This is one approach they’re using to help attract high quality job
applicants. Current teachers that live in the district expressed to
administration that it was nice to be able to bring their children
to work with them each day. It created a convenience factor for many
of the current teachers. As a result, the district felt like
everyone should have the same opportunity whether a teacher or
support personnel living in or out of district.
Midwest Central school board had to approve the waiver before
submission. Superintendent, Todd Hellrigel, said, “the process was
long but wasn’t difficult; I also had help from other
superintendents that have already done this for their districts.”
Many other area districts already offer such an opportunity to their
faculty and staff.
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Hellrigel noted the biggest concern was whether students would be allowed to
play sports. For that Midwest Central referred to IHSA and IESA rules.
Currently, children of licensed faculty and staff such as teachers would be
eligible to participate in athletics; however, children of support staff would
not be eligible to participate. The waiver is good for five years at which point
the District could choose to renew by going through the same waiver process.
[Superintendent Todd Hellrigel]