Illini West High School is exceeding a state standard for special education students.
The State of Illinois wants schools to place at least half of their special education students in general education classes for half the school day.
Just two years ago, the high school had only 30% of those students in regular classes. The district rate is up to 56%
Superintendent Kim Schilson said the district decided to start evaluating special education students during their first semester at the school.
The Illini West School Board will advertise for prospective locations for a new high school.
The board signed a contract late last year with Klingner and Associates for site selection and evaluation. The district expected to choose from four or five sites.
Superintendent Kim Schilson said the board wants a greater selection of sites to choose from.
Illini West High School in Carthage will switch to an eight-block class schedule for the 2013-2014 school year.
Classes will meet five times every two weeks. Students will take four classes each day.
Teachers might have the most to learn during the transition.
Superintendent Kim Schilson said they will have to adapt to teaching 90-minute periods.
The district will offer teachers a great deal of professional development to ease the transition.