D203 Improving Its Space

School District 203 is trying to improve both its physical space and cyberspace, all to bring more opportunities for students.

At their latest board of education meeting, Superintendent Dan bridges outlined plans to test prototype classrooms at Elmwood and Prairie Elementary schools, Madison Jr. High, and Naperville Central High School.

Bridges also said the district may test flexible libraries at Beebe Elementary and Jefferson Junior High.

Flexibility and small group spaces were key elements the community asked for during last year’s future focus engagement sessions.

The district conducted a study on all of its buildings, which resulted in most of them not needing maintenance or repairs until at least six to ten years out.

Board members also approved of an intergovernmental agreement with two other districts to offer the Expanded Learning Opportunities or ELO program.

Under the agreement, District 203, Indian Prairie District 204 and Wheaton-Warrenville District 200 will share resources to offer online courses for their high schoolers this fall.

Participating students can choose whether to take those online courses at home or from school and they’d still be tested and graded like they would in a brick and mortar classroom.

District 203 will offer the program to 105 students and each participating district will contribute $85,000 for start-up costs, including pay for new management.

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