Lopez: D-100 needs your support

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 2:43 p.m. CDT
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Bea Lopez is principal at Emerson School in Berwyn.

School District 100 is in dire need of support from our community.

The Board of Education has boldly approved two referendum questions for the March 18 election. These referendums are vital in ensuring that we continue to provide the children of District 100 with an excellent education in a safe environment. Should they not pass, our students will fall behind, as their learning needs will go unfulfilled.

These referendums will address several immediate issues that we are faced with, issues that include a crumbling infrastructure, the inability to fund key programs currently in place in our district and a growing lack of space due to increased enrollment.

We have 719 more students in our district in 2013 than we did in 2003 with no additional space added at the elementary schools. The issue of space affects the children directly as it leads to forced transfers of students as our classes close at 28 students. Uprooting students from their current schools, familiar teachers, peers and programs is detrimental to their social and academic growth.

The infrastructure in some of our older buildings is at a rapid decline. Outdated heating systems, cracked walls and foundations and leaking roof structures are just some of the immediate fixes that are needed. During our recent cold weather, some classes were forced to wear their coats to keep warm, while others had to be moved entirely due to the lack of heat. 

Finally, we need funding to maintain some of our key programs. One program, Response to Intervention, is used to help children struggling in subjects such as math and reading. It identifies deficiencies early on and corrects them by having teachers work one-on-one or in small groups with those children. Programs such as this would decline or be eliminated entirely given the lack of the additional staff needed to support them.  We are unintentionally leaving behind, one out of every three children without the appropriate instruction due to lack of staff.  We can’t afford to leave our children behind in a 21st Century globalized society!  

Support our community and School District 100 on March 18.

Bea Lopez is principal at Emerson School in Berwyn

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