District 97 community conversations to be held mid-June


District 97 and the Superintendent’s Advisory Panel will be hosting meetings next week to better understand the perspectives, needs, and concerns of its key stakeholders.


In the last year, the district has sought solutions for how to develop a shared vision for the schools and the children they serve. Community-wide conversations were held in April and community members were given the chance to directly be a part of the process by providing their opinions and feedback.


Following those meetings, the 33-member group on the Advisory Panel collected the information they gathered in April and put together a comprehensive plan, which they ultimately will send to the Board of Education. This plan will serve the district for at least the next two years.


In an effort to yet again include the community, the district will be posting their comprehensive plan online on June 10. The district will also be hosting meetings, which the community is welcome to attend. The dates, times, and locations are below:


Wednesday, June 15 from 6 p.m. to 7:30pm (Holmes School Auditorium, 508 N. Kenilworth Ave.)

Wednesday, June 15 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Fellowship Christian Church, 1106 Madison St.)

Thursday, June 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Holmes School Auditorium, 508 N. Kenilworth Ave.)


In addition, Superintendent Carol Kelley will be holding two sessions concerning the district’s middle schools and students. The date, times and location are listed below:


Wednesday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. in the media center at Brooks Middle School (325 S. Kenilworth).


All sessions will include light refreshments and childcare.


Chris Jasculca, senior director of policy, planning, and communication for District 97, said, “Our community always has and always will play a vital and valuable role in setting the course for educating our children. By attending one of these conversations or providing your feedback online, you can help ensure that this course leads to a better and brighter future for all of us.”


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