The Delavan-Darien school board voted to close Darien Elementary School—the only public school in Darien—after the 2017-18 school year and approved 16 teacher non-renewals, bringing the total number of non-renewals to 39. This is after a $3.5 million referendum on the April 3 ballot, failed by more than 500 votes. The board included a warning: If it didn’t pass, the district would have to make severe cuts. Darien Elementary School is one of the district’s three elementary schools, currently housing 263 fourth- and fifth-graders. Darien Elementary’s fifth grade will shift to Phoenix Middle School, and the fourth grade will move to Turtle Creek Elementary School.