The recent meeting was summed up by Superintendent Kathy Birkett in one word – innovation.
Board members discussed numerous ways to offer students a leg up through new learning opportunities.
Including their potential participation in the John D. Dunham STEM Partnership School, a first of its kind in the nation.
The school located at Aurora University, would focus on a curriculum based on science, technology, engineering, and math for grades three through eight.
Board members and president, Kathy Birkett, are excited about the new opportunity – and think the partnership could garner national attention. Other board members like Maria Curry are apprehensive about the partnership.
The school would offer classes to four local districts including 204, East and West Aurora as well as Oswego.
Under the plan, teachers from all four districts would serve two to four year terms at the stem school, before returning to their home districts.
204 plans on sending 50 students and two or three teachers to the program, the total cost for the district could be more than $500,000.
The board also announced they are finished taking applications for the open superintendent position and are working toward narrowing candidates down.
The board will vote on the stem school at their January 27 meeting as well as interview semi finalists that week.
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