REMINDER: Parents and Delavan-Darien School District community residents are invited to any and all of five information sessions to discuss improving our schools.
The first two of the five sessions are this Tuesday, October 29, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the School Administration Center (324 Beloit St., Delavan).
The times and dates of the later community meetings (also planned for being at the Administration Center) are:
- 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 19
- 6 p.m. Monday, December 2
Parent and public input is encouraged at the meetings, which will discuss challenges the district seeks to overcome in the near future. The district is looking to create the best educational environment possible in our schools and is seeking your input on how to create building and material efficiencies, capitalize on available school financial resources and how to bring about maximum student success.
Meeting attendees will work together and brainstorm ideas about how to deal with the challenges the district seeks to overcome.
The meetings are a continuations of discussions begun last winter, when the district started exploring moving to a “learning center school” model, which would involve restructuring the use of the district’s three elementary buildings and Phoenix Middle School. The ideas included shifting what grades are housed in certain buildings.
In April, after more than a dozen public meetings and various staff meeting to discuss changes, Superintendent Robert Crist, Ed.D., recommended no structural changes for this current school year.
“Many of the concerns expressed at the public meetings this past winter were about the speed at which these changes might occur,” Crist said. “Those concerns, along with others we’ve heard, have merit and I wanted to take the time to rethink these possibilities we brought up.
“The ideas for structural changes have merit, too. I want to bring them up again because we feel they can improve the quality of instruction within our district and make our school district operation more efficient. Before going forward, though, we wanted to share our ideas again and gather more public input into the possibilities for changing our building structures.”
Attendees at the community forums will work with members of the district’s administrative team and staff. Attendees will have opportunities to provide input and ask questions throughout the meetings. All parents and community members within the Delavan-Darien School District are invited and encouraged to attend.
A final recommendation and board decision is expected to occur by mid-December.