Superintendent invites public to bring education

questions, suggestions to Kewanee schoolhouse meeting

March 2, 2001



Kewanee – Regional Superintendent of Education Bruce Dennison is inviting the public to attend a Schoolhouse Meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. with the State Superintendent on Wednesday, March 14 at the Wethersfield School District’s Moss gym, 439 Willard St., Kewanee.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to tell State Superintendent of Education Glenn W. McGee how the State Board of Education can better support schools and students.

McGee accepted Dennison’s invitation to conduct his first Schoolhouse Meeting in 2001 in the Bureau-Henry-Stark region. Dennison is sponsoring the meeting and Wethersfield Superintendent Gary Harrison is hosting the event.

The Kewanee visit will kick off the third round of Schoolhouse Meetings. McGee will hold a Schoolhouse Meeting in each of the state’s 45 regions. The Schoolhouse Meetings began last summer as part of McGee’s agency improvement plan. McGee implemented several initiatives designed to reenergize the agency and help it to focus on listening and responding more effectively to school improvement ideas from the local communities it serves.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is free and easy online at the ISBE website or at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“We are fortunate that Superintendent McGee has scheduled our region for this first spring Schoolhouse Meeting,” Dennison said. “I want to encourage all citizens, community leaders, taxpayers and students to take advantage of this opportunity to share their ideas and suggestions.”

McGee wants to discuss ways the state can help local districts to ensure that all students meet or exceed the Illinois Learning Standards, the cornerstone of the state’s standards-led education system. The Learning Standards outline the skills ad knowledge each student needs to succeed in life. A large portion of the meeting will be reserved for audience participation.

“We ask local schools to review and evaluate their efforts and to get additional ideas for improvements, and we must be willing to do the same,” McGee said. “I believe that the ideas we gather at these meetings will help us make Illinois education truly be Second to None.”