I regard to the latest News-Gazette Article regarding Dr. Howard… readers should consider that before moving forward with their plans the school district was advised through the Great School Together study to take a few options into consideration. And that they should receive feedback from the community before moving forward.

Responsible Stewardship for Educational Programming Needs Responsible Stewardship for Educational Programming Needs

The recommendations of the Programming Working Group and a plan for implementing changes to educational programming should be developed and be consulted before changes are made to facilities.

District wide questions regarding program changes should be answered before proceeding to facilities improvements. These questions include:

  • Should we have Kindergarten through Eighth Grade school programs versus Kindergarten through Fifth Grade elementary school?
  • Should we have multiple smaller high schools versus fewer larger high schools?
  • Should we have multiple smaller elementary schools versus larger elementary schools?

[Note: These are the type of fundamental questions that the school district must answer before finalizing a capital improvement plan. There are many resources that can be used to provide input into these decisions, but in the end, these are the type of questions that the school board and administration must resolve prior to moving forward. Inputs could be gathered for the “The Great Schools Together” study effort, from further public input, from intergovernmental partners and from consultants.]

You can read more here: http://www.champaignschools.org/sites/default/files/strategicPlan2009.pdf

Today’s News-Gazette article regarding Dr. Howard: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-09-18/updated-letter-criticizes-lack-dr-howard-plan-move-columbia-under-consideration