District 204 School Board

District 204 board members, principals and athletic directors discussed a possible change in their athletic and activity conference.

District 204 is currently part of the Upstate Eight Conference, but was recently invited to join the DuPage Valley Conference, of which Naperville Central and North are a part.

The change would mean shorter travel times to events, as well as a chance for to challenge students and encourage growth.

The conference change would begin with the 2015 – 2016 school year

Administrators are expected to officially respond to the DuPage Valley Conference invitation in December.

And the board unanimously approved the decision to name Metea Valley High School’s un-named baseball field after the school’s principal, Jim Schmid

Schmid has been with the district for 25 years, and is also an i-h-s-a recognized baseball coach. Many board members claimed this was the easiest “yes” of their board career, and Schmid was honored.

Finally, the board also took recommendations from the newly formed “heat focus group” in their closed session.

The group, made up of parents, teachers, teaching assistants and administrators from the district, formed in September after multiple school closings due to heat.

Recommendations ranged from developing new guidelines for recess and sporting events during times of excessive heat, to installing air conditioning units in classrooms and libraries, which could cost the district 13.6 million dollars.

Administrators will discuss the recommendations and cost with the citizen’s financial advisory committee, and bring feedback to the board in January.

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