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2017 Kane County Chronicle Best of the Fox

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 11:41 a.m. CDT

Some extracurricular athletics and activities at Kaneland School District 302 will continue to grow, while others will suffer cuts or be eliminated for 2017-18.

The school board approved these adjustments to the differentials/stipends during a meeting March 13.

“Looking at the coaches per sport and athletes per team, we wanted to make sure that we were addressing everything, regardless of removing them or adding something,” said Christopher Adkins, director of human resources for the district. “The same thing with activities. We looked at the same thing, the needs and interests, and we didn’t discount the under-represented groups because we may have a club with four kids that still provides a service to those students, and we didn’t feel comfortable removing those programs.”

The board approved the removal of 15 stipend/differential positions, including the assistant girls bowling coach, assistant pom-pons coach in both the fall and winter, and the sponsors for Writers Block, French Club, Assistant Model United Nations and Academic Banquet.

Writers Block has only five members, while the French Club has only eight. Both have been meeting once per month. 

They board also approved the reduction of four class sponsors to two. Previously there was one for each class for the freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Now sponsors will take on double the duties.

On the flip side, the board approved the addition of 11 positions, including four for Project KC (Kindness Campaign) at John Stewart, McDole, Blackberry and John Shields schools. They also approved the addition of an assistant boys track coach, assistant boys cross country coach, assistant theater director, science club assistant and Key Club. in general, at Kaneland High School, as well as two Operation Snowflake sponsors at Harter Middle School.

There has been a particular need with Key Club, which has become quite popular, meeting weekly and averaging 31 to 40 students at each meeting, according to the district.

The addition of the positions, combined with the removal of others, is expected to create a savings of $18,400 for fiscal year 2018.

The savings will allow Kaneland to continue offering a diverse array of extracurricular activities for its students, something which was praised by board member Peter Lopatin.

“I really appreciate the work that’s been done because this has been such a contentious process the last few years, and the fact that you were able to work cohesively through these issues I think is huge,” he said. “I don’t want the board counting how many people are in the programs. I don’t think that’s our role.”

The board unanimously approved the aforementioned adjustments to the 2017-18 differentials/stipends.

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