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Meadowview And Woodview Schools Closed Wed. Due To Heat

Grayslake District 46 has made the decision to close two schools Wednesdayfor students' safety.

Meadowview and Woodview schools in Grayslake District 46 will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 5, due to high heat and humidity. School Reach calls and e-mails have gone out to parents.

Neither school has air-conditioning.

"Safety for our students must be first and after monitoring temperatures, we feel that is the best decision for tomorrow," stated Supt. Ellen Correll on the district's Web site.

"This has been a very unusual summer and fall. Keep your fingers crossed and hope for some cooler days ahead. Thank you for understanding," she continued.

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Sandra Jensen September 05, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Why do neither of these schools have air conditioning? Also, not sure if any of you have heard about this, but first graders at Avon Elementary are taking home homework assignment books every day that include a page that discusses the violent murder of Jennifer Hudson's family. No I am not making this up, it is fact. I didn't believe it either when I found out. Let me repeat that: First graders. 6 and 7 year olds. Being exposed in district 46 to the topic of murder in a first grade assignment book they are sent home with every day. The superintendent is fully aware of this situation. Yet the book remains in each and every first grade classroom. Feel free to check for yourselves, I heard this the other day from several other families who have kids there. And now we learn of school closings because of a lack of air conditioning? What in the world is going on, D46???? I'm not trying to be mean-spirited here, but my goodness!!
Sandra Jensen September 05, 2012 at 02:09 AM
It's their Character Counts homework assignment book that goes home with them each day, look in the October section near the bottom of the celebrity pages....clear as day. This is what your kids are being exposed to, honest to goodness. I was stunned.
Ed Brown September 05, 2012 at 02:49 AM
84 degrees is too hot for school. Please give me a break. Stupid decision; glad my kids don't have to make up that missed day at the end of the year.
Grayslake Resident September 05, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Last night at 7:00 pm, while the outdoor temperature was in the lower 70s, the temperature inside a Woodview classroom during Back to School Night was 88 degrees. The temperature in one classroom reached 104 degrees last week, during the day. I don't believe this decision is about the outside temperature; the schools appear to be poorly ventilated and don't have adequate circulation to cool down during the evening. The heat clearly impacts instruction and children's well being. While not a popular decision with everyone, I do believe there are factors to consider besides the outdoor temperature, and that the issue needs to be addressed more fully by those capable of making the necessary changes.
Warren Littrell September 05, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Do we not pay enough taxes in this County to not have these schools air conditioned? With my property taxes approaching $10,000 along with hundreds of other homeowners, you would think that you could find the dollars to bring these two schools into the 21st Century. I understand that one of the schools already has the duct work in place so where is the rest of the system? This is unacceptable. With winter coming, maybe we should be sure heat will be availiable.
Sandra Sims September 05, 2012 at 05:34 PM
D46 seems to be the most overfunded, incompetent district in Illinois. I hope everyone remembers all that has gone on next spring, and actually shows up to vote out the incumbent board members. If ever a school board needed fresh blood, this one is it. And hopefully the new board will find a capable superintendent.
Nightcrawler September 05, 2012 at 08:07 PM
A.C. for the two buildings in question was voted down by the School Board a few months ago.
Nightcrawler September 05, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Why don't you run, Sandra?
Warren Littrell September 05, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Sandra, get your name on the ballot and you will have my vote and support. You are right, this is a dysfunctional school board who couldn't find their fanny with two hands and a search warrant.
Sandra Sims September 05, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Wish I could run. Unfortunately I'm disabled and not up to the task. I hope we do get some good candidates!
HM September 05, 2012 at 10:08 PM
It was voted down because there is no money for it. The board had an idea that the state would fail to live up to it's obligations, and I would hope that is why they decided against this. There is just no money for it. Wish there was. I don't have any more to give and I would guess I'm not alone in that.
Nightcrawler September 05, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I'm no engineer, but I would think that the cost of installing AC at a school as old as Woodview would be prohibitive.
Nightcrawler September 05, 2012 at 10:24 PM
If you know anybody, encourage them. Seriously.
PC September 06, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Every student in D46 should have same educational benefits, including air conditioning.
Bob September 06, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Rumor has it that the school cancellation was not due to Air Conditioning but some other area of "student safety" that Correll didn't want to get out in the public. They used the air conditioning as an excuse. Think about it, there have been many other times when the temperatures were more than this week, but school was never cancelled before during Correll's 8 years in charge.
HM September 06, 2012 at 07:58 PM
A final thought on this issue...The district could have used the stimulus money from a couple of years ago to put toward air conditioning. Instead, Ellen decided to give most teachers a $1000 bonus, and all administrators (including herself) a $5000 bonus. How has the return on her investment been, as opposed to the possible long-term benefits of putting that money toward A/C? It's all about the priorities of those in charge, and no one is even thinking about the fact that the A/C issue could have been helped with the stimulus funds. (they would not have paid for everything, but certainly would have been enough for Meadowview.) I wish the taxpayers in District 46 would open their eyes as to how this district is mis-managed. The board and administration do nothing unless it serves themselves first.
Helen Lee September 07, 2012 at 09:00 PM
You are so right! I was at back to school night at Meadowview on Tuesday at 7:15pm and it was 91 degrees in the classroom. They need to make a change for our children.
Helen Lee September 07, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I feel if your kid does not go to Meadowview or Woodview you have nothing to complain about. This does not effect you or your child. The priorities in this school district are messed up. Everyone should be thinking of the kids not themselves.
Helen Lee September 07, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I agree! Sometimes the classrooms heat doesn't always work right in the two schools and kids sit with their coats on all day. Heat or cold how can our kids learn in that environment?
Kyle Hill June 16, 2013 at 08:36 AM
If they can't afford AC why not buy each teacher a good size fan to keep the room temp to more reasonable levels instead of text books talking about someones murder for 3rd graders?
Kyle Hill June 16, 2013 at 08:41 AM
In fact. With the fan idea they could AT LEAST keep schools open part of the day until peak heating THEN close at 1:00pm to save electricity during peak heating. If they operate at least a partial day they will receive state funding for that day and it wouldn't need to be made up if more closures happen later in the winter due to *Acts of God*. One or two days of closures is ALREADY built into most school calenders for *Act of God* issues which should be reserved for winter time when it's colder. LA sucks when it comes to cold artic blasts.
Kyle Hill June 16, 2013 at 08:44 AM
When they used to have schools in the one or two room schoolhouses they were MUCH easier to warm up because of the small space. Older kids would often be in charge of firing up the woodstove and keep it going for the young ones. and would show up to school early to start it up. Kids had a lot more responsibility back then and despite the occasional grumble and mumble pretty much enjoyed it.

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