Yorkville District 115 Supt. Dr. Timothy Shimp discussed a long-term plan, titled EVOLUTION 115, in an email sent to families in the district on Wednesday.
According to the email, the plan is being developed alongside the district's architects to "address continuing enrollment increases and building operations needs," as well as to adapt to what officials call a more "personalized" approach to education that is being seen in school districts across the nation.
Buildings operations needs that will be addressed include space, air quality, safety and mechanical systems.
Officials say the plan aims to answer questions about the community’s priorities for the future of the district so planning can begin for the next decade.
Some of the questions include "how can our schools be reconfigured to address the student needs listed above, as well as predicted enrollment changes?;” “how does the district offer a full-day kindergarten program and expand its special education and dual language programs?” and "does the community want a community center/field house and high school auditorium built?”
Starting in Oct. 2018, groups of stakeholders reviewed district/school information, shared ideas and developed options for schools in the district
The process will focus on three main concepts: priorities, instruction, and facilities.
In the coming months, District 115's stakeholder groups will review options of how the schools can be reconfigured to address our educational and facility needs.
Read the full letter, below:
- It is encouraging students to advocate for their own learning by having a greater voice in how they learn, where they learn, what they are interested in, and the pace in which they learn new information and skills.
- It is also moving away from using a child’s age to determine what they are taught, and towards matching the child’s abilities in various subjects with instruction that supports and challenges him/her (based upon individual needs and interests).
- Education should be relevant to students’ aspirations and interests;
- Students need positive social interactions and relationships to feel connected to peers, adults, and their school;
- Students should be empowered to make decisions and implement changes in their schools.