Superintendent Defends Grade Level Centers Amid Parent Criticism


by Dave Noble, Your Neighbors and Your Neighborhood Beat Writer
ELMHURST – Citing “invaluable” cultural and travel experience acquired from changing schools every few years and the potential for “the best damn fifth grade kickball team in the western suburbs”, District 205 Superintendent David Moyer on Monday emphasized the benefits of Grade Level Centers while trying to calm the nerves of local parents who fear that Elmhurst schools will soon be populated by children from the same grade level rather than by the neighborhood in which they live.

“I’m not sure if there’s a single disadvantage to this idea,” said Moyer, who inadvertently started a firestorm at the Board of Education meeting last week by stating that Grade Level Centers are “not necessarily ruled out” for Elmhurst schools.   “We’re not saying that this is going to be implemented in Elmhurst, but we’re not not saying it, either.”

Criticism of Grade Level Centers has been overwhelming since Moyer’s comments, as numerous eCommunity discussions and an online petition have made it clear that Elmhurst parents are against the program.

“People seem to be ignoring the many advantages of GLC’s,” continued Moyer, focusing on the absence of peer influence on younger students.  “Your kindergartner won’t come home from school one day crying because some fourth-grader told him that Santa Claus doesn’t exist, and instead of being taught four-letter words from older kids on the playground, children will learn those words from their parents at home or in the car, as it should be.”

Moyer went on to list a projected 300% increase in local bus driver employment and “leveling the playing field” of property values in Elmhurst as additional benefits derived from Grade Level Centers.

The next Board of Education meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 22nd at 162 S. York St.  Sources have confirmed that further discussion of Grade Level Centers may or may not take place at that meeting.

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3 thoughts on “Superintendent Defends Grade Level Centers Amid Parent Criticism

  1. On a related note, I’ve been having feelings of nostalgia when I watch the movie Idiocracy from 2006, but my amnesia prevents me from recalling whether the protagonist Joe Bauers (played by Luke Wilson) is frozen in 2005 and wakes up in 2505, or if he woke up in Elmhurst District 205 during the 2015-2016 school year…

    Is this the “nostesia” (Brought to you by Carl’s Jr!) that Dr. Moyer is referring to?

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