School Based Clinic Progresses As Test Scores Demand Attention

This week, Round Lake Area Dist 116 School Board hosted two informational meetings at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic center. The meeting included several entities that played a part in getting the proposed School-Based Clinic beyond Phase One. Phase One included obtaining a $500,000 grant towards the construction of a structure which would be operated by a private entity on school property. The structure itself would be owned by the school – ie – the taxpayers – so even if the SBC failed to exist down the road, the space could be used for other things.

A display was presented at that meeting, which showed that the 1500 s.q. structure will be right up front to the right of the main entrance. The structure is planned to include three (with a possible fourth) examination rooms and a waiting room to facilitate 16 persons.

At the same time, an article in the Daily Herald on January 15, 2015, regarded another School Board vote, to address District 116’s low standardized test scores. Dist. 116 Superintendent Constance Collins emphased the need to bolster student academic performance – and fast.

Several options were proposed – with Collins stressing that the state must have a plan by Feb. 1st. She went on to say that, District 116’s consistently poor performance on the state’s annual report card and failure to meet federal No Child Left Behind guidelines are driving the need to drastically improve student achievement. At present, all schools are on the state’s academic warning status.

Meanwhile, in School District 46, Grayslake teachers are entering the third day of their strike, after a five-hour negotiation session yesterday on January 17th, which failed to produce a contract agreement. Another meeting has been called for 6 p.m. this Sunday, January 20th. Teachers had walked off the job, Wednesday, January 16th, making District 46 the sixth in the Chicago area to strike this school year.

Now, with all these crucial academic needs of our children – instead District 116 is focusing all their attention, energy and monies on their pet project to implement school based health clinics. With the Board being notified of the $500,000 grant monies, several further steps still need to be met before it becomes a reality.

If you are a parent, concerned about contraceptives and other procedures being performed, or referred out, as it is related to your child, you will certainly want to attend meetings and voice your concerns.

Parents Are Not Notified! See video below via Round Lake Area News.

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