School administrators working to stop fights

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — School district officials are reassuring parents they’re working to keep the peace at the middle and high schools. 

Administrators admit there have been more fights this school year than in the past. Sunday, education board members met with a packed room of parents, students and staff.

Monday, the Urbana Schools superintendent and principals say they’re working on short- and long-term solutions.

They include meeting with students to go over expectations and communicating with families. Those were just a couple of the complaints brought forward by parents at Monday’s meeting.

They’re also considering shuffling schedules during times like lunch. Administrators hope it could cut down on some of the traffic in the hallways and stop some conflicts.

Some parents say this all started when they restructured the dean system. District officials say that’s not the case though, and they’re tweaking their strategies.

“So what we are doing is implementing a plan that will support our students at all three levels, not only academically but also the social and emotional piece, so at the same time school safety and security is definitely a main priority goal of mine.”

“One of the other big areas is the ongoing work in making sure that we’re all on the same page with effective communication. Ultimately it’s to create a school learning space that’s safe, welcoming, positive, and exciting.”

The issue also came up Monday night at Urbana’s City Council meeting during public comment. The woman who spoke says she knows people who are considering attending a different school district next year.

School officials will meet with parents and students at a town hall Tuesday night at UHS Commons.   

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