In the State of Illinois it is getting more and more difficult to attract teachers and staff to work at schools in the state. This means many districts have turned to certain tools to help make working at their school more appealing.
At the Dixon School Board meeting Wednesday evening the Board was asked by Superintendent Margo Empen to allow the district to obtain one of those tools. Empen sought and was granted permission to send a waiver request to the State Board of Education.
This waiver would allow teachers and employees who do not live in the district the ability to still work in the district and allow any of their children to attend Dixon schools tuition free. Empen said if approved by the State the waiver would last for 5 years and be offered next year.
Empen said she spoke with several of the superintendents from surrounding districts and they all said this tool helps with retaining employees and attract new hires because it makes the situation easier for them.
In other business, Empen said she will be sending out to parents in short order a letter explaining the new end of school dates. The original dates had to be changed due to the weather causing cancellations of classes.