Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Second Emergency Board of Education Meeting Scheduled for TONIGHT to address HMS Instructional Plan

For the second night in a row, the BOE will convene an emergency meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Elm School to discuss the continued closure of Hinsdale Middle School due to the mold remediation.  According to an email Dr. Schuster sent out at 2:31 p.m., the Board will be "deciding the instructional plan for Hinsdale Middle School students."  "The Board will be presented with several options to consider, pending certification from the Regional Office of Education and approval by the State Superintendent."
Dr. Schuster refers the community to Board Docs for more information about these options, but as of publication of this post, no information is available on  Board Docs other than the skeleton agenda.  Hopefully it will be updated before tonight's meeting.
Last night the Board asked Dr. Schuster to explore "split schedules" for HMS student at CHMS.  It is important that both HMS and CHMS parents attend tonight's meeting to listen to the options, including the possibility of a split schedule.  We hope the Board will afford all parents the opportunity to ask questions before it votes on any option, as it did last night.  Not only are our children's schedules at issue, but so are those of working parents, and teachers and staff who have young children at home.
We want our children to return to learning as soon as possible, but want to be sure that all our questions and possible concerns regarding the option the Board selects are answered first.
We hope we will also get an update on the mold remediation taking place at HMS and learn if any more mold was discovered today as the baseboards were removed.
We will continue to monitor and report on any new developments.  Thanks to our readers for alerting us to this new email.  

Dr. Schuster's latest email:

January 21, 2014

Dear District 181 Community,

The District 181 Board of Education is holding an emergency meeting on Tuesday, January 21 (7:30 p.m.) at Elm School for the purpose of deciding the instructional plan for Hinsdale Middle School students due to the building’s closure. The Board will be presented with several options to consider, pending certification from the Regional Office of Education and approval by the State Superintendent. More information about these options will be posted on BoardDocs prior to the start of the meeting.

The agenda will include an opportunity for public comment. The meeting audio and agenda will be available through the District website at www.d181.org > Board of Education.

In considering the calendar for the school year, the Board of Education will have several options. District leaders will present those options to the Board at a future meeting. HMS families and staff should be aware that previously scheduled non-attendance days may be recommended as attendance days for HMS to offset missed school days.

Please click here to view the HMS Facility Updates webpage:www.d181.org > Schools > HMS > Facility Updates


Dr. Renée Schuster

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The options that will be voted upon are posted on BoardDocs.