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District to interview consultants for strategic planning

Three to be considered

DIXON – The Dixon School Board will interview three educational consultants this month with the intention of hiring one to lead the district’s strategic planning.

In April, the strategic planning task force, which had been meeting to study and discuss the state of the district buildings for 8 months, recommended that the School Board hire a consultant to lead the district through its long-range planning. 

The board officially accepted that recommendation during its regular meeting Wednesday night and set the interviews for the three candidates.

The interviews are open to the public and will be held at the district’s central office.

The district will interview Rod Wright, of Unicom Arc Inc., on May 21; Daniel Meyer, of Reach for Excellence Educational Consultants Inc., on May 27; and Amy Yurko, of BrainSpaces, on May 29.

During its review of the district buildings, the 14-member strategic planning task force, which was made up of residents and district staff, determined that the buildings were inadequate for “21st century” learning, in regard to safety and security, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and when it comes to athletic and performing arts facilities.

Contract awarded

The school board unanimously awarded a contract to Winter Construction Inc. for $82,900 for safety and security improvements at Jefferson Elementary and Washington Elementary.

A portion of the work – $68,050 – will be paid for with a grant from the state of Illinois through a program aimed to help schools upgrade and enhance school security, primarily at building entrances.

The district received two bids for the work, with Winter Construction coming in lowest by $2,700.

Madison address

The School Board unanimously approved the reinstatement of the name Madison Elementary School and set its address at 610 Division St.

In December, the School Board voted 4-2 to close the Lincoln Elementary School building in an effort to address the district’s financial woes.

As a result, some of the buildings assigned to each grade will change starting next academic year, and Madison, which consists of half of the Reagan Middle School building, will function as its own building, necessitating an address.

Budget hearing

The Dixon School Board will hold a public hearing during its next regular meeting on June 18, for public comment on an amended 2013-14 fiscal year budget.

The budget was placed on file during Wednesday night’s meeting and is available for public review at the district’s central office.

Next meeting

The Dixon School Board next meets at 6:30 p.m. June 18, at school district's central office, 1335 Franklin Grove Road.

Go to or call the school district's central office at 815-284-7722 for an agenda or more information.

The interviews

The Dixon School Board will interview the following three candidates to lead the strategic planning. The interviews are open to the public and will take place at the district's central office, 1335 Franklin Grove Road.

• Rod Wright at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21

• Daniel Meyer at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27

• Amy Yurko at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29

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