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Northlawn to mix students of different ability levels

Northlawn Junior High School in Streator plans to change some class schedules as a way to improve student behavior and academic performance.

During Tuesday evening’s Streator Elementary School board meeting, Gail Russell, principal of Northlawn Junior High School, told the board of plans to disperse students with higher abilities into certain regular classes to lift all students.

The higher-achieving students will have the chance to show leadership and serve as role models, with their presence also spurring other students to do better through competition, Russell said.

Russell further said the mixing of students will help break up combinations of particular students who get into trouble when they are together too much of the time.

The approach will be tried next school year, then be evaluated.

On another note, Superintendent Lisa Parker said there are 1,539 students enrolled, a drop of seven students from last month.

New Northlawn Assistant Principal Jeremy Jenkins was introduced to the board.

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