D113A Board of Education to vote on strategic plan Tuesday night
LEMONT — The District 113A Board of Education will discuss and possibly vote on the five-year strategic plan during Tuesday night's meeting.
After three months of analyzing resources and needs in District 113A, administrators have completed a draft strategic plan that includes additional staffing and upgrades in technology, curriculum and facilities over the next five years.
"One thing that ranked loudly was class size," Superintendent Susan Birkenmaier said. "We looked at where we need to really focus staffing increases to get the most effective response."
As part of the proposed plan, for the 2013-14 school year district officials are looking to add six full-time teachers and one part-time teacher.
In addition, the district plan to an additional counselor.
Before hiring the teachers, District 113A needs the Illinois State Board of Education to sign off on a new financial plan from the district.
With ISBE's approval, the hires will reduce average class sizes in grades kindergarten, second, third and fifth. Kindergarten classes will be reduced from an average of 27 to 24 students per classroom; second grade from 27 to 23 students; third grade from 31 to 27 students and fifth grade from 42 to 32 students.
Grades one, four, six, seven and eight will not get additional teachers.
The strategic plan draft also includes long-term goals for class sizes throughout the district, with kindergarten through second grade classes having 21 to 24 students on average, third and fourth grades having 23 to 27 students per classroom, and fifth through eighth grades having 26 to 30 students per classroom.
The board is also set to discuss the 2013-14 school year calendar and student fees.
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