The following was sent to me with permission to post from members of Greg Novak’s family. It is my understanding that Greg wrote most of this while he was in the hospital in January of 2012, and shared bits and pieces with various board members and people close to him. We have waited to allow an appropriate amount of time to pass to give respect to Greg and his family. With the recommendations from DeJong-Richter now in Dr. Wiegand’s hands, which will be presented to the new board this coming Monday (May 13th), I felt the time was right to give light to Greg’s thoughts as a way of continuing the ongoing discussion of what to do with our schools. Speaking on a personal level, I tend to listen whenever Greg speaks because he knew what he was about and was no slouch in the research department.
One final note: it’s totally ok to disagree. All I ask is that you present a viable alternative.
A Possible Plan
By Greg Novak
Champaign High School (Country Fair)
Champaign Academy (Centennial)
Champaign Middle School (Franklin)
Grades 6-7 (North-East Regions)
Champaign Middle School (Jefferson)
Grades 6-7 (South- West)
Elementary Specialty Schools
Dr Howard (2 strand +gifted)*
South side (2 strand K-7 balanced calendar )*
Westview (balanced calendar K-5)
*. These two buildings would be three strand at K-1, and two strand above that level. Dr Howard would have additional gifted
All of the above schools would have class limits imposed and monitored
“Neighborhood” Elementary Schools
These six schools would each have a large “neighborhood” assigned – and any student from the “neighborhood” would have a seat there. Class size is NOT capped at neighborhood schools.
Families would have a choice of either their “neighborhood” school or attending one of the magnets.