Carl Cannon to work with Trewyn students again this school year

By Audrey Williams

August 13, 2012 Updated Aug 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Carl Cannon will once again be working with the students at Trewyn school through the ELITE program.

Monday night the District 150 school board approved an $80,000 licensing agreement with Cannon for the use of his original concept of ELITE

Previously the school board had approved $290,000 to staff the program with district and park district employees.

Carl Cannon said the results show its worth the money, Monday school board members agreed.

"Expanding to K-8 a year ago, you're going to see the greatest drop in disciplinary referrals anywhere in the district," said Cannon. "With that drop, I believe, and we are waiting for ISAT scores to come back, but you're going to see a significant increase in academics," said Cannon.

"I'm sorry to say it but we had some real problems at Trewyn before last year, very, very major problems. If it took an extra $300,000 for 3 years to turn that school around I think it's money well spent," said school board member Debbie Wolfmeyer.

Cannon said talks are under way to possibly expand the ELITE program to other schools.

Also at Monday night's school board meeting, board members approved the appointment of more than 80 teachers, some of which are new hires, others were pink-slipped and brought back or re-assigned.

Also, almost 30 certified part-time employees, all of whom are pink-slipped in the spring, were also rehired.

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