Canton Dist. 66 considering ‘attendance center’ model, holding informational meetings

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CANTON, Ill. — Canton’s School District 66 is exploring an alternate system for assigning students to schools.

The district partnered with Midwest School Consultants to do a study on the feasibility of changing to an attendance center model.

An attendance center model divides students in the district based on grade level, rather than where they live. The study says such models sharpen the focus on the academic and social needs of the students, reduces overcrowding in classrooms, and increases opportunities for teacher interaction with colleagues teaching the same grades, among other benefits.

The study acknowledges adjusting to the model would increase transportation costs, because more students would live more than 1.5 miles from their schools. Other concerns include the decrease of interaction with older students, the negative impact of transitioning to a new school more frequently, and the fear of decreased involvement in Parent Teacher Organizations.

The meetings will take place Tuesday, June 18 and again on Wednesday, July 17 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Canton High School auditorium. Results from the study and other information can be found here.

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