D203 School Board Recap

The District 203 School Board continued to ponder a proposal to have a multipurpose room built at Steeple Run Elementary School.

Two options are currently on the table.

The first consists of 4,100 square feet of new construction, including designated cafeteria and large group activity space and expanded parking lot, and costs roughly $1.9 million.

The second option includes all that but also relocates the administrative suite, leaving the current space available for small group instruction.

Another highlight: the separation of bus and parent drop-off drives to enhance student safety during the busiest hours.

The latter option consists of 6,400 square feet of construction and costs $2.5 million.

The board made no motion and will continue to discuss the proposals at their next meeting.

Also at their latest meeting, the district’s Chief Academic Officer Jennifer Hester presented a possible plan to offer “online and blended learning.”

Blended learning refers to a mix of online education and instruction at a brick-and-mortar location.

Many board members agreed these approaches improve the ability to meet the needs of students who don’t learn well in a classroom and provide opportunity for self-directed learning.

But they wanted clarification on its implementation. No motion was carried and they will revisit the idea at a later date.

In the meantime, administrators are working on a strategic plan and guiding principles, and plan to launch online and blended learning courses next August.


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