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Family, Lombard school in dispute over new location's safety

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Wetlands border three sides of the new School of Expressive Arts and Learning in Lombard, where Susan Cloutier-Regan's 10-year-old son, Gabriel, goes to school. The Villa Park family is asking for fencing to be installed as a safety precaution.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Susan Cloutier-Regan's 10-year-old son, Gabriel, attends the School of Expressive Arts and Learning, which moved this week to a new location in Lombard. Cloutier-Regan is concerned about the proximity of wetland areas to the school and wants fencing installed as a safety measure.

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Susan Cloutier-Regan's 10-year-old son, Gabriel, has been attending the School of Expressive Arts and Learning in Lombard since fall 2011. The school recently moved to a new location among wetlands in Lombard, causing Gabriel's family to raise safety concerns because of a lack of fencing. School officials say the location is safe and it is in their best interest not to install a fence.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Susan Cloutier-Regan's 10-year-old son Gabriel plays in his Villa Park home Thursday while home from school. He has been attending the School of Expressive Arts and Learning in Lombard, but will be staying home for a few days until school officials meet with his family about safety concerns raised because of wetlands around the school's new location.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

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The new School of Expressive Arts and Learning in Lombard is bordered on its east, south and west sides by natural marshes classified as protected wetlands by DuPage County. One Villa Park family has raised concerns about the site and wants fencing installed as a safety precaution.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

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When the School of Expressive Arts and Learning opened this week at a new location in Lombard, it gained a larger space, its own gymnasium and a natural setting atop a hill. It also found itself in a dispute with one student's mother and grandfather who have raised safety concerns about the new site that school officials say are misplaced.
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    • Wetlands border three sides of the new School of Expressive Arts and Learning in Lombard, where Susan Cloutier-Regan’s 10-year-old son, Gabriel, goes to school. The Villa Park family is asking for fencing to be installed as a safety precaution.
    • Susan Cloutier-Reganís 10-year-old son, Gabriel, attends the School of Expressive Arts and Learning, which moved this week to a new location in Lombard. Cloutier-Regan is concerned about the proximity of wetland areas to the school and wants fencing installed as a safety measure.
    • Susan Cloutier-Reganís 10-year-old son, Gabriel, has been attending the School of Expressive Arts and Learning in Lombard since fall 2011. The school recently moved to a new location among wetlands in Lombard, causing Gabrielís family to raise safety concerns because of a lack of fencing. School officials say the location is safe and it is in their best interest not to install a fence.
    • Susan Cloutier-Reganís 10-year-old son Gabriel plays in his Villa Park home Thursday while home from school. He has been attending the School of Expressive Arts and Learning in Lombard, but will be staying home for a few days until school officials meet with his family about safety concerns raised because of wetlands around the schoolís new location.
    • The new School of Expressive Arts and Learning in Lombard is bordered on its east, south and west sides by natural marshes classified as protected wetlands by DuPage County. One Villa Park family has raised concerns about the site and wants fencing installed as a safety precaution.
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