March 12, 2019
District 64 Board of Education
164 South Prospect Ave
Park Ridge, IL 60068
To the Members of the Board,
We are writing today to share with you concerns that were raised by Washington families at a recent PTO meeting regarding space issues at Washington. At your February 25 Board meeting, the Administration raised their own concerns about the impact increased enrollment numbers and space constraints could have on Washington School for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Possible solutions were presented, but by the end of the meeting no decisions were made on how to address them. These matters were discussed at length by you and the Administration without our principal or any other Washington representative present who could offer valuable insight and information. While we understand that no decision was requested of you during this meeting, we are writing now to express our urgent concerns regarding Washington School building capacity.
As concerned parents of the Washington community, we are asking for time on the agenda at the March 18 meeting, so that we can share our concerns and present valuable information to you with respect to the day-to-day impacts increased student class sizes and the lack of space in our building have on our students, faculty and staff.
The numbers speak for themselves. Enrollment data for our school shows our student population is steadily increasing, and every year our school administrators and faculty are asked to make sacrifices with respect to classroom space and student to teacher ratios that impact the overall learning environment.
We can no longer ignore this problem. District 64 has consistently been a desirable district for young families seeking a high quality education for their children. The demographic data shows that enrollment numbers are growing. The time is now to work collaboratively to find sustainable solutions for Washington School so that we can continue to provide a positive learning environment for our students and teachers.
Concerned Washington Families