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DeKalb School District 428 Board to review improvement plans for underperforming schools

DeKalb School District 428 Superintendent Jamie Craven speaks Friday during a meeting of the City of DeKalb's Joint Review Board at the Municipal Building. Craven was named the new chair of the review board at the meeting.
DeKalb School District 428 Superintendent Jamie Craven speaks Friday during a meeting of the City of DeKalb's Joint Review Board at the Municipal Building. Craven was named the new chair of the review board at the meeting.

DeKALB – The DeKalb School District 428 Board will continue the process of addressing underperforming or lowest-performing schools in the district during Tuesday’s board meeting.

Tyler Elementary, 1021 Alden Circle, was given a “lowest performing” rating by the Illinois Report Card released by the Illinois State Board of Education in November. Founders Elementary, Littlejohn Elementary, Malta Elementary, Clinton Rosette Middle School, and Huntley Middle School were all rated “underperforming.”

According to the board agenda, work plans for school improvement have been submitted for each school under the Title I School Improvement 1003 (a) grant, which must be approved no later than Feb. 28.

Under the plan, the 2019-20 school year is considered a “planning year” for each school, during which educators and organizers from each school complete an Illinois Quality Framework Supporting Rubric to the ISBE.

The rubric will identify achievement gaps, makeup of buildings, social-emotional concerns, attendance data, special programs and staff tenure. Also identified throughout the process are resource inequities in the schools, such as budgeting and plans for implementing solutions.

The board will vote on the plans during its second meeting Feb. 19.

Also on the agenda for Tuesday’s discussion-based meeting is a consideration to buy 2,250 Chromebooks at $405 each, totaling $911,250.

According to the district’s Curriculum Technology Initiative, Chromebooks are to be provided to all students in grades three through 12, as well as teaching staff.

The purchase proposal suggests leasing the devices over a three or four year period.

Also, District 428 Superintendent Jamie Craven will provide the board with an update on Friday’s city of DeKalb Joint Review Meeting.

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