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posted: 1/23/2014 7:51 AM

District 214 wants input on potential capital projects

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Submitted by District 214

High School District 214 will host a series of public listening sessions to solicit community input regarding potential future capital projects districtwide.

The district will host two listening sessions on each of four indentified topics, including academic, athletic, fine and performing arts and operational needs. Listening sessions are scheduled for the following dates:

• Thursday, Feb. 6: 1--2:30 p.m., fine and performing arts;

• Thursday, Feb. 20: 10:30 a.m.--noon, athletics;

• Thursday, Feb. 20: 1--2:30 p.m., academics;

• Friday, Feb. 21: 10:30 a.m.--noon, operational/other needs;

• Monday, Feb. 24: 6--7:30 p.m., athletics;

• Monday, March 10: 6--7:30 p.m., fine and performing arts;

• Wednesday, March 12: 6--7:30 p.m., operational/other needs;

• Thursday, March 13: 5--6:30 p.m., academic.

All sessions will be held in the theater at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. All guests should enter through Door 2.

Each session will feature a brief presentation on the session's topic, followed by an opportunity for community comment. Following the same protocols used at Board of Education meetings for public comment, those wanting to speak will sign up upon arrival and comments will be limited to three minutes per person.

All sessions are open to the public and will be attended by members of the district capital projects feasibility task force, as well as members of the citizen and student advisory groups.

The citizens advisory group includes staff, parents and community members from each building, as well as the associate principal for operations from all six district high schools. The student advisory group includes one junior and senior from each high school, along with a student representative from the district's alternative programs.

Following the listening sessions, the advisory groups will meet with the task force to provide insight and advice based on community input. Next steps will be outlined in the superintendent's report at the April board meeting.

"As a District, we work hard to be fiscally responsible and make decisions that are in the best interests of our students, staff, parents and the community. We are excited to engage the public in this review process as we consider potential capital projects," Superintendent Dr. David Schuler said.