Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Belvidere Daily Republican. - RVC Foundation Scholarship deadline approaching

 

The Belvidere Daily Republican. - RVC Foundation Scholarship deadline approaching

The Belvidere Daily Republican. - How Boone County numbers add up

 

In the study’s areas of high school graduation rate (2007-08) and unemployment rates (December 2008), Boone County fares worse than the state’s averages.

The Belvidere Daily Republican. - How Boone County numbers add up

Schools React to Swine Flu

Here is District 205 (Rockford) and District 100 (Belvidere) ‘s comment on the flu. 

Superintendent Michael Houselog says they're logging student illnesses displaying swine virus conditions and informing staff about the virus.
On Thursday, they'll send educational fliers home with students

Schools React to Swine Flu

Trying Technical School to Reboot a Career - NYTimes.com

 

Many of them are responding by taking crash courses of a different sort: programs at technical or vocational institutions that provide marketable skills in a hurry, often in fields completely different from the ones in which they have spent their careers.

Trying Technical School to Reboot a Career - NYTimes.com

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

U46 paring down capital projects :: The Courier News :: Local News

This is the largest school district in Illinois (after Chicago) 

ELGIN -- As School District U46 tightens its budget belt by $17 million due to a rocky economy, it's not just spending less on staff, but on school capital projects, district officials say.

For the 2008-09 school year, the district spent about $4 million on projects -- $11 million less than the previous school

U46 paring down capital projects :: The Courier News :: Local News

Art Institute: Old ordinance may force more free days at Art Institute of Chicago -- chicagotribune.com

 

1891 contract, which established that the Michigan Avenue building would be erected for the city's use during the 1893 Columbian Exposition before being taken over by the museum, specified that the Art Institute would offer free admission on Wednesdays, Saturdays and a half-day on Sundays.

Art Institute: Old ordinance may force more free days at Art Institute of Chicago -- chicagotribune.com

Saturday, April 25, 2009

There's still need for nurses, just not right now - - BusinessRockford.com

The health-care sector still is adding jobs, but the growth has slowed because more-experienced nurses are coming out of retirement or delaying it, and part-time nurses are taking on full-time positions.

A third of RVC’s graduating nursing class doesn’t have jobs,

There's still need for nurses, just not right now - - BusinessRockford.com

1 in 4 grade schools going year-round :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Education

Chicago Public Schools increase the number of year-round schools. Same number of days of attendance but summer break is only six weeks, with two weeks off between the other terms.

Read the rest of the story by clicking on he following:  1 in 4 grade schools going year-round :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Education

Friday, April 24, 2009

Stimulus money puts teachers in layoff limbo | csmonitor.com

 

For states to obtain one part of the stimulus designated primarily for education (called stabilization funds), they must submit an application to the US Department of Education explaining how the money will be used. California, South Dakota, and Illinois are the first states to have their applications approved.

Stimulus money puts teachers in layoff limbo | csmonitor.com

Thursday, April 23, 2009

District 100: Salary Freeze?

Does a salary freeze have a different meaning if you have a six figure income?   Perhaps the Superintendent should answer how his recommended freeze will affect his own salary?  Does the freeze affect performance bonuses?  Will it really affect his total salary?

Salary freeze

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

MAY 18: District 100 Board Meeting will have a multi-year budget forecast

At the April 20, 2009 Board Meeting, a budget deficit was predicted in each of four possible scenario, ranging from $934,048 to $4,525,204. Board members requested additional information, including a multi-year forecast, which will be presented at the May 18 regular meeting.

Below is the summary of four scenarios as presented at the April 20. 2009 meeting.  The columns tell the reader which funds (usually a specific tax) would be affected by variables stated in the scenario.  The funds are education, operations and maintenance, non-teachers retirement (IMFR).  Variables in scenario are:  “foundation” refers to level of state aid based upon previous year formula, 100% is no change to per student aid.  130% is the state proposed 30% increase. The three classes of salaries and wages—teachers, administration and other non-certified staff.  Actions at the April 20 meeting “froze” administrative salaries for next year, so to some degree some of the scenarios may change for the May 18 meeting.

4-20 scenarios

Sex ed: Abstinence-only programs under review -- chicagotribune.com

A good article which gives you insight to what parents should know about schools’ teachings in regard to sex education.

Sex education is not required in Illinois schools, but state law says that if it is taught, it must emphasize abstinence.

Chicago and Urbana school boards have approved comprehensive policies that cover everything from healthy relationships to using condoms and other contraceptives that guard against sexually transmitted diseases.

Nine of 10 Illinois health educators cover abstinence, but how they do so varies. Nearly 60 percent said they present abstinence as the best alternative, 39 percent as the only alternative and 4 percent as one alternative

neighbors and parents offer a more immediate barometer of what's acceptable than policymakers in Washington

Nearly 2 in 5 Illinois students who take sex education learn about only one method of birth control—abstinence until marriage

Click on the following:  Sex ed: Abstinence-only programs under review -- chicagotribune.com

Many vie to build DeKalb school | Daily Chronicle

project comes with an $88.5 million price tag and will be funded with part of a $110 million school construction referendum passed in February 2008

About 180 bidders showed up Tuesday to express interest in building a new DeKalb High School.

Click on the following to read the rest of the story:

Many vie to build DeKalb school | Daily Chronicle

Rock Valley College could drop football - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

about 70 percent of last year’s football team was from outside the district, and featured only 15 returning sophomores

“What a shame. That’s 40 years of history, 40 years of tradition, Gavigan said. “For a president who had no contact with Rockford until five years ago

Rock Valley College could drop football - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

District 100 Board Briefs—April 20, 2009

MemberThe Board of Education for Belvidere School District #100 held its monthly meeting on Monday, April 20, 2009. The following are highlights of some of the agenda items discussed at that meeting.

Budget Update for 2009-2010 Budget scenarios for 2009-2010 were presented to the Board of Education. In each of the four scenarios, the following variables were considered: Foundation level (money per pupil received from the State of Illinois), salaries for teachers, administrators, and support staff, and insurance contributions. A budget deficit was predicted in each scenario, ranging from $934,048 to $4,525,204. Board members requested additional information, including a multi-year forecast, which will be presented at the May 18 regular meeting.

Note: After closed executive session, the Board of Education voted to freeze all administrator salaries for the 2009-2010 school year.

Board to Accept High School Transfer Requests When Belvidere North High School opened in 2007, high school students were not allowed to transfer from one building to the other for a period of three years. This would allow students to identify with their home school and bond with classmates, and it would keep the two high schools demographically balanced. However, due to the enrollment difference between the two schools (approximately 350 more students at Belvidere North), the Board voted to consider hardship transfer requests for incoming 9th grade students beginning with the 2009-2010 school year. Only transfers from Belvidere North to Belvidere High will be considered, and all requests must be submitted to Belvidere High School. This matter will be revisited in February, 2010 for extension, modification, or elimination.

Internet Safety: A part of the curriculum beginning this fall The State of Illinois has mandated that all children in grades 3 through 12 receive instruction on internet safety at least once each school year. Students will receive age-appropriate instruction on topics such as social networking, recognizing and avoiding unsolicited or deceptive communications, recognizing and reporting on-line harassment and cyber-bullying, and copyright laws on written materials, photographs, music videos, etc. A final curriculum proposal will be presented to the Board in May.
Strategic Plan Update Nicole Difford, Director of Bilingual Services, provided data on the number of Spanish and English books currently available for check out in building libraries. Through the strategic plan process, buildings will have the opportunity to continually evaluate their library collections.Belvidere Central Middle School: Home of the Blue ThunderAs students attending Belvidere Central Middle School feed into Belvidere North High School, the Board of Education discussed the possibility of transitioning Central’s mascot and identifying colors over the next two years to align with those of Belvidere North. This matter will be discussed further at the May Board meeting.

Quarterly Financial Information Fund balances as of March 31, 2009, as well as a quarterly investment report, were provided as informational items. Copies of these documents can be viewed by following the “About Us” and “Board of Education” links on the District website.

Acknowledgement of Donations President Van Evera acknowledged, with gratitude, the following donations:School supplies from First Baptist Church for Perry Elementary School;Purple road jerseys and two baseball bats from Belvidere Youth Baseball to Belvidere High School;Reading books and motivational bracelets, and PBIS supplies from Washington Elementary School PTO;Lacrosse uniforms and equipment from Rob Funderburg to the Belvidere and Belvidere North Lacrosse team.District Policy

Revisions As part of its on-going review of the District policy book, last evening the Board approved recommended changes to policies contained in section 5. Policies from section 6 were presented for first reading, and will appear on the May 18 agenda for second reading and approval.For a list of specific section titles, please refer to the agenda for the April 20 meeting posted on the District’s website, following the “About Us” and “Board of Education” links.
Board of Education: Richard Van Evera, President Doug Smiley, Vice President Julia Norem, Secretary John Powell, Member Mike Rathbun, Member Ron Ramos, Member Ted Stenerson, Member
Board of Education: Richard Van Evera, President Doug Smiley, Vice President Julia Norem, Secretary John Powell, Member Mike Rathbun, Member Ron Ramos, Member Ted Stenerson, Member

Board Action The following items were presented to the Board, and approved:1. IHSA membership renewal for Belvidere High School2. IHSA membership renewal for Belvidere North High School; and3. Agreement with life insurance carrier Reliance. The change in insurance carriers will save the District approximately $12,000 annually.

Other Matters A special meeting was scheduled for April 28, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. The

Stimulus money puts teachers in layoff limbo | csmonitor.com

So what is District 100 doing with its stimulus dollars? 

Nobody's ever seen a raft of new money like that [for education

Click on the following to read the rest of the story: Stimulus money puts teachers in layoff limbo | csmonitor.com

Monday, April 20, 2009

Taxing bodies plan for shrinking property-tax revenues - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

Belvidere District 100 is projecting its property-tax revenues will go up 7.2 percent this year because of the tail end of the home-building boom in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2010, because of the sudden slowdown in home construction, the district is projecting just 2.4 percent revenue growth.

Click on the following to read the rest of the story:  Taxing bodies plan for shrinking property-tax revenues - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Congratulations! You Are Nominated. It’s an Honor. (It’s a Sales Pitch.) - NYTimes.com

BEWARE:  Is this a fraud or a real honor? 

Congres­sional Youth Leadership Council.[owed by ENVISION EMI]  By its own count, more than half a million students have attended its programs, dwarfing its rivals.

Some teachers and guidance counselors toss requests for nominations in the trash; others see them as a way to recognize a deserving student.

In February, the Better Business Bureau downgraded Envision to an F rating.

Congratulations! You Are Nominated. It’s an Honor. (It’s a Sales Pitch.) - NYTimes.com

Saturday, April 18, 2009

District 100’s Investment Report

The Illinois Compiled Statues required that the Board of Education of all school districts review at least every three months district investments.  I have raised a complaint regarding the board’s failure to comply with this requirement a number of times.  In order to insure better compliance, I plan on posting this report every three months.

For purpose of comparison, I am posting Boone County’s investment report for the similar period.  The County Treasurer provides monthly reports of the county’s investments.

District 100 requests bids only from banks which have a branch office within District 100 and from Illinois School District Liquid Asset Fund(ISDLF).   Below is the list of the seven institutions which the Board of Education allows the administration to deposit funds.  It will be very interesting to see which institutions will receive business other than Alpine Bank and ISDLF.  Also how competitive are the rates compared to the rates obtained by the county.bank CD's

Boone County Government  request bids from banks and insured credit unions within the county and just outside its borders.  Deposits from all institutions must either be federally insured or secured by high quality federal or state securities.  With the exception of community colleges, the laws regulating the investments of schools and other local governments are nearly identical.   District 100 has chosen not to request bids from credit unions and other than ISDLF, all financial institutions have a branch within District 100.  Click on the photocopies to enlarge.

District 100 Investment Report for 3-31-2009

3-31-2009 Investment Report

Boone County Investment Report for 3-21-2009

3-25-2009 Investmnet Report  3-21-2009  page21

Friday, April 17, 2009

Mystery donors give over $45M to 9 universities

Strange story about a donor who wish to remain anonymous.

The gifts ranged from $8 million at Purdue to $1.5 million donated to the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The University of Iowa received $7 million; the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Maryland University College got $6 million each; the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was given $5.5 million; and Penn State-Harrisburg received $3 million.

Click here to read the rest of the story:  Mystery donors give over $45M to 9 universities

Northwest Herald | More enroll in trucking courses to find jobs in tough economy

Aside from providing drivers with extra practice, the course length also qualifies it as accredited so students can apply for financial aid to cover the nearly $4,000 class costs.

The return on investment can be major, though. Students potentially make a $45,000 salary immediately after the class

As many as 100 potential students have been showing up on registration days, despite the fact that the class fills up at 30.

Read the rest of the story by clicking on the following:  Northwest Herald | More enroll in trucking courses to find jobs in tough economy

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Hiawatha Board seeks options for new direction | Daily Chronicle

Kirkland considers all options—even closing its high school.

Superintendent Christine Demory said the board can also consider deactivating the high school and pay tuition to send those students elsewhere,

Click on the following fro more of the story:  Board seeks options for new direction | Daily Chronicle

DeKalb School Board discusses budget options | Daily Chronicle

DeKalb looks forward to a possible sizeable drop in educational funding. 

Click on the following to read more:  DeKalb School Board discusses budget options | Daily Chronicle

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Education Standards Likely to See Toughening - NYTimes.com

 

Congressional rewriting of the federal law later this year to toughen requirements on topics like teacher quality and academic standards and to intensify its focus on helping failing schools

Education Standards Likely to See Toughening - NYTimes.com

First student adviser en route to U46 board :: The Courier News :: Local News

The largest school district outside of Chicago will soon have  a student adviser on their board of education.

First student adviser en route to U46 board :: The Courier News :: Local News

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Autism linked with stress hormone levels

Autism linked with stress hormone levels—Research from University of Bath, UK.

02 April 2009

Dr Mark Brosnan

The study was led by Dr Mark Brosnan from the Department of Psychology

Some of the symptoms of the autistic condition Asperger Syndrome, such as a need for routine and resistance to change, could be linked to levels of the stress hormone cortisol, suggests new research led by the University of Bath.

Click on the following to read this interesting article:  University of Bath News

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Belvidere Daily Republican. - Ida Public Library book sale provides for all kinds of readers

BOOK SALE:  Begins April 28Ida Library--1

Click the following for the rest of the story:  The Belvidere Daily Republican. - Ida Public Library book sale provides for all kinds of readers

Recession Stalls State-Financed Pre-Kindergarten, but Federal Money May Help - NYTimes.com

 

Mr. Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan say their enthusiasm for early childhood education is based on research showing large paybacks for every dollar spent on the careful nurturing of poor children.

Recession Stalls State-Financed Pre-Kindergarten, but Federal Money May Help - NYTimes.com

St Charles’ “community-engagement” program fails

School District 303--district paid UNICOM•ARC $11,000 a month to develop a plan of “community engagement” but neither UNICOM nor Dr. Schlomann could convince the voters of the “community’s” planYes, Dr. Schlomann also used UNICOM.ARC at Belvidere Community Schools, District 100.  I believe we may have paid a good deal more for that consulting services.

DSchlomann

UNICOM.ARC’s comprehensive referendum consulting services include:Theme and message development Writing/production of all campaign materials, including:

  • Campaign plans
    • Signage & Canvass materials
    • Campaign mailers
    • Print & television/radio advertising
    • Editorials and other communications vehicles
  • Direct voter contact – planning and training
  • Database management, including voter analysis and targeting
  • Addressing opposition
  • Speaker training
  • Get-out-the-vote programs

Voters in District 303 narrowly defeated a proposal to rebuild two middle and one elementary schools, and to renovate a third middle school.

At press time and with all votes counted, the construction bond referendum question failed by 5,261 yes to 5,872 no votes, or 47 percent to 53 percent.

District officials and referendum supporters said the $114 million construction bonds could have been sold without increasing the bond and interest tax rate. The funds would have rebuilt Thompson and Haines middle Schools, renovate Wredling Middle School, and rebuild Davis Elementary School.

District residents spent more than a year crafting a referendum proposal during the Summit 303 community-engagement process. However, the referendum sent to voters significantly scaled back proposed improvements to district buildings in an attempt to acknowledge current economic times.

“Early voting was 600 votes down. That was the difference, the early voting,” said District 303 superintendent Don Schlomann.

Economic downturn might have helped ECC :: The Courier News :: Local News

Twenty-nine votes to the good—ECC gets its campus expansion.

Economic downturn might have helped ECC :: The Courier News :: Local News

St. Charles weighing changes in suicide prevention :: St. Charles Sun :: News

Should newspaper report on suicides or keep hush? 

National guidelines by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention say the media should publicize such information for people to use when a suicide occurs. But the American Association of Suicidology says research shows individual stories about suicide can increase the numbers of incidents.

St. Charles weighing changes in suicide prevention :: St. Charles Sun :: News

ECC referendum narrowly wins :: The Courier News :: Local News

Elgin’s community college passes their bond referendum by a mere 266 votes out of the nearly 39,000 votes cast.   Key to their success was the support of their local newspaper.

 

 

Click on the following to read the rest of the story:  ECC referendum narrowly wins :: The Courier News :: Local News

“Andy’s Books” returns to Andy’s Roots in District 205

I previous told you this wonderful story of Andy Hodge and the Book Drive at Belvidere North High School: 

North High School Students Hold Book Drive - March 20, 2009

Andy Hodge, a former District #100 student, passed away in August, 2006 at the age of 22.  Given his love of reading, his parents Dr. Robert and Meg Hodge created "Andy's Books for Kids".  Belvidere North High School's Team Secretariat is collecting books for all ages through April 17.  The books will be donated to "Andy's Books" for distribution throughout the community.

Well the story continues.  Andy’s early elementary education was at Spring Creek Elementary in Rockford. Andy’s friends from Rockford and Belvidere are beginning a similar book drive at this District 205 School.  This fundraiser will provide a free hard cover book to every third and fourth grader at Spring Creek.  Please read the Rockford Register Star article below  and go to Andy’s websites:  http://www.andysbooks.org/aboutus.html 

 

 

Andy I Andy II

Here is the story of Andy’s Books as told by his mother, Meg.

Andy’s Books for Kids…Sounds Like a Plan! began as a simple book drive to honor my son, Andy, who died in August of 2006 at the age of 22 from a brain tumor. I wanted to do something positive in his memory that would reflect his tremendous generosity of spirit and giving that were the hallmarks of his life. Despite living with a terminal illness for eleven years he never faltered in his positive attitude, in his drive to move forward even with all the obstacles thrown in his way and in the intense pleasure he garnered living his life to the fullest and seeing others able to do the same.

A year ago, I asked our family, our friends and Andy’s friends to donate books and funds, in his name, to benefit the seven elementary school libraries in Belvidere, IL, the town where Andy grew up. The response was overwhelming. We received almost 400 books and $4000 and the most frequent question I was asked was whether I was going to make this an annual event.

With the help of a wonderful group of students who are part of the program, Illinois Business Consultants, at the University of Illinois, on August 25th, Andy’s birthday, my Andy’s Books for Kids was established as a professionally managed charitable fund under the umbrella of The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.

Why Books?

If I were to choose one thing that identified Andy with the greatest clarity it would be his love of books and learning. At the age of two he had every single one of his many books memorized; so much so that if we ever tried to paraphrase to hasten the end of a reading session he would promptly point out our error and make us read, correctly, the entire page again. He never lost that love of reading or the enduring desire for new discoveries to be found in the pages of a book. Even when the tumor had robbed him of his ability to read, he bypassed that obstacle by listening to his favorite books on tape.

Just providing a child with a book gives him the unique opportunity to be lifted out of his ordinary circumstances and vaulted into whatever exciting, fascinating, illuminating, or scary situation the words of the author has conjured up, without ever having to leave the confines of his chair. The goal of Andy’s Books for Kids is to provide access to books to those children who, without that access, might never have the opportunity to experience the pastime that Andy so loved.

Learning to read, and to read well, is the cornerstone of education. With an adequate supply of books, both classics and current, that are appropriate for age and comprehension level and are inclusive for culture, race, gender and native language, the business of teaching our children to read is so much easier. When a child can identify with a story on some level, and can read and understand it on his own, he is much more likely to continue to read, thereby increasing his reading skills, his vocabulary and his general knowledge. By putting as many of these books as possible into the hands of children Andy’s Books for Kids will provide a valuable vehicle for the foundation of the reading skills necessary for a successful educational career.

What is the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois?

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is a nonprofit, endowed public charity that offers donors of all means a flexible, cost-effective way to give back to their community. Simply put, the Foundation is a pool of charitable dollars invested to provide greater funding for community needs. The income from these funds, and the principal, if the donor desires, are distributed to nonprofit organizations, thus helping communities throughout our nation and beyond respond today and prepare for the future. For more information please visit their website at www.cfnil.org or call at 815-962-2110.

Incumbents dominate Belvidere School Board races - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Fox wins; Gloria is short just nine votes.

To read the story, go to:  Incumbents dominate Belvidere School Board races - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Monday, April 6, 2009

Election 2009: A Picture of your choices for District 100

You have choices in only two races and only two candidates are not current board members. Board members Rathbun and Powell are running unopposed because their opponents were not granted the right of candidacy by District 100, Board Secretary Pam Wallace.

Your first choice is below, click on the photocopy to make it larger.  Remember you can vote for three,  if you wish to vote against the present board, I recommend you vote only for Christina Gloria.

Candidates 1

Second choice is between Darrel Fox and Ronald Ramos.  If you oppose the current board, vote for Mr. Fox.

candidates 2 candidates 3

VOTE ON TUESDAY,  April 7, 2009

States move against in-state tuition for illegal immigrants | csmonitor.com

Since 2006, four states – Georgia, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Arizona – have made undocumented students ineligible for in-state tuition rates.

federal law that says states can't make in-state tuition available for undocumented students unless they do the same for citizens from anywhere in the US

About 65,000 of the 2.8 million American teens who graduate from high school each year are undocumented, according to assistant Senate majority leader Richard Durbin (D) of Illinois

10 states that have allowed undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition

Click on the following to read this interesting debate:  States move against in-state tuition for illegal immigrants | csmonitor.com

Research Links Poor Children's Stress and Brain Impairment - washingtonpost.com

“What this article says is that one of the reasons that poverty does make such an important difference is that it affects many physiological systems, and those systems, once stressed, may compromise brain development."

To read this interesting research click on:  Research Links Poor Children's Stress and Brain Impairment - washingtonpost.com

Education Secretary Arne Duncan's Two Opposing Views on School Vouchers - WSJ.com

Wall Street Op-ED believes that Obama administration will not give voucher system a chance. 

. A reasonable conclusion is that Mr. Duncan's department didn't want proof of voucher success to interfere with Senator Dick Durbin's campaign to kill vouchers at the behest of the teachers unions.

To read this piece, click on the followingEducation Secretary Arne Duncan's Two Opposing Views on School Vouchers - WSJ.com

Northwest Herald | Schools get boost; problems remain

save $200 million by cutting three dozen grant programs – for class-size reduction, after-school programs and mentoring, and the cherished “hold harmless” provision that prevents any loss of money at schools with declining enrollment.

reducing pension benefits for incoming teachers and requiring existing ones to pay 2 percent more of their paychecks toward retirement.

Pat Quinn is recommending just 2 percent in additional school funding.  To read more, click on the following:  Northwest Herald | Schools get boost; problems remain

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Attorney: Illegal meeting means Bangor must revisit hiring - Coulee News

This is about the Wisconsin Open Meetings Act.  But with the talk in Springfield to change Freedom of Information Request as well as Open Meetings, I thought this was very interesting.  Apparently the Village should have been more specific as to what position it would discuss in closed session and possibly vote upon in the open session.  Forget about the fact that this Wisconsin law, what do you think the people should know in advance concerning such personnel actions?

Click on the following to read the story:  Attorney: Illegal meeting means Bangor must revisit hiring - Coulee News

Community Unit School District 200 Wheaton: Fight to know why superintendent made more than $380,000 a year heads to state Supreme Court

Mark Stern of Wheaton wanted to know why the superintendent of his school district earned more than $380,000 a year, so he asked to see the man's contract.
Community Unit School District 200 denied the request, and the fight has escalated all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Read more by clicking on the followingCommunity Unit School District 200: Fight to know why superintendent made more than $380,000 a year heads to state Supreme Court -- chicagotribune.com

Thursday, April 2, 2009

School forum focuses on spending and administrative salaries

Elgin Unit District 46’s ex-superintendent’s salary criticized at candidate forum.  The elephant in the U46 Board room — former U46 Superintendent Connie Neale and her salary, benefits and retirement package — surfaced.

For Neale's retirement in February 2008, the board cut her a prorated salary of $176,185.69 in 2007-08. If she would have finished out the length of her contract, she would have received more than $420,000, including benefits. She was guaranteed lifetime fully paid life, health, disability and long-term care insurance for her and her husband.

Candidate Kevin Echevarria asked the audience, "Are we in education or corporate America?" "Taxpayer dollars should be going to students, not to a performance bonus or retirement bonus," he said.

To Read More Go to:  School forum focuses on spending :: The Courier News :: Local News

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

District 100 Ballot Information as posted by DeKalb County

The Candidates listed in red are the only candidates not appointed by the current board.  Candidates in green were appointed by the Board.  They had opponents until the Board’s Secretary, Pam Wallace, determined that “she did not know”  which position Ms. Hathaway and I were seeking. [To read more go to:http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2009/02/what-electoral-board-refused-to-read-or.html]

The other candidates are incumbents who have served previous elected terms.  

At least, the board has five of its current seven members returning to serve.  At least four will win in the election and Mr. Ted Stenerson’s current term expires in 2011.  If the voters don’t act-- the old board will have 7 out of 7 seats.  Remember this is the Board of Education which attempted to withhold “tax caps” for 3 years and take away your right to vote in the “back door referendum”.

BELVIDERE COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT 100
Instructions to voter: Membership on the board of education is to
consist of 4 members from the congressional township that has at
least 75% but not more than 90% of the population and 3 board
members from the remaining congressional townships in the school
district. On the basis of existing board membership, members may
be elected in the following numbers from each congressional
township.
TWO Year Unexpired Term > (VOTE FOR ONE)
Township 44N Range 3E Belvidere
MICHAEL RATHBUN           
TWO Year Unexpired Term > (VOTE FOR ONE)
One board member shall be elected from the remaining
congressional townships

The remaining Congressional Townships
JOHN POWELL
FOUR Year Term > Vote For Not More Than Three (3)
Three shall be elected from Belvidere Township 44N Range 3E
Township 44N Range 3E (Belvidere)
JULIA NOREM
RICHARD VAN EVERA
DOUGLAS SMILEY
CRISTINA GLORIA
One board member shall be elected from the remaining
congressional townships
FOUR Year Term > (VOTE FOR ONE)
Remaining Congressional Townships
RONALD RAMOS
DARRELL FOX
CRESTON COMMUNITY UNIT

Valley schools to get $48M in stimulus cash :: Beacon News :: Local News

Fox Valley school districts will split the lion's share of a combined $64 million for the 14th Congressional District announced by Rep. Bill Foster on Tuesday.

Click below to read the rest of the story:

Valley schools to get $48M in stimulus cash :: Beacon News :: Local News