District 153

Homewood schools will get air quality improvements, new classrooms

November 17, 2021 - 22:01

The District 153 school board agreed to spend approximately $8.2 million to make needed improvements at Willow, Churchill and James Hart Schools. A portion of the work will be paid for with federal pandemic funds.

At the board's meeting on Monday, Nov. 15, the finance and property committee outlined the work for the aging buildings. Alex Bosch, chair of the committee, said the work will fall into three categories.

D153 Timely and Meaningful Consultations meetings Oct. 20-22

September 25, 2021 - 21:19

District 153 is urging families with home-schooled students or students that attend private school within the district’s boundaries to schedule an appointment for their Timely and Meaningful Consultations (TMC).

If you are the parent in District 153 with a home-schooled student who has been, or may be, identified with a disability, staff will be available to discuss services.

No waivers for mandated student testing this year

March 05, 2021 - 22:53

With 60% of Homewood students learning remotely, District 153 school administrators are trying to figure out how it can coax them to return to classrooms for five days of mandated state testing.

Under the rules, District 153 should show a 95% testing participation rate, but Kathy Schaeflein, District 153 director of curriculum, said schools won’t be obliged to meet that standard for the Illinois Assessment of Readiness exam this year. 

District 153 making plans for schools reopening

November 25, 2020 - 19:58

The District 153 school board, hoping students can return to schools for the second semester, is making plans for their return.

The board will conduct a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, to set a path forward. Although COVID-19 infection numbers are high now, school planning committees still hope there is a possibility students can attend Willow, Churchill and James Hart Schools for half-day sessions. 

District 153 to outline plans Monday for return to schools 

November 21, 2020 - 21:35

Homewood District 153 board members on Monday will review a plan for students to return to Willow, Churchill and James Hart Schools for second semester work.

“We’re being encouraged by the state superintendent (of schools) and the governor’s office” to return to school," Superintendent Dale Mitchell said. “We felt we needed to have a plan ready to go.”


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