At the Oct. 24 Board of Education meeting, District 191 administrators provided an update on the district’s facilities realignment process, including a report on the themes that came out of several community focus groups held in the previous three weeks.
According to Assistant Superintendent Brian Gersich, more than 400 community members participated in the focus groups, where the district presented information about district enrollment, the cost to operate school buildings, and the potential benefits of closing schools. During small group discussions after the presentation, Gersich said there were several comments that showed people understand the need for the district to close schools.
Participants also shared their concerns and questions, which included subjects like the effect on class size, transportation, programming, and how attendance boundaries will be changed. Although some questions can’t be answered yet, Gersich said, the district has started a “Questions & Answers” page on its website at www.isd191.org/facilities.
Recommendation to be presented Nov. 14
Community members at the focus groups and through an online form, along with middle and high school students and District 191 staff, also shared their priorities when it comes to how the district should decide which schools should be closed. A recommendation will be presented by the external consultant to the School Board at it’s Nov. 14 meeting.
A public hearing on the recommendation is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 4 and the Board could take action at its Dec. 12 meeting.
The full presentation from Oct. 24 is available online.