7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Peoria High School Fall Drama Showcase
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Peoria High School Gold Lions Alumni Luncheon
6:30 PM - 11:59 PM Board of Education Meeting
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM PHS Fall Fine Arts Showcase
More than 80 people gathered at the Peoria Stadium on Tuesday, September 20th to tour the facility, hear about the facility needs to keep it functional and provide their feedback for future use of the property. It was the first public forum to help inform the Board of Education as board members plan for the future of the property that includes a football stadium built in 1905. The 80-acre site is in the heart of Peoria, with 32-acres maintained by the Peoria Park District through a long-term lease. Renovations are needed for the condemned visitor stands and the eight-lane track does not meet regulations for IHSA events. In addition, a new roof is needed for the grandstands. A total cost of $1,808,096 is the total anticipated cost of all recommended renovations for the football stadium. In addition, the Peoria Park District spends $50,000 - $55,000 annually for regular maintenance of their leased portion of the property, while Peoria Public Schools spends more than $300,000 per year for maintenance of the remaining acres, primarily to host ten football games each fall (5 PHS home games, 5 Manual home games).
Representatives of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will visit Woodruff Career and Technical Center (WCTC), Thursday, September 22, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. to gather input from the public on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA, a federal law enacted in 2015 to replace the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act, gives states far more autonomy in determining the type of programming which will best serve students. The act also requires that states gather community input about education planning. To that end, state board of education representatives conducted a first listening tour in April and May 2016. The second phase of the listening tour includes stops in 14 Illinois communities.