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DeKalb: Holiday party surveys to be discussed at District 428 meeting

DeKALB – Surveys conducted to find out how well the removal of holiday-themed parties from DeKalb School District 428 has been received and could be disseminated to parents and teachers after Tuesday’s board meeting.

In both the parents’ and teachers’ surveys, participants were asked whether they think the quarterly celebrations currently offered are acceptable replacements to the holiday parties, whether they understand why the holiday parties were replaced, and how satisfied they are with the change – on a scale of one to five.

If the board reaches consensus, the two surveys will be released with the intention of bringing responses back to the District 428 board during its Dec. 5 meeting.

The districtwide change stopping holiday-themed parties was approved as an update to the parent/student handbook in June 2016. In their place, schools hold seasonal celebrations to recognize students for reaching behavior goals. An online petition trying to reinstate the parties was introduced last year and received a few hundred signatures.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda will be an update on the second leg of a plan to restructure the district’s $108 million bond debt and which steps will be taken next.

There will also be informational items on a plan to waive residential impact fees to help spur single family residential construction, and plans to write a diversity plan based on the results of the Diversity Needs Assessment research.

The board meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Education Center at 901 S. Fourth St.

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