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SV Elementary gets students back from Dalzell

Dalzell school ‘overreaching’ with waiver requests

A few students from Dalzell may be on their way to Spring Valley Elementary following a review of Dalzell’s waiver of school code mandates.

At Wednesday’s Spring Valley Elementary school board meeting, superintendent Jim Hermes informed the board John F. Kennedy School will be housing 2-3 more students that would have been enrolled in Dalzell Grade School even though they were out-of-district students because of Dalzell’s lenient waiver process.

“It really went beyond what the waiver process should be,” Hermes said.

Students can get waivers to attend schools in a district they do not live in for reasons such as their parent is an employee for that district. In Dalzell’s case, Hermes said students were receiving waivers because a parent or grandparent was a Dalzell graduate. He also said students living in the Blakely Estates subdivision were granted waiver to attend Dalzell. The subdivision is within Dalzell’s village limits, but it is a part of Spring Valley Elementary’s school district.

The issue was taken to state legislators who reviewed and adjusted Dalzell Grade School’s waiver practices. They filed Senate Joint Resolution 0036 in March and passed it June 1 in both houses, which amends the school’s waiver code.

“The house leaders agreed that it was overreaching,” Hermes said.

Hermes added the district looks to continue to have a good working relationship with the Dalzell school district. However, he said he believes they can receive strong education in the Spring Valley Elementary school district where the students were supposed to be enrolled.

Editor's Note: Students that are currently living in the Blakely Estates subdivision and are already attending Dalzell Grade School will be grandfathered in and be able to continue attendance at Dalzell. The waiver change will mean future students who live in the subdivision, which is a part of Spring Valley Elementary school district, will have to go to Spring Valley Elementary.

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