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District #102 Explores Closing Rogers School

January 13, 2021

At the December 15, 2020 District 102 Board of Education meeting, I gave a presentation to the board and audience members regarding the current state of the district’s declining enrollment. I also addressed future concerns I had for the district related to the potential impact of a predicted financial crisis the state of Illinois is facing. The presentation was long and detailed. At the conclusion of the presentation, I recommended that the board consider closing Rogers School and transitioning its students and staff to a number of vacant/available rooms the district has at both Georgetowne and Marquette Schools. At the conclusion of the presentation and the discussion that followed, I asked the board for direction. Specifically, I asked if the board was interested in obtaining more information on closing Rogers School or if the board preferred that the administration begin planning for the 2021-22 school year making no changes. The board indicated that it was interested in exploring the option further; directing the administration to begin gathering more information detailing what the transition might look like if implemented. We are now in the exploratory stage.

 

At last night’s Committee of the Board meeting, the board continued its discussion of the topic by identifying the next steps to be taken by the district as it explores this option. The first step consists of sharing a detailed summary of the December 15, 2020 board meeting discussion with parents and the community. A copy of that summary is attached to this email in a PDF. These notes from the meeting will also be a part of the December 15, 2020 minutes from that board meeting. The notes include the topics that were discussed, graphs and discussion items.

 

Additionally, the administrative team has been working to gather a number of concerns and questions. We are adding those concerns and questions to a “Q & A” document that we plan to make available to the public later next week. It may help address many of the questions that you might have after reading the attached summary. We will continue to update that “Q & A” document as questions are submitted. If you have a question that you would like to submit, please feel free to send that to me at bsondgeroth@dist102.org and I will add that to the list (if not already included).

 

Finally, we will be making arrangements to allow for audience participation at the January 26, 2021 meeting of the board of education. With the current Covid-19 mitigation protocols in place in Illinois, we are not sure what that will look like at this time. We will need to do a little work to determine how that meeting can be safely held so that members of the community have the opportunity to address the board. If allowable, the meeting may be held in the gym or auditorium at Georgetowne School with masks and social distancing. We will be exploring a virtual option as well. We will provide more details as the date approaches.

 

District #102 Board Minutes December 15, 2020

 

Click on the link below to view the Q & A document.

http://bit.ly/3p03h2G

 

 

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