District 150 Celebrates and Meets at New Learning Center

By WEEK Producer

October 25, 2010 Updated Oct 25, 2010 at 10:43 PM CDT

District 150's Glen Oak Community Learning Center has officially been dedicated.

A ribbon cutting was held Monday afternoon, along with a bag-piper's blessing of the school and songs by the Glen Oak Choir.

The new Pre-K through sixth grade school replaces the old Glen Oak Grade school.

It's being touted as a state of the art learning facility, with computers in every room, white boards and "villages" of associated areas within the building. Principal Annette Coleman says the number of students has increased; in part because parents want their children to go to this school.

The District 150 Board also met at Glen Oak Monday night.

Board member Jim Stowell says they should consider a longer school day and school year.

The district is spending a lot on tutors and several schools are still not meeting Average Yearly Progress.

"Extend the school day by sixty minutes per day and by fifteen days per year. And, I want to put it on the record as saying when I'm talking to the folks who put me in the position to advocate for the schools as an elected representative, they're telling me, 'you need a longer day and we need a longer year,'" says Stowell.

Also at Monday's meeting, Superintendent Grenita Lathan says District 150 is working behind the scenes to develop a new vocational curriculum. One which not duplicate the effort of ICC or other schools in the area.

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