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Possible Changes for Two Moline Elementary Schools


Based on feedback from residents, the Moline School District has scaled back possible changes for two elementary schools. Thursday night the board of education will discuss the latest proposal from Superintendent Lanty McGuire for Willard and Lincoln-Irving schools.

To alleviate overcrowding at Willard, he'd originally proposed making them "sister schools," with kindergarten through 3rd grade at one, and 4th and 5th grades at the other. But along with transportation and some other issues, McGuire says that would have reduced the number of the very popular "dual language" classes, taught in Spanish and English.

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Willard Elementary School in Moline

"Probably the best proposal is just to leave the 3 sections at each grade level of dual language at Lincoln-Irving and then anybody who can't or does not wish to be in dual language in the Lincoln-Irving neighborhood would go to Willard. And if we have to make it two sections in some grades, then that's what we'll do."

The two schools are only about a half-mile apart. And fewer changes for students, he says, also mean fewer changes for teachers and other staff.

The special Moline school board meeting begins at 6 o'clock tonight at Lincoln-Irving school. Whatever changes are approved would go into effect in the fall.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.