The good news is Indian Prairie District 204 has announced the selection of a new land site upon which Metea Valley High School will be built by the end of 2009. The bad news is if the Naperville Sun’s Potluck blog is any indiciation, upcoming discussion regarding new boundaries will be brutal.
For those who haven’t seen the news, the new high school will be built on an 87 acre piece of land South of I-88 just east of Eola Road between Diehl Rd. and North Aurora Road on the Far Northwest side of Naperville. The price tag is $16.5 million which is roughly half of what the district was facing with the now infamous Brach-Brodie property.
While I’m relieved our community will move beyond the land issue, we now turn to the difficult task of new boundary lines which will likely shift further north than the previous boundaries for the Brach-Brodie property.
I am in hopes that we, as a community, can quickly move beyond the boundary battle and that those who live in particular subdivisions support the decision and that those who don’t live in those particular subdivisions stop taunting those who do.
The reality is, we need to focus our energies on the equitable quality of all three high schools. Now is the time to address the host of concerns and perspectives which have been revealed about what some sadly consider to be the lesser of the three high schools and raise the school up now that it will have a bit more room to work with.
This whole process has brought out the worst in social class warfare here in Naperville and I hope everyone pauses, takes a close look at the angry dialogue and realizes how sadly pathetic it all sounds. The reality is, District 204 has prevailed in making a decision which will be best for the entire district and not one that raises any questions about influence and motive. At the end of the day, we can all count our multitude of surplus blessings that we are fortunate enough to live in an amazing community which has two incredible public school systems.
To all members of the District 204 School Board (Mark Metzger, John Stephens, Jeannette Clark, Curt Bradshaw, Bruce Glawe, Alka Tyle and Christine Vickers) and Superintendent Stephen Daeschner, congratulations on a difficult job well done. SM