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District 47 passes test

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

As a former elementary teacher, I understand class size makes a difference.

As a mother of four young children, I understand that we, parents, must be our children’s advocates.

As the school year approached this August, I learned the kindergarten class sizes were growing at West Elementary in Crystal Lake. With less than a week until the first day of school, I reached out to other parents through emails and social media, as well as Dr. Hinz, interim superintendent, and to the Board of Education.

I was pleased with the quick response from the board members, assuring me they were watching the situation closely. Within a few days, I heard from the board members, as well as Dr. Hinz. Though the end result was an additional kindergarten class, this wasn’t about “winning,” this was about looking out for the best for our children and teachers. I know each of these decisions is difficult and takes into account many different factors.

I have learned over the past year that acknowledgement and communication with community boards is essential, however, not always possible. I was impressed with the communication and personal responses from the board members. This is what I have been sharing with other community members.

So, on behalf of the West kindergarten parents, thank you to the Crystal Lake School District 47 Board of Education for being willing to watch a concerning situation and take action with limited time available. And, most importantly, thank you for being available to your community.

Kari Hartman

Crystal Lake

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