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The Peoria County Regional Office of Education will monitor the installation of the pre-fab, temporary buildings that will be used to accommodate the children District 150 must grant boundary waivers.
Perhaps the ACLU and/or the NAACP should be monitoring the installation of the students. Keep in mind, only the lowest scoring children were approved (i.e., the most vulnerable), many with IEPs. Already, things appear to be off to a chaotic start.
The local newspaper reports that the trailers will arrive on Friday and school starts on Monday...
They've hired new staff. They've got new furniture. Now they're waiting for new, temporary classroom buildings.
Prefabricated modular classrooms are expected to arrive next week for installation at Charter Oak Primary and Lindbergh Middle schools. That's Friday, Aug. 16, which gives teachers just a few days to prepare classrooms for teaching.
Despite the tight time schedule, principals at both schools say they expect to be ready for a large influx of new students from other Peoria School District 150 schools by the first day of school, Aug. 19.
NCLB guidelines require school districts to offer students at low-performing schools the choice to transfer to schools that made adequate yearly progress, or AYP, based on state test scores.
Almost 300 families applied for transfers under NCLB guidelines. However, the district was required to place only 230 students at one of the six schools that made AYP. Of those six schools, more than three-fourths of parents selected Charter Oak or Lindbergh as their first choice.
Faced with a combination of more students eligible to apply for the NCLB option and fewer schools meeting AYP, the district chose to add more classrooms and space at Charter Oak and Lindbergh.
Two units of four classrooms each, air-conditioned with hallways, bathrooms and modern equipment such as smartboards.
About 100 students will go to Lindbergh and 75 to Charter Oak, not including new enrollees who moved into the attendance areas, according to the district. Lindbergh ended the 2012-13 school year with about 325 students, Charter Oak with 408.
An assistant principal will be added to the staff of Lindbergh Middle School to help deal with new students whose parents took advantage of the choice to transfer children from low-performing schools under federal No Child Left Behind guidelines.