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Parent calls on St. Charles school board to move community forward

GENEVA – One of the parents who sued St. Charles School District 303 over the reconfiguration of two elementary schools is urging the school board to help move the community forward.

“We call on the school board – which has oversight of the superintendent, not the other way around – to help this community move forward via positive action and control of their superintendent and our education program,” Steven Schulze said in an email.

“… Our children deserve answers and action, not smugness by the superintendent and his costly legal maneuvering on the public’s dime.”

Schulze, along with Superintendent Don Schlomann, Area Assistant Superintendent Becky McCabe, board Vice President Kathy Hewell and board member Ed McNally – attended a status hearing on the case Wednesday.

The hearing focused on the order Kane County Judge David Akemann issued when he ruled in favor of the parents this month.

The parents had asserted District 303 circumvented No Child Left Behind regulations when in 2011 it reconfigured Davis and Richmond elementary schools into K-2 and 3-5 schools, respectively.
The parents had wanted the schools to return as they were before the changes.

“The court found the reconfiguration was not in and of itself unlawful,” Akemann said, denying the plaintiffs’ motion to reconsider. “The district has power to alter boundaries, but alterations cannot remove the mandates.”

Schlomann referenced that quote when asked for comment.

“… The school district did nothing unlawful in its reconfiguration of the schools,” Schlomann said. “That was an important component that we wanted to make sure the court understood and we understood.”
Akemann granted a motion for clarification Wednesday regarding his order that District 303 must develop a revised School Improvement Plan and include supplemental education services.
It is expected to be issued in writing.

Schlomann said the district will work with the court to make sure the appropriate paperwork is completed.

Richmond and Davis will continue to operate together, he said.

Attorney Tim Dwyer, who represented the parents, said they wanted to work with the school district toward a solution, not against it.

“It’s a shame that this even got this far,” he said.

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