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District proposes attendance boundary changes

The District has been continuing its work to alleviate the overcrowding at Fulton. At the last board meeting the administration shared that a first step is to relocate Fulton’s Early Learning Program to Memorial. With the community’s help, the administration researched many other options, but they all proved to be expensive or impractical.

The best and most cost-effective solution is to shift attendance boundaries. This proposal allows the District to provide Fulton students with services comparable to other District 146 schools. The District’s goal is to positively impact students while practicing good stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

The District is considering boundary changes in the areas of North Brementowne and Tinley Terrace (maps below) for the 2016-17 school year and subsequent years. The changes would reassign 2016-17 pre-k, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders in the North Brementowne area to Kruse, and pre-k, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders in the Tinley Terrace area to Fierke. Next year’s 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Fulton students in these areas may finish their remaining years at Fulton, but would have the option to move to the new school.

Any student who moves to Kruse or Fierke will have their registration fees waived for the 2016-17 school year.

The North Brementowne boundary change is highlighted in red on the map. Students in pre-k through 2nd grade in this area would attend Kruse Education Center beginning August 2016.


The Tinley Terrace boundary change is highlighted in blue on the map. Students in pre-k through 2nd grade in this area would attend Fierke Education Center beginning August 2016.


Here is an overview of Fulton’s current boundary (black outline), with the proposed relocations highlighted again in red and blue.



On May 2 at 6:00 p.m., a Board Workshop will be held at the District 146 Administration Center. After hearing the community’s input, the Board of Education will consider a boundary change resolution at the May 9 regular board meeting.

The District is excited about the opportunity this change would provide. It immediately improves the learning conditions at Fulton. Meanwhile, Kruse and Fierke are eager and ready to receive their new students. The District looks forward to showing parents how impressive these schools are and how students’ experiences would be enriched at their new District 146 school.

Email any questions to Superintendent Dr. Jeff Stawick at jstawick@district146.org.

The District appreciates the community’s understanding as they continually strive to improve schools and the quality of children's education at District 146.



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Pennies for Pooches Drive ends April 1

Kruse Pennies for Pooches Drive - D146 from District 146 on Vimeo.



Kruse’s Student Council is running a “Pennies for Pooches” Drive for the Animal Welfare League. The classroom with the largest donation will be invited to an appreciation party courtesy of the League. Student Council just completed their “Pennies for Patients” drive for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with $1,422 in donations. Mrs. Campbell’s first grade class raised the most donations and will receive an Olive Garden lunch. “Student Council has worked hard for both fundraisers including making signs and videos to highlight both charities,” said Marifran Henry, student council co-sponsor. They have also sponsored a food drive for the Orland Township Food Pantry and a holiday gift-giving tree for families in need.

“I am really proud of our students’ efforts, and I appreciate the support of our families," Kruse Principal Carey Radde said. "Student Council is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn how to give back to their community."

Kruse Culture Cookbook Recipes

District explores strategies to address overcrowding at Fulton School

Dear District 146 Families,

I have important information about our District 146 facilities regarding school population. District 146 is currently experiencing overcrowding at Fulton School. Fulton’s enrollment is at 106% of capacity, which is stretching resources thin and causing undue stress for both students and teachers. Rooms that were not designed to be classrooms are currently being used to instruct students. We need to find a solution.

Other District 146 schools (Fierke, Kruse, Memorial and Central) are not experiencing overcrowding. Fierke is at 71% of capacity, and a recently completed demographic study predicts that enrollment will decline slightly over the next five years. Similarly, Kruse is currently at 76% of capacity with the demographic study predicting stable enrollment at Kruse over the next several years. Memorial is at 82% capacity with the demographic study showing a modest increase over the next several years. Currently, the District 146 Board of Education is looking at several strategies to relieve the overcrowding at Fulton. Some strategies include shifting attendance boundaries, which would result in some Fulton students attending other District 146 schools as early as next fall.

We are working to determine the best possible solutions for our District. I will share an overview of possibilities with the Board of Education at the Board Meeting on March 14th at 6:00 p.m. No decisions will be made at this meeting, but if you would like to hear the Board’s discussion, please join us. We appreciate your interest in this effort. Our goal is to continue to improve the quality of education and services to which your family is accustomed.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeff Stawick
Superintendent

One Book, One School: Charlotte's Web

Kruse kicked off the One Book, One School program with an assembly on January 11. At the assembly, the students discovered the book they would each read as a school.


Follow along with the readings from Kruse School on the below image.




Send us photos of you reading with your child! Email to news@district146.org

Lego Robotics Club


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