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District 41 invites community to join facilities task force

District 41 Superintendent Paul Gordon
District 41 Superintendent Paul Gordon

GLEN ELLYN – Glen Ellyn School District 41 is seeking community input by forming a Facilities Community Task Force to address issues with space and overcrowding at district schools.

The district will hold an informational meeting on the task force at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Churchill Elementary School, 240 Geneva Road.

Considerations of the task force include how to create space to support full-day kindergarten, remove portables at Hadley, relieve overcrowding at elementary schools, and allow for flexible learning space and adequate core space at all five schools.

District 41 Chief Communications Officer Erika Krehbiel said involving the community along with administration will lead to a more informed and practical decision.

“We have a lot of stakeholders — there are taxpayers, community leadership [and] parents," she said. "In order to make an informed decision of what to do next, we need to involve all the stakeholders.”

The task force is open to any community members that would like to offer input and learn more, according to Krehbiel.

"I'm encouraged by the number of people that have already expressed interest in working with us," she said.

Krehbiel also emphasized the task force will be crucial in determining next steps the district will take regarding the developments.

Participants will have the opportunity to analyze the benefits of a few different proposed solutions including building a kindergarten through fifth-grade school, building an early learning center for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, and adding onto and modifying existing schools to improve facilities.

The task force will present a final report to the board, which will use the information for future plans.

Superintendent Paul Gordon would like to see a completed report by next December with one possible solution for facilities issues at the elementary schools and one for the junior high.

Gordon anticipates the task force's ideas will be beneficial moving forward.

"We want a really broad tent that allows all voices, all perspectives to come to the table and really talk to us about what they want for District 41," he said. "Not for today, but for 10, 20, 50 years down the road."

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