District 102 to address parents' concerns about program changes at meeting
LA GRANGE PARK – District 102 officials will hold an informational meeting Monday for parents with questions or concerns about program changes approved last month initiated to reduce a $3 million deficit.
In a letter announcing the meeting, Superintendent Warren Shillingburg wrote that the district has worked hard to avoid program cuts in recent years as state funding has declined while the district's population has increased.
This year, though, the board of education asked the administration to find $1 million in cuts for next school year, resulting in changes to the tiered-services program for students who require additional guidance. The board recommended the move at an April 29 meeting attended by dozens of parents, several of whom spoke against the changes and the way they came about. The district announced the proposed changes three days before the board considered them for the first time. Teachers union president Kathleen Valenta said district reading specialists were not consulted about a new computer-based reading program.
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