Parents React to RLA D116 Restructuring Plan

Superintendent Collins & Board President Nanci Radford
Superintendent Collins & Board President Nanci Radford
After years of slip-sliding along without informing the community of District 116’s yearly progress, the Round Lake Area School Board, led by Board President Nanci Radford, and Superintendent Constance Collins got an ear full at Monday evenings school board meeting. It was disclosed in a one-hour presentation that the school district has fallen way behind in almost every school when it comes to meeting the State’s minimum requirements. With the “No Child Left Behind” program approximately ten years old, RLA District 116 seems to have left many behind and now stands to have the government come in and run the District just like they did when it was on the State Financial Watch several years ago.

At Monday’s meeting Vice-Superintendent Veronica Lake, spelled out the dire situation along with what the resulting consequences could be if something is not done, and done QUICK! That was the fuse that lit the dynamite as parents insisted on knowing WHY they were just now being informed when this has been something in the makings for many years. Now, parents were being asked to approve drastic plans to “restructure” the entire school system to keep the State from taking over. It has gotten so bad that Dr. Collins had to go to the authorities and beg for a two-week extension, which is the time for parents to now decide.

Take the time to read the full 25 page report that was presented at the meeting and plan on attending one or two of the following meetings, depending on whether or not you are a parent.

You can view the report HERE. You may need Acrobat Reader to view it.

RLA D116 Current Reality
RLA D116 Current Reality

Parent Informational Meetings
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Time: Morning Session 7:30 – 9:30 AM
Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Evening Session: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: Round Lake High School Theater

Board Acceptance of School Restructuring Plan
Monday, January 28, 2013
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Round Lake High School Theater

Public Community Forum
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Round Lake High School Theater

The board usually limits the Public Comments portion of the meeting to just one-half hour but at Monday’s meeting it went on uninterrupted for over an hour as you can witness in the video below. The comments were not restricted just to complaints about the restructuring but also about other things as well. High School Junior, Faith Gazdzicki, brought along photos of moldy bread being served in the lunchroom and asked that a better selection of food be available, such as more salads. Gazdzicki also spoke out against the health clinic saying that handing out contraceptives simply allows kids to go out and be irresponsible. You can hear her speak at about the 4 1/2 minute mark in the video. When her three minutes were up, others in the audience offered her their three minutes but she was not allowed to continue.

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