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6 | February 22, 2018 | The orland park prairie News Orland School D135 Board of Education Enrollment talks continuing Bill Jones, Editor The Orland School District 135 Board of Education’s Committee of the Whole continued Monday, Feb. 12, to discuss long-term plans to address enrollment issues, but a final decision likely is not coming until this fall, according to Superintendent DJ Skogsberg. Officials at that meeting reviewed a presentation addressing the 2019-2020 school year and beyond, noting a recent spike in kindergarten enrollment after switching to a fullday program and anticipated rises in the number of births in the district through 2021. The presentation also highlighted higher class sizes in select grade levels at Centennial, Center, Prairie, High Point and Orland Jr. High schools, as well as high averages all around at Park. The presentation also delved deeper into students in individualized education programs, breaking out Special Education, English Learners and Intervention Services, each requiring space. Officials noted that if decisions are not made to address shifting enrollment, class sizes will continue to rise, families who register their children late may be forced to send their children to schools other than their home schools, art and music instruction would become mobile and take place in homeroom classrooms, and related services may move to less-private settings. The School Board already voted Jan. 22 to approve short-term measures to address the problems for the 2018-2019 school year. “At this point in time, the board will continue to consider a variety of options for resolving these issues, with the idea that a decision will be made in the fall of 2018 for the 2019-2020 school year and beyond,” Skogsberg wrote in an email to The Orland Park Prairie. Moving forward, the plan specifically is to continue to review trends in the fall, with frequent updates for the board. District administration is to work with committees and prepare a final recommendation for a vote in the fall, according to the presentation. Officials also plan to continue working with the Village, its Plan Commission and area developers to follow trends. Federal charges follow task force investigation that involved Orland Park Police assistance Staff Report An investigation conducted by an FBI task force that included support from Orland Park reportedly led to 14 new defendants being added last week to a federal racketeering indictment against Chicago gang members, along with new charges that alleged multiple murders and acts of violence. A federal indictment unsealed last week charges 34 alleged members of the Latin Kings street gang with participating in a criminal organization that murdered its rivals and violently protected its drug-dealing territories in Chicago and the suburbs, according to a press release issued Feb. 8 by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. Authorities reportedly uncovered the criminal activity through an investigation conducted under the umbrella of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. During the course of the probe, law enforcement agents confiscated 18 firearms, according to the press release. Original charges in the case were filed in 2016 against 20 alleged members of the Latin Kings. The superseding indictment unsealed last week added 14 more defendants and charges numerous acts of violence, including six murders, three attempted murders and three arsons. Thirty-three of the defendants are charged with racketeering conspiracy, while the 34th defendant faces a firearm charge. The FBI Task Force investigating the case included agents and task force officers from Joliet, Evergreen Park, Bolingbrook, Orland Park, Cook County Will Count and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, according to the press release. The superseding indictment alleges that members of the Latin Kings violently enforced discipline within their ranks, and retaliated against rivals and former members to prevent cooperation with law enforcement. 3900 W. 127th St. Alsip, IL 60803 708-315-2677 Showroom Hours: Mon-Thur: 9am-5:30pm Friday: 9am-5pm Saturday: 9am-pm @HarryMillerAppliances +FREE Delivery When Presenting this Ad!!!

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