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Kaneland to continue exploring digital partnerships with nearby districts

SUGAR GROVE – Kaneland School District 302 remains interested in exploring a digital partnership with neighboring districts. The item was among the district's goals for the upcoming school year, which were presented Monday night to the school board.

Also, a second parent satisfaction survey is planned. District officials considered the first one to be a success, and they referred to it as an "annual" survey.

There also was some discussion about elementary hot lunch food service. The district currently does not offer such service at the elementary level.

The digital partnership item continues a discussion in which the Kaneland district was invited to join a consortium of districts, including Batavia, Wheaton-Warrenville, Naperville and Indian Prairie. Ultimately, Batavia and Kaneland dropped out, citing cost.

According to a document reviewed by board members, Kaneland "has continued to explore avenues of collaboration with other districts … that have similar interest in pooling resources" for such a partnership. Asked at Monday's meeting which districts were involved, Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler identified Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia and Burlington.

The document stated "work on this project will continue through the 2014-15 school year."

On the topic of the parent survey, the document stated that 1,350 parents participated in the first survey, and that 1,400 comments were received. The document stated that building principals in the district will review the data with parents at "principal coffee" meetings, and that "it will be important to remind parents how we are using the data next year to ensure active participation in the second administration of the survey."

As for hot lunches at elementary schools, board member Teresa Witt said she was surprised that the matter remains on such a list when it didn't seem feasible because of scheduling and cost issues. The district document indicated that, according to a hot lunch parent survey, that a majority of parents would be in favor of a hot lunch program at the elementary level, but that there were two key hurdles – an initial investment of $100,000 and that additional staff would be needed to make the schedule work.

Schuler said there had been some conversations, but the district had "not invested time" on the issue.

"We are in the right place," Schuler said.

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