Wednesday, September 29, 2010

100 Belvidere students attend DECA conference - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

conference served as an introduction to the DECA marketing and business program and offered students the chance to hear from business leaders in the community, attend breakout sessions and garner knowledge on careers in business, branding, leadership, competition and marketing relationships. 

100 Belvidere students attend DECA conference - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Revamped tardiness policy praised in Belvidere - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

BHS recorded more than 4,000 tardies in the 2009-10 school year.

[BHS’ new principal] Martens eliminated all school bells, except for those that mark the end of the period. Students have up to 10 minutes to get to their classes after the dismissal bell rings; when they get there, they’re responsible for being ready to learn.

10 minutes after the end bell rings, you aren’t to let them in your class without an escort or an office pass, and no students leave without an escort,”

Revamped tardiness policy praised in Belvidere - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Beloit Daily News -> Todays Opinion > EDITORIAL: Defend the right to transparency

 

public should observe a Milwaukee County effort to throttle information. The county is considering a proposal essentially making it a punishable offense to disclose any information discussed in a closed-door government meeting

question of whether society is better off with or without enabling whistle-blowers, we come down firmly on the side of transparency. Trust the people with information. They are capable not only of sorting out fact from fiction, but also of assessing motives.

 

law may state clearly a “presumption of complete public access,” but it is not at all uncommon for government to look first for ways to withhold information, or delay disclosure, and then release it only with the greatest reluctance.

Click on the following to read the complete editorial:  Beloit Daily News - your source for news, entertainment, sports, opinion, events, community, shopping and more > Archives > Opinion > Todays Opinion > EDITORIAL: Defend the right to transparency

Monday, September 27, 2010

District 100: Contractual Agreement for Supplemental Educational Services (SES)

Very interesting--The Contract for the support staff is unavailable because it was not reviewed by the District 100’s legal staff.  Yet apparently the board of education voted upon it.   I guess it must be FOIA’ed to find out what the board approved subject to legal review.   See the email request made to Ms. Wallace.

 

Mr. Pysson, The SES Contractual Agreement was never added to the Regular Board of Education due to legal review. This will be placed on the October Regular Board of Education agenda.

Pam Wallace, Secretary to the Superintendent Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 1201 Fifth Avenue Belvidere, Illinois 61008 815.544.8603 Telephone 815.547.1657 Facsimile

Never Give Up - Extra effort is what makes the BIG difference. -----

Original Message----- From: bill pysson [mailto:bpysson@yahoo.com]

Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 10:42 PM To: Wallace, Pam Subject: FOIA: Contractual Agreement for Supplemental Educational Services (SES) The Board Meeting of 9-21-2010 had a table packet with the Contractual Agreement for Supplemental Educational Services (SES). Please send this electronically to the above email address or by mail.

If you so desire you may consider this a Freedom of Information request. I plan on posting this contract on my blog so all of the public can read it. It will be available free of cost and without advertizing.

BILL PYSSON

Friday, September 24, 2010

School year shrinking in Illinois

 

Illinois requires 176 days of “actual pupil attendance” already fewer than most states the vast majority of public school districts dip below that by one or two days and sometimes more, a Chicago Tribune analysis has found.

 

400,000 students in Chicago Public Schools attend school 170 days, with permission from state lawmakers. A similar waiver allows a suburban district to shave eight days off its calendar so teachers can work on improving student achievement

nearly 3,000 half-day school improvement days are scheduled this year in 622 districts. That’s up about 30 percent compared with 2005, according to a Tribune review of school calendar data from 860 districts.

Not including partial days, the Tribune found that Illinois students, on average, will attend school about 171 full days this year.

Read more of the article by clicking on the following:  Beloit Daily News - your source for news, entertainment, sports, opinion, events, community, shopping and more > News > Illinois News

Daily Herald | U. of I. Chicago denies William Ayers emeritus status

The University of Illinois on Thursday denied 1960s radical William Ayers emeritus faculty status after trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy noted Ayers dedicated a book to, among others, the man who killed his father, Robert F. Kennedy

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | U. of I. denies William Ayers emeritus status

Chicago to give performance bonuses to best teachers - chicagotribune.com

 

investment will target 25 city schools — and an estimated 1,125 teachers who work in them — where educators who improve student performance would be eligible to receive bonuses.

third among the 62 winners selected to receive $442 million to reward top teachers

plan to focus on elementary and middle schools where at least half of the students are low-income and where an average of 18 percent of teachers leave at the end of every school year.

In June, a report by Mathematica Policy Research — the same group that will conduct a national evaluation as part of the new round of funding announced Thursday — found that schools that offered the performance bonuses along with more professional development and frequent classroom evaluations fared no better than other schools during the initial two years.

Click on the following for more details:  Chicago to give performance bonu

ses to best teachers - chicagotribune.com

Nominating petitions for seats on the Belvidere School District 100’s Board of Education

Nominating petitions for seats on the Belvidere School
District’s Board of Education are now available. Of the
seven seats, three will be filled at the April 5, 2011 election:
One from Belvidere Township and two from the remaining
townships.
To be eligible to serve, on the date of election
a person must be: at least 18 years of age and a registered
voter; a citizen of the United States; a resident of the State of
Illinois; and a resident of District #100 for at least one year
immediately preceding the election.
Nominating petitions can be picked up at the District’s
Central Office (1201 Fifth Avenue, Belvidere) during
regular business hours.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Belvidere schools, support staff reach three-year deal - “Soft Freeze”

contract places library aides, computer technicians, paraprofessionals and other support staff under a soft freeze through 2013.
“It means we have movement, but the base will stay the same,” Sullivan said. “We have a step schedule, so if you’re a new employee you start at zero, you would move up after your first year by 2.5 percent off the base, which starts at $8.40. You start at minimum wage ($8.25).”

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere schools, support staff reach three-year deal - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Belvidere Teachers Still Have No Contract - MyStateLine.com

In the film clip Channel 17 indicates that the proposed contract is the “same as last year’s.”

The Belvidere Education Association pleaded with its membership to ratify the teachers contract. The vote failed 186 to 162. Belvidere's Superintendent says the board is disappointed.

"We were disappointed, we're probably even more disappointed that 40 percent of the teachers didn't vote either time."

Click on  the following and make certain to view the film clip:  Belvidere Teachers Still Have No Contract - MyStateLine.com

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Belvidere Schools Pass Budget $5M in Red

 

$90 million budget for this fiscal year, which includes larger class sizes. That's because they're about 70 staff members short. Fortunately no programs had to be cut.

 

Also tonight, board members approved a three-year contract will Best Support Staff.

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere Schools Pass Budget $5M in Red

Teacher bonuses not linked to better student performance, study finds

Offering teachers incentives of up to $15,000 to improve student test scores produced no discernible difference in academic performance, according to a study released

first scientifically rigorous review of merit pay in the United States, measured the effect of financial incentives on teachers in Nashville public schools and found that better pay alone was not enough to inspire gains.

researchers found no significant difference between the test results from classes led by teachers eligible for bonuses and those led by teachers who were ineligible. Bonuses appeared to have some positive effect in the fifth grade, researchers said, but they discounted that finding in part because the difference faded out when students moved to the sixth grade.

Click on the following for more details: 

Teacher bonuses not linked to better student performance, study finds

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

Superintendent Michael Houselog. “There’s a number of other things that need to be exhausted, such as mediation, arbitration, and they’re part of the process but no such request has come for those yet.

Mr. (Frank) Marks, the union’s president, has been very adamant about having a good working relationship. We’re going to talk some more and try to get a deal together.”

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

Monday, September 20, 2010

U Of I Tuition: U of I Tuition Ranks Near Top Of List For Big Ten Costs - WGN

Only Penn State is higher for a public college in the Big Ten 

a University of Illinois freshman will pay $23,372 to cover tuition, fees and housing. Some students at the state flagship school might even have to add up to $4,728 to that amount if they pick some other majors, such as, engineering.

Click on the following for more details:  U Of I Tuition: U of I Tuition Ranks Near Top Of List For Big Ten Costs - WGN

Belvidere teachers reject contract for the second time - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

Take a look at all the the film clips--Frank Marks Statement & Full Interview—adds much to the story which is not in the regular TV clip—namely it was just a “one year contract”—and “teachers think they need more respect from the Board of Education” and teachers should be “full partner in the decision making process”

Click on the following as well as above underlined words, above:  Belvidere teachers reject contract for the second time - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

McHenry County College sets enrollment record - chicagotribune.com

The enrollment of 7,392 is an 8.5 percent increase over last fall's record of 6,811. It is a 35.8 percent increase since fall 2005. Last spring, MCC's 7,381 enrollment led the state in student enrollment growth.

Click on the following for more details:  McHenry County College sets enrollment record - chicagotribune.com

Belvidere teachers reject contract for the second time

.[Unions President] "I believe that the board bargains in good faith, and we will attempt to do the same thing, and will continue to negotiate for the welfare of the children of Belvidere."

Marks says the next step is to start those negotiations back up, and that the union will meet with the administration soon to decide how to do that.

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere teachers reject contract for the second time - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

Saturday, September 18, 2010

McHenry High School District-156 referendum panel forming

Not one but two referendums will be on the ballot.  Will either pass? 

$4.255 million budget deficit, the district has an educational programming referendum on the ballot. . An owner of a $200,000 house would pay about $400 more a year in property taxes

borrow $70 million to build a high school to replace East Campus. If that referendum passes, an owner of a $200,000 house would pay $146 more a year in property taxes.

Click on the following for more details:  Northwest Herald | D-156 referendum panel forming

Friday, September 17, 2010

District 100 enrollment down 399

Most of the decrease (243) was due to the closing of the at risk pre-school.  K-12 had a decrease of 147 students;  special education a decrease of 8 and an increase of 1 student in alternative education.

Shown below is full chart of enrollment and a comparison going back to 1994.

Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

2010 enrollment

This chart is also available on the District website:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/88PM8A/$file/Comparison+by+Grade+August+2010.pdf

Free lunch/breakfast up 30% at District 100

These statistics are based upon the following memo from the ARAMARK  Food Service and the calculations shown.

Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

Aramark August free lunches

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There maybe more or less school days in 2010 versus 2009 but a major increase still is shown.  To read all of the memo go to: http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/894PQ2/$file/Lunch+Rpt.pdf

District 100 pays ARAMARK $2.4 million for the food service?

The following information was requested by David Hockstadt of Southwest Food Service of Naperville.

Click on the photocopy to enlarge OR SEE: http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/88LS84/$file/FOIA+Rqt+David+Hookstadt.pdf

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Salaries of District 100 Administration for 2010-11

The following is part of the School Board packet for the 9-22-2010 board meeting and is available at: http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/894PPJ/$file/Administrators+Salary+Compensation+Report+-+2010.pdf

For readers unfamiliar with the TRS program—the contribution can either be paid by the employee or by the school district.  In the case of District 100 the employee contribution is paid by the school district and not deducted from the employee’s salary.

Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

2010-11 Admin Salaries

If you wish to compare these salaries to last year go to:  http://www.district100.com/pdfs/09-10_Administrator_Salary_Compensation_Report.pdf  or see below.

Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

2009-2010 administrative salaries

The following is a list of the administrators who did not have a change in title or apparent responsibilities.  Approximately half receive a 6% raise the others receive no increase.

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McHenry County College defies AG’s orders on releasing information

Cal Skinner of Crystal Lake spoke of this FOIA in August. See:  http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2010/08/20/mchenry-county-college-continues-stonewall-on-release-of-walt-packards-performance-evaluations/

Despite orders from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, college officials still are refusing to release documents detailing Walt Packard’s performance evaluations requested by the Northwest Herald under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

After initially claiming Packard left his post as president in early 2009 to care for his sick wife, college leaders later said the former president was forced to step down in the middle of a three-year contract. Since then, Packard has collected more than $250,000 in salary and benefits.

Click on the following for more details:  Northwest Herald | MCC defies AG’s orders on releasing information

Fish Stories | FactCheck.org

 

Pelosi’s Job Numbers

The speaker of the House said at a Tuesday night news conference: "It’s important to know that in the first eight months of 2010, more jobs were created than in the eight years of the Bush administration."

Really? Well, no, not quite. In the first eight months of this year, the economy gained a net total of 723,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. During Bush’s eight years, the gain was 1,080,000 jobs.

Pelosi’s staff said she was referring only to private sector jobs, omitting any change in government employment. By that measure, she would be right

Obama: Sept. 10: It’s very hard when you’ve got a determined minority in the Senate that insists on a 60-vote filibuster on every single person that we’re trying to confirm, even if after we break the filibuster it turns out that they get 90 votes.

It’s true that Republicans have blocked and delayed many of Obama’s nominees. The Legal Times reported that a 99 to zero vote on one federal court appointment "follows a pattern of circuit nominees waiting several months for votes in the full Senate, only to be confirmed eventually without dissent." The Associated Press cited a "determined Republican stall campaign" for the fact that Obama has "put fewer people on the bench than any president since Richard Nixon at a similar point in his first term 40 years ago."

Fish Stories | FactCheck.org

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: from Superintendent Houselog

This taken from page 2, of this week’s Boone County Journal
See: 
http://boonecountyjournal.com/news/2010/Boone-County-News-09-17-10.pdf#page=2

Michael Houselog
Superintendent of Belvidere District #100
(This is an excerpt of a speech shared with the District
#100 staff during opening workshops to start the 2010-11
school year by Superintendent Houselog. Superintendent
Houselog wishes to thank the Boone County Journal for
agreeing to publish a monthly letter from the Superintendent).
Each summer, shortly after school ends, I start thinking
about what I want to say on opening day to our teachers,
staff, and administrators. This year was particularly challenging.
Despite my best efforts to move forward, I couldn’t
let go of the past six months of budget reductions, staff layoffs,
public and school hearings, and deficit spending. In
fact, it was all I thought about on my way home from visiting
my daughter Amy and her husband Dustyn in Ames,
Iowa.
Somewhere along Interstate 80 I noticed I was spending
more time looking out the windshield than I was looking in
the rear view mirror. While this is always a good thing to
do when you’re driving 70 miles an hour, I realized looking
forward rather than behind is what I needed to talk about in
my message.
I tried to imagine what it would be like if I were driving
in reverse. My 5½ hour trip would turn into an 80 hour
drive, my neck would hurt from looking backwards, and I’d
be exhausted by the time I got to Belvidere. I also thought
that the staff would be exhausted if the school district spent
all of its time looking at what was behind us. I learned that
day on the road that if I spend all of my time looking backward,
I make slow progress moving forward, even if I’m
moving in the right direction. Why else would the windshield
be so much larger than the rear view mirror?
District #100 has a history of being a high quality school
system. We ARE that kind of district for the majority of our
students, but not for all of them. It’s important that each
and every one of our students is performing at a high level
of academic and behavioral performance and that we, as
the educators, are doing whatever it takes to educate every
child, every day. Right now only 75% of our students in
Belvidere are performing at their expected levels.
Over 9,000 times a day we are judged on our performance
by District #100 families. It happens at dining room
tables, at bedtime, in cars on the way to soccer, band lessons,
swimming, or baseball practice, or at McDonald’s.
It happens whenever a parent asks their child, “How was
school today?” Chances are, we get an amazing grade from
75% of our students and families. That means 6,750 students
are giving us a positive grade each day, and about
2,250 are not.
But what about those 2,250 students? Last spring
when hundreds of students graduated from Belvidere and
Belvidere North, 91 of their classmates were absent. Absent
because they dropped out of school. Not all of those
2,250 students are children of color, or poor, or English
Language Learners, or students with special needs. Over
1,150 of our students are chronically truant, meaning they
missed more than 15 days of school last year. 2,851 “F’s”
were given as semester grades to high school students in
2009-2010. The seeds of academic failure are planted long
before high school with our students. It is the responsibility
of each and every one of the staff of the Belvidere School
District, shared with parents, students, and the school, to
see that students graduate proficient in academic and social
areas. When one of our students fails to graduate, we have
collectively failed that child.
Let’s talk about the 75% for a minute. That’s a pretty
decent percentage for a grade, but suppose the U.S. Postal
Service delivered 75% of the mail that we placed in our
mailboxes. Would they be doing a great job? Suppose your
cell phone provider promised that 75% of the time you’d
have service. Would that be acceptable to you? I think you
can see where I’m going with this. It is unacceptable to have
75% of anything be the standard for greatness. Families and
the school district have an obligation to expect more of our
students. I’ve challenged all District 100 staff, and I will
challenge myself as well, to start the serious work that can
no longer be “plucking the low hanging fruit” of school
improvement. We worked hard on increasing student attendance
this past year. Yet these increases in attendance did
not boost achievement.
Here’s what I want this school year: I want to be an exemplary
leader. I want to see strong leadership from our
building and district-level administrative teams. I want to
see better teaching in classrooms. I want to see greater student
engagement and achievement. Finally, I want to do all
of this through a more engaged, cooperative, data-driven,
and collaborative process. That collaboration and cooperation
must transcend beyond the school buildings and must
include our students and their families.
I’ve challenged our staff to look at what they are doing
in their current role in the Belvidere School District through
the windshield rather than through the rear view mirror. I
have also pledged my support to the staff and our 9,000 students
– not just the 6,750 who are already fully engaged
with the goals. Solutions to these problems before us are not
simple ones: We’ve exhausted all of the simple solutions,
and now it is time to start trying the tough ones.
You can be certain that we will look forward, through
the windshield, of course, to guarantee that our students will perform at or beyond the highest national standards.

Sincerely,

Michael Houselog
Superintendent
Belvidere District #100

College of DuPage takes sign spat with Glen Ellyn to state

 

After months of insisting that certain local ordinances do not apply to the school, College of DuPage officials are asking the state to put it in writing.

The dispute between the village and the college grew from an intergovernmental agreement that the college backed out of in December 2008. As a result, the village took the position that its sign codes applied to the school and, this past April, notified COD that its proposed signage violated village ordinance.

State law appears to require that schools follow local building codes. One passage states that schools must follow "any local building codes that may be more restrictive" than state codes. However, COD officials have asked the state board to add a passage that specifically addresses zoning, signage and permit ordinances and establishes these as exceptions.

Daily Herald | College of DuPage takes sign spat with Glen Ellyn to state

Thursday, September 16, 2010

School Board petitions can begin circulating Tuesday - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

The same dates are true for Belvidere Community School District 100 and North Boone School District 200. 

Candidates interested in running for a seat on the Rockford School Board can circulate petitions beginning Tuesday. Candidates can file nominating papers Dec. 13 through Dec. 20. The election is April 5.

Rockford School Board petitions can begin circulating Tuesday - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

78 students reinstated to MCC's Promise program

 

756 students remained in the Promise program, which is funded by private donations.

However, 353 of those students were dropped because they did not meet criteria, school officials said. Of the remaining 403 students, 175 met eligibility requirements for the fall – and another 78 were improperly declared ineligible.

Now that those students have been reinstated, 253 students remain in the Promise program for fall 2010.

Click on the following for more details:  Northwest Herald | 78 students reinstated to MCC's Promise program

UPDATE: Superintendent Trades Raise for Vacation Days - St. Charles, IL Patch

 

Schlomann, whose contract includes a $225,000 base salary, insurance and a car allowance, said he'll forgo next year's increase as well if the economic conditions don't improve.

"Some people say I make too much already," he joked.

Click on the following for more details:  UPDATE: Superintendent Trades Raise for Vacation Days - St. Charles, IL Patch

Letter to Editor of Northwest Herald: Myth on pay

This letter is receiving record comments from readers. 

To the Editor:

 

Finally, the veil has been pulled on the myth that it’s necessary to continue to increase teachers’ and, yes, even administrators’ salaries to attract good people. When 100 people apply for a single position, I’d say it is a buyer’s market. There is a glut of both teachers and administrators.

 

School Districts should not be afraid not only to freeze salaries and benefits, but cut as well. If it’s done across the board, no one will leave. There is no place to go. Even administrative positions can be cut substantially without losing anyone. After all, these positions are at the very high end of any pay scale in both salary and benefits., and even at a substantial reduction are still a coveted position.

 

School district boards, wise up.

 

Jim Gigl

McHenry

Northwest Herald | Myth on pay

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Superintendent Trades Raise for Vacation Days - St. Charles, IL Patch

District 303 Superintendent Donald Schlomann has traded a $7,500 raise for 3 vacation days to help save the district money.

The vacation days must be taken between Christmas and New Year's.

The school board unanimously approved the change at Monday night's regular meeting.

Superintendent Trades Raise for Vacation Days - St. Charles, IL Patch

McHenry Community College reviews Promise raps

This program granted free tuition for 2009 McHenry County high school grad’s.

The Promise program, run by the Friends of McHenry County College Foundation, started with about 930 students in fall 2009. About 575 continued on through the spring semester. At the beginning of the month, Promise officials said 175 remained to continue this semester.

Students have said the requirements and deadlines for the program were unclear.

Click on the following for more details:  Northwest Herald | MCC reviews Promise raps

Monday, September 6, 2010

School Districts wary of federal funding

Illinois State Board of Education has offered estimates for how much school districts could receive from the federal jobs bill that President Obama signed Aug. 13.

All told, Illinois hopes to receive about $415 million

Matt Vanover, spokesman for the Illinois State Board of Education, said districts could begin to have access to the funds in the next few weeks. He added that the money had to be used for salary and benefits

Click on the following for more details:  Northwest Herald | Districts wary of federal funding

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Are you registered to vote?

Are you registered to vote in the November 2 General Election?
At your current address? Have you moved? Did you remember to register to vote at your new address?
The last day to register (or transfer your registration) is October 5, 2010.

Sycamore to decide on impact fee reduction | Daily Chronicle

reduction would last until Dec. 31, 2010. At that point, the city council, park board and school board would review the results to determine its effectiveness.

Sycamore School Board proposed an 18 percent reduction, which would take its impact fee for a detached, four-bedroom, single-family home from $5,560 to $4,560

park district’s fee discount would amount to roughly 42 percent, and the impact fee for a detached, four-bedroom, single-family home would go from $2,427 to $1,390

Click on the following for more details:  Sycamore to decide on impact fee reduction | Daily Chronicle

Friday, September 3, 2010

District 214 relaxes cell phone policy

Rather than spend all day enforcing a cell phone ban, District 214 decided to relax it’s “no cell phone” policy.

district includes Buffalo Grove High School, Elk Grove High School, Forest View Alternative School, John Hersey High School, Newcomer Center, Prospect High School, Rolling Meadows High School, Vanguard School and Wheeling High School.

Students in District 214 schools can now use phones outside the classroom–but not in locker rooms or bathrooms–as long as they’re not disruptive.

Click on the following for more of the story:  District 214 relaxes cell phone policy « WBBM Newsradio 780

Bookkeeper/Data Processor –District 100

 

Organization: Belvidere Community Unit School District #100

Posted: 8/31/2010

Available: ASAP

Belvidere North High School

Position DetailsAbout Belvidere Community Unit School District #100

Description:
$10.33 - $12.33/hour based on experience; 8 hours per day. Needed ASAP.  This is a 12 month position. Reports to the High School Principal and Assistant Principals.
Qualifications:
High School Diploma or equivalent. Ability to work well with minimal supervision and work well with others.  General office skills preferred.  Proficent in the operation of personal computers and software, including data base, mainframe, spreadsheet and word processing.  

Responsibilities:
Perform a variety of clerical and general office duties including typing, data entry, record and file maintenance and reception duties.  Perform other related tasks as may be assigned from time to time. 
Application Procedure:
Qualified applicants should apply on line.
Selection Procedure:
If you are selected you will be contacted by phone

Bookkeeper/Data Processor | K12 Jobspot

NIU to launch new strategic plan

Vision 2020 Initiative will create and implement a new plan for the school, with a main goal of making NIU the most student-centered public research university in the Midwest,

Click on the following for more details:  NIU to launch new strategic plan | Daily Chronicle

Rockford District 205 Teachers’ Salary Schedule and Administrators’ Pay

The teachers’ salary (2009-2010) for Rockford is available on the 205 District site at:  http://webs.rps205.com/departments/HR/files/09561A3BD8D4477B9B57E3E938CEF398.pdf

District 205 Administrators’ salaries and benefits for 2009-2010 are available at:  http://webs.rps205.com/departments/HR/files/58685AFB2D4F4BD4826CB249436BB50C.pdf 

Total salary and benefits for SHEFFIELD, LAVONNE M,  DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT
$210,000.00
$21,788.13
$1,344.42
$1,947.12
$1,460.34
$12,264.00
$660.24
$792.00
18.00
18.00
$0.00
$463.57

TOTAL:  $250,756

District 100 Teachers’ and Administrators’ Salaries

It is mandated that this information is available to the public.  District 100 has place it on the District website however there is no index or link to find it.

The latest full listings are from last school year (2009-2010). 

For Teachers,  go to:  http://www.district100.com/pdfs/09-10_Teacher_Salary_Compensation_Report.pdf

For Administrators, Go to:  http://www.district100.com/pdfs/09-10_Administrator_Salary_Compensation_Report.pdf

For Superintendent Houselog’s 2010-2011 salary and contract, Go to:  http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2010/08/superintendent-houselogs-new-five-year_23.html------MR. HOUSELOG’S CONTRACT IS THE MOST VISITED POSTING --as of September 3, 2010—311 visits.

For 2009-2010 the total cost of salary and benefits for Mr. Houselog 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.

Seattle Schools teachers OK new contract, vote 'no confidence' in superintendent

Negotiations in Seattle was headlined across the county  because of teacher evaluations were to be based upon student performance—the facts appear very different from some of the national headlines. 

Student growth, measured by test scores, won't be part of all teachers' evaluations, as the district had originally proposed. And the district won't limit raises to teachers who volunteer to sign up for the new evaluation system.

Instead, as the union suggested a few weeks ago, low student growth scores will only be used to trigger a closer look at teachers, even if principals otherwise have decided they're doing a competent job.

The new contract will usher in the teacher-evaluation system, in which teachers will be rated as innovative, proficient, basic or unsatisfactory, rather than satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

1 percent raises in the contract's final two years and $2,000 stipends for teachers who work in the lowest-performing schools as long as they're not on improvement plans.

The contract also relies on the passage of a property-tax levy in November. If the levy fails, and grants don't come through, only parts of the new contract will be put in place.

Local News | Seattle Schools teachers OK new contract, vote 'no confidence' in superintendent | Seattle Times Newspaper

Embracing technology - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard

One SMART Board costs about $3,200. This includes the board, speakers, software, projector, mounts and installation.

“They are great for interactive websites. Many of our textbooks come with software that is ready to be used with the interactive white boards,” Haan said.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Belvidere teachers, School Board to resume talks

Thursday meeting will be the first for both parties since the Belvidere School Board approved the same one-year agreement Aug. 16, which union teachers rejected a day earlier.

Questions loom as to why the school board would approve an agreement nixed by its educators

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Springfield Chamber supports county sales tax for schools

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is backing a proposed sales tax for schools in Sangamon County, on the grounds that an investment in school facilities will enhance economic development

Voters will say Nov. 2 whether the county should impose the additional sales tax. It would be up to the Sangamon County Board to decide the actual amount and to levy the tax.

Citizens for Sangamon County Schools, a coalition of county residents formed to urge voters to approve the 1 percent sales tax, is excited to have the chamber’s support, group spokesman Chuck Pell said.

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