West’s Rydland rips HUD over Jericho Circle
West Aurora School Superintendent James Rydland feels like the lines of communication have been broken and the school administration has not been adequately consulted regarding the scheduled demolition of the Jericho Circle public housing complex.
He expressed his disappointment at a School Board meeting Tuesday night.
Children at the apartment complex on Jericho Road on Aurora’s southwest side attend West Aurora schools. The Aurora Housing Authority intends to tear down the complex and issue vouchers to residents which will allow them to find housing elsewhere.
The School District needs a timeline to be able to adequately plan a budget and to make accommodations for students in the upcoming year, Rydland said.
“Right now, we’re going to move forward like these students will be with us next year,” he said.
This means maintaining an adequate level of staff and teachers, especially at Nicholson Elementary School, which services the entire apartment complex. Decisions need to be made with several district-wide programs such as all-day kindergarten, which district officials plan to roll out at the beginning of next year.