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|Principal Shifts Focus of District 205 Budget Meeting
|There was a very small amount of people who attended a Galesburg School District meeting to discuss a proposed over $2 million in changes to the school district's budget, but the even small number of those who chose to speak on the matter mostly focused on one area.
Around a dozen people attended the forum at Churchill Junior High School to discuss the "Operation Program/Job Save" proposal Tuesday night ahead of a vote on the plan next month. But several parents spoke out against what they had heard was the potential of moving Dr. E. Jean Brown out of the principalship of Cooke Elementary School and into some other district building.
Parent Kelly Christofferson says she can't fathom a Cooke without Brown.
"She came there seven years ago. When she came, the (Illinois Standards Achievement Test) scores were 32%. Now, they've almost tripled that. She's doing a great job. She's made this school a wonderful place for our children to be."
Christofferson is referring to the percentage of students at the school meeting or exceeding state test score standards under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
She presented a petition to the District-205 board with over 70 signatures on it urging them to leave Brown where she is.
District-205 Superintendent Doctor Gene Denisar says moving Brown is merely one of several scenarios presented after the board voted to let go of Steele Elementary School Principal Rochelle Streeter earlier this month due to uncertain grant funding, and that no final decision won't be made until June.
For more information about the "Operation Program/Job Save" plan, CLICK HERE (pdf document).
(Cheryl Nache, far right center, speaks to the Galesburg School Board during a forum Tuesday at Churchill Junior High School. Very few people were in attendance. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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