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Kaneland schools form anti-bullying task force

Updated: December 5, 2012 6:10AM

The Kaneland School District is moving ahead to establish a task force to address anti-bullying efforts.

The administration reported to the School Board this week that the district’s two directors of educational services would coordinate a “work group” to address revisions to the current anti-bullying policies.

Superintendent Jeff Schuler said, however, that there were no immediate plans to assign a prevention coordinator, as requested by parents concerned with the district’s handling of bullying incidents.

“We see that long-term within the organization,” Schuler said.

The anti-bullying task force would be led by Sarah Mumm, the district’s director of educational services for K-5, and Erika Schlichter, director of educational services for 6-12.

The district’s action comes after a meeting with a large group of parents in September, where the district was criticized over its response to instances of bullying.

Leigh Ann Reusche, spokesman for Knights Against Bullying, said at that meeting that the district was being reactionary, instead of proactive in its effort to address bullying in the schools.

This week, Reusche called the formation of the task force “a positive step the district is doing something and willing to look at how it can do better and be inclusive.

“Putting together a task force is a positive move toward that.”

Schuler said the task force will be comprised of administrators, teachers, related service staff, support staff, transportation staff and a community member. The group will focus on prevention efforts, community engagement, staff training and K-12 alignment.

He said the group will seek input from a variety of parent, community and student groups.

Reusche said the parents applaud this as a “first step” effort.

“Thank you for hearing our message and taking it seriously,” Reusche told the School Board.

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