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Summer school, community partnerships, and board policy discussed at District 158 meeting

LANSING, Ill. (March 17, 2023) – Lansing School District 158 held its March board meeting on Wednesday, March 15, giving updates about summer school and revitalizing an intergovernmental program.

The pledge was performed by a pre-recorded video of students from the district. School Board members James Long and Melissa Taylor were absent from the meeting.

Summer school

During Superintendent Dr. Nathan Schilling’s report, summer school was discussed.

Summer school for the district will be structured similarly to the past, with 17 days in the upcoming school year instead of 18 days. The change was implemented to account for the Fourth of July, which falls on a Thursday in 2024.

Summer school will take place at Calvin Coolidge Elementary School and Memorial Junior High School. The curriculum will focus on core academic content with enrichment content developed by teachers, and social emotional learning elements.

Students will also receive high impact tutoring, a program that was started this year by the district. High-Impact Tutoring is a program supported by a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education.

“This would be an additional intervention with summer school run by the paraprofessionals,” said Dr. Schilling.

The teachers have not yet been decided for summer school. The 2023-2024 school calendar can be found on the District 158 website.

Lansing community partners

The Village of Lansing, Lansing Library, Lansing Police Department, and school boards hold meetings throughout the year to give updates on their respective activities. These meetings will now be rebranded as Lansing Community Partners, Schilling said.

As stated by Dr. Schilling, this iteration of LCP is interested in doing more community-led projects and service initiatives. Some of the ideas are supporting the micro food pantries led by Korey Ziemkowski, community garden and other activities. More information will be available as LCP forms.

Board policy manual

District 158’s Policy Committee reviewed 32 policies with no language changes, and made language changes to 18 policies.

The highlights from the review included adding a building level threat assessment team to each school. At the February meeting, school safety was brought up by board member James Long.

Currently, the district has a crisis team in place, so the plan would develop site-based teams at each school. The addition would be added as policy 4:190, under Operational Services.

Additional changes to the policy will include policies for Foster Care students, additions to policies regarding Erin’s Law, and adding a three-year review to cases regarding anaphylactic shock.

A copy of the Board Policy Manual can be found on Board Docs.

Other agenda items

  • A fulfilled FOIA request from an Oak-Glen parent who requested video footage of the behavior of their child since the beginning of the school year.
  • Approval of the 2023-2024 School District Calendar
  • Recognition of Jennifer Hartman as the Illinois Principal Association’s 2023 South Cook Assistant Principal of the Year and a recipient of the Illinois Association of School Administrators’ Moon Scholarship Program.

More information about District 158 is available at www.d158.net.

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Quinton R. Arthur
Quinton R. Arthur
Quinton received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University and his Master of Science in Journalism from Roosevelt University. In addition to reporting for The Lansing Journal and the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle, he volunteers with 100 Black Men of Chicago, Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Burst Into Books, and various other organizations. A south suburban resident since 2004, Quinton is passionate about telling the unsung stories of the community.