Lincoln-Way Board of Education Votes to Close North
Friday, August 14, 2015

The Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Board of Education voted last night to close Lincoln-Way North High School at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. School closure is part of a deficit reduction plan Lincoln-Way will submit to the Illinois State Board of Education next month.

The Board of Education also voted to keep feeder junior high schools together as Lincoln-Way transitions from four high schools to three for the 2016-2017 school year.

The community input received by the Board of Education was overwhelmingly in favor of keeping junior high feeder schools together, said Kevin Molloy, Lincoln-Way Board of Education President.

Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, the reorganization of feeder schools includes:

Central: New Lenox 122 (Martino) and Mokena 159
East: Frankfort 157C and Summit Hill 161
West: New Lenox 122 (Liberty) and Manhattan 114

We have great schools with outstanding academic and extracurricular opportunities for students and that will not change, said Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley.

During the meeting, several Board of Education members spoke about legislative initiatives pending in Springfield that could come at a significant cost to the district, including a pension cost shift, property tax freeze and a change in the state funding formula for education.

The Board vowed to continue monitoring those proposals and expressed a commitment to continue evaluating the districts financial health moving forward.

Board President Kevin Molloy expressed the Boards commitment to remaining a three school district and advised that the Board and Administration would begin working on a transition plan for the 2016-2017 school year that would be effectively communicated with parents, students and community members.