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Warren Township High School in Gurnee wants to hear from residents

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Warren Township High School in Gurnee is continuing its push to beef up communications with residents.

John Anderson, board president at Warren District 121, addressed the idea of hosting periodic forums on a variety of topics for residents.

"Most people probably think we're just sitting over here doing nothing, I'm pretty sure," Anderson said during a board meeting this week. "That's why the onus is on us to dispel that myth and let people know that there is a lot of hard work going on at Warren, not only by the staff, but by the board and the administration and everybody."

Last month, District 121 officials said they want to restart a newsletter in an effort to provide more information to residents. An occasional publication called Window to Warren was sent in 2009.

If the newsletter resumes, Warren would email it to roughly 3,600 families with students attending the high school, and post the document on its website. In addition, hard copies would be sent via bulk mail to all 36,000 addresses within District 121's boundaries, officials said.

On the community forum idea, Anderson said he hopes the inaugural gathering will occur this spring. Potential topics include curriculum, technology and district finances, he said.

"I think it would be informational in nature," Anderson said.

Some District 121 administrators and board members will be in charge of designing the community forums.

In a similar move last week, Lake Zurich Unit District 95's board hosted an informal reception to address education issues with parents and others.

District 95 board President Tony Pietro said elected officials hear from residents during public comment time at meetings, but they don't interact with the spectators. He said the reception at Lake Zurich High School's library allowed board members discuss issues with visitors in small groups.

How to better connect with residents recently arose as a topic at Grayslake Elementary District 46. Officials discussed a proposal to hire a politically connected Chicago public relations firm to assist them.

Twitter: @DHBobSusnjara

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