Byline: Wallace & Culloton
The controversy has quieted some, but residents in the Westbrook School area of Mount Prospect still oppose plans to move a program for children with behavioral problems into the old building next year.
Opponents are focusing on forcing school officials to tighten security at the building so students, some of whom have violent tendencies, don't cause trouble for neighbors.
Some residents want an 8-foot fence erected around the building and an alarm system installed at the school, which already will have a Mount Prospect police officer assigned there.
Lost in the debate, however, is that the Northwest Suburban Academy, a high school behavior disorder program, sits about a mile from Westbrook at Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights.
And school officials there say that in the program's two years at Forest View, they've never gotten complaints from area residents about students.
"None. Zero. There has not been a single complaint from anyone," said Northwest Suburban High School District 214 Superintendent Jack Ashenfelter, whose office is at Forest View.
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Big band news: District 214's bands have hit some high notes lately.
The Wheeling High School Wind Symphony and the Prospect High School Symphonic Band were two of 20 high school groups in the state selected for the May 4 Superstate Concert Band Contest at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Meanwhile, Hersey High School's steel drum band and symphonic band just returned Monday from a cruise to the Bahamas, where they played in the 1996 Festival at Sea.
And the May issue of Down Beat magazine names Wheeling High's Jazz Band the best high school blues, pop, rock or instrumental group from the United States and Canada. The honor was part of Down Beat's annual Student Music Awards.
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What's your muse: Published pros weren't the only ones doling out advice at William Fremd High School's second annual Writers Week.
About 30 students, more than half from Fremd, who fancy themselves writers or poets also revealed what moves them to lay words on paper last week.
The readings of one group of students included a short story about suicide and a poem written from the viewpoint of a bitter, lonely grandmother.
But when asked to list what inspires them, it was clear that romance remains the favored fodder for teenage literati.