Neighbor school districts partner for mutual benefit
The Boards of Education of Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116 and Lake Villa School District #41 will be asked to approve a 10-year lease agreement at an upcoming Board meeting. Pending Board approval, this lease agreement will commence on July 15, 2014.
In June 2013, the Lake Villa School District #41 Board of Education voted to close Pleviak Elementary School at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. The decision to close the facility stemmed primarily from financial challenges caused by an ongoing decrease in student enrollment. Students in grades K-6 will be incorporated into the 3 remaining elementary schools within the school district beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.
Whereas, Lake Villa has been experiencing a decline in student enrollment, Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116 enrollment numbers have continued to increase. The school district faces challenges of space in their schools. This opportunity will provide for the following moves.
- Relocation of all RLAS-116 Kindergarten students from the Early Education Center and Village Elementary School to Pleviak Elementary School, located at 304 Grand Ave, Lake Villa;
- Relocation of RLAS-116 preschool students currently placed at Village Elementary School, St. Paul Lutheran Church and Round Lake Area Park District to the Early Education Center;
- Relocation of central office staff currently located at the Education Service Center to the Early Education Center, located at 882 Nippersink Rd, Round Lake; and
- Possible utilization of the Education Service Center for Round Lake High School educational programs and to bring students attending special needs schools outside of RLAS-116 back into the District.
RLAS-116 Superintendent Dr. Constance Collins stated, “We are very excited about this opportunity for Kindergarten and preschool students and staff. Pleviak will allow us to expand upon the current offerings by providing all of our Kindergarten students with access to classrooms in one location, a gymnasium, library, cafeteria and playground; all of which are not currently available at the Early Education Center facility. The Early Education Center will provide more appropriate spaces for specialized services to preschool students, such as occupational therapy and physical therapy. These moves will also support a more effective model for teacher collaboration as now they will be working in the same building rather than disbursed throughout multiple facilities”.
Lake Villa District #41 Dr. John Van Pelt stated, “We are pleased to have an opportunity to lease Pleviak School to Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116 for continued use as a school serving young elementary students. District #41 staff will work closely with the District #116 staff during the next few months for a successful and effective transition.”
Tours of the buildings will be arranged for district staff, students and families.
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