LEMONT – The Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A Board of Education unanimously approved relocating fifth grade classes to River Valley School starting next school year.
The board had informally endorsed the move during its Nov. 20 meeting and officially approved it during the Dec. 18 meeting.
Assistant Superintendent Mary Gricus said the administration "will make necessary communications to those affected and will start operational procedures in January."
The fifth graders were relocated to Old Quarry Middle School from River Valley after Central School closed at the end of the 2010-11 school year.
According to a presentation by district administration, either school would be at capacity with the fifth grade classes, but River Valley offered curriculum advantages and the possibility of adding classrooms if needed.
Board President Cindy Kelly said the administration did a good job of informing the board of the issues involved with making the move.
"I think it's safe to say that we appreciate all the research that went into it that helped us to make the decision," she said.
Kelly said there will be some mixed feelings among staff and families about the move, but relocating the classes to River Valley is best for the students.
"I know they will be in wonderful hands over there," she said.
Changes with the move
According to a presentation by District 113A, relocating the fifth grade classes to River Valley School will require:
• Hiring a part-time physical education teacher and music teacher, as well as either a part-time or full-time administrator.
• Turning nine rooms currently occupied by resource teachers into classrooms and moving the resource teachers into pod classrooms made from portable walls