ELITE, Park District "moving forward" with Trewyn program

By Anna Yee

July 24, 2012 Updated Jul 24, 2012 at 6:26 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Directors of Peoria Park District's ELITE disciplinary program say they plan to continue running it at Trewyn School this fall.

This comes less than 24 hours after a vote on the program was tabled by District 150 school board members, in part, over money issues.

Monday night, school board members voiced concern about the $80,000 licensing fee, paid to ELITE Supervisor Carl Cannon, for intellectual property.

Cannon says it's a standard program fee that was negotiated more than a year ago.

District 150 pays the salaries of a handful of ELITE staff, but not Cannon's.

Park District Directors say despite any confusion, they still plan to honor the three-year contract.

"I am really surprised that we're here today even talking about this," said Bonnie Noble, Executive Director of the Peoria Park District, "because I think we have not had any kind of negotiations with the school district to expand the program or change the way we did it this past year (at Trewyn)."

"These were kids that were troubled, a lot of them," said Cannon, "But to see them sustain good behavior and excited about school starting up, it also excites me. Whatever's happening on the political side, I don't know. I'm just going to keep moving forward."

Cannon says District 150 has not yet approached him about any changes in the ELITE program.

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