Community Advisory Council

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    For more than a half century, community and parent volunteers that live within Illinois School District U-46 boundaries have served as liaisons between their schools, the CAC, and the school district. We identify our children’s needs and bring ideas to the District. CAC representatives attend monthly meetings and are strongly encouraged to join a committee.

    The goal of the CAC is to advise and assist the Board of Education and Administration in the ongoing effort to provide the best possible educational opportunities for the students of School District U-46. As a member of the Community Advisory Council, you have the opportunity to positively impact our school district’s future.

    Each District U-46 school can have up to five registered representatives on the CAC. If you would like to volunteer as a CAC representative, please contact the principal at one of the schools in your attendance zone. You may also apply for “At-Large-Membership” by calling the District’s Community Relations Office at (847) 888-5000 ext. 5300.

    Meetings for the 2022-23 School Year:

    The dates for the 2022-23 CAC meetings are listed below and are also included in the District's website calendar. Most meetings will be hybrid (in-person with a virtual option). No registration is required for in-person meetings, which are held at the U-46 Welcome Center at 1019 E. Chicago St. in Elgin.

    For those not able to join us in person, please REGISTER HERE to join the virtual meeting via Zoom. 

    All CAC meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the following dates:

    • Thursday, Sept. 8 - Welcome Back
    • Thursday, Oct. 6 -  Unite U-46
    • Thursday, Nov. 3 - School Safety 
    • Thursday, Dec. 1 - Roundtable (virtual only)
    • Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023 - Keeping Your Kids Safe in Cyberspace  (virtual only)  
    • Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023 - Educational Pathways  (virtual only)  
    • Thursday, March 9, 2023 - Board of Education Candidate Forum (hybrid)
    • Thursday, April 6, 2023 - Superintendent Search Community Focus Group (virtual only)    
    • Thursday, May 4, 2023 - U-46 Rising and End of Year Committee Reports, Certification of Schools & Future Plans (virtual only)

    Recordings and minutes of previous sessions are available here

CAC General Flyers

2022-23 CAC Officers

  • Chanda Schwartz - Chairperson
    Matt Hovey - Vice Chairperson
    Veronica Betz  - Secretary 


    Instructional Initiatives Committee
    Ian Horn
    Heather Matthews

    Family and Community Engagement
    Matt Hovey

    Special Education and Services Committee
    Avita Odoom
    Sarah Siddiqui