Palatine resident and District 15 parent of two, Lisa Beth Szczupaj writes about the proposed "Wednesday Late Start Program" and resulting communication and activities in opposition of the idea.
Monday, January 7
I would like to take a moment to keep you up to date as to the activity in District 15 in regard to the proposed "Wednesday Late Start Program". A number of local parents have commenced a call and letter writing campaign on this topic. Many parents are quite upset about this and feel that Scott Thompson has not represented the parents and children in this issue but has simply chosen the easy route in doing whatever the teachers' union wanted with no input from stakeholders or communication as to the motivation behind the decision. Following repeated requests for an opportunity to voice our concerns, Mr. Thompson has agreed to host an open discussion on this topic on Saturday the 26th of January from 9 - 11 AM in the Board Room at …
Teacher professional development will be created by adjusting the start or end times of the school day; Superintendent Scott Thompson says input is still being sought from the community.
UPDATED: Thursday, January 3 at 11:50 a.m. A statement from District 15 Superintendent Scott Thompson. The committee charged with working on the late start/early dismissal project will be seeking input from parents in the next week or so. The committee definitely wants to find ways to lessen the impact on families. All options for making the best decision will be considered. Parents/community members are encouraged to respond to that request for feedback. No decision has been made at this point. After receiving feedback, the committee will offer a proposal later this month or early in February. The Board of Education's Communication Committee has planned a Community Forum on Jan. 26th (9:00-11:00AM) (location to be announced at a later …