A Message from the Board President
Dear District 41 Community,
Since the November election and referendum, the Board of Education has publicly reflected on the results and has committed to continuing the conversation about how to move forward. We encourage the community to engage with us as we work through the next steps. First and foremost, we recognize the community’s desire to bring a full-day kindergarten program to the district and that we still have space challenges to address. We remain committed to finding viable solutions that are in the best educational interests of our children.
At the Board meeting this past Tuesday evening, the Board engaged in conversation with a representative from the architecture firm Wight & Co. There was a feasibility study proposal on the table to address full-day kindergarten. However, after much discussion, the Board gave direction to Wight & Co. to provide a proposal for a comprehensive master facilities plan, including a feasibility study on full-day kindergarten. We anticipate reviewing that proposal at our February 21 Board meeting.
We are also very aware of the fund balance we have grown to support solutions to address space in our district. We will work within our Board policy to determine the appropriate use of these funds to make a significant impact on students.
We heard from many stakeholders through the community engagement process leading up to the referendum and we learned a lot from the referendum results. We are committed to working together on what’s next. We welcome you to attend our Board meetings and provide public comment, view Board meetings live online, or watch the recordings at a later date. As always, you are welcome to contact us and share your thoughts anytime.
The Board understands the importance of formal and informal engagement with the community and we are committed to broadening the opportunities for two-way communication. If you belong to a group or organization, please invite the Board to engage with your membership about District 41. Board members are looking for opportunities to attend meetings, neighborhood gatherings, or simply meet for coffee with a small group. To invite Board members to an engagement opportunity, please contact Chief Communications Officer Erika Krehbiel at email@example.com.
The Board sincerely appreciates your partnership. Let’s build momentum around that which unifies us which is to provide the best opportunities possible for all of the students that we serve.
Dr. Robert Bruno
Board of Education
Glen Ellyn School District 41