Saturday, January 30, 2010

Harper professor recounts meeting Salinger

In 1978 Herriges and his girlfriend, both Chicago Public School English teachers, took a road trip specifically to meet Salinger, whom Herriges credits with changing him from a rebellious teen to an avid reader and aspiring author

A lot of people have taught J.D. Salinger's books, and almost everyone with a high school education has read "Catcher in the Rye."

Click on the following for the complete story:  Daily Herald | Harper professor recounts meeting Salinger

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Rock Valley College president pulls plug on football program

This past year’s team finished with a 1.72 team GPA, a 68 percent course-completion rate and a 57 percent return rate of students

Many of the players are undecided on what they will do now. Some will look for another place to play football and go to school, others will stick with RVC, at least for now.

Click on the following for more details:  RVC president pulls plug on football program - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Late campaign cash floods Illinois election races

 

  State Sen. Kirk Dillard got $250,000 from the Illinois Education Assn. — an unusually large donation from a labor union to a Republican candidate

Click on the following for more details:  Late campaign cash floods Illinois election races | Greg Hinz | Crain's Chicago Business

FOIA Law Attacked

School Superintendents’ evaluation exempt from FOIA.  And the public was given little opportunity to weigh in.

January 11 an amendment to SB 315 suddenly surfaced in the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.  That amendment was designed to net Illinois more than $500 million in federal funding through the new "Race to the Top" program for the state's neediest schools -  but it also exempted teacher and principal performance evaluations from public disclosure

The legislation was then moved to the House floor, but not before superintendent performance evaluations could be exempted from disclosure as well.  They got there own special amendment, which never even saw committee, that was simply approved by a non-recorded voice vote on the House floor.

Governor Quinn signed the bill the same day he received it - January, 15.

Click on the following for more detailsFOIA Law Attacked

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Late campaign cash floods Illinois election races

 

  State Sen. Kirk Dillard got $250,000 from the Illinois Education Assn. — an unusually large donation from a labor union to a Republican candidate

Click on the following for more details:  Late campaign cash floods Illinois election races | Greg Hinz | Crain's Chicago Business

Elgin Community College to stand pat on tuition rate for a 4th year

 

ECC Board of Trustees plans to vote tonight to stabilize the current tuition rate at $91 per credit hour, effective with the summer term. This will be the fourth consecutive year ECC's tuition rate has remained the same.

Click on the following for more detailsThe Courier News

Illinois universities to issue budget plea

The pleas may not be so different than the past but some reactions are.

Ikenberry [Interin UI President] conceded that chances are slim the governor and legislators will come up with a solution this spring – "probably somewhere above 0 and somewhere less than 1." It's more likely that legislators will take action during a special session after November's election, he said, and that means relief is more than a year away.

out-of-state students, who pay three times the in-state tuition, to boost revenue. Once at 8 to 10 percent, the UI's out-of-state enrollment is now about 17 percent….admissions criteria are a bit higher for out-of-state students than Illinois residents, so there's "room to grow" without sacrificing quality.

campus will have to scrutinize space utilization to save utility costs and probably reduce the amount of space it rents, he said. Various "support functions" have also grown over the last two decades, he said, such as fundraising/development, alumni relations and communications

 

The News-Gazette.com: Illinois universities to issue budget plea

Huge cuts in Elgin’s U-46, and more may be needed, official says

 

After $4.9 million in reductions were made earlier this year, the district now has a $48.6 budget deficit - the result of a shortage of state categorical, federal and property tax revenue, compounded by increases in salary and benefit costs.

PMA has projected that without further cuts, the deficit could rise to $63.6 million.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | Huge cuts in U-46, and more may be needed, official says

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Northwest Herald changes archive policy

Northwest Herald - Local news and video for McHenry County, Illinois

The NW Herald is trying to raise more money from it archives.  Links to NW Herald stories older than seven days will no longer be available without a fee.  Because of this,  links to this source will be minimized. Older posting with the NW Herald will not be available without your payment of a fee.

Here’s the new policy:

The most recent 7 days of articles are available for free. For articles older than 7 days there is a small fee for retrieval from our archive.This archive has a variety of pricing options for purchasing articles.

To allow for flexibility, we offer a day pass and a week pass along with single article purchasing. You will be asked for your credit card information as part of the set up process.

When you are ready to purchase, you can choose from the following options.

Single article purchase = $2.95
You can choose to purchase one article at a time for $2.95 per article.
Each purchase is reflected as a single purchase on your credit card.
There are also a variety of other options for purchasing articles:

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Northwest Herald changes archive policy

The NW Herald is trying to raise more money from it archives.  Links to NW Herald stories older than seven days will no longer be available without a fee.  Because of this,  links to this source will be minimized. Older posting with the NW Herald will not be available without your payment of a fee/.

Here’s the new policy:

The most recent 7 days of articles are available for free. For articles older than 7 days there is a small fee for retrieval from our archive.This archive has a variety of pricing options for purchasing articles.

To allow for flexibility, we offer a day pass and a week pass along with single article purchasing. You will be asked for your credit card information as part of the set up process.

When you are ready to purchase, you can choose from the following options.

Single article purchase = $2.95
You can choose to purchase one article at a time for $2.95 per article.
Each purchase is reflected as a single purchase on your credit card.
There are also a variety of other options for purchasing articles:

  • 3 Pack: $6.95, one week duration
  • 10 Pack: $21.95, one month duration
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Words can come back to haunt GOP

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Businessman, Jack Roeser of  http://www.championnews.net, famous for publishing teachers/administrators salaries of schools across the state has been caught making some outlandish remarks.

you insist upon employing outrage, innuendo, screaming and fear as your primary political tools, at some point, it will come around to bite you in the butt. And some Republicans, like Carpentersville businessman Jack Roeser, are looking to repair their pants, because that bite just came in the form of some "interesting" local radio commercials produced by Illinois GOP U.S. Senate candidate Andy Martin.

Click on the following to read the entire article:  Words can come back to haunt GOP :: The Courier News :: Town Talk

Friday, January 22, 2010

Freeport H.S. principal resigns: Thake to leave after eight years in position

Thake is also a former Belvidere High School Principal. 

whether I would like to continue working as a principal in another school district. I’m going to try to find out if I have some skills or talents that will permit me to work in a different career (and) I’m also going to investigate whether or not to retire,” he said.

Click on the following for more detailsFreeport H.S. principal resigns: Thake to leave after eight years in position - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard

Thursday, January 21, 2010

District 205 administrators spend nearly $2,000 on photos of themselves

spent $1,944.24 for the taking, framing and matting of photographs of the superintendent, her cabinet and Rockford Board of Education members. District 205 spent $769.46 on materials, while also paying $50 for a “rush fee,” according to the documentation supplied by District 205.

WREX TV report, Rockford school board members and District 205 administrators spent nearly $20,000 of taxpayer money on a weekend trip to Chicago to attend a seminar….WREX also showed the text of a letter sent by Rockford Board of Education Secretary Alice Saudargas to those who attended the conference. Saudargas’ letter indicated an urgent need for those who attended the conference to reimburse the district for their personal expenses, including spouses’ dinners, in-room movies and other charges because an FOIA request had been filed seeking information about the trip

Click on the following for more details:  District 205 administrators spend nearly $2,000 on photos of themselves | The Rock River Times

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Kishwaukee College offers ‘Our Place’ for spring semester

Our Place” during the spring semester, which began Jan. 11. Our Place is a program for young adults ages 16-21 who have dropped out of high school. Our Place is open 9-11:40 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in Kishwaukee College Room U-139.

basic math and reading classes, assistance in getting a GED, life skills, career assessment and planning and counseling services.

The program is free and has an open enrollment.

Click on the following for more detailsKC offers ‘Our Place’ for spring semester | Daily Chronicle

Maine Township Dist. 207 students, parents, teachers protest proposed cuts

Students were first to address the school board at Wednesday's public hearing since it was a school night with finals scheduled the next day.

Amid screams, whistles and thunderous claps akin to what one might hear at a pep rally, students spoke in support of keeping individual teachers and staff members targeted to be laid off at the end of the current school year from the three high schools - a total of 137 employees, including 75 teachers.

By 9 p.m., school board President Ed Mueller requested students who were lined up to speak to consolidate their comments that repeated the same message so students could get home before curfew and prepare for finals.

Click on the following for more details:   Daily Herald | Dist. 207 students, parents, teachers protest proposed cuts

Charleston Area voters decide if a school sales taxes will be authorized

Cole County (Charleston) residents will be voting to implement a sales taxes for their county’s schools.  Charleston Schools is promising to use their share of the money to lower property taxes. As of now the tax swap   would go toward paying for a multi-phase construction project that took place starting 10 years ago in Charleston.  This article from June gives an overview of how the sales tax might be used.

This vote on February 2  should be interesting –perhaps our local counties will be doing this soon.

 

The Charleston school board heard a presentation Wednesday on the Illinois County School Facility Tax. The school district could receive about $1.9 million a year from the tax, and saving the owner of a $100,000 home about $173 in property taxes would still leave the district with about $544,000.
“If there wasn’t property tax relief involved to some degree, we wouldn’t be having this discussion,” Superintendent Jim Littleford said.

Click on the following for more detailsG-TC.com > News > Charleston school board learns more about sales tax

Additional questions regarding the process are answered at:  http://www.charleston.k12.il.us/forms/Coles_County_Tax_Swap.pdf

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

District 100’s Freedom of Information Act Procedures as of 1-1-2010

The following is the proposed change in District 100 Board Policies.  In fact the district is complying with nearly all of these procedures inasmuch as it is a state law mandate. 

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School Board
Access To District's Public Records
Full access to the District’s public records is available to any person as provided in the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), this policy, and implementing procedures.
Freedom of Information Officer
The Superintendent shall serve as the District’s Freedom of Information Officer and is assigned all the duties and powers of that office as provided in FOIA and this policy. The Superintendent may delegate these duties and powers to one or more designees but the delegation shall not relieve the Superintendent of the responsibility for the action that was delegated. The Superintendent or designee(s) shall report any FOIA requests and the status of the District’s response to the Board at each regular Board meeting.
Definition
The District’s public records are defined as records, reports, forms, writings, letters, memoranda, books, papers, maps, photographs, microfilms, cards, tapes, recordings, electronic data processing records, electronic communications, recorded information and all other documentary materials pertaining to the transaction of public business, regardless of physical form or characteristics, having been prepared by or for, or having been or being used by, received by, in the possession of, or under the control of the School District.
Requesting Records
A request for inspection and/or copies of public records must be made in writing and may be submitted by personal delivery, mail, telefax, or email directed to the District’s Freedom of Information Officer. Individuals making a request are not required to state a reason for the request other than to identify when the request is for a commercial purpose or when requesting a fee waiver. All requests for inspection and copying shall immediately be forwarded to the District’s Freedom of Information Officer or designee.
Responding to Requests
The Freedom of Information Officer shall approve all requests for public records unless:
1.The requested material does not exist;
2.The requested material is exempt from inspection and copying by the Freedom of Information Act; or
3.Complying with the request would be unduly burdensome.
Within 5 business days after receipt of a request for access to a public record, the Freedom of Information Officer shall comply with or deny the request, unless the time for response is extended as specified in Section 3 of FOIA. The Freedom of Information Officer may extend the time for a response for up to 5 business days from the original due date. If an extension is needed, the Freedom of Information Officer shall: (1) notify the person making the request of the reason for the delay, and (2) either inform the person of the date on which a response will be made or agree with the person in writing on a compliance period.
When responding to a request for a record containing both exempt and non-exempt material, the Freedom of Information Officer shall redact exempt material from the record before complying with the request.
Copying Fees
Persons making a request for copies of public records must pay any applicable copying fee of 15 cents per page. The Freedom of Information Officer shall, as needed, recommend a copying fee schedule for the Board’s approval. Copying fees, except when fixed by statute, are reasonably
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calculated to reimburse the District’s actual cost for reproducing and certifying public records and for the use, by any person, of its equipment to copy records. No fees shall be charged for the first 50 pages of black and white, letter or legal sized copies. No fee shall be charged for electronic copies other than the actual cost of the recording medium.
Access
The inspection and copying of a public record that is the subject of an approved access request is permitted at the District’s administrative office during regular business hours, unless other arrangements are made by the Freedom of Information Officer.
Many public records are immediately available from the District’s website including, but not limited to, a description of the District and the methods for requesting a public record.
Preserving Public Records
Public records, including email messages, shall be preserved and cataloged if: (1) they are evidence of the District’s organization, function, policies, procedures, or activities, (2) they contain informational data appropriate for preservation, (3) their retention is required by State or federal law, or (4) they are subject to a retention request by the Board Attorney (e.g. a litigation hold), District auditor, or other individual authorized by the School Board or State or federal law to make such a request. Unless its retention is required as described in items numbered 3 or 4 above, a public record, as defined by the Illinois Local Records Act, may be destroyed when authorized by the Local Records Commission.
LEGAL REF.: 5 ILCS 140/, Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
105 ILCS 5/10-16.
820 ILCS 130/5.
CROSS

Insurer of Perry School no longer wishes to cover the 100 year old building

The following memo is included in the District 100 board packet for 1-19-2010:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/7ZMJQS/$file/PES+Indiana+Insurance+Memo+1-11-10.pdf

January 11, 2010
To: Board of Education
From: Greg Brown
RE: Perry Elementary School Insurance
Indiana Insurance, the District’s property and casualty insurer, has recently indicated that they may not be willing to insure Perry Elementary School as of July 1, 2010, due to the age of the facility (approximately 100 years old). We have been in contact with Indiana Insurance to see what, if any, steps could be taken by the District to ensure that continuous coverage of the facility is maintained and are awaiting a response.
Should Indiana choose to drop coverage on Perry, immediate options include:
1.Seeking a new property and casualty insurance carrier for the entire relationship
2.Seeking an insurer for Perry School, independent of other District buildings
3.Negotiating a set amount of coverage for Perry School with Indiana Insurance to limit their risk of loss and also provide some amount of insurance recovery to the District
4.Self insure the risk of loss for Perry School
We will keep the Board updated on future conversations with Indiana Insurance.

Memo To: Belvidere School Board Fr: Michael Houselog, Superintendent Re: Running Start Update

As measured by the 4 Point scale used at RVC, the 46 students finishing the first semester earned an average grade of
3.5‐4.0‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ 28 students
3.0‐3.49‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐13 students
2.5‐2.99‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐2 students
1.5‐1.99‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐2 students
We are very proud of the achievement of these students and look forward to the opportunity to share more data with
and Belvidere North High School students who started full time college in August in the Running Start Program house at Rock Valley College. In February Dr. Jack Becherer and I will present a more significant report to both the RVC Board and the Belvidere School Board.
students chose not to return to RVC to finish the semester. Instead he returned to his high school and is finishing his junior year of his school. The remaining 46 students finished the semester and those Grade Point Averages for those remaining students are quite exceptional. The two students with GPA below 2.0 have returned to their respective high schools for the second semester.
3.406 with 8 of those students earning a 4.0 GPA. The breakdown of grades is as follows

Monday, January 18, 2010

Opposition to Education Grant Program Emerges as Deadline

Race to the Top

Still, about 40 states were rushing to complete applications for the Tuesday deadline, the first in the two-stage competition. The last-minute opposition is unlikely to derail efforts by most of those states to win some of the federal money.

administration hasn’t spent a dollar yet, and they’ve already gotten a lot of states to make important legislative changes that are a positive for school reform….raised caps on the numbers of charter schools or expanded the pool of students eligible to attend them…..improved educator evaluation systems

Click on the following for more detailsOpposition to Education Grant Program Emerges as Deadline Looms - NYTimes.com

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Huntley’s District-158: Budget ‘bleak’

 

2011 budget also includes no new teacher hires at a cost savings of $648,000. Nonunion and support staff salaries – including administrators – will be frozen, saving $510,000. However, the school board still is subject to collective bargaining with its support staff union, Altmayer said.

About $2.8 million in cuts would come from keeping textbook purchases at their fiscal 2010 budget amounts and reducing bus purchases, service and material purchases, contracted custodial work, and miscellaneous building improvements.

Click on the following for more detailsNorthwest Herald | D-158: Budget ‘bleak’

8 local school districts apply for Race to the Top funding

 

339 of the state’s 870 public school districts are on the list of applicants, representing more than a million students, said Mary Fergus, Illinois State Board of Education spokeswoman.

If Illinois is named a winner, it should have about $500 million available, and at least $200 million of that would be proportionately distributed to participating districts

Superintendent Michael Houselog said his fellow Belvidere School District administrators are ready to work with the district’s teachers union on myriad changes that might be in store if Illinois receives the federal funding. New ways of conducting teacher evaluations are one such possible change.

Click on the following for more details:  8 local school districts apply for Race to the Top funding - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Kish College to ask for $58.5M referendum

 Unlike our community college, Rock Valley, Kish is giving the voters an opportunity to speak in a building referendum.

…a successful ballot initiative would not increase the debt tax rate residents pay to the college, because other debts are scheduled to be paid off during the next 18 months. Instead, the debt tax rate would remain at 15.5 cents per $100 of owned property.

Click on the following for more detailsKish College to ask for $58.5M referendum | Daily Chronicle

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Western Illinois University seeks to pay for own projects

 

Western Illinois University is asking lawmakers for permission to borrow $11.5 million to fix an aging campus power plant.

The Macomb-based school already established a student fee of $15 per academic hour to raise money for construction and repair work.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | WIU seeks to pay for own projects

'No good choices' for school cuts

 

The housing market collapse has killed local property taxes, which make up nearly 83 percent of the School District's budget.

"There are no good choices here," said Superintendent Don Schlomann, St Charles School District

'No good choices' for school cuts :: Beacon News :: Local News

Carpentersville’s D-300 recommends 2010-11 budget restrictions

 

lack of categorical payments from the state for things such as transportation, special education and English as a second language programs. The last time the district received a categorical payment was July 2009, district Chief Financial Officer Cheryl Crates said. If the state maintains the status quo, she said, the district could be facing a 50 percent reduction in funding in the coming year.

Click on the following for more details:  Northwest Herald | D-300 recommends 2010-11 budget restrictions

Monday, January 11, 2010

Rock Valley College offers vacant trusteeship to Edward Copeland

I along with 21 other citizens applied for the vacant RVC trusteeship.  As noted  by letter below, the position is being offered to Edward Copeland.   Rev. K. Edward Copeland’s short vita information is shown below:

Copeland (left) instructs associate Minister Titus

Rev. K. Edward Copeland is a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who has been blessed with many talents and skills. He is a musician, composer, preacher, and attorney. He is most widely known for his unique gift to teach the Bible with supernatural clarity and simplicity. He has a passion for helping ministers develop to their maximum potential.

Rev. K. Edward Copeland earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California and a Masters of Divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California. He has taught for the National Baptist Convention of America, USA Inc. as well as district associations, conventions, and conferences throughout the nation and across denominational lines. He is a gifted trainer in the areas of evangelism, discipleship, youth ministry, sacred music, and men's discipleship.

He currently serves as pastor of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois where he lives with his beautiful wife Starla and their three children William Jibri ("God's hero"), Abeni ("We prayed for her arrival"), and Titus Omari ("Pleasant/New Beginning").

Click on the following to enlarge my notification letter from RVC.

RVC Rejection letter

Friday, January 8, 2010

McHenry County College interim VP stepping down from school

 

MCC paid Zeller $11,750 a month for his contracted services.

He marks the third top-level administrator to cite family reasons for an exit.

Last fall, former interim President Larry Tyree said personal and family matters that emerged required his immediate return to his home state of Florida. He declined to detail the issues and denied he was leaving to seek employment in Florida.

As well, former President Walter Packard last year said his wife's chronic illness forced him to seek a less-demanding job at the school in the form of president emeritus

Daily Herald | MCC interim VP stepping down from school

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Keep public meetings open

 Opinion of Northwest Herald: 

Residents of the district [Prairie Grove District #46]have a right to know what qualifications school board members are looking for in a new superintendent, and taxpayers certainly have a right to know how much of their money is going to be set aside to pay a new superintendent. They also have a right to hear any discussion that leads to these decisions

Northwest Herald | Keep public meetings open

Consulting firm to help improve test scores, prep students for college

District 205 spends ARRA funds on consultants. 

School District 205 signed a contract totaling nearly $5.1 million with the educational consulting firm Evans Newton Inc. (ENI)…ENI is an educational consulting firm that specializes in prepackaged software services and educational support services. The company produces an estimated $10 million to $20 million in annual sales, while generating $5.4 million in annual revenue…..contract with ENI was paid for solely through the use of funds allocated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Click on the following for more details:    Consulting firm to help improve test scores, prep students for college | The Rock River Times

District100.net - Belvidere Community School District

 

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Budget Woes Forces U of I to Start Furlough Plan

 

Faculty and academic professional staff will take four furlough days between Feb. 16 and May 16. Ikenberry says he, university chancellors and other senior administrators will take 10 furlough days between February and June.

Employees who make $30,000 or less are among the exceptions t

Budget Woes Forces U of I to Start Furlough Plan

Monday, January 4, 2010

Opinion: Obama’s Race to the Top competition won’t fix public schools

Interesting article from the Opinion section of the Christian Science Monitor indicating that charter schools and tying teacher pay to student performance don’t work.

Margaret Raymond of Stanford University released the results of her study of charter schools in 15 states and the District of Columbia. She found that 37 percent of charter schools posted worse standardized test scores than comparable traditional schools, 46 percent did about the same, and only 17 percent were superior….according to the data, regular public school students have almost always out performed charter schools.

Raymond study is the largest study of charter schools so far, it offers hard data to help taxpayers judge the merits of expanding the movement.

Performance pay for teachers has not fared any better…May 2009, the Texas Educator Excellence Grant was quietly retired after getting lackluster results, even though payments to teachers were based overwhelmingly on the test scores of their students.

 

Click on the following for more details:  Obama’s Race to the Top competition won’t fix public schools / The Christian Science Monitor - CSMonitor.com

Students make grade at Hampshire school

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Hampshire.

He does attribute success to smaller class sizes, which allow for individualized attention for the students, and a large percentage of parents who place a high priority on "melding the school experience," and that excellence becomes contagious.

"Success breeds success.

Students make grade at Hampshire school :: The Courier News :: Local News

School bills are due, but state won't pay

the state again missed its categorical and grant payments to all 871 Illinois school districts.

But the same state that's no longer paying for these programs legally requires them.

Neubauer, who has worked in Illinois school finance for more than a decade, said it has never been this bad.   "No. Absolutely not. Not even close," he said.

While the categorical and grant money has stopped, the general state aid is still going. By and large, the richer a district, the less of its budget comes from general state aid.

Click on the following for more detailsSchool bills are due, but state won't pay :: Beacon News :: Local News

McHenry County Area schools finalizing $18.5M in spending

Locally, the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awarded about $18.46 million to 19 school districts to save and create jobs and improve education for economically disadvantaged youth and students with disabilities.

Read more to learn how exactly the funds where spent in individual districtsNorthwest Herald | Area schools finalizing $18.5M in spending

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Marengo-Union D-165 readies for vote on property tax rate increase

request a 15½-cent increase to the local property tax rate. The rate change would increase the debt-service extension base by about $500,000, allowing the elementary district to sell bonds and borrow about $5.9 million under a 20-year loan term.

$43 more each year for a $100,000 home; $95 more each year for a $200,000 home; $148 more each year for a $300,000 home.

the district would bring back 10 of 18 teaching positions that were eliminated over the past three years. Class sizes would, in turn, decrease from more than 30 to 25.

Northwest Herald | D-165 readies for vote on property tax rate increase

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Illinois Representative Farnham holding draft-a-bill contest for students

Farnham's Draft-a-Bill Contest gives local middle school students the opportunity to think critically and learn about the legislative process. Each student or group of students must submit their ideas for a bill, a clear statement of the legislative idea, background facts and data, and at least three supporting statements.

The bill must concern one of the following categories: education, health care, environment and renewable energy, economic development, veterans' affairs, or public safety.

Click on the following for more details:  Farnham holding draft-a-bill contest for students :: The Courier News :: Local News

Dundee-Crown High school mulls wind turbine

the Carpentersville project would serve mainly an educational purpose. The turbine would feed into an electrical panel controlled by students, allowing them to switch between different energy sources and measure their output and efficiency, Linden said.

generate about 200 kilowatts of energy per month and cost about $15,000. Linden hopes to fund the project entirely through grants.

Daily Herald | Dundee-Crown High school mulls wind turbine