School Board Recap

Online Learning

Naperville School District 203 may be one of five suburban districts that will offer online classes next fall.

Director of Instructional Technology John David Son and Chief Academic Officer Jennifer Hester updated the board on their plans to move forward with an online learning program along with four other districts.

In the summer, School District 203 created a consortium to jointly plan the program, after being among 18 total districts that rejected a proposal to be a part of a new virtual charter school.

Alternatively, the new online program on the table would utilize teachers from each of the member district, also including Indian Prairie District 204, Batavia, Wheaton-Warrenville and Maple Park.

Classes would include U.S. History, Algebra, English, Consumer Economics, Health, Government and Geometry and would be limited to 26 students each.

District 203 would expect to pay a first-year cost of $108,000 and then an ongoing of $65,000 a year.

The board made no motion yet, but plans to vote on their inclusion in this proposal at their next meeting.

Doing Away With Drug Testing

And it looks like School District 203 won’t be conducting mandatory, random drug testing for all students involved in athletics and other extracurricular activities.

After months considering the idea, Superintendent Dan Bridges told the board that the administration won’t be bringing forth a recommendation for the drug testing.

The staff has found that the benefit of it is not as great as one might expect and while it’s constitutional, the legal counsel found significant legal costs.

They also said there’s a legitimate concern as to whether mandatory random drug testing falls within the proper role of a public school district.

Proposed School Assignments for New Housing Development

Also at the meeting, Deputy Superintendent Kaine Osburn announced recommended school assignments for a new housing development.

The administration recommends that once built, children from the Arbor Trails development should go to Steeple Run Elementary school, Kennedy Jr. High School, and Naperville Central High School.

The area was previously zoned as “to-be determined.”

Arbor Trails is expected to be completed within two years with 162 single-family homes.

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