Unite U-46: Moving Forward Together
Community engagement initiative to develop recommendations on the best way to implement the vision of the U-46 Board of Education.
In early 2020, just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, U-46 embarked on an Educational Facility Master Plan (EFMP) process. The Board of Education selected DLR Group, a Chicago-based design firm, as its partner in this work. This process assessed our infrastructure, classrooms, and overall facility use, efficiency, and readiness in order to meet the District’s vision of moving to a true middle school model (grades 6-8 versus only 7 and 8); using the space in elementary schools to expand early childhood opportunities across U-46, and to replace and/or renovate some of our older buildings to provide equitable access to learning environments that support academic success for all.
On Jan. 24, 2022, the Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution confirming their support of a five-year implementation plan that meets our District’s vision mentioned above. We understand this shift will not be an easy task and acknowledge that we will need the engagement and feedback of our community. Therefore, School District U-46 will host community engagement sessions, starting this spring, to explain this five-year plan and provide an opportunity for our community to develop recommendations on the best way to implement this plan.
Unite U-46 Community Engagement Sessions
All U-46 residents are invited to our upcoming Unite U-46 Community Engagement Sessions. All sessions start at 7 p.m. at the U-46 Welcome Center, 1019 E. Chicago St. in Elgin, next to the District's school bus parking lot and near the car dealerships. Registration is not required, but RSVPing will be helpful for planning. Residents who cannot make it to the Welcome Center, a virtual option via Zoom is also available. Register following the links below.
Each session will focus on a different topic as follows:
- May 11: How Our School Buildings Impact Student Success
- May 25: The Whys Behind PreK and Middle school
- September 14: How School Building Improvements Are Funded / Options for Moving Forward
- October 19: Refine Options to Move Forward
- November 9: Selection of Final Recommendations
The conversation and work at this session will start this vitally important program. Attendees will learn about the condition of facilities, how they impact student achievement, and trends in enrollment. But more importantly, they will roll up their sleeves and work with other community members in developing a plan to provide equitable access to 21st century learning environments that support academic success for all. If you have any questions about this work, please reach out to the District via our online customer service tool Let’s Talk.