Dr. Sparlin's Message

  • Dr. John W. Sparlin
    Welcome to Oswego Community Unit School District 308! On behalf of our board of education, teachers, administrators, and staff, I’m very happy that you’re interested in learning more about our district.  We are very proud of our students’ academic, sports, arts, music, and other extracurricular activity successes.

    School District 308 is the seventh largest public school system in our state, with an enrollment of more than 18,000 students in 22 schools, serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and offering alternative education programs and a transition center for students up to age 22. District 308 covers 68.8 square miles in Northern Illinois, and serves all of Oswego, as well as portions of Aurora, Joliet, Montgomery, Plainfield, and Yorkville. We remain the largest employer in Kendall County, with a total staff of over 2,300 individuals.

    In District 308, one of our core beliefs is that all students can and will learn at high levels. Our goal is to provide each student with a comprehensive educational experience that best prepares them for their future. Our attention to individualized learning and support for the whole child sets us apart. Our district is on a journey towards becoming a trauma-informed district, recognizing that the needs of students often extend beyond academics, and helping to support students to meet their basic needs in order to allow their minds to grow and learn. 

    Beyond K-12 schooling, we offer an extensive early childhood program for families to help get young children on the right path long before they start school, and a transition program for students and adults with special needs. Our academic programs challenge our gifted learners, and we offer a variety of college classes to our high school students, giving them a head start in their continued education. Students can engage in a variety of vocational and career programs, enrich their education with trips abroad, challenge their critical thinking through robotics, grow their talents in the fine arts and music in many forms. 

    Our district is focused on several goals to help move us forward in supporting the needs of our students, preparing them for successful futures, while learning in an accepting, diverse, and rewarding educational environment. This year’s Board of Education priorities include:

    • Focus on district-wide instructional multi-tiered system of support to increase growth in academic success, social emotional learning, and professional development
    • Build a 5-year strategic plan
    • Prioritize the District budgets to meet the needs of students while maintaining fiscal solvency
    • Prioritize a plan that reflects a 5-year plan for technology, building maintenance and school safety infrastructure enhancements

    Leading a large, comprehensive educational system is a complex endeavor. I appreciate and acknowledge the critical role that the Board of Education as well as our families play in making our district the best it can be. Working together, I am certain we will achieve our mission to educate all students to reach their highest potential.

    Please feel free to contact me at superintendent@sd308.org if you have any questions about the district.


    Dr. John W. Sparlin

    Superintendent of Schools


  • Updated August 15, 2019