Peoria Stadium, Immigrant Protections Top School Board Meeting

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The future of Peoria Stadium is in the hands of the school district.

Board members voted Monday to move forward with what many call “Plan B” on the project. It would give the district the right to maintain the space for the next three to five years.

Several community members wanted to implement a plan of their own for the space, which included refurbishing the space.

Members say they’re excited to start the planning phase of the stadium at future meetings.

Board members also expressed their opinions when it comes to a plan aimed at safety of students with immigrant parents.

The Safe Haven Program talked directly to board school board members Monday. They called for a policy that would protect students and their families from possibly being deported.

Several board members agreed that a plan does need to be put in place. Board Vice President Dan Adler said no students should have to come to school worried that their parents may not be there when they go home.

Board member Dr. Bob Davison-Aviles shared the personal story of his mother’s move to Peoria from a foreign country. Board President Martha Ross said she agreed immigrant students should be protected, along with students in DCFS care.

The superintendent says fear of deportation is a distraction for several students in the district. 

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