LIVE BLOG: D161 Board Votes Again; Mary Drew School to Close in 2012-13
It was standing-room only at the Summit Hill school district offices as the board re-voted to close the elementary, 4-3, during a special meeting Tuesday. Read the transcript of the live blog for the details.
In a 4-3 vote, the board of education for Summit Hill School District 161 approved Tuesday at a special meeting the closing of Mary Drew Elementary School this fall despite the public outcry from close to 250 parents and community members to keep it open and calls for board President Mary Kenny to resign.
Kenny, along with board Vice President Joy Murphy, board Secretary Denise Lenz and board member Denise Wildeveld, voted to close Mary Drew. Board members George Perros, Sean William Doyle and Stacey Borgens voted to keep the school opening.
Throughout the meeting, members of the public voiced their displeasure, yelling and shouting at board members. On more than one occassion, Kenny used her gavel to try to bring order back to the meeting.
The board scheduled the special meeting after a community member filed a grievance Friday that the board didn't sufficiently notify the public that it would be taking action to close Mary Drew at its Feb. 22 meeting.
Check back later Wednesday for an updated article. Read the transcript from the live blog for details from Tuesday night's meeting.
Need a refresher on what's at stake? Check out Patch's complete coverage of the closing and the district's budget issues:
- POLL: Should Parents Try to Stop Mary Drew Closure in the 11th Hour?
- Board Will Vote Again to Close Mary Drew
- Board Votes to Close Mary Drew Elementary School
- The Day After: What's Next for Mary Drew Elementary School Teachers?
- Community, Parents Respond to Mary Drew's Closing
- ANALYSIS: What's Cut, What's Not in the D161 Budget
- UPDATE: D161 Board Reverses Itself, Reinstates Full-Day Kindergarten in Close Vote
- D161 Board Chooses Cost-Cutting Route, Drops Full-Day Kindergarten