District 150 plans to expand ELITE program

By Joe Bennett

District 150 plans to expand ELITE program

March 25, 2013 Updated Mar 25, 2013 at 10:15 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- The District 150 school board voted Monday night to end the Peoria Park District's involvement with the ELITE program.

The school district will assume control of the program next year with plans to expand.

District administrators plan to keep the disciplinary program at Trewyn School.

The school district is considering ways to staff the program next year with 150's personnel.

Board President Chris Crawford says the program will maintain its excellence while expanding beyond Trewyn.

"To the extent that we have resources available, I view it as a consulting group that goes from school to school,” Crawford says. “And to the extent that a school needs a surge, like Trewyn, then it gets a surge. To the extent that it might need a behavioral touch up, perhaps that's something we do in the future."

The school district is considering ways to staff the program next year with 150's existing personnel.

According to District 150 spokesman Chris Coplan, "For next year we are looking at cost savings in any way that we can to try an alleviate that deficit, but also working to sustain a program that is working in our district with the employees that we already have in place."

Board members say Carl Cannon will still oversee the ELITE program.

The contract terminated with the Park District will save the district more than $200,000 a year.

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