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1. District 205 considers full-day kindergarten, dual language
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is considering curriculum changes such as acquiring a dual language program at Conrad Fischer Elementary School and offering full-day kindergarten.
Kindergarten was a No. 2 community priority based on the ThoughtExchange survey and the Focus 205 process, Superintendent David Moyer said at the Aug. 8, 2017, Board of Education meeting, at which the board approved a kindergarten feasibility study contract with consultant Steve Cordogan.
The kindergarten feasibility study will include a comparison analysis of the highest-performing unit school districts in the state, focus group meetings and a survey, and the final report will include cost, staffing and facility implications and a recommendation on next steps, according to board documents.
Conrad Fischer Elementary School may have dual-language classrooms for kindergarten students in the 2018-19 school year if the board approves plans this month. Then, a series of parent meetings would be held during the remaining months of the 2017-18 school year to verify interest, inform parents and solicit input to ensure successful implementation, according to the district.
2. Park District continues Vision 2020 plans
In July 2017, the Elmhurst Park District Board of Commissioners approved the final Vision 2020 Plan, which included a summary of Vision 2020 collected feedback, a needs assessment and recommendations for long-range planning for the next few years.
Vision 2020 is a way to update the Park District's strategic goals and touch base with the community to see what it wants as the district's 10-year comprehensive plan and five-year strategic plan concluded at the end of 2017.
Executive Director Jim Rogers had said in a phone interview Oct. 25, 2017, that Vision 2020 had indicated residents are interested in the Park District completing several "substantial undertakings" that are currently beyond the district's financial means and that there had been some support for a potential referendum.
The 2018 Strategic Work Plan includes updating Conrad Fischer Park and replacing two synthetic turf fields at Berens Park.