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Sycamore School District 427 continues vote on trail agreement with Park District

Board president requests minor changes be made before approval

Principals from throughout Sycamore School District 427, board members and community members met at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at South Prairie Elementary School, 820 Borden Ave., Sycamore, to discuss the district's possible trail extension agreement with the Sycamore Park District.
Principals from throughout Sycamore School District 427, board members and community members met at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at South Prairie Elementary School, 820 Borden Ave., Sycamore, to discuss the district's possible trail extension agreement with the Sycamore Park District.

SYCAMORE – Principals from throughout Sycamore School District 427, board members and community members met Tuesday night at South Prairie Elementary School to discuss the district’s possible trail extension agreement with the Sycamore Park District.

A path past the middle school is one of two trails the Park District has planned that will connect to the larger trail network, and ideally provide students with a safer passage to and from school, district officials previously said.

Nicole Stuckert, the district’s chief financial officer, said all attorneys for District 427, the Park District and the Illinois Department of Transportation had approved the agreement – the board just needed to vote on it.

Board President Jim Dombek mentioned some formatting issues would need to be corrected before the board could approve the agreement.

“Everything else looked pretty close to what we discussed and agreed to,” Dombek said.

The item will be brought back in front of the board for a second reading at the board’s Feb. 27 meeting.

Tyler Hull, a senior at Sycamore High School and the class president, spoke about the school’s recent campaign to generate a culture of respect, and South Prairie Principal Kreg Wesley briefed the group on recent happenings at the elementary school.

A group of students had led the pledge of allegiance at a recent Sycamore City Council meeting.

“They still think the mayor is like the president,” Wesley said.

The high school could consider flexible start times for its juniors and seniors in the near future, Principal Tim Carlson said, as he talked about a discussion from an earlier workshop with members of the school board and other administrators.

High school administrators are also looking to bring some classes involving trade skills to the school. A welding class is already being provided, Carlson said.

“Not change for the sake of change, but change for making it [education] better,” Carlson said.

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