Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Eckmann accepts BNHS principal position

 

Marc Eckmann, director of education services for the Clinton School District, will be leaving Clinton, Wis. at the end of the school year for Belvidere North High School,

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere

Crystal Lake D-47 OKs deal with teachers

Salaries will stay flat for the first year of the contract. For the following two years, raises will be equal to half of the consumer price index, which is used to measure inflation. The CPI for the second year of the contract is 1.35 percent. The CPI for the final year will set at the end of 2010.

the tuition reimbursement for teachers was cut in half from about $212 a credit hour to about $106

Last week,.. the board approved a non-binding resolution to, if possible, avoid teacher and program cuts for the next three years. …. the contract was crafted using interest-based bargaining where each side was encouraged to think about the needs and goals of the other. … the goal of the contract was to maintain the quality of the district not only for the next three years, but for decades to come.

Click on the following for more details:  Northwest Herald | D-47 OKs deal with teachers

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New state laws kick in Thursday

[public schools] no longer be allowed to transport students to extra-curricular events using large, 15-passenger vans.

a new law would prohibit cities and towns from telling people when they can and can't display political signs in their yards.

Some places have restrictions on what weeks during a year the signs could be displayed. The state will take away that right Thursday, though locals can still put reasonable size restrictions on political yard signs.

New state laws kick in Thursday

Chicago Public Schools suffers blow to teacher retention program - chicagotribune.com

 

A large percentage of teachers in the Chicago school system — as high as 39 percent, by one study — leave after their first year, frustrated by difficult conditions, lack of resources and perceived indifference from higher-ups

CPS suffers blow to teacher retention program - chicagotribune.com

U of I plans home weatherization center - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register

University of Illinois plans to use nearly $1 million in federal stimulus money on a center to train people to improve the energy efficiency of low-income residents' homes.

U of I plans home weatherization center - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register

Elgin U46 names 4 new principals, :: The Courier News :: Local News

Jennifer Tallitsch will be the principal for Hillcrest Elementary School, 80 N. Airlite St., Elgin. Tallitsch currently is the assistant principal at Washington Elementary School in Belvidere School District 100. Prior to that, Tallitsch was a teacher in U46 at both elementary and middle schools. She received both her bachelor's degree and master's degree from Northern Illinois University.

U46 names 4 new principals, :: The Courier News :: Local News

D300 cuts extracurricular budget :: The Courier News :: Local News

 

CARPENTERSVILLE – The Community Unit School District 300 Board of Education voted Monday to cut $35,000 from the district's $1.7 million budget for extra- and co-curricular clubs, athletics and performing arts programs.

Most notably, changes to make that figure will put a minimum requirement of 20 students per group to start or maintain an extracurricular activity at a District 300 school.

Click on the following for more details:  D300 cuts extracurricular budget :: The Courier News :: Local News

Aquatics study on tap for Belvidere Township meeting - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Could this be the joint District 100-Park District project to build a swimming pool at Belvidere North High School?  No—it is just an expansion of the outdoor Grady Pool, in Belvidere.

Discussion of the 2004 Burbach Aquatic Center Study and the Illinois Park and Recreation Facility Construction Grant program are on the agenda of the Belvidere Township Park District Board of Commissioners.

The special meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 29, in the meeting room of the Baltic Mill Annex, 920 W. Lincoln Ave

Aquatics study on tap for Belvidere Township meeting - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Illinois Issues blog: K-12 to take almost $300 million in cuts

Illinois State Board of Education approved almost $300 million in cuts to K-12 education today.
The board had anticipated a $480 million shortfall from last year’s budget, based on the budget approved by the General Assembly. But Gov. Pat Quinn did allocate $194 million to bilingual and early childhood education, which the board had listed among its proposed cuts.

budget will maintain the foundation spending level at $6,119 per student

budget zeros out funding for more than a dozen programs, including: arts and foreign language, agricultural education, advanced placement classes, alternative schools for at-risk kids and school breakfast.

 

Click on the following for more details:

Illinois Issues blog: K-12 to take almost $300 million in cuts

Friday, June 25, 2010

District #100 Considers Bond Refunding

The following story is taken from the Boone County Journal available free across the county and on the internet at:  District #100 Considers Bond Refunding

District #100 Considers Bond Refunding

By James Middleton
Since January, administrators at Belvidere School
District #100 have been concerned with rising deficits and
seeking means to resolve that problem. The District #100
director of business services, Greg Brown, has estimated
that the deficit for this year could amount to $4 million, with
another $5 million projected for the next fiscal year.
Part of the problem with deficits is attributable to the
refusal by the State of Illinois to pay the district foundation
funding and transportation reimbursements. Even grants are
being delayed. Mr. Brown reports that Illinois owes District
#100 as much as $4 million but, even with a new state
budget passed, no one knows if, when, or to what extent the
state will fund public education in their new fiscal year.
In response to these financial concerns, members of the
Board of Education asked Mr. Brown to evaluate whether
savings could be realized if current bonds issued by the
district could be refunded to reduce costs. District #100
Superintendent Michael Houselog introduced Mr. Brown’s
report in their Monday meeting, “Greg has been looking into
this, at the request of board members, with William Blair &
Associates to evaluate scenarios to refund our bonds.”
Prior to the meeting Mr. Brown had prepared a fivepage
document titled “Additional Information on Bond
Refinancing Scenarios.” The opening page detailed
information about each of three refunding scenarios and the
remaining pages provided charts of numbers that identified
the potential costs with each method.
“The tax spreadsheets that follow,” Mr. Brown said,
“show current debt services along with the schedules.” He
went on to say, “Every scenario had different variables but
nothing we evaluated really improved the situation.”
The written material detailed each of three options and
the result of each after evaluation by Blair & Associates.
Mr. Brown was asked what the cost was for the Blair group

to help. He said there was no cost to the district.
The page details that “Option 1 is a very large refunding
of a portion of the Series 2005A and 2005B bonds where the
annual bond and interest rate is held to $ .90 in future years.”
The document continued that the first option “[i]ncreases
future debt service payments by $17,112,071 for the period
analyzed.” The analysis concludes that future debt service
payments would be $354,099, versus the current payments
of $328,385. The obvious result is this option is more
expensive than the current situation.
The second option was described as “a smaller refunding
of the 2005A and 2005B bonds coupled with a cash
abatement of $5 million of bond and interest payments in
future years from cash on hand.” Further description of
the option added, “Option 2 increases future debt service
payments by $6,829,407 for the period analyzed.” The
report also said that future debt service payments total
$374,187, as opposed to the current payments of $328,385.
Again, this second option would cost the district more than
to sustain the current schedule.
The third option tried to avoid additional needs for
credit to refund the bonds. The document read, “This
option includes the cash abatement of $5 million of bond
and interest payments in future years from cash on hand
and holds the bond and interest tax rate to $1.00 in future
years.”
Further explanation of Option 3 includes, “[i]ncreases
future debt service payments by $4,447,593 for the period
analyzed.” The explanation continues that debt service
payments of $358,755 would need to occur when compared
to current payments at $328,385. Again, the third option
costs the district more in debt service than what is now in
place.

Mr. Brown concluded in the document, “All three
refunding options would be more expensive to local
taxpayers over the next three years (and) then level off.” He
also wrote, “The bond schedule would have to be extended
an additional three years to keep bond tax rates below
$1.00.”
Mr. Brown added a cautionary note. “There is volatility
and a high level of uncertainty in part due to Senate Bill
3334.” This measure was passed by the General Assembly
in May and remains on the desk of Illinois Governor Pat
Quinn, unsigned.
The measure would provide, if the Governor signs the
bill into law, that local assessors could use the reduced
value of foreclosed and short-sale properties as part of their
assessment. Property owners seeking to challenge their
assessments before the local board of review could also use
foreclosed and short-sale properties to justify a reduction in
their annual assessment.
“Pat Elder (Boone County supervisor of assessments)
said,” Mr. Brown reported, “this could drop property values
(and assessments) in Boone County by 20 percent.” He
also indicated that the district needs to find some guidance
to assess the impact of SB 3334 before the district moves
with a project as large and as expensive as a bond refunding
effort.
Mr. Brown’s written report also indicated, due to SB
3334, “The EAV (Equalized Assessed Valuation) of Boone
County could be very volatile over the next several years as
a result of this legislation and the tax rate detailed above,
(i.e., $ .90 to $1.00) could likely be substantially different
than those amounts. This is yet another factor to consider
in evaluating any refunding scenario.”
The board members remained silent as this information
was delivered. Board member Doug Smiley had broached
the question of a potential school bond refunding effort and
had moved Mr. Brown to engage in the analysis.
No action was taken or even proposed by the board.
Instead, what Mr. Brown delivered was designed for
information purposes only and for potential future
consideration. The deficit status at the district remains
unchanged as foundation funding, transportation
reimbursements, grants and other scheduled payments
from the state remain lagging far behind what had been
anticipated. Thus far, no one knows when or if the state
will take steps to alter or resolve their refusal to pay public
school districts across the state.

Higher summer school turnout hoped for in Belvidere - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

despite fees being cut in half in May to $100 per summer session.
The idea was to bring in more high school and middle school students to make up failed coursework.

Julia Norem believes the district could have done a better job at reaching parents to get more kids in the classrooms during the summer break.
“Parents need to really be on top of these things and make sure their children are completing their work,” she said. “It’s extremely important at all levels.”
The district will be making automated calls to families of high school students about the second session of classes. Summer makeup for middle schoolers has ended.

 

There were about 1,000 F’s between Belvidere’s two high schools, and some students had more than one.

Click on the following for more details:  Higher summer school turnout hoped for in Belvidere - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Thursday, June 24, 2010

How many Belvidere Administrators get the Big retirement dollars?

Below is the only District 100 retiree on the top 704 Teachers Retirement Systems  recipients.

Rank    Yrly        Monthly

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Pensions for 131 school retirees top $150,000 each annually

 

Conyers, 64, retired from Palatine Township Elementary District 15 in 2003, and according to public records, built a $690,000, 3,800-square foot home in Seabrook Island the following year.  He got $217,482 last year as a pension from the state of Illinois,

 

TRS a list of the 700 elementary and secondary school educators in Illinois who got the largest pensions in 2009. All but a handful are administrators.

 

Catalani stands to be paid $9 million in retirement funds from the state of Illinois - compared to the $327,135 he and the school district contributed on his behalf, TRS data showed.Like many educators, Catalani is still working even though he is getting a pension.He is superintendent for a school district in Scottsdale, Ariz., where published accounts state he makes $205,000 - but District 200 [Wheaton-Warrenville] still pays for his health insurance.

Teachers' Retirement System, the state's largest pension system based in Springfield and Lisle, points out that less than 2 percent of its retirees made $100,000 or more in 2009, and that more than 60 percent collected less than $50,000 for the year.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | Pensions for 131 school retirees top $150,000 each annually

Dist. 204 union: Principal raises could have gone to keep teachers

 

Indian Prairie Unit District 204 serves Aurora, Naperville, Bolingbrook, & Plainfield, IL.

administrators' raises almost weren't aired in public during Monday's night's school board meeting. The raises were on the so-called consent agenda…2,170-member teachers union accepted a two-year contract that includes a total freeze on salaries, step increases and lane changes.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | Dist. 204 union: Principal raises could have gone to keep teachers

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Despite budget cuts, some school officials expect car allowances

Daily Herald survey of 69 suburban school districts turned up 30 that reported providing car allowances to one or more administrative employees. The remaining 39 responded that they compensate for business travel by the miles driven or not at all.

The allowances for top-ranking district officials averaged $6,274 this year per district - and ranged from $1,800 in Gurnee-based Woodland Elementary District 50 up to $12,000 in Harper and West Aurora Unit District 129.

 

SkulDriving 

Click on the following for more details:  http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=389541&src=5

State weighs national standards for math, reading - Chicago Breaking News

 

Illinois would be among the first states to adopt the common set of skills in math and language arts that would replace a patchwork of standards across the states and better enable national comparisons.

Other states are hustling to vote on the standards. Maryland backed the academic standards Tuesday, following Wisconsin, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, West Virginia and Hawaii.

If approved in Illinois, state officials would recruit teachers and work with national experts to compare the existing and proposed standards to see where changes would need to occur

State weighs national standards for math, reading - Chicago Breaking News

Director of Special Education - Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 - Belvidere, IL | Indeed.com

Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 - Belvidere, IL
See original job posting at k12jobspot.com »

From k12jobspot.com - 6 days ago

Description:
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Salary to comensurate with experience.
Qualifications:
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Application Procedure:
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Director of Special Education - Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 - Belvidere, IL | Indeed.com

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

College Inc. - For-profits: two new rules that really matter

 

Obama administration on Tuesday proposed 14 new rules to curb abuses in the for-profit sector of higher education. Most of the debate, though, has focused on two.

barring the industry from compensating recruiters on the basis of how many students they bring in.

require vocational programs to yield "gainful employment," as measured by the ratio of salary to loan debt among graduates. This rule would cut federal aid to for-profit schools if graduates spent more than 8 percent of their starting salaries on loan payments.

Click on the following for more details:  College Inc. - For-profits: two new rules that really matter

Belvidere board member resigns for district job - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

I really wonder if Mr. Stenerson is  going to be the head of  technology in school year 2011-12.  This position was held by Ben Commare for school year 2009-2010. Ben is becoming the principal of South Middle School.  Ben is the son of Art Commare, District 100’s  Director of Buildings and Grounds.

Former board member James Metz has enjoyed large salaries from District 100 as an administrator. Mr. Metz is now retired from full time employment with the district. The Rockford Register Star’s print version indicates Mr. Metz will be receiving “board paid” family medical benefits for 2010-2011 for his duties as District 100 Treasurer.  Tax attorneys out there, is all of this taxable income to Mr. Metz?

Stenerson retires Thursday from Hamilton Sundstrand, trading in his days as a software engineer to work as a computer lab assistant at Caledonia Elementary School. The work will be full time for nine months and give him summers off with his wife, a speech pathologist in the district.

It will have to be filled with someone from Caledonia Township, which is where Ted Stenerson is from.” The person would then serve on the board until the next election.

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere board member resigns for district job - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Belvidere Community Unit School District 100

The following is taken from the District’s website:  http://www.district100.com/index.htm

Board accepts resignation of long-standing member
Posted June 22, 2010

Last night the Board of Education accepted the resignation of one of its own.  Long-standing member Ted Stenerson stepped down in order to accept a position in the district. 

Since 1995 Ted has advocated for the students and taxpayers through his work on the board.  He was a constant force that helped make technology a priority and part of the every day curriculum.  He negotiated union contracts, worked on numerous referenda, witnessed the opening of new schools, and always remained focused on what was best for the students in the district.

Ted has accepted the position of computer lab assistant at Caledonia Elementary School beginning this fall.

Related article:
http://www.rrstar.com/news/yourtown/boone/x383297639/Belvidere-board-member-resigns-for-district-job

Monday, June 21, 2010

District 100 may reduce Drug Testing

The following is taken from this month’s District 100 Meeting Packet of proposed cuts.  What is extremely interesting is that I thought drug testing was for all extra-curricular activities not just athletics.

Reduce or eliminate student athlete drug testing
4/19/10 – Have looked at other alternatives including reducing the frequency of testing and potentially working with a local organization to administer the program
6/21/10 – Would like direction from the Board on this item – will need to make a commitment on FY 11 testing soon
Approximately savings:  $30,000

See page 14 of 15 at:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/869KNE/$file/Cost+Saving+Ideas+FY11+6-21-10.pdf

Thursday, June 17, 2010

U of I nixes plan for $100,000 Ikenberry sculpture - chicagotribune.com

 

The University of Illinois has nixed plans for a nearly $100,000 sculpture of President Stanley Ikenberry after the Tribune asked questions about the work.

The sculpture, which was to hang in the dining hall in the new Ikenberry Commons opening this fall, was to be paid for with student housing fees.

Click on the following for more details:  U of I nixes plan for $100,000 Ikenberry sculpture - chicagotribune.com

Alternative schools for 2 suburban districts not OKd by state - Chicago Breaking News

 

private Countryside school, Ombudsman Plus, which serves high-school-age children with disabilities as wide-ranging as autism, mental illness and destructive behavior.

The Ombudsman Plus school in Waukegan, run by the same company, also isn't approved by the state, the Tribune found.

 

State Board of Education said they will examine whether two suburban school districts that contracted with the company -- Lyons Township High School District 204 and Waukegan School District 60 -- violated state law by placing special-education students at the private schools.

Alternative schools for 2 suburban districts not OKd by state - Chicago Breaking News

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

District 100 Administrators’ salaries now available on the internet.

Thanks to a new state disclosure act the public finally knows the complete benefit package that administrators receive.  Take a look for yourself—here is what the Superintendent receives.

Houselog Michael Superintendent: School Year 2009-2010 Salary171,007 Bonus10,700 - - TRS  18,853 TRS Health 2,948 TRS Early Retirement1,163 Medical 2,908 – Dental and Health Insurance13,689 Health Flex350 Life Insurance275Auto 2460 Continuing Education 9200  Travel Expense 1150  Grand Total: $234,703

 

Click on the following for the complete list of Administrators’ salaries:  http://www.district100.com/pdfs/09-10_Administrator_Salary_Compensation_Report.pdf

District 100 teachers’ salaries now available on line

Teachers
House Bill 2235 also requires public school districts to post a salary compensation report for all teachers employed by the district. This information must be made available to the public beginning July 1, 2010.

To view how much each individual made last year go to:  http://www.district100.com/pdfs/09-10_Teacher_Salary_Compensation_Report.pdf

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Statistic on RVC/Belvidere D100 Running Start

Rock Valley College –
Belvidere School District
Running Start Program
Fall 2009 Semester Outcomes

47 District 100 [Juniors] students enrolled as full-time Rock Valley College students, matching their High School Diploma requirements with coursework needed to complete an Associate of Arts Degree at Rock Valley College.

Fall 2009

The majority of our Running Start students took 18 hours of coursework.

One student withdrew at midterm and returned to a Belvidere High School.

Two students finished the Fall Semester with a GPA less than 2.0. They returned to the High School for Spring Semester.

The Running Start student cohort mean GPA was 3.46.

As a cohort, 806 credits were attempted (mean of 17.48) and 789 credits were completed (98%).

42 students (89%) achieved a GPA at or above 3.0.

44 students (94%) returned to RVC for the
Spring Semester.

Eight Running Start students (17%) earned a place on the President’s List (4.0 GPA).

26 Running Start students (55%) earned a place on the Dean’s List (3.25-3.99 GPA).

Fall 2009 Running Start Statistics:

NOTE: Counts and percentages are duplicated because students may fall into multiple categories.

Our outstanding Running Start results can be
attributed to:

– Extraordinary, well-prepared, dedicated students

– Deep parental commitment and engagement to their
child’s success

– Dedicated professional support, from District 100 and
Rock Valley College

– Close connections between students and professional
staff throughout the semester
• Monthly breakfast with Vice Principal, Todd Martens
• Electronic conference @ RVC on EdNet
• Mid-term review for each student
• Quick action to resolve problems

Looking forward

– 44 Running Start students have enrolled for the Spring
Semester 2009.

– 54 Sophomores from Belvidere High Schools have
been accepted into Running Start for Fall 2010. (This
is the same number accepted for the 2009 class.)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Daily Herald | District 93 teachers to get raises after temporary pay freeze

 

Teachers in Carol Stream Elementary District 93 will receive roughly 5 1/2 percent pay increases spread over the next three years as part of a new contract ratified by the school board

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | District 93 teachers to get raises after temporary pay freeze

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Instructional coaches preparing for new role at DeKalb High School | Daily Chronicle

The reason that the school had to develop a 12-category restructuring plan – for which the instructional coaches element is a piece of – was to meet federal requirements …

As a formal requirement of schools that do not meet Adequate Yearly Progress for five consecutive years, the Illinois State Board of Education must approve a restructuring plan.

 

[instructional coaches]will act as mentors and provide direct feedback to classroom teachers to improve curriculum delivery. Their time will be spent observing in classrooms, meeting with teachers individually or in groups, and delving into research to continue to find new strategies.
…. they won’t be evaluating individual teachers

Instructional coaches preparing for new role at DeKalb High School | Daily Chronicle

Carpentersville D300 unions split on pay concessions :: The Courier News :: Local News

 

Community Unit School District 300's board will vote Monday on a three-year contract for secretaries, custodians and central office support staff that calls for a 4.1 percent decrease in pay and benefits, concessions that District 300 teachers earlier this week rejected

Instead, teachers will receive salary increases for advanced coursework; continue to receive "step" increases; and will receive "overload pay" on top of their normal salaries due to larger class sizes.

Click on the following for more details:  D300 unions split on pay concessions :: The Courier News :: Local News

Daily Herald | Dist. 116 officials: Taxing district could hurt Round Lake schools

 

About $32 million or roughly 6 percent of District 116's assessed valuation is in the area where Round Lake Beach's TIF would be created, officials said. District 116 Chief Executive Officer Ben Martindale said the school system would be the local taxing agency most affected by Round Lake Beach's plan.

Under a TIF district, a municipality withholds from other local governmental units the extra property tax money from rising land values and pays for upgrades in that special zone. Schools, libraries and park districts are typically affected….The village does not need approval from District 116 or other taxing bodies to create the TIF.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | Dist. 116 officials: Taxing district could hurt Round Lake schools

Nonfaculty pay, tuition increases at Rock Valley - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

Nonfaculty employees at Rock Valley College will receive up to a 4.5 percent pay hike July 1

Members of the faculty union are about to begin the final year of a three-year-contract that included a 4.3 percent raise for 2008-09, a 4.6 percent raise for 2009-10, and a 4.75 raise for 2010-11.

Click on the following to read the rest of the story:  Nonfaculty pay, tuition increases at Rock Valley - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Sweeny Report » RVC raises are not warranted. All government employees’ wages should be frozen.

Very strong words from the Rockford Register Star. 

tax-supported institutions routinely hand out more money to employees who believe arrogantly that they deserve raises just for showing up.

Read the entire piece by clicking on the followingSweeny Report » RVC raises are not warranted. All government employees’ wages should be frozen.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Northwest Herald | University grad fees often exceed actual costs

State contracts reviewed by the Daily Herald reveal that Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Springfield and Western Illinois University all charged students this year for graduation apparel at inflated costs. Revenue margins varied from roughly $6 to $50, depending on the university attended and degree received. With thousands of students going through commencements, that can add up to substantial amounts for the schools.

The Gates of Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University, for example, undergraduate students completing their degree paid $29 for cap and gown rentals through the university, which holds a contract with the Oak Hall Cap and Gown Company of Salem, Va. The unit cost to the university of renting that apparel, however, was about $11.75, thus generating a $17.25 profit

Click on the following for more details:  Northwest Herald | University grad fees often exceed actual costs

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Daily Herald | Itasca teachers accept one-year pay freeze

 

Although their contracts do not expire for two years, leaders of the Education Association of Itasca approached the District 10 school board to ask how they could help with the district's financial crunch. Ultimately, they agreed to forego a scheduled 4.9 percent raise.

Click on the following for more details:    Daily Herald | Itasca teachers accept one-year pay freeze

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer school relocated from Cortland Elementary | Daily Chronicle

The Waste Management facility is what will pay part of the DeKalb County Court expansion. 

Administrators made the decision to change locations following an environmental study indicating “detectable amounts” of hydrogen sulfide in the air inside and outside of Cortland Elementary.

No methane was found, but H2S levels found at two locations within the school were right around the threshold of safe levels set by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The level detected outside was 10 times higher than those inside.

Summer school relocated from Cortland Elementary | Daily Chronicle

U46 to spend $1.6 million in jobless pay :: The Courier News :: Local News

Using average teacher salaries is probably  poor analysis —year two or three at a BA level makes more sense to me. 

On average, U46 [Elgin] teachers make about $69,000, according to 2009 state report cards. So U46, while having to pay more than $1 [$1.6] million in unemployment compensation to the 519 teachers who remain laid off, will save an estimated $35.8 million in salaries next school year.

On average, District 300 [Carpentersville] teachers make about $58,000, according to district data. So District 300, while having to pay $1 million in unemployment compensation to the 129 teachers who remain laid off, will save an estimated $7.5 million in salaries next school year

Click on the following for more details:  U46 to spend $1.6 million in jobless pay :: The Courier News :: Local News

Monday, June 7, 2010

Elgin U46 to spend $1.6 million in Jobless Pay

Using average teacher salaries is probably poor analysis —year two or three at a BA level makes more sense to me.

On average, U46 [Elgin] teachers make about $69,000, according to 2009 state report cards. So U46, while having to pay more than $1 [$1.6] million in unemployment compensation to the 519 teachers who remain laid off, will save an estimated $35.8 million in salaries next school year.

On average, District 300 [Carpentersville] teachers make about $58,000, according to district data. So District 300, while having to pay $1 million in unemployment compensation to the 129 teachers who remain laid off, will save an estimated $7.5 million in salaries next school year

Click on the following for more details: U46 to spend $1.6 million in jobless pay :: The Courier News :: Local News

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Are taxpayers ready to let College of DuPage take on more debt?

Rock Valley College recently did the same but did not need to seek voter approval.

The question may be whether to extend its existing debt for another 20 to 25 years, or allow its debt to expire - and, accordingly, its tax rate to drop…The college is close to paying off debt from past projects and would need voter support to extend the current tax rate to raise $168 million for the potential projects

Daily Herald | Are taxpayers ready to let College of DuPage take on more debt?

Elgin U46 to hire accounting firm to handle finances

Chicago-based accounting firm of Baker Tilly. Ally said that Tim Cole, a partner at the firm, would be the "acting CFO" and the district would pay him a fee of $200 an hour, which is a $65 discount from his usual rate.

would perform duties ranging from reviewing monthly board financial reports to initiating solutions to fiscal problems.

district would rather wait for the "right person and the right structure" before hiring a full-time chief financial officer.

U46 to hire accounting firm to handle finances :: The Courier News :: Local News