DECATUR – DPS-61 officials are continuing their discussion on how to best utilize the facilities owned by the school district.
A short brainstorms session was held at the Board of Education’s meeting Tuesday night in which the members came up with several ideas. Superintendent Lisa Taylor says the FACES group, charged with coming up with options for the facilities, will take the ideas into account, and try to come up with a few viable options in the near future.
“We’re about halfway through our planning session, so it was time to touch base with the board and see if the board had any more ideas or options to explore that they want the planning committee to look in to,” says Taylor. “This info will go back to the FACES committee and they will sort through them and vet some of the options.”
Ideas like an arts academy or vocational school came up, though many board members just wanted to utilize their facilities as best as possible. Taylor says it will be a long process, but they should have some set ideas ready to be presented to the board sometime in June 2016.
“The planning committee will be costing out options and deciding which options would be best to present to the board,” Taylor says. “It was good to make sure we include everything that the board, as the leaders of the district, wanted as we form options.”
Taylor says they will likely send out some kind of informal survey when they come up with a short list of options. She says it is important to make sure they get everyone’s opinion since it affects so many in the Decatur community.
Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the board officially suspended the district’s adult education program, with exception to the C.N.A. classes. The board reluctantly approved the suspension because the state has not appropriated any funds for it. Taylor says it was something that had to be done.
“Adult education is definitely a need in this community because it is serving a part of our population that really needs help and needs better training for the workforce,” she says. “The legislature and their disagreements has now caused programs to be cut for people who are in the most need. It’s something beyond our control, unfortunately.”
Taylor says they will have to wait till funding comes in before they reinstate the program. She says they may not get the full amount of funding they expect, so the district could have to cut some of the adult programs if they don’t get the full amount.
In other business: The Board of Education officially approved the district’s 2016-2017 school calendar as presented. For a list of important dates for next school year, click here.