opening celebration (when safe to do so).
• review the full scope of curriculum and instructional services to ensure our students continue to learn and grow at the highest levels.
• utilize our SEL programming to continue to develop all elements of whole child success. 
• ensure the district has a long-term plan to operate within its fiscal means by aligning expenditures with revenue.
• build off the wonderful work of East Prairie that has served generations of students.

It was amazing to witness how our district worked collaboratively to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of our students since the pandemic hit and schools transformed. This same community spirit will carry us through the next several months as we establish plans for re-entry. We will communicate with you regularly about our processes and procedures to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and community and to build upon the rigorous learning environment you expect.

I look forward to being at East Prairie and meeting all of you.  Thank you for your continued support of our extraordinary district.


Paul Goldberg


Paul Goldberg

Dr. Paul Goldberg