Listen & Learn with Dr. Talley

Reported by lisa_barry@ipsd.org on 9/15/21

Superintendent Dr. Adrian Talley will hold three Listen & Learn sessions with the community starting Monday, October 4 at Fischer Middle School from 7 – 9 pm. In the sessions, Dr. Talley will share information about the district as well as his goals. Community members will have an opportunity to share their feedback on what works in the district, what is not working, and what specific suggestions they have for what is not working. Information gathered during these sessions will help the superintendent in planning for the future and may be used as part of the strategic planning process that will start later in the school year. RSVP here for the October 4 Listen & Learn Session.

Additional Listen & Learn sessions will be held from 7 – 9 pm on Thursday, November 4 at Granger Middle School (RSVP here) and Tuesday, December 14 at Crone Middle School (RSVP here).

If you have questions regarding the Listen & Learn sessions, please contact Lisa Barry, Executive Director of Communication Services, at lisa_barry@ipsd.org.

Boundary Committee Update: 9/24/21

Reported by lisa_barry@ipsd.org on 9/24/21

On Wednesday night, the Indian Prairie School District Boundary Committee met to continue the process of evaluating concepts and reviewing information related to boundary adjustments. RSP & Associates facilitated the meeting in which they presented the benefits and drawbacks of previously viewed concepts. Committee members then compared versions of modified concepts.

The discussion focused on feeder systems for all three high schools, socioeconomic factors in each school building, special programming, access to services for students, and the number of students impacted by the boundary changes.

As a reminder, the boundary adjustment process is ongoing. Concepts that are discussed during the boundary meetings are not proposals for boundary adjustments. However, each and every option must be evaluated in order for the process to move forward.

The boundary committee meetings are open to the public for observation only. Public comment is not part of boundary committee meetings. There will also be an opportunity for community members to view concepts and provide feedback before the final proposals are created and presented to the board of education. The community’s feedback will be incorporated into the final proposals that will be presented to the board of education for approval.

The community forums will be held at our three high schools on the following dates.

Monday, November 8 at 7 pm – Waubonsie Valley High School
Tuesday, November 9 at 7 pm – Neuqua Valley High School
Wednesday, November 10 at 7 pm – Metea Valley High School

The next boundary committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 27 at 6:30 pm at Still Middle School. Doors will open to the public at 6:15 pm. For more information on the boundary process, to view meeting materials, read the FAQ, or watch meeting videos, visit 2021 Boundary Committee.

DISTRICT 204 Approved Equity Statement – 10/19/2020

The following Equity Statement was approved at the school board meeting held on Monday October 19th.

EQUITY STATEMENT:
The District 204 Board of Education recognizes that in order to inspire all students to achieve
their greatest potential we must lead and engage in a collective commitment to equity. The
Board recognizes that with our objective to provide educational opportunities that result in
equitable outcomes, we must work proactively to address biases and eliminate institutional
structures and practices that negatively affect student learning and achievement.
We pledge to foster educational equity for all students by actively identifying and removing any
barriers by ensuring that all policies, practices, programs, and procedures support and affirm
each student. We are committed to creating a culture where all staff, students and families feel
safe, welcome, respected, and a part of the school community. We recognize that equity work
is ongoing, and we pledge to engage the entire 204 community, actively including students,
families, educators, and all stakeholders in our equity journey. This will be an accountable,
measured, and continuous examination of our educational system. By eliminating disparities in
educational opportunities and embracing our diversity we can best assure that our students
have the greatest potential to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.
More to come on next steps.