At a recent Elmhurst District 205 Board meeting, the subject of Grade Level Centers was brought up as a way to make class size more equitable throughout the district.
According to the an article of the Chicago Tribune by Carol Morency, the following exchange happened at the last Board of Education meeting. "Board member Jim Collins noed one of the ideas for ensuring more consistent class sizes was implementing grade-level centers, but this idea, he added, was not well received by the community.
Superintendent David Moyer, however, said that it was too early to rule any ideas out.
"We need to get feedback from the community about what they'd be willing to accept or support," he said."
While there are some advantages to grade-level centers, according to a "Grade Level Center Feasibility Report" done by Prospect Heights School District in Illinois, the disadvantages include:
*Children no longer attend their "neighborhood schools".
*Parents/children don't have as much time to build loyalty for a school.
*Requires more busing.
*Longer bus rides for some children.
*Brothers and sisters may be in different schools.
*Parents may experience child-care difficulties with children arriving and departing at different times.
*Young children lose older role models.
*Primary and intermediate grade teachers' articulation may or may not be more difficult.
*Parents may have to choose between PTA/PTO meetings and participation at other events.
*Overlap in library materials increases costs.
*Changing centers every two years is disrupting to children and parents.
*Communities like to identify with their K-5 elementary school.
*Having all students of the same grade together gives the building a larger feel.
As a parent, I would hate to lose our wonderful neighborhood schools. If District 205 does not hear us on this issue, it may become our reality.
We need to come together as parents of District 205! Please sign this petition and write to either the Board of Education or Dr. Moyer to let your voice be heard.