Elgin Area School District U-46 is hosting a building tour and open house this month as part of its Unite U-46 community engagement initiative, giving members of the public an opportunity to see inside seven school buildings and to provide feedback on three different plans to move U-46 schools forward.
Unite U-46, which began last spring with a series of public meetings, is an effort to gather input on how to implement the Board of Education’s vision of providing equitable access to 21st learning environments. century that support the academic success of all.
The next step in the initiative is to offer members of the public the opportunity to step inside the facilities at U-46 to see first-hand the varied learning conditions at select schools, which range from buildings constructed in the 1800 to early 2000s.
The building tour is scheduled for Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will travel by school bus from the U-46 Visitor Center, 1019 E. Chicago St. in Elgin, to three locations: Garfield Elementary School, Hilltop Elementary School and Ellis Middle School.
Places are limited for this option and reservations are required via the online form at www.u-46.org/Page/19307.
The open house is scheduled for Thursday, September 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants can stop at any or all of the following buildings for a self-guided tour: Eastview Middle School in Bartlett, Glenbrook Elementary School in Streamwood, Horizon Elementary School in Hanover Park, and Willard Elementary School in South Elgin.
Attendees can also learn more about Unite U-46, chat with principals and school district leaders, and provide feedback on plans for the future of our schools.
“I encourage everyone who lives within the U-46 community to participate in Unite U-46, but it works better for their lives and their schedules – attending our meetings in person or virtually, watching presentations more late by video, or attend the building tour or open house,” said Superintendent Dr. Tony Sanders. “Whether you have a child in U-46 or not, this is an important process that will take a tremendous impact on the future of our schools and the community as a whole.”
Unite U-46 grew out of the district’s work to develop a long-term plan that assessed infrastructure, classrooms, and the overall use, efficiency, and readiness of U-46 facilities in order to respond to the district’s vision of:
• Change its middle school model to include sixth through eighth grades, rather than just seventh and eighth grades, as currently structured;
• Extend the preschool program to the entire district;
• Removal, reconstruction, repurposing or renovation of some of the district’s oldest school buildings to provide equitable access to learning environments that promote academic success for all.
More information about Unite U-46, including the building tour, open house, and videos of past community presentations, can be found at UniteU46.org.