Community meeting

Unit 5 holds a community meeting to discuss solutions to the district’s financial problems

NORMAL (WEEK) – Parents, students and more gathered Saturday at Normal West High School to learn about the latest updates within the Unit 5 School District.

The district hosted a “Community Engagement” session where members of the administration spoke about recent successes and challenges.

Superintendent Kristen Weikle spoke about the challenges facing the district, including the $2 million cuts to teaching positions, educational programs and the $11 million shortfall.

The first community meeting is part of a four-phase process that creates a final plan for resolving issues in the district and they begin with community input to come up with solutions.

“We’ve been responsive to mandates, we’ve been responsive to the needs of our students,” Weikle said. “We are at a point where our funding shortfall for education can no longer be ignored,” Weikle added.

The group also discussed the possibility of a referendum to help reduce the school district‘s massive deficit.

The next two community engagement meetings will be April 25 at Kingsley Junior High School from 6-7:30 p.m. and a virtual meeting on Tuesday, and people can register at Webinar Registration – Zoom.

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