Colona school approves feasibility study


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Posted Online: Jan. 10, 2013, 11:32 pm
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Lisa Hammer correspondent@qconline.com
The school will participate in a feasibility study to look into one of three possibilities: forming a single elementary district with the other K-8 district that feeds into United Township, forming a unit district with United Township High School or sharing services such as personnel, human resources and business.
School board members previously had talked about the feasibility study and formally approved spending up to $1,000 on Thursday night. The study qualifies for $7,500 in grant money from the State Board of Education.
"This formally puts us into the study and also accesses state grant money to pay for it," explained Superintendent Kyle Ganson. He said the consultants' report probably would come back in late May or June, and the board is not under any obligation to follow the report's recommendations.
"It would be another procedure to get this on the ballot," he said. "This study makes it easier to make good decisions about what we want to look like."
Thanks to a 21st Century grant through the Illinois State Board of Education and facilitated by the Henry-Stark-Bureau Regional Office of Education, Colona has a new "Trojan Triumph" after-school program with a goal to give students in low-income and high-mobility districts a safe, fun learning environment. Site coordinator Brook Buresh, a graduate of Annawan High School and St. Ambrose University, gave the board a detailed presentation about what the new program for pre-K through eighth grade will look like.
She said activities for the younger grades will include arts and crafts as well as core subjects. For fifth through eighth grades a variety of clubs and activities will be available.
Ms. Buresh said she also anticipated adult programs such as resume writing, yoga, cooking, baking and "anything you can think of to get people into this building." She noted child care also would be offered.
Hours are from 3 to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
She said anyone with questions should contact her at 792-1232 or bburesh@csd190.com.












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