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Elementary & Middle School Students Shine at Contest!
Congratulations to Mrs. Cameron and the music department:

On February 18th, eighteen students from Leland Elementary/Middle School competed in the Illinois Grade School Music Association Contest which was held at Gregory Middle School in Naperville, Il.


Leland students brought home thirty-two first ratings, and eight second ratings.


Grade 5—CLEAN SWEEP!


• Lillian Brockman-1st vocal trio


• Eli Cameron-1st saxophone solo, 1st saxophone duet


• Brooklyn Guelde-1st clarinet duet


• Dalton Hannel-1st saxophone duet


• Malayna Kinney-1st vocal trio


• Brynn Pennington-1st clarinet duet, 1st vocal trio





Grade 6—


• Sidney Dierdorff-1st flute solo, 1st instrumental trio, 1st instrumental quartet, 1st vocal ensemble, 2nd vocal quartet


• Ian Cameron-1st trombone solo


• Olivia Kerwell-1st vocal ensemble





Grade 7—


• Jessica Barry-1st instrumental trio, 1st instrumental quartet, 1st vocal solo, 1st vocal ensemble, 2nd clarinet solo, 2nd vocal quartet


• Abby Klotz-1st saxophone solo, 1st instrumental trio, 1st instrumental quartet


• Jesse White- 1st vocal ensemble


• Julia Winckler-1st snare drum solo, 1st instrumental quartet, 1st vocal ensemble, 2nd vocal quartet





Grade 8—


• Jenny Rosales-1st vocal solo, 1st vocal ensemble, 2nd vocal quartet


• Catt Saddler-1st vocal ensemble, 2nd vocal trio


• Tiffany Smith-1st vocal ensemble, 2nd vocal trio


• Jayna Thime-1st vocal ensemble, 2nd vocal trio

• Mya Thrall-1st vocal ensemble
Summer Office Hours and More
May 31, 2017

Report cards will be complete and online no later than Thursday, June 1st. They will be available to pick up in the office beginning Monday, 6/5/17. The office will be open during the summer months. Feel free to stop in or give us a call!

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS: June: M-F 8:00-2:00 July: M-Th 8:00-2:00 closed Fridays, closed July 3 & 4. On-site Registration Days will be August 1 (1:00-7:00pm) & 2 (8:00-2:00).

On-line registration for the 2017-2018 school year IS OPEN and will remain open until 8/1. Please complete your registration process on-line if at all possible! Payments are being accepted for the 2017-2018 school year now, as well! Credit cards payments CANNOT be made in Teacher Ease. To make a credit card payment on-line, you need to visit our school website www.leland1.org and click on the EPay Tab. Select 2017-18 to apply a payment to next year's fees.

If you have any outstanding general or lunch fees for this 2016-2017 school year, please make that payment as soon as possible. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted in the office.

Have a great summer! See you soon!

A Letter to the Public from School Board President Janet Plote re: feasibility study

7 months ago

March 27, 2017

Leland School Consolidation and Feasibility Study Update

 

School consolidation has been a conversation among area schools since the early 1980s.  Occasionally, state politics or economic hard times renew the discussion and I’d like to share recent events with the community.

The Leland Board of Education was approached last spring to participate in a feasibility study with Earlville and Paw Paw.  The purpose of the study was to evaluate some type of restructuring by the three districts.  Schools may enter into an agreement to complete a feasibility study to determine what a restructured school might be like.  A feasibility study will evaluate the tax rates, debt structure, transportation, school facilities, special education services, collective bargaining agreements, curriculum and extra-curricular activities of the schools involved.  The study with Earlville and Paw Paw had a very ambitious timeline.  After much discussion, the Board voted against joining this study.  The Board did not want to incur the cost of the study to give up our Leland identity and still end up being a relatively small school.

After declining the Earlville and Paw Paw offer, Leland was approached by Earlville to join a bigger feasibility study that might include Serena, Somonauk, and Indian Creek.  After an initial meeting with Dr. William Phillips, a consultant who specializes in feasibility studies, Somonauk and Leland agreed to participate in a larger study.  Our Board thought that a larger study would offer more information and a wider choice of options, including the possibility of a restructuring that would result in a high school of 400-600 students.  This high school size is considered by most consultants to be the minimum size in a high school to support efficient operations, curriculum and extra-curricular activities.  This study, however, never got off the ground as a study with only Leland and Somonauk defeated the idea of a larger study.

Leland is financially stable and there is no need to consolidate based on financial reasons.  One of the goals of the Board is to expand curriculum offerings, in particular at the high school, with minimal cost.  We continue to explore options as to how to accomplish this goal with minimal cost to the district.  Sharing of staff and resources is one way to achieve this goal.

In order to look at ways to share resources and to further identify common vision with contingent districts, a committee was formed to approach other districts about the future of education in our area.  The committee consisted of two board members from each school district.  Meetings were held with Somonauk, Indian Creek, Serena, and Earlville.  These meetings were productive in terms of identifying ways to share resources with each other.

At this time, there is interest among area schools to do a feasibility study that involves two or more districts.  The cost of doing a larger study does not increase proportionately with the number of schools.  However, no commitment or timeline has been established to participate in a larger feasibility study.  A feasibility study does not commit any of the districts to continuing towards restructuring or consolidation.  It is only to provide information.  The process to consolidate schools takes two or more Boards to decide, after public hearings, to place the issue of consolidation on the ballot.  The referendum must be approved by voters in each district.  A “No” majority vote in any of the districts would mean the consolidation effort would fail.

We recognize the strong pride and tradition of Leland Schools.  The passage of the referendum to raise the tax rate in 2012 spoke volumes about the community support for our school.  The Board will continue to investigate ways to provide the best educational opportunities for our students.  We continue to strive to do what is best for our students and the community.

If you would like to read a more detailed explanation, you may refer to the Superintendent’s page on the district website at www.leland1.org. Please don’t hesitate to email questions to Superintendent Moore or the board.  We can be reached at jmoore@leland1.org or Leland.boe@leland1.org.  Or if you would like, you may call Superintendent Moore at 815-495-3821 to set up an appointment with her.  All correspondence will be shared with the entire Board.

 

Janet Plote, President

Board of Education