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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 24, 2017

Students should go to Washington

Feb 17, 2017

On Monday, Feb. 20, the Fairfield School Board will be voting to change our district into grade alike or have Libertyville students attend Washington Elementary.

What grade alike means for us:

Washington Elementary would hold preschool through first grade and Pence Elementary would have second-fourth grade. In the 2017-2018 school year, 80 percent of our currently enrolled children would be moved.

All Washington Elementary children currently in grades first through third would be moved to Pence, all Pence Elementary children currently enrolled in Kindergarten would be moved to Washington, and all Libertyville students would be moved to Washington or Pence, based on their enrolled grades.

In the 2018-2019 school year, all fourth graders and first graders will be moved again.

Grade alike has the following disadvantages:

• Cost and length of travel increases.

• Parent involvement decreases (children in multiple schools).

• Fewer opportunities to provide interactions between age groups.

But most importantly, it has these disadvantages:

• Significant achievement loss during each transition year.

• Feelings of anonymity, low self-esteem, social skills and feelings of not being connected due to multiple transitions.

What Libertyville students attending Washington means for us:

• Libertyville students would be able to stay with the teachers and principal they know.

• Less children moving out of our district.

• Less achievement loss for 80 percent of our kids next year.

We know it’s time to heal our community and do what’s best for our kids and we feel that working together as a district by keeping our neighborhood schools and encouraging parent involvement is the best way to do that.

Please take a moment to voice your opinion by sending an email to the Fairfield School Board at board_of_directors@fairfieldsfuture.org. If you’d like to speak at the school board meeting, please come to the ACT Building at 7 p.m. Monday.

– Janel Orgovanyi, Kristi Emick, Ashley Bowers, Lisa Phillips and Brandy Jones

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