MANLIUS — The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan will take effect in Illinois in 2017. ESSA follows the 14-year No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). As part of this procedure, the Bureau Valley School District will undertake a process to assess the various needs facing the communities. The process involves gathering information from community members, while reviewing district data and statistics to isolate those concerns and develop a district plan.
The Bureau Valley School District is beginning this process with stakeholder groups to be conducted in May. Underlying this work is the Illinois State Board of Education vision that states: Illinois is a state of whole, healthy children nested in whole, healthy systems supporting communities wherein all citizens are socially and economically secure. The new ESSA legislation gives Bureau Valley the opportunity to contemplate what is meant by “the whole child,” and from this, to consider the type of programming that will support the strengths and needs of each and every child.
Community members are asked participate in one of four facilitated group discussions located throughout the school district. The discussion should take no more than 60 minutes, and nothing more will be required of participants.
Stakeholder meetings will be held at the following locations and times:
• Bureau Valley Manlius District Office, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 30.
• Bureau Valley Walnut, 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 31.
• Bureau Valley Buda, 9 a.m. Thursday, June 1.
• Bureau Valley Wyanet, 6 p.m. Thursday, June 1.