Tuesday, August 31, 2010

3 Reading Specialists-Full-Time Temporary/One Year Only Position –Belvidere Community Schools

 

3 Reading Specialists-Full-Time Temporary/One Year Only Position

Organization: Belvidere Community Unit School District #100

Type: Elementary School Teaching : Reading Specialist Teacher

Posted: 8/27/2010

Available: ASAP

Lincoln, Perry & Meehan Elementary Schools

Position DetailsAbout Belvidere Community Unit School District #100

Description:
Needed for the 2010-11school year.  3 positions available.  These are Full-time temporary, one year only positions.

Qualifications:
Proper IL certification. Type 10 (K-12 Reading Specialist Certificate) or Type 03 w/ MA in reading with Reading Specialist Endorsement. 
Application Procedure:
Qualified applicants should apply on line.
Selection Procedure:
If you are selected you will be contacted by phone

3 Reading Specialists-Full-Time Temporary/One Year Only Position | K12 Jobspot

Some of Belvidere’s history can be traced through schools

Interesting summary of education in Belvidere.

In the 1950s, with the gradual closing of one room rural schools and the organization of Belvidere Community Unit District 100, plans were made for a new grade school. As a result, the present Washington Elementary School was constructed on Fifth Avenue, between Allen and West Sixth streets. After it was opened in 1956, junior high pupils moved into the south wing; kindergarten and first through sixth grades moved into the north wing.

The St. James Catholic School was built in 1909 when Father Joseph Joyce of St. James Catholic Church built a school for $25,000, purchased a convent, and asked the School Sisters of Notre Dame of Milwaukee to staff the school. The convent was a house that stood on Logan Avenue, next to the school at the corner of Caswell Street, where a small playground is now located. Dedicated in the spring of 1910, the school opened that fall with 175 students

Click on the following for more details:  Some of Belvidere’s history can be traced through schools

Monday, August 30, 2010

Tort lawsuit refunds still being calculated - Freeport, IL

 

Attorney Slattery has filed multiple lawsuits against Freeport Park District, Freeport School District, Highland Community College, and the Pearl City School District since 2001. He alleges that the districts
repeatedly misused the tort immunity levy, which includes tax dollars levied to protect against and pay for liabilities.

State law allows the tort levy to be used for paying insurance, protecting students and staff members, paying compensation if someone is injured, and for the development of risk management programs. Slattery has filed his lawsuits on behalf of tax objectors in these districts.

Click on the following for more details:  Tort lawsuit refunds still being calculated - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Guidance Counselor - Leave of Absence Position | K12 Jobspot

 

Organization: Belvidere Community Unit School District #100

Type: Student Support Services : Guidance Counselor

Posted: 8/27/2010

Available: Approx. 9/28/2010

Belvidere High School

Position DetailsAbout Belvidere Community Unit School District #100

Description:
Needed from approximately September 28, 2010 for six weeks.

Qualifications:
Proper IL certification. Type 73 certification-School Service Personnel.  Guidance endorsement. 
Application Procedure:
Qualified applicants should apply on line.
Selection Procedure:
If you are selected you will be contacted by phone

Guidance Counselor - Leave of Absence Position | K12 Jobspot

Anticipated Agriculture Teacher - Belvidere Community Unit School District

I believe this maybe a new position—last year the Agriculture teacher was shared between the two high schools. 

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

Description:
Needed by August 2010 for the 2010-2011 school year.
Qualifications:
Proper IL 09 certification. With an endorsement in science/agriculture.
Application Procedure:
Qualified applicants should apply on line.
Selection Procedure:
If you are selected you will be contacted by phone.
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Schools dismiss state funding maneuver as useless

 

Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday signed a bill that will allow schools to transfer money from their health, life, and safety budget to their operations and maintenance budgets. This essentially allows the schools to use money earmarked for a new roof or a new heating system for more day-to-day repairs and upkeep.

Click on the following for more details:  Schools dismiss state funding maneuver as useless | Daily Chronicle

Mock crash helps District 200 improve response techniques

Capron Rescue Squad District conducted a mock car-school bus crash Aug. 21 that tested the response capabilities and rescue techniques of several emergency operations, as well as bringing in a helicopter from St. Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford.

Click on the following for more details:  Mock crash helps District 200 improve response techniques

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Illinois Teachers' Retirement System selling off $3B to cover benefits |

 

Illinois Teachers' Retirement System, Springfield, plans to sell $3 billion in investments, or about 10% of its $33.1 billion in assets, in the current fiscal year to pay pension benefits….

The system is the fifth Illinois statewide defined benefit plan to sell off investments this fiscal year to pay benefits….

Since the start of the fiscal year on July 1 through Aug. 20, the system has received only $90 million in contributions from the state. For the current fiscal year, ending June 30, 2011, the system requested $2.35 billion in contributions from the state

Click on the following for more details:  Illinois Teachers' Retirement System selling off $3B to cover benefits | Government | Crain's Chicago Business

Record breaking traffic on the posting for Mr. Houselog’s New Five year contract

See the posting by scrolling below or clicking on the following:  http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2010/08/superintendent-houselogs-new-five-year_23.html 

 

McHenry Community College adjusts smoothly to record enrollment

Enrollment at MCC has jumped 27.8 percent in recent years, going from a head count of 5,331 students in 2004 to 6,811 in 2009….This fall, head count enrollment was up about 1 percent to 6,922.

Rapid enrollment growth from fall 2008 to fall 2009 was due to the combination of a weak economy and the college’s Promise Program, which paid the tuition of incoming high school students able to meet certain requirements and perform community service. About 930 students participated in the Promise Program in the 2009 fall semester, twice as many as expected

Click on the following for more details:  Northwest Herald | MCC adjusts smoothly to record enrollment

Monday, August 23, 2010

Illinois SURS to sell off $1.2 billion in investments

Illinois SURS [Illinois university and college teachers’ retirement] , with $12.2 billion in defined benefit assets, has not received any of the $850 million in state contributions the system requested this fiscal year, which began July 1, Mr. Allen said.

system has been paying more in benefits than it receives in contributions, forcing investment sales. In the fiscal year ended June 30, it was forced to liquidate about $500 million in investments to pay participant pension benefits because of shortfalls of $702 million in state contributions

Click on the following for m ore details:  Illinois SURS to sell off $1.2 billion in investments | Finance | Crain's Chicago Business

Downers Grove youth football league official charged with stealing $112K

former treasurer of a Downers Grove youth football league is accused of stealing $112,606, money raised by local parents and children to support the nonprofit group.

Carlquist does not have a criminal record. Her house, along Plymouth Road, is in foreclosure, according to DuPage County court records. Carlquist, whose child participated in the league, and her attorney could not be reached for comment.

Daily Herald | Downers Grove youth football league official charged with stealing $112K

Cary Dist. 26 school foundation rescinds $4.3 million offer

The parent group, the Soar to Higher Heights Foundation, announced it is withdrawing its offer because the District 26 school board voted earlier this month not to delay the start of school.

Ruelle's announcement came a day after he admitted the foundation, as school board members had suspected, did not actually have any of the money in hand but instead had "solid pledges" for the sum.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | Cary Dist. 26 school foundation rescinds $4.3 million offer

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Northwest Herald | Salary slump? Administrator pay freezes more common

– more McHenry County area school districts have frozen administrator salaries for this school year compared with last year.

[Carpentersville’s] District 300 Superintendent Ken Arndt is on a separate employment contract that provides an annual 3 percent raise, he is donating back about $4,500 of his paycheck to the district for classroom programming. He retires in June.

Donald Bond of Huntley, a retired superintendent who served for 20 years in administrative positions in Illinois and elsewhere….strongly advocates for merit-based pay – both for administrators and teachers alike – he said salary increases during a recession shouldn’t be made in excess of the cost of living.

Northwest Herald | Salary slump? Administrator pay freezes more common

Superintendent Houselog’s new five year District 100 contract

In the midst of negotiations with the district teachers’ union (BEA) it is very interesting to see the increase which the Board of Education approved for the Superintendent.  His base salary increased from $171,007 to $181,707 (6.25% increase) for the first year of his new five year contract.  Plus there is “merit pay” to be set by the Board.  Merit pay in the prior contract (2009-2010) was $10,700. The $181,707 (base salary 2010-2011) was obtained by adding the $171,007 and $10,700.  Using the 6% annual limit as spelled out on Page 3 [See photocopy below] the following is an estimate of the annual salary and merit pay for the next five school years.

Year              Annual Salary      Merit Pay Projection

2010-2011      181,707              10.902

2011-2012      192,609               11,557

2012-2013      204,165               12,250

2013-2014      216,416               12,985

2014-2015      229,401               13,764

In summary, salary and merit pay increased by 6.25 first year and 6% each year after that.  To see the cost of the other benefits see:  http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2010/07/supt-looks-forward-to-continued-role-at.html   For 2009-2010 the total cost of salary and benefits was $234,704. Thus approximately $50,000  of additional benefit cost should probably occur each year, in 2014-2015 total wages and benefits cost would equal $300,000.

Another interesting fact which came to light by the new contract is on page 9, Section 16.  The Board agrees to pay tuition associated with the Superintendent’s requirements for completion of his doctoral degree from Aurora University. Such continuing education costs amounted to $9,200 in 2009-2010.

Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

Houselog 2010--1 housaelog 2010--2 houselog 2010--3 houselog 2010--4

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

It's just a myth: 'underpaid' teachers--Betsy Hart

FROM THE HART | They are well compensated, with golden benefits, security and pensions

BY BETSY HART www.betsysblog.com

Illinois, the average teacher makes over $60,000 a year, according to the NEA. In Chicago, it's higher: $70,000. Some make over $100,000 a year.

There are lots of problems with our education system. But the lesson here is that not taking good care of our educators sure isn't one of them.

One of the comments gives an opposing view:

dlm6536 wrote:

The only way I can respond to Ms. Hart's outrageously biased piece is to tell you my story. I am a Chicago Public School teacher for the last 18 years. I have a master's degree in education and with my pension I earn an average of $70K/year. I am still paying back school loans over $30K. This year I began work towards recertification as a National Boards master teacher. In the last 18 years I have spent my summers either teaching summer school or taking professional development courses. I spend spring and winter breaks working on school projects and planning. I work from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm most days. It's the only way I can get in all the grading, prep work, anecdotal records, parent conferences, counseling students, grant writing, and outside professional development that cannot get done when I have students in front of me. I have students who come to school without food, clothes, school supplies, parental support or the ability to sit still for any period of time. Sometimes, we don't have textbooks, paper, pencils, chalk, erasers, or toilet paper. If it weren't for the generosity of my parents, I would have had to buy these things myself. Most of my colleagues in Chicago average $50K after years of experience and dedication to their craft. This can be verified on the CPS website. The money paid into my pension was my hard earned money that I expected to be there for me when I am too old to work anymore. The state took it upon themselves to "borrow" that money with no guarantee to pay it back. I can not trust it will be there when I need it. After all this I still love my job. I love my students and am proud of the work I do. What I don't understand is why the people who should support us most, don't. Spend a day in the classroom and then tell me we don't earn every penny. We'll see what Ms. Hart has to say after CPS takes all the veteran master teachers out of the classroom and replaces them with untrained people who will basically turn the computers off and on for her children.

Click on the following for more details:  It's just a myth: 'underpaid' teachers :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Betsy Hart

Volunteer officers attend Ill. school for free

 

Lindenwood University's Belleville campus found itself with more students than its security force could handle.

So it offered a deal to Belleville police and the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department. Officers who volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours a week get free tuition.

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

Belvidere schools menus for the week of Aug. 23

Well—It is really time for school again!!!! 

Lunch:

Elementary schools, including Immanuel Lutheran School

Monday, Aug. 23 - chicken nuggets/BBQ sauce, cheeseburger/bun, turkey/cheese deli, ham chef salad, potato tots, diced peaches.

Tuesday, Aug. 24 - turkey/cheese melt, sausage pizza, ham/cheese deli, chicken Caesar salad, fresh baby carrots, mixed fruit.

Wednesday, Aug. 25 - beefy spaghetti/breadstick, riblet/BBQ sauce on bun, turkey/cheese deli, ham chef salad, side salad with ranch, applesauce.

Thursday, Aug. 26 - soft shell chicken tacos, Italian dunkers/sauce, ham/cheese deli, chicken taco salad, kickin’ pinto beans, mandarin oranges

Friday, Aug. 27 - pepperoni pizza, BBQ pork sandwich, ham/turkey deli, ham chef salad, mixed vegetables, diced pears.

Middle School lunch menu

Monday, Aug. 23 - sweet and sour chicken w/rice, Italian meatball sub.

Tuesday, Aug. 24 - rotisserie chicken/parsleyed noodles, BBQ rib/bun,

Wednesday, Aug. 25 - taco pizza, veggie selection; buffalo chicken sandwich

Thursday, Aug. 26 - spaghetti twist/garlic bread, chicken crazy club.

Friday, Aug. 27 - chicken noodle bowl, grilled 3-cheese melt

Also available: Daily Grille - cheese/hamburger, chicken patty, chicken nuggets; Deli - ham/Swiss wrap, chicken ranch salad; picnic wrap, ham chef salad; turkey/American wrap, chicken Caesar salad; ham wrap, turkey chef salad; chicken ranch wrap, egg chef salad. Tortilla station Mon., Wed., Fri.; pasta station Tues/Thurs; pizzeria station daily.

High School lunch menu

Monday, Aug. 23 - sweet and sour chicken w/rice, chicken parmesan melt.

Tuesday, Aug. 24 - rotisserie chicken/parsleyed noodles, BBQ rib/bun.

Wednesday, Aug. 25 - chicken noodle bowl, buffalo chicken sandwich.

Thursday, Aug. 26 - spaghetti twist/garlic bread, chicken crazy club.

Friday, Aug. 27 - meatball stew/cornbread, grilled 3-cheese melt.

Also available: Daily Grille - cheese/hamburger, chicken patty, chicken nuggets; Deli - ham/Swiss wrap, chicken ranch salad; picnic wrap, ham chef salad; turkey/American wrap, chicken Caesar salad; ham wrap, turkey chef salad; chicken ranch wrap, egg chef salad. Tortilla, pasta and pizzeria stations daily.

Breakfast:

Elementary schools:

Monday, Aug. 23 - Chocolate muffin, graham crackers.

Tuesday, Aug. 24 - reduce sugar, cereal, crackers.

Wednesday, Aug. 25 - yogurt cup, graham crackers.

Thursday, Aug. 26 - cinnamon roll, saltine crackers.

Friday, Aug. 27 - string cheese, saltine crackers.

Middle School and High School breakfast

Monday, Aug. 23 - egg/cheese panini.

Tuesday, Aug. 24 - country sausage w/potatoes, cheese.

Wednesday, Aug. 25 - scrambled eggs w/ pineapple ham.

Thursday, Aug. 26 - egg burrito w/salsa, cheese.

Friday, Aug. 27 - cinnamon rolls/orange glaze.

Available daily: Sunrize Grille, assorted cereal, cereal bars, muffins, string cheese, yogurt, bagel bar, fresh fruits and juices.

Belvidere schools menus for the week of Aug. 23

Friday, August 20, 2010

McHenry County College Continues Stonewalling on Release of Walt Packard’s Performance Evaluations

This FOIA story was reported earlier on August 18, see:  http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2010/08/attorney-general-rules-mchenry-county.html 

“In accordance with Section 11.5 of the Freedom of Information Act, the College will be filing an action for administrative review of the Attorney General’s August 17, 2010 determination.

“As such, the College is not required to provide the records at issue pending the administrative review process.”

they hope the Illinois General Assembly will override Governor Pat Quinn’s amendatory veto of House Bill 5154

Click on the following for more details:  McHenry County Blog | McHenry County College Continues Stonewalling on Release of Walt Packard’s Performance Evaluations

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Superintendent Houselog’s new five year District 100 contract

In the midst of negotiations with the district teachers’ union (BEA) it is very interesting to see the increase which the Board of Education approved for the Superintendent.  His base salary increased from $171,007 to $181,707 (6.25% increase) for the first year of his new five year contract.  Plus there is “merit pay” to be set by the Board.  Merit pay in the prior contract (2009-2010) was $10,700. The $181,707 (base salary 2010-2011) was obtained by adding the $171,007 and $10,700.  Using the 6% annual limit as spelled out on Page 3 [See photocopy below] the following is an estimate of the annual salary and merit pay for the next five school years.

Year              Annual Salary      Merit Pay Projection

2010-2011      181,707              10.902

2011-2012      192,609               11,557

2012-2013      204,165               12,250

2013-2014      216,416               12,985

2014-2015      229,401               13,764

In summary, salary and merit pay increased by 6.25 first year and 6% each year after that.  To see the cost of the other benefits see:  http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2010/07/supt-looks-forward-to-continued-role-at.html   For 2009-2010 the total cost of salary and benefits was $234,704. Thus approximately $50,000  of additional benefit cost should probably occur each year, in 2014-2015 total wages and benefits cost would equal $300,000.

Another interesting fact which came to light by the current contract is on page 9, Section 16.  The Board agrees to pay tuition associated with the Superintendent’s requirements for completion of his doctoral degree from Aurora University. Such continuing education costs amounted to $9,200 in 2009-2010.

Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

Houselog 2010--1 housaelog 2010--2 houselog 2010--3 houselog 2010--4

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 houselog 2010--6 houselog 2010--5houselog 2010--7 houselog 2010--8

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houselog 2010--9 houselog 2010--10houselog 2010--11 Houselog 2010--12

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Given Stimulus Funds to Rehire, Schools Wait and See

 

education measure requires states to distribute the money for the current school year, but allows school districts to spend it as late as September 2012. It also allows schools to roll back furlough days. The education department estimates it could salvage about 160,000 jobs.

School has resumed in many districts in struggling states, including Arizona, California and Illinois. Assigning new teachers and juggling classrooms could disrupt students

“Even if I get brought back this year,” he said, “what’s going to happen next year? It’s really discouraging.”

Given Stimulus Funds to Rehire, Schools Wait and See - NYTimes.com

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Illinois grabs a top ACT test distinction

Interesting—same numbers as earlier posting but very different view. 

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - The Illinois State Board of Education says the state's average ACT score ranks highest nationally for states that test more than 90 percent of their students.

Seven other states have more than 90 percent of their students taking the test.  Illinois' 2010 composite score on the ACT is 20.7

Click on the following for more details:  Illinois grabs a top ACT test distinction

Attorney General Rules McHenry County College May Reveal Walt Packard Percformance Evaluation

Cal Skinner of McHenry County Blog wins a request for college president’s evaluation.  Community Colleges in Illinois (unlike public schools) must provide board evaluations.

 

Click on the following for details from Cal Skinner concerning this case:  McHenry County Blog | Attorney General Rules McHenry County College May Reveal Walt Packard Percformance Evaluation

Huntley School District 158 to freeze support staff pay

Two years ago, officials in Huntley Unit District 158 called for a new teacher's contract tied to the rate of inflation.

Although that never materialized, pressure is now back on teachers to agree to such an offer after bus drivers, teacher aides and other District 158 support staff agreed to a deal that freezes salaries this year and has inflationary bumps in years two and three

The deal could affect upcoming teacher contract negotiations. Teachers are starting the third year of their contract. They will receive an overall increase of 5.25 percent this year, including benefits.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | Huntley District 158 to freeze support staff pay

Illinois ACT scores drop, but gap narrows - Chicago Breaking News

 

The gap closed to 0.3 for a composite score of 20.7 as a record number of students sweated through the exam. That's down from 0.7 when Illinois moved to universal testing in 2002.

Click on the following for more details:  Illinois ACT scores drop, but gap narrows - Chicago Breaking News

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Belvidere School Board Approves Teacher Contracts

The Belvidere Education Association shot down a proposed contract last night by a margin of only 19 votes while nearly half of their membership was not present.

Despite the move the District 100 school board voted on and approved the negotiated contract with the group.

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere School Board Approves Teacher Contracts

Also see the Rockford Register Star:   http://www.rrstar.com/news/yourtown/boone/x1422847314/Belvidere-schools-OK-union-s-nixed-deal

One day after union teachers rejected a one-year contract with the Belvidere School District, the School Board approved that same contract 5-0 Monday, with two members abstaining.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Belvidere teachers union rejects contract terms

Union teachers rejected terms of a one-year contract Sunday with the Belvidere School District.

Classes will begin as scheduled Wednesday because the union has not filed an intent to strike, ….Both parties hope to return to the bargaining table by Aug. 26.

Belvidere teachers union rejects contract terms - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A new way to save at Highland Community College - Freeport,

Highland Community College is trying out a pilot book rental program, which may save money for students purchasing textbooks for some of the general education courses.

Currently, the book rental program is arranged so that participating instructors sign a three-year (nine-semester) contract to use the same book. At the end of the contract, instructors may choose a different edition or textbook. Keeney said different instructors teaching the same course must all agree on using the same textbook to participate in the program.

Click on the following for more details:  A new way to save at HCC - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard

Uniform banks stocked – Freeport Elementary Schools

pre-school through fourth-grade students will be wearing [uniforms] this school year. They are also part of the uniform bank that will be at each of the six District 145 elementary schools.

district is working with the vendor to offer wholesale prices to District 145 families. District 145 does not profit from uniform sales. The company offers extras like long-sleeve dress shirts, bell bottoms, skorts, skirts, jumpers, Peter Pan blouses, cardigans and V-neck vests. Most items are under $10 and range from toddler to husky sizes.

Click on the following for more details:  Uniform banks stocked - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Attorney; Kane County board can sue officials who go over budget

The Kane County Board can sue elected officials who blow their budget, and may choose to do so after three years of trying to address cost overruns with little success.

While the county is obligated to reasonably fund every department, no one really knows what reasonable funding is for sure.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | Attorney; Kane board can sue officials who go over budget

District 100 Job Openings

 

BusinessTeacher

Organization: Belvidere Community Unit School District #100

Type: High School Teaching : Business Education

Posted: 8/11/2010

Available: ASAP

Belvidere High School

Position DetailsAbout Belvidere Community Unit School District #100

Description:
Needed by ASAP for the 2010-11 school year.
Qualifications:

Type 09 Certificate with endorsement in Business Education
Application Procedure:
Qualified applicants should apply on line.
Selection Procedure:
If you are selected you will be contacted by phone.

Click on the following for more details:  BusinessTeacher | K12 Jobspot

CPS class sizes to be restored; heat absences OK

 

Chicago high school class sizes will be restored to normal for opening day Sept. 7, thanks to an infusion of new federal cash, schools CEO Ron Huberman said Friday.

Huberman said he will tap a special line of credit of up to $800 million if the $105 million from a new federal educator jobs bill does not arrive by Sept. 7, as expected.

CPS class sizes to be restored; heat absences OK :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Education

At Ramadan dinner, Obama defends plans for Ground Zero mosque

President Obama on Friday forcefully joined the national debate over construction of an Islamic complex near New York's Ground Zero, telling guests at a White House dinner marking the holy month of Ramadan that opposing the project is at odds with American values.

Also see a video of the President’s comments at this site 

Click on the following:  At Ramadan dinner, Obama defends plans for Ground Zero mosque

Cary School D-26 
to start on time without donors’ money

school board unanimously voted to not delay the start of the school year, which would have been needed if the money had come to fruition this year. That decision came after audience members urged the board to proceed with extreme caution with the situation.

“I don’t think the money is there,” said Karyn Keene of Cary. “And even if it is there, I think it’s too late in the game to go down this road.”

donor group had not formed as a 501(c)3, had never verified the funds to district officials and never revealed who the donors were. All prompted skepticism from district officials.

Click on the following for more details:  Northwest Herald | D-26 to start on time

McHenry County College’s Peace group lines up lectures

 

first event will feature Kathy Kelly, a prominent social activist and co-founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence in Chicago. Kelly, who has spoken at previous SPAN events, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times. She also is facing a trial in Las Vegas next month stemming from civil disobedience at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada in 2009, organizers said.

Recently back from a fact-finding mission in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Kelly plans to speak about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones. Her presentation is called “Drones on Trial: A firsthand account from Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

Kelly will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 in the MCC Conference Center

Click on the following for more details about these programs:  Northwest Herald | Peace group lines up lectures

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Federal Jobs Bill Could Put Local Teachers Back In the Classroom - MyStateLine.com

Here is the effect that the recently signed jobs bill will have on District 100. 

“Based on the preliminary figures we’re hearing it looks like 30-40 teachers could come back should the state and federal government work together to get us the funds that have been promised,” says Houselog. Those in Belvidere say what the government's promising is a better future.“The students are the ones missing out on the great teachers,” says Washington 4th Grade Teacher Tonya Buikema.“These kids need the opportunity to get out of here, go to school, get and education can come back and enhance the community,” says Washington 1st Grade Teacher Natalia Rios.

The federal money could also allow Belvidere to bring back it's early childhood program.

Click on the following for more details:  Federal Jobs Bill Could Put Local Teachers Back In the Classroom - MyStateLine.com

In School Suspension Monitor

 

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

Description:
$8.25/hour, 7 hours per day. Needed August 18, 2010 for the 2010-11 school year.
Qualifications:
HS Diploma. Experience working with high school students, preferred. Ability to control the actions of problematic students.
Application Procedure:
Qualified applicants should apply on line.
Selection Procedure:
If you are selected you will be contacted by phone.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Parents ante $4.3 mil to save Cary District 26

Here are a few more details about this special community group.

group of largely anonymous parents has offered to donate more than $4.3 million to District 26 to hire back 68 teachers and restore art, music and physical education

From an initial group of about 12 parents, the group grew, tapping personal networks within and outside Cary to raise $4,319,125,

District 26 will get its proof on or after Aug. 19, when the formation of the Soar to Higher Heights Foundation is scheduled to be completed.

But district officials say the parent group has blown deadlines before.

Daily Herald | Parents ante $4.3 mil to save Cary District 26

Green Party treasurer candidate suggests closing 2 law schools

[Treasurer Candidate] Scott Summers, an estate planning lawyer from Harvard, has proposed "slimming down" or even "mothballing" Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois universities' law school programs.

We have three public law schools," Summers said Monday. "And another seven or eight private law schools and a whole bunch of unemployed lawyers and underemployed lawyers. How long can we as taxpayers continue to support this?"

Summers said he also believes in scrutinizing the number of satellite medical campuses that public universities operate across the state.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | Green Party treasurer candidate suggests closing 2 law schools

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cal Skinner’s take on the Cary Elementary’s $4.3 million angel

Rather than make a $4.3 million donation and trust the school board to do what’s best for the district, the group that is not yet incorporated brought a “we don’t really trust you proposal” to the Cary board and school administrators

Read more of Cal’s comments by clicking on the following:  McHenry County Blog | You Spend Over $6 Million and In Return I Might Give You $4.3 Million

Carpentersville School D-300 approves 13-turbine wind farm plan

, Carpentersville District 300 joined a School Wind Consortium with Keeneyville District 20 and Prospect Heights District 23.

The consortium’s Joint Action Renewable Energy Agency will host an organizational meeting today

Starting in early 2012, the plan is for the districts to get credit for the electricity that the wind farm adds to the grid to offset their own electric costs.

one of Illinois’ first to use a wind farm to reduce energy costs. The law, which went into effect earlier this summer, authorizes school districts to acquire and build facilities that convert wind or solar power to energy.

Northwest Herald | D-300 approves 13-turbine wind farm plan

Donors want to give Cary Elementary D-26 $4.3M

Cary maybe saved from State takeover. 

A group of donors, referred to as the Soar to Higher Heights Foundation, wants to give the Cary District $4.3 million to bring back teachers and programs recently cut.

The money would be paid in 12 equal payments, said David Ruelle, a former District 26 school board president who presented on behalf of the group….Ruelle said he’d be able to verify the funds a week from Thursday, and that the district doesn’t have to take any action until they see the money.

If this does not work---

first step for a state takeover would be the implementation of a state financial oversight panel, which would help the district create a financial plan.

However, Vespa said such a panel wouldn’t have as much power as some believe.

“I can’t increase your taxes, I cannot take you outside of the [property] tax cap and we have to live by the [teacher] contract that you have ratified in the past,” she said.

However, if even that doesn’t work, special legislation could be passed in Springfield that would create a school finance authority for District 26. That could result in the state forcing a property tax increase.

“These things can happen very quickly ... if it’s very dire,”

Click on the following for more details:  Northwest Herald | Donors want to give D-26 $4.3M

Monday, August 9, 2010

Kirk says he'll likely support $26 bil. jobs bill

 

-- Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk says he's inclined to vote for a $26 billion jobs bill that Democrats are pushing.

called the measure deficit neutral and said it would keep teachers in the classroom.

He says he still needs to read the fine print but expects to support the bill.

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | Kirk says he'll likely support $26 bil. jobs bill

Highland Community College [Freeport] develops training materials for Wind Turbine Technician Training

 

Highland plans to develop multimedia wind turbine technician training materials delivered via the Internet to supplement the current curriculum. Materials will follow industry standards and will include simulation modules and a remote wind turbine technology laboratory.

Click on the following for more details:  Highland develops training materials - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard

Wage freezes for Freeport District 145 unions -

 

union and non-union employees of District 145 have taken wage freezes for the 2010-2011 school year, saving the district millions of dollars. This savings helps to keep teaching positions and maintains class sizes between 15 to 18 students, Flynn said.

intentional under-levying of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and Social Security funds. Accumulated surplus funds from previous years are slated to be used to cover these accounts. The district may then levy higher in areas where funds are needed — such as the education fund

Click on the following for more details:  Wage freezes for District 145 unions - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Job Posting: Head School Secretary - Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 - Belvidere, IL

 

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

Description:
$$11.43-$16.43/hour, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Needed ASAP.
Qualifications:
High School Diploma. Experience with general office duties. Ability to work well with the public, students and staff. Ability to multi-task. Database management experience. Microsoft Office Suite proficient. Good computer skills. Good organizational skills.
Application Procedure:
Qualified applicants should apply on line.
Selection Procedure:
If you are selected you will be contacted by phone.
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Click on the following for more details:  Head School Secretary - Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 - Belvidere, IL | Indeed.com

Rockford schools hang back on RVC’s Running Start program

Belvidere School District piloted Running Start last fall and will start a second session this month. Byron, Harlem and Winnebago plan to send students to the RVC program in fall 2011.

The district pays for students’ books and class fees and gets to keep all of its per-pupil funding. The arrangement expires in 2014.

Click on the following for more details:  Rockford schools hang back on RVC program - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Frequent filers weigh in on FOIA

 

1999 audit of state governments by The Associated Press found that more than two-thirds of them did not comply with FOIA. A 2006 investigation by the Better Government Association yielded a 60 percent noncompliance rate – almost 40 percent of the Illinois governments tested never even responded to the FOIA request.

vast majority of FOIA requests filed in Illinois come from the public, not the news media. Just under 75 percent of the 1,298 requests for FOIA assistance received by the Attorney General’s Office last year, before the new law took effect, came from the public.

 

Click on the following for more details:  Northwest Herald | Frequent filers weigh in on FOIA

Friday, August 6, 2010

Health / P.E. Teacher - Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 -

 

Health / P.E. Teacher
Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 - Belvidere, IL
See original job posting at k12jobspot.com »

Description:
Needed for the 2010-2011 school year.
Qualifications:
Proper IL certification. Type 03 or 09 with middle school health and PE endorsement required. 
Application Procedure:
Qualified applicants should apply on line.
Selection Procedure:
If you are selected you will be contacted by phone.
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Click on the following for more details:  Health / P.E. Teacher - Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 - Belvidere, IL | Indeed.com

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rockford Area Museums offer free days

RAM Talks Art: Area museums offer free days

This includes:  Ethnic Heritage Museum, Burpee Museum of Natural History, Khlem Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Rockford Art Museum,Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, Midway Village Museum, Discovery Center Museum, and Anderson Japanese Gardens

Click on the following for the individual detailsRAM Talks Art: Area museums offer free days | The Rock River Times

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Private school enrollments another sign of the times

. Boylan High School’s enrollment has fallen from 1,382 in 2000-2001 to 1,201 last year and total enrollment for Catholic schools tumbled from 4,277 at the beginning of the decade to 3,499 by the end.

 

Click on the following to read the rest of the story:  http://blogs.e-rockford.com/getreal/2010/08/04/private-school-enrollments-another-sign-of-the-times/

Quinn budget cuts hit schools and social services harder - chicagotribune.com

 

new reductions, which bring the total cut in school spending to $311 million, also include shaving money from arts and foreign language funding, though Quinn's cuts were not as deep as what the State Board of Education had recommended.

Click on the following for more details:  Quinn budget cuts hit schools and social services harder - chicagotribune.com

Undercounting Freshmen, Iowa Scrambles to Find Room - NYTimes.com

Iowa officials were surprised to learn this spring how far off they were in their math. This fall’s freshman class is likely to have more than 400 more students than last year’s, an unintended increase of about 10 percent, for a total of just over 4,500.

tuition for out-of-state students — $23,700 this year — also makes it more affordable than many private colleges,

Undercounting Freshmen, Iowa Scrambles to Find Room - NYTimes.com

McHenry High School D-156 places referendums on ballot

One referendum will be for a 60-cent increase per $100 of equalized assessed property value to pay for programming and operations.

second question would ask for permission to issue $70 million in bonds to help pay for the construction of a new high school that would go on the east side of the city

The district estimates it will face a $4.3 million deficit because of lower state payments.

Click on the following for more details:  Northwest Herald | D-156 places referendums on ballot

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Belvidere OKs officers on patrol at 2 schools - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

Finance Manager Pat Chamberlin said the average pay for a police officer, including benefits, is $71,000.
“It’s 70 percent of the average salary, including benefits

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere OKs officers on patrol at 2 schools - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

U. of I. spent $300K on presidential search

$153,000 to the search consulting firm, Isaacson, Miller, about $30,000 for advertising, and about $45,000 on temporary staff to support the search. An additional $63,000 went to lodging, transportation and other expenses for the search committee, trustees, and candidates.

seven-month search for a new president, according to figures released to the Tribune.

By comparison, the University of Iowa spent $314,000 on a search in 2007. It cost the University of Michigan about $334,000 for its 2002 presidential search.

Click on the following for more details:  U. of I. spent $300K on presidential search - Chicago Breaking News

Quinn Puts the Brakes on School Mandates

 

moratorium on the mandates would last until a year after the new task force releases a report on their findings.

Click on the following for more details:  Quinn Puts the Brakes on School Mandates | Illinois Statehouse News