Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hinsdale school documents: Suit seeks access to documents by Hinsdale High School District 86 board member

District 86 has repeatedly denied board member Dianne Barrett access to district documents relevant to special education operations. It names District 86 Superintendent Nicholas Wahl and board president Dennis Brennan.

Members of governing bodies are essentially entitled to access anything they need to execute their duties effectively

Click on the following for more details:   Hinsdale school documents: Suit seeks access to documents by Hinsdale High School District 86 board member - chicagotribune.com

Rock River Valley [Belvidere] residents voice racism concerns

The issues of racism and immigration are intertwined,” said Ana Recendiz, president of ALERTA

Rock River Valley residents voice racism concerns - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Harlem School Board, teachers union agree to 3-year contract

Teachers agreed to freeze their base salaries for the next two years.

changes to medical insurance deductibles and benefits, as well as employee contributions to medical insurance premiums and several changes to class-related working conditions, officials said.
Other contract details were not disclosed Friday

Click on the following for more details:  Harlem School Board, teachers union agree to 3-year contract - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Rock Valley College board approves raise for president

 

Rock Valley College President Jack Becherer is earning 3 percent more this year over last after the Board of Trustees approved his raise to $179,071 on Tuesday.

But it’s the wrong time for a raise in this economy,said trustee Ted Biondo, echoing similar statements he made in May when he argued against wage increases for the members of two unions.  Board Chairwoman Kathy Kelley agreed with Biondo

Click on the following for more details:  Rock Valley College board approves raise for president - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Below is the actual resolution:

Rock Valley College AR #265
July 27, 2010
RESOLUTION REGARDING PRESIDENT’S CONTRACT
Whereas, Board of Trustees of Community College District No. 511, Winnebago,Boone, DeKalb, McHenry, Stephenson and Ogle Counties, Illinois (Rock Valley College),has considered the contract of President Jack Becherer and the need for making any
amendments thereto; and WHEREAS, the Board has made the decision to amend the contract.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of Community College District No. 511, that:
1. That the contract of President Jack Becherer be amended by
increasing his annual salary by 3.0 percent, the salary will go from $173,855.00 to $179,071.00.
2. That said increase be effective July 1, 2010.
3. That all of the other provisions in the present Employment
Agreement remain unchanged.
4. That the Board attorney is hereby authorized and directed to prepare an amendment to the President’s contract in accordance with the above.
Dated this 27th day of July, 2010
__________________________________________
Chairperson of the Board
Community College District No. 511
ATTEST:
___________________________________
Secretary of the Board
Community College District No. 511

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Moline seeks TIF pact with school - Quad Cities Online

This article tells a great many things regarding the relationship between local government and school districts.  It “can” be a very different give and take relationship than we have here in Boone County.  Note how Moline inspects school building projects that does not happen in Boone County. 

city paying the school in various ways in return for the district's support for increasing the life of the Moline Place Tax Increment Financing District by 12 years.

Provide free construction inspection services for the renovations at John Deere Middle School and Wilson Middle School in 2010 and 2011 until renovations are complete

Click on the following for more details:  Moline seeks TIF pact with school - Quad Cities Online

Illinois one of 19 finalists for federal school money

19 finalists seeking a cut of the approximately $3.4 billion in "Race to the Top" grants. The state asked for $400 million.

Click on the following for the rest of the story:  Pantagraph.com | News from Associated Press

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Dist. #100 Test Scores Decline

The article which follows is from the Boone County Journal which is available free at local merchants or maybe viewed at:  http://boonecountyjournal.com/news/2010/Boone-County-News-07-23-10.pdf#page=1  I added the bold type to the article.

Above the article are photocopies of the test summaries which were presented to the Board of Education at their meeting on 7-19-2010.  For last school year (SY10), 77.5% was the minimium score for No Child Left Behind.

Click on the photocopies to enlarge:

Elementary Schools

ISAT--Elem Sch

Middle and High Schools

ISAT--HS MS

Dist. #100
Test Scores Decline
By James Middleton

Some members of the Belvidere School District #100
Board of Education groped for words when they saw a
“preliminary” report of student test scores from last spring.
Others, such as board member Julia Norem responded
to her concern over how low the scores had dropped by
saying, “This is why we’re on the board and this is what we
do. We must work together to improve this.”
Every spring selected classes of students from public
school districts across the nation sit for standardized
examinations as proscribed by the states and established
under the federal law, “No Child Left Behind.” This law
was enacted in 2001 and established that annual tests be
given to public school students with an expectation of
success being proscribed under the law for improvement
levels called “Average Yearly Performance (AYP).”
This AYP calculation is determined by the percentage of
students that sit for the test who equal or surpass state test
averages. In the 2010 series of tests, 77.5 percent of the
students were expected to meet or exceed state averages in
mathematics and reading comprehension tests.
The performance for Belvidere students in 2010 from
both middle schools and both high schools mirrored
performance last year; none of the four schools met AYP.
The results at Belvidere High School were particularly
disappointing.
In 2009, the results from all students that sat for
the exams had 54.2 percent meeting or exceeding state
averages in reading and, in 2010, that performance dropped
to 46.4 percent. In 2009, 51.2 percent of all students met or
exceeded state averages in mathematics, while in 2010 the
performance dropped to 46.8 percent. Understand, national
expectations required that 77.5 percent of all students across
the nation were to meet or exceed state averages.
Superintendent Michael Houselog introduced the
performance review by saying, “We have here preliminary
reports from the state on our ISAT and Prairie State testing
results. There are parts that are good and others that are
poor.”
He then introduced the district assistant superintendent
for curriculum/instruction and grants assessment, Cheryl
Gieseke. She said that an historical evaluation from yearto-
year of previous test-score performance when compared
with this year’s performance shows that the Belvidere
educational curriculum is working. As has been shown
through the years, student test performance in District #100
is at a peak early in the elementary school years. However,
evaluating test scores through the elementary into the middle
school and finally to the high school years, performance
drops off.
For example, at Caledonia Elementary School one of the
bright spots in student testing in 2010 had 84.0 percent of all
students meeting or exceeding state averages in reading and
89.9 percent of all students reaching AYP in mathematics.
At Belvidere North High School, 50.9 percent of all students
met or exceeded state averages in reading, while 57 percent
of all students reached AYP in mathematics.
Central Middle School out-performs Belvidere South
Middle School in both reading and mathematics by a marked
percentage difference. Central had 88.1 percent of students
reaching AYP in reading, while South had only 77 percent
reaching AYP. In mathematics, 89.9 percent at Central met
AYP, while at South 78.5 percent of the students sitting for
the exams met AYP.
Ms. Gieseke indicated the district will provide ongoing
supplemental educational systems for students in need. That
system employs tutors and consultants to work with the
students, most of whom benefit from the “free-and-reduced
lunch program” offered by the district.
In 2009, Ms. Gieseke said the district had 10 students
enrolled in the program; however, this year 25 students will
be enrolled in the after-school tutoring program.
On the positive side of the question Ms. Gieseke said,
“Three elementary schools showed significant improvement,
Caledonia, Kishwaukee and Lincoln. Meehan and Perry
elementary schools also made gains; however, Washington
had a drop in performance.”
Mr. Houselog added, “We are concerned about some of
these figures.” In reference to how performance could be
improved he said, “We haven’t taken a hard enough position.
We have some teachers that haven’t taught well enough and
we also have students that haven’t learned well enough.”
Ms. Norem asked if there would be any action and plans
drawn. Mr. Houselog answered there would be, and Ms.
Gieseke added that often those plans are created and set in September.
Board member Darrell Fox challenged that he hoped the
plans could be created before September to be implemented
during the new school year. Mr. Houselog added, “We have
to deal harder with this.”
Board member John Powell commented, “This is
alarmingly low. From top to bottom we have to do better.”
Board president Richard Van Evera concluded, “We
need to do deeper analysis into this to understand what the
number[s] actually mean, but these numbers are shocking.”
He paused then continued, “We’ve heard the concern of the
board.”
No further comments were offered and no action was
taken. However, according to what Mr. Houselog had said,
the administrative staff will conduct further evaluations
into the test- score performance that was delivered from the
state, conceive of plans to correct and improve performance,
and, perhaps, report to the board the results of their analysis
in the fall.

Friday, July 23, 2010

University of Illinois budget in the black

one reason for the university's relatively healthy fiscal situation is tuition revenue. Tuition has provided $730 million in revenue this year. Four years ago that figure was $486 million. Knorr says the increase was fueled by both increases in tuition and higher enrollment.

Click on the following for more details:  Pantagraph.com | News from Associated Press

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Soon to be website for District 100

The following cover page for the District’s new website was presented to the Board last evening.  In a few weeks it will be available on the district’s regular site:  http://www.district100.net/

District 100 Administration 2010-2011

The following is the new administrative chart for the 2010-2011 school year.

 

Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

 

Dist 100 Admin 2010-2011

Monday, July 19, 2010

Carpentersville D300 union talks may still affect new school year

LEAD [Local Education Association District 300] members voted down a proposed new agreement with the district last month. That agreement called for $2.2 million in wage and benefit concessions from union members.

LEAD President Kolleen Hanetho said at the time that members had voted against the agreement because they didn't feel the District 300 administration had taken its fair share of cuts as the school board whittled down the district's 2010-2011 budget.

Click on the following for more details:   D300 union talks may still affect new school year :: The Courier News :: Local News

Quinn wants to sell property to help make ends meet

under state law, Nayyar [spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, which oversees state property sales] noted, surplus property is required to be offered up by other state agencies or local governments before it is offered to the general public.

Quinn wants to sell property to help make ends meet

Rock Valley College’s Downtown Campus: The Financial Details

Several weeks ago the college announced its decision to place a satellite facility in downtown Rockford—in the Stewart Building. This will be known as the  Learning and Opportunities Center.  It will  begin this year to address the needs of students who live west of downtown and find it challenging to get to the college’s east-side campus to continue their education.  See more of the story at:  http://www.rrstar.com/carousel/x1353756358/Stewart-Square-to-become-Rock-Valley-College-site

The press releases, newspaper coverage gave no financial details.  The Board of Trustee packet that is posted on the college’s website referenced a lease agreement but did not provide the lease terms.  Based upon a Freedom of Information Act request the following details were obtained:

Almost 11,000 square feet of space is being rented:

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The monthly rent is $1.00 per square foot, $12.00 per year.  There is an annual increase in the cost based upon the Consumer Price Index.

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It is left to the reader to obtain the other details concerning the lease terms.

Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Construction delay costly for Naperville District 203

 

Construction crews may be back to work at Naperville Central High School, but the weeklong delay due to a labor strike is likely to cost the district at least $500,000.

A week after the strike began, the district reached a deal with the unions that exempts the Naperville Central renovation. Work at the school resumed despite hundreds of other projects around the region remaining stalled.

$87.7 million renovation to the school.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | Construction delay costly for District 203

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Illinois writing test eliminated for 2010-11 - chicagotribune.com

eliminating the state writing exam for elementary and junior high students, provoking concerns that writing instruction will taper off and fewer students will master the critical skill.
Education officials blamed the state's budget crisis

Click on the following for more details:  Illinois writing test eliminated for 2010-11 - chicagotribune.com

Friday, July 16, 2010

District 100 Supt. Looks Forward to Continued Role at Belvidere Schools

Actual cost to the taxpayers for Michael Houselog,  Superintendent: School Year 2009-2010 Salary 171,007 Bonus10,700 - - TRS  18,853 TRS Health 2,948 TRS Early Retirement 1,163 Medical 2,908 – Dental and Health Insurance 13,689 Health Flex 350 Life Insurance 275Auto 2460 Continuing Education 9200  Travel Expense 1150  Grand Total: $234,703  See:  http://www.district100.com/pdfs/09-10_Administrator_Salary_Compensation_Report.pdf   Next year: $11,000 more salary (6.4%)-- $244,703+? 

Superintendent Houselog landed  a new five-year contract with District 100. [$182,000 per year according to the Channel 23 interviewer, click below] He came three years ago after a stint leading North Boone Schools and during a time when the economy was hot.

in his new contract, he does not get automatic raises. They must be earned through achievement.

Click on the following for more details and to see the Channel 23 interview:  Supt. Looks Forward to Continued Role at Belvidere Schools

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wheaton/Warrenville District 200 unveils balanced budget

Spending in the education fund is decreasing by 4 percent to nearly $122.4 million. Most of that money is set aside for salaries and benefits.

Daily Herald | District 200 unveils balanced budget

Illinois teacher salaries: Some educators in suburban Chicago earning more than $100,000 - chicagotribune.com

In Park Ridge and Hinsdale, about 43 percent of high school district teachers earned $100,000 or more, according to a Chicago Tribune salary analysis.


—About 4 percent of teachers statewide earned $100,000 or more — 5,457 teachers — but the vast majority worked in the Chicago suburbs, with heavy concentrations in north Cook, DuPage and Lake counties. In all, 32 Chicago-area districts paid at least 20 percent of their teachers six figures — five times the state average.
—Less than 1 percent of Chicago Public School teachers earned $100,000 or more in 2009.

Click on the following for the rest of this story:  Illinois teacher salaries: Some educators in suburban Chicago earning more than $100,000 - chicagotribune.com

To see teacher salaries in Belvidere Community Schools go to:  http://www.district100.com/pdfs/09-10_Teacher_Salary_Compensation_Report.pdf  There are a few $100,000 teachers

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sen. Tom Harkin on for-profit colleges and the threat of a new bubble - latimes.com

 

Haven't we heard this story before? It features a high-pressure sales force persuading consumers in search of the American dream to go deep into debt to purchase a product of often dubious value. Default rates are sky high. Taxpayer money is squandered. Top executives walk away with fortunes.
This sounds like a description of the subprime mortgage industry

From 2008 to 2009, 23.6% of federal Pell grants flowed to for-profit schools, double the percentage from 1999 to 2000. Federal aid to for-profit colleges skyrocketed from less than $5 billion in 2000 to nearly $26.5 billion last year. At many of the major for-profits, federal dollars now account for more than 80% of their revenue, according to a Department of Education report

Click on the following for the rest of Senator Harkin’s words:  Sen. Tom Harkin on for-profit colleges and the threat of a new bubble - latimes.com

Monday, July 12, 2010

Schools find innovative ways to fight bullying :: The Courier News :: Local News

 

SB3266 also says school districts should educate students, parents and staff what behaviors constitute bullying. It requires each school district to create and maintain a policy on bullying that is updated every two years

Bullying is a "widespread and underreported problem," he said. It's common at all levels, especially in elementary school.

Click on the following for more details:  Schools find innovative ways to fight bullying :: The Courier News :: Local News

Leader of governors group focuses on college grads | Daily Chronicle

initiative he calls "Complete to Compete."

"If we don't improve college completion rates in this country, our children will be less educated than we are," he told reporters. "That will be the first time in the history of the United States of America that will have happened. That should be the most alarming statistic to get you motivated to make changes than anything else we can do."

Click on the following for more details:  Leader of governors group focuses on college grads | Daily Chronicle

Class rank may be dropped - Triblocal - Voice of the town

Township High School District 214 [Rolling Meadows] may stop recording class rank on transcripts and is considering changing how it weighs grades in rigorous classes…Forty-five percent of high schools nationwide no longer report class rankings, the district learned.

Schools that have dropped the ranking — including Naperville schools, New Trier schools, St. Viator and Stevenson —

Click on the following for more details:  Class rank may be dropped - Triblocal - Voice of the town

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Illinois Teachers’ Retirement answers to public questions

TRS logo

The following is taken from:  http://trs.illinois.gov/subsections/press/TRSIssuesUpdate.htm

In recent months, while reporting on the financial problems faced by Illinois and other states, several news organizations, including the New York Times and Fox News, have focused attention on public pension systems throughout the country as one reason why states are facing multi-million-dollar revenue shortages.
The common thread in these stories is that public pensions are too generous, are mismanaged, make too many risky investments and force states like Illinois to spend billions of dollars every year on retirees instead of states services, and that increases the potential for budget deficits and higher taxes.
TRS has not been immune to these complaints, but in most cases the criticisms have been outright falsehoods. TRS can refute the inaccuracies that have been leveled in the media against the System in the following explanations.


"Risky" Investments

Claim: A Northwestern University study from March, 2010 concludes TRS has the “fourth riskiest” pension system in the country, with 81.5 percent of investments classified as “risky.”

Truth: The “study” is misleading. It merely totals the assets that TRS and 24 other pension systems have that are not held in cash or invested in fixed income securities, and labels these investments as “risky.” No valuation is assigned to any of the thousands of individual investments held by TRS, so the study does not rank how risky the TRS portfolio is compared to any other system. TRS is required to maximize the resources available for retired teachers. All investments carry some element of risk. Without its investment portfolio, TRS could not keep pace with the resources needed for pension and benefit checks. Forty-nine percent of a TRS pension check comes from investment income. Check out the “study” at www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125059110.


“Mismanagement”

Claim: TRS is endangering teacher pensions by seeking to make a fast buck through “risky” trades in derivatives – attempting to recoup $4.4 billion in investments that were lost during fiscal year 2009.

Truth: TRS did lose $4.4 billion during 2008-2009, but almost every investor lost money. The losses stemmed from a worldwide economic downturn in stocks, bonds and real estate, not because of mismanagement or trading in derivatives. This year TRS has not made any substantial changes in its investment philosophy, and the overall $33.7 billion portfolio is on track for a positive rate of return that exceeds 19 percent. The target rate of return for TRS is 8.5 percent.


Derivatives

Claim: TRS is needlessly risking members’ assets in the last year on derivative investments in order to make a lot of money quickly. The media point a negative finger at TRS for trading in derivatives because many financial commentators blame derivative trading for sparking the 2008-2009 economic downturn.
Truth: TRS has been successfully trading in derivatives since 1986 without harming pensions. In the last year, TRS saw those derivative investments return $173 million. That is not a lot in a $33 billion portfolio and certainly not enough to cover the $4.4 billion losses of the previous year. In reality, for institutional investors like TRS, derivatives serve another purpose. They are never used to make quick profits, but to reduce risk in a large portfolio and to make some investments available at a lower cost. Despite the negative image, all large pension funds and institutional investors trade in derivatives. Derivatives comprise the largest investment market in the world, valued at $650 trillion. Derivatives are investment contracts whose value is based on the performance of a bundled group of financial assets, almost like a mutual fund. At TRS, a derivative investment is only made in conjunction with an investment in an asset that is included in the derivative package. The value of a particular investment, on its own, may vary over a period of time. But coupled with other investments, the average value of the package does not vary as wildly because the combined investments buffer each other – as one falls, another rises.


Underfunding

Claim: TRS, like many other pension systems throughout the United States, is “underfunded” over the long term and does not have sufficient resources to meet all its obligations to retired teachers in the future.

Truth: Unfortunately, TRS is underfunded in the long term. During the last fiscal year, the System’s unfunded liability, as measured under state law, stood at $35 billion, leaving a funded ratio of 52 percent. In other words, if all obligations were called due today, the System could not meet 48 percent of the outstanding pensions and benefits. That won’t happen because not all teachers will retire at once. This underfunding problem is several decades old, and has been caused primarily by state elected officials not contributing enough money to the System to meet its projected long-term needs. Evidence exists that an unfunded liability problem existed as far back as the 1950s.


Teacher Pensions are too “Generous”

Claim: The guaranteed benefits of retired teachers and other government workers are too high and are out of synch with retirement benefits found in the private sector. The rising costs of maintaining these pensions should be scaled back in order to avoid tax increases and cuts in other public services.

Truth: The average annual retirement benefit for an Illinois teacher is a little more than $43,000. When you consider that Illinois educators do not qualify for Social Security during their teaching years, this benefit cannot qualify as “too generous.” Not only are these benefits the sole monetary lifeline for retired teachers, but they stimulate the economy: The pensions and benefits paid annually to retired teachers living in Illinois create more than $4 billion in economic activity, including more than 30,000 full-time jobs that mean $2.3 billion in wages for non-teachers.


Reduce Pension Benefits for Current TRS Members

Claim: Because of Illinois’ financial trouble, benefits to existing teachers and government employees should not be guaranteed, but lowered to save the state billions of dollars every year. One argument is that pension credits for existing teachers should be left intact for service they have performed but reduced for future service they have not yet performed.

Truth: Pension benefits for existing teachers and government employees are guaranteed by Article XIII, Paragraph 5 of the Illinois Constitution and cannot be “diminished” in any way. Since 1972, at least seven court cases have affirmed the meaning of this clause. It is highly unlikely that the General Assembly will challenge this well-established legal precedent. There is no language in the Constitution that remotely comes close to allowing pension benefits to be changed prospectively for service that has not yet been performed.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Initiation fee for new [Chicago] area club: $125,000 | Golf with Ed Sherman | Crain's Chicago Business

 

new Chicago Highlands in Westchester features an Arthur Hills-designed, links-style course with sweeping views of the skyline.
The club, which opened in May, has a practice area that will be second to none. A huge pool complex is under construction, and plans are in the works for a full-sized ice skating rink and a lavish three-story clubhouse complete with bowling lanes.

….

built his Chicago golf property high on a landfill off of 31st Street in Westchester. An elevated green on the ninth hole stands 95 feet above the parking lot.

Click on the following for more details:  Initiation fee for new area club: $125,000 | Golf with Ed Sherman | Crain's Chicago Business

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Engineering know-how on tap in Whiz Kids Legos - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

July 12 to 15 and 19 to 22. Kindergartners through second-graders will meet for Legos I from 8 to 11 a.m., and third- through sixth-graders will meet for Legos II, III or IV from noon to 3 p.m.

Click on the following for more details:  Engineering know-how on tap in Whiz Kids Legos - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Early Childhood Teacher (Leave of Absence) - Belvidere Community Unit School District #100

Early Childhood Teacher (Leave of Absence)
Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 - Belvidere, IL
See original job posting at k12jobspot.com »

Description:
Needed from August 16, 2010 thru october 5, 2010.
Qualifications:
Proper IL certification. Early Childhood teaching certificate, previous experience preferred.
Application Procedure:
Qualified applicants should apply on line.
Selection Procedure:
If you are selected you will be contacted by phone.
From k12jobspot.com - 30+ days ago - save job - block

» View or apply to job

Click on the following for more information on this job opening:  Early Childhood Teacher (Leave of Absence) - Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 - Belvidere, IL | Indeed.com

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Teachers’ Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention - NYTimes.com

 

sign of the Obama administration’s strained relations with two of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because union officials feared that administration speakers would face heckling.

Click on the following for more details:  Teachers’ Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention - NYTimes.com

Friday, July 2, 2010

Looking for District 100 Teachers’ and Administrators’ Salaries

Illinois State law (shown below) requires public school districts to post a salary compensation report for all teachers and administrators employed by the district. This information must be made available to the public beginning July 1, 2010. The name of the individual and an itemization of all compensation and benefits are listed.

I look today for a link to this information and could find none.  If you also had this problem here is the link which I found by accident in mid-June.

Teachers:  http://www.district100.com/pdfs/09-10_Teacher_Salary_Compensation_Report.pdf

Administrators:  http://www.district100.com/pdfs/09-10_Administrator_Salary_Compensation_Report.pdf

Let us see how long it takes District 100 to provide such a link.  Of course it just may be me and the fact it is very difficult to find many things on the District 100 site.

(105 ILCS 5/10‑20.46)
(Text of Section from P.A. 96‑266)
Sec. 10‑20.46. Administrator and teacher salary and benefits; report. Each school board shall report to the State Board of Education, on or before July 1 of each year, the base salary and benefits of the district superintendent and all administrators and teachers employed by the school district. For the purposes of this Section, "benefits" includes without limitation vacation days, sick days, bonuses, annuities, and retirement enhancements.
(Source: P.A. 96‑266, eff. 1‑1‑10.)

Sec. 10‑20.46. Salary compensation report. On or before October 1 of each year, each school district in this State, including special charter districts, shall post on its Internet website, if any, an itemized salary compensation report for every employee in the district holding an administrative certificate and working in that capacity, including the district superintendent. The salary compensation report shall include without limitation base salary, bonuses, pension contributions, retirement increases, the cost of health insurance, the cost of life insurance, paid sick and vacation day payouts, annuities, and any other form of compensation or income paid on behalf of the employee.
This report shall be presented at a regular school board meeting, subject to applicable notice requirements. In addition, each school district shall submit the completed report to the office of the district's regional superintendent of schools, which shall make copies available to any individual requesting them.
Per Section 10‑20.40 of this Code, as added by Public Act 95‑707, a school district must post the contract that a school board enters into with an exclusive bargaining representative. The school board must provide the terms of that contract online.
(Source: P.A. 96‑434, eff. 8‑13‑09.)

St. Charles schools receive national honors

 

Newsweek magazine’s standards are much narrower.
That publication determines the country’s best public high schools by dividing the total number of Advanced Placement tests given at a school each year by the number of seniors graduating in the spring. Schools achieving a ratio of at least 1.000 make the list.
According to the magazine, only 6 percent of all public high schools – or about 1,600 – achieved that feat. Of the 51 schools from Illinois that made the list this year, East and North were the only ones from Kane County.

It wasn’t until after North received national recognition for its academic achievements that, administrators said, the University of Illinois began sending representatives for in-person visits.

Click on the following for more details:  Kane County Chronicle | St. Charles schools receive national honors

Rockford Register Star misstates District 100’s Business Consultants Costs

The article in Thursday’s Boone County Weekly Section (shown below) concerning Mr. Stenersen’s resignation had a major error.  It wasn’t about Mr. Stenersen,  but rather about James Metz’s compensation in the “Other Business”.  I have blow up the section with the error.  James Metz served as a financial consultant for 2009-2010 and his compensation was not “$600 per month” but rather he received $45,000 for 600 hours of consulting.  I can understand the error based upon the large compensation for Mr. Metz’s services.

I have supplied a photocopy of a statement from District 100 verifying Mr. Metz’s correct compensation for the 2009-2010 school year.

Click on the photocopies to enlarge.

Stenerson Resigns

Stenerson Resigns

Metz 3

If you wish to read additional postings regarding Mr. Metz’s special relationship to District 100, go to the following:  http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2009/10/request-district-100-to-no-longer.html; http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2009/10/district-100-budget-hearing.html; http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2009/08/james-d-metz-receives-45000-for-part.html