FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Sad day for the families, teachers and staff of Taylor Park Elementary School in Freeport, Illinois. After decades of flooding and multiple floods per year more recently, the Freeport School Board has voted to close Taylor Park Elementary School starting next school year.
Taylor Park Elementary’s staff consists of 42 teachers and staff members, according to their website. The building includes 12 elementary classrooms, PASS Pre-school, Special Education services, and Family Resource Coordinator services. Students are not only provided daily academic instruction in the classroom, but they also learn from the Instructional Materials Technician and physical education, art, and music teachers during the school week.
Taylor Park is an AVID Elementary site.
In January of 2020 the school district created a task force to come up with recommendations for the future of the school. The first recommendation was to add temporary structures to existing schools in the district. The second option was to build permanent additions to other school, and the third option was to build a new school outside of the floodway.
After last night’s unanimous decision, students at Taylor Park will split up and go to one of the other elementary schools in the district. The district will add trailers to school grounds, where and when needed to accommodate.
Over 100 residents living near Taylor Park have already agreed to sell their homes to the city and move out of the floodway.
“My home for the last 5 years so heartbreaking will miss the family we created there and the kids”
“So sad. The staff of Taylor Park are an amazing group who are way beyond their given profession.”
“Sooooooo many memories……for sooooo many people. Actually brings tears to my eyes”
Cover photo: Mike McLain
ADDITION: The Freeport School board did say that no staff member, including teachers, will lose their jobs. This was not included in our previous article.