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SouthlCollege Prep Charter High School CEO Blondean Davis (center pointing) leads members Illinois State Board Educatitour school. | Supplied Photo

Southland College Prep Charter High School CEO Blondean Davis (center, pointing) leads members of the Illinois State Board of Education on a tour of the school. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: February 21, 2013 6:01AM



Members of the Illinois State Board of Education recently interacted with administrators, faculty and students at Southland College Prep Charter High School in Matteson during a regularly scheduled public meeting.

Gery J. Chico, board chair, said the visit was “a fulfillment of the board’s commitment to visit as many schools as possible throughout the state and to be available to the community’s citizens.”

Prior to a public session, Southland CEO Blondean Davis guided ISBE members on a tour of the new school’s classrooms, laboratories, technology centers, library and public areas.

Faculty members Brian Wales and Julie Obradovic described central themes of Southland’s academic mission and goals in brief remarks to the board.

Members of the charter chapter of Southland’s National Honor Society welcomed the board with a recitation of Southland’s creed, which opens every school day. Society members Alexus Newson and Ian Katiku, both juniors, also discussed their experiences at Southland.

Wales, who is the math focus group coordinator, National Honor Society advisor and the boys bowling coach, said Southland’s approach to success is through instructional and academic rigor.

“Our approach is to maintain a strict curricular pace for all our students and to adjust that depending on student level and needs,” Wales said. “This is central to being a truly rigorous school that influences student success well into college.”

Southland College Prep Charter High School selects students by a public lottery who are graduates of an elementary school and who reside in Country Club Hills, Flossmoor, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Matteson, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Richton Park or Tinley Park.

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