Lake Villa District 41 school could close -- but which one?
The Lake Villa Elementary District 41 board will consider closing one of its elementary school campuses when it holds a special meeting Tuesday.
Superintendent John Van Pelt declined to say which building is potentially on the chopping block ahead of the 2014-15 term. That will be revealed to the board at the meeting, he said.
"That's protocol," Van Pelt said.
The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Palombi Middle School Auditorium, 133 McKinley Ave.
Parents were alerted about the special meeting via email this week.
Declining enrollment is a key factor behind the pending recommendation, Van Pelt said.
District 41 has four elementary schools and one middle school. Nearly 3,000 students attended classes this year, down about 400 kids from a peak experienced in the 2007-08 term, Van Pelt said.
Enrollment is expected to continue decreasing. By the 2014-15 school year, it could be down an additional 170 to 200 students, Van Pelt said.
The board also will consider changing the grade-level configurations of the schools, Van Pelt said.
The board won't take any action on the recommendation Tuesday, Van Pelt said.
A community meeting on the matter is planned for 7 p.m. June 3 at Palombi.
The board will discuss the proposals again June 10 and June 24 at Palombi. A vote is expected June 24. Both of those meetings are set for 7 p.m., too.
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