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Letter: League of Women Voters finds D-41 facilities wanting, offers suggestions

Published: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 11:35 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn conducted a year-long study of the facilities of Glen Ellyn School District 41 and Community Consolidated School District 89 to determine if they were adequate to meet enrollment and program needs. This past spring, the study was presented to league members, who came to the consensus that:

• The current facilities in District 89 are adequate to meet both current and projected enrollment needs and current and long-range program needs, although some space may need to be repurposed to meet changing program needs.

• The current facilities in District 41 are not adequate to meet either current or projected enrollment, nor are they adequate to meet current or long-range program needs. Causes of these inadequacies were the extensive use of portable classrooms throughout the district, the inadequate space available within buildings and the aging infrastructure in all buildings.

League members discussed how the D-41 facilities might be improved. Those suggestions, which would require further study and consensus in order to be supported by the league, include:

• Building a new school• Renting or leasing a suitable facility from another entity• Consolidation with another contiguous district• Building additions to existing schools• Realigning D-41 boundaries with another contiguous school district• Staggering the school day• Adopting a year-round school schedule

Upgrading or updating the current portables was proposed as a last resort, but not considered an acceptable way to improve conditions.

The complete position can be viewed on the League website at www.lwvge.org.

The League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn is a nonpartisan political organization, which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership in the league is open to men and women.

Jayne Boeckelman

President, League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn

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