Last night, District 204 kicked off its “Engage 204” community engagement program. The session featured a “State of the District” address by Superintendent Karen Sullivan. While District 204 students tend to perform above the state average, it faces challenges in decreasing enrollment, changes in state funding, and overcrowding in its northern boundaries. After the speech, the audience broke off into small groups to discuss their concerns, which were then presented to the entire room. Common concerns included large class sizes, low per-student spending compared to other districts like 203, and building maintenance.
Conversation About Suicide:
And District 203’s next Focus 203 community engagement session will be a “Community Conversation About Suicide.” Loyola University Chicago professor, author and suicide intervention expert Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW will be present to talk about topics like risk factors, warning signs, and interventions. The entire community is invited to attend either of the sessions: the first will be held at Naperville Central at 7 p.m. on November 30, and the second at Meson Sabika at 9:30 a.m. on December 1.
Naperville First in Holiday Spending:
‘Tis the season to spend here in Naperville. A report by Wallethub says our town comes out on top when it comes to holiday spending. Analysts compared 570 cities across the country, and discovered the maximum holiday budget here in Naperville is $2,381. The next highest-ranking city in Illinois was Palatine, coming in at number 40 with a $1,383 budget. The online personal finance website looked at income, monthly expenses and savings.
Girls Basketball Begins:
The girls basketball season tipped off last night with Neuqua Valley hosting the Batavia Bulldogs. The Wildcats got off to a roaring start, using high-pressure defense to jump out to an 11-2 lead. But the Bulldogs fought back, eventually taking a lead as big as eight midway through the third quarter. Neuqua senior Megan Callahan stepped up and made four second half three pointers, the final one for a four point play to retake the lead late in the game. The Wildcats were able to hit several key baskets down the stretch, hanging on 54-45 to start the season on a victorious note.
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