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DeKalb School District 428 Board to discuss student residency, holiday party survey

DeKALB – Student residency and holiday parties, two topics that have received strong criticism from parents, will be discussed during the DeKalb School District 428 Board’s Tuesday meeting.

A presentation on a student residency verification plan earlier this year by Channahon-based National Investigations Inc. received heavy criticism from parents who felt it would disrupt student diversity and cause the administration to lose public trust. The board decided to table further discussion until the findings from the district’s demographer are presented.

In October, a DeKalb resident filed a federal lawsuit in Rockford to stop the district from enrolling students who don’t live in the district.

Superintendent Jamie Craven also will go over the results of a survey evaluating parents’ and teachers’ opinions of the removal of holiday parties in district schools.

More than 1,400 responses were received from parents. About 63 percent of parents who knew about the quarterly celebrations were unhappy with the replacements to holiday parties, and more than 40 percent of parents rated their satisfaction with the policy change at a one out of five, with one being the score reflecting the least satisfaction.

The teachers’ responses told a different story. Of the more than 200 teachers surveyed, 67 percent felt the quarterly celebrations were an acceptable replacement and about 35 percent ranked their satisfaction at a five out of five.

The District 428 board meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Education Center at 901 S. Fourth St.

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