District 150 Closer To In-house Operation Of ELITE
Peoria Public Schools is moving ahead with Carl Cannon’s ELITE program on its own.
The school board has approved cancelling its intergovernmental agreement with the Peoria Park District as it relates to the ELITE program at Trewyn School.
Superintendent Grenita Lathan says it's time for the district to run ELITE in-house.
“Our goal is to continue with supports at Trewyn, but also look at a possible expansion to another school” Lathan tells 1470 and 100.3 WMBD. “When you’re doing that, you need to cancel one contract and then re-look at that so you can provide the necessary supports.”
Those supports include maybe hiring ELITE personnel that are currently paid by the Park District.
The district’s $80,000 per year licensing agreement with Cannon remains, but may also be tweaked as well as part of a new overall contract.
Lathan says it’s one more way to improve the learning environment within the schools. “Teachers need to be able to teach, principals need to be able to get into the classrooms and work with teachers and students,” says Lathan. “So, providing those additional resources addressing behavior and emotional issues is what we’re trying to do. But, how do we do that through the district’s services.”
Lathan hopes to present a newly re-worked ELITE contract, including expansion plans, to the full board during its first meeting in May.
The board also approved pay hikes for next school year to non-union employees. Based on performance, the raises range from 0 to 2.5 percent.