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RPS 205 names newest school Cherry Valley Elementary

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The newest school coming to RPS 205 is officially named. The school board agreed on calling it Cherry Valley Elementary after the village it's in.

The $15.7 million, 86,000 square-foot school will open at the start of the 2018-19 school year.

The School Board and Administration asked for community feedback to name two elementary schools under construction. The first K-5 school, now officially named Cherry Valley Elementary School, will serve students who now attend Cherry Valley, White Swan and Thompson elementary schools. Those three
schools will close in June. The current Cherry Valley Elementary School will be demolished and become property of the Village of Cherry Valley through an intergovernmental agreement.

The board is still waiting to name the second elementary school, which is replacing Kishwaukee and Nelson elementary schools. District leaders have approximately six months before a name must be selected. Initial community feedback has favored of the name Constance Lane, the first black teacher hired in RPS 205 who served as an educator and administrator for more than three decades.

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