Monday, January 31, 2011

Two Members of District 100 Administration receive large retro-active pay raises

After the closed-session portion of December 20, 2010 board meeting, two members of the administration received  “Christmas presents” from the Board of Education—retroactive pay raises to the beginning of the fiscal year.  There was no apparent indication why such sizeable increases were granted.

After the same closed session, the board approved 1% increase in salary for all district non-union employees, excluding administration, retroactive back to July 1.   Earlier in December, the Teachers’ Union ratified a one year Union contract with District 100 which included no increase for additional experience and a one per cent increase in pay for 2010-2011.

Principal Lincoln Elementary Ms. Marchini’s received a 5.3% increase in wages Assistant Superintendent Ms. Gieseke received a 20.9% increase. 

The following is taken for the approved board minutes available at: http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/8CSLN6/$file/12-20-10+Regular+Minutes.pdf   See page 10.

Member Rathbun made a motion and Member Smiley seconded the motion to approve change in salary of Elizabeth Marchini, Principal at Lincoln Elementary School from $85,521 to $90,022 + TRS retroactive back to July 1, 2010. The President put the question, and the following members voted:
YEA: Rathbun, Smiley, Fox, Norem, Powell, and Van Evera
NAY: None
The President declared the motion passed.

Member Norem made a motion and Member Fox seconded the motion to approve change in salary of Cheryl Gieseke, Assistant Superintendent, from $99,249 to $120,000 retroactive back to July 1, 2010. The President put the question, and the following members voted:
YEA: Norem, Fox, Rathbun, Smiley, Powell, and Van Evera
NAY: None
The President declared the motion passed.
Member Smiley made a motion and Member Fox seconded the motion to approve a 1% increase in salary for all district non-union employees, excluding administration, retroactive back to July 1, 2010. The President put the question, and the following members voted:
YEA: Smiley, Fox, Norem, Powell, Rathbun, and Van Evera
NAY: None
The President declared the motion passed.

Rockford cut proposal spurs calls to private school - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Today marked the beginning of the annual Catholic Schools Week. St. James and many other Catholic schools in the area held open houses for current and prospective parents.

catholic school enrollment

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Rockford cut proposal spurs calls to private school - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Belvidere Looks into Adding Magnet School - MyStateLine.com

Could this help middle school (6-8) over crowding at the two middle schools?

board of education had a special retreat today[1-29-2011] to hear ideas about creating the city's first magnet school. The plans would transform Washington Elementary into Washington Academy; initially hosting grades K-6. The school would have a focus on science, technology, engineering and math. Some of the changes would include 20 extra days of optional schooling for students who need more time to learn, as well as shorter P.E. periods.
"Our board has challenged us to come up with some different structures to make what were doing well, generalized across all school settings, and that's what we propose to do," said Belvidere Superintendent Michael Houselog.
The school district will host an informational meeting for parents on Wednesday at Washington Elementary.

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere Looks into Adding Magnet School - MyStateLine.com

Friday, January 21, 2011

More security cameras installed at Belvidere High School

 

security cameras have been installed at Belvidere High School, providing 100 percent coverage for all areas inside the building. They were purchased through a $10,640 grant from Belvidere Crimestoppers.

Click on the following for more details:  More security cameras installed at Belvidere High School

Boone County Journal: Debt Restructuring on on Center Stage at District #100

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This article is available at:  http://boonecountyjournal.com/news/2011/Boone-County-News-01-21-11.pdf#page=2 or at cooperating Boone County merchants.

For the complete Power Point presentation of the William Blair consulting firm go to: 

01-18-11 William Blair Presentation.ppt (1,245 KB)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Building Supervisor | K12 Jobspot

 

Position DetailsAbout Belvidere Community Unit School District #100

Description:
$48,000-$54,000, 7:00 am– 4:00 pm Mon-Fri.  
Job Summary:
Under the direction of the Director of Buildings and Grounds, the Supervisor will oversee the operations of his or her building.  This will consist of the direct supervision for the operation and maintenance of all building equipment associated with heating, cooling, ventilation, electrical systems, lighting and all equipment used in the daily cleaning of the building.  Also, will direct the operations consisting of the security, cleaning and general maintenance of the interior and exterior of the building and all associated areas.

Qualifications:
· High School Diploma

· Minimum of 3 years supervising 5 or more employees

· 3 years experience with Computer Operated Mechanical Systems and building functions

· 5 years experience with building cleaning processes for carpet and hard surface care, locker room and toilet room care and general building operations

· Must possess good leadership and organizational skills

Application Procedure:
Qualified applicants should apply on line.

Building Supervisor | K12 Jobspot

Saturday, January 15, 2011

District 100 Considers Debt Re-structuring

William Blair& Company will present a detailed debt re-structuring  plan at the Tuesday evening Board of Education meeting.

The detailed plans are available at: 

01-18-11 William Blair Presentation.ppt (1,245 KB)

Some of the important details of this report which I observed  follow:

Slide 6:  Current debt cost increasing 7% per year—restructuring will attempt to hold total tax (education and operating taxes and debt) to 5%.

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Slide 5:  Shows the current situation.  Currently (Levy Year 2010) total tax rate (last column) will rise from 4.07 (2009) to 4.51.  Next year the total tax exceeds 5% (5.13%) and will steadily rise up to 5.62% in levy year 2022. These increases occur because of increases in  both the debt services costs  and in operating tax rates. Operating tax rates increase because rates decreased in prior years under tax caps are now rising as levies limited by the rate of inflation can increase up to the statutory/referenda limits.

Projections are based upon the known decreases in EAV (see 2nd column) for Levy Year(LY) 2010 (-6.22%)  and a projected (-9.57%) decrease in LY 2011 with no return to significant EAV increases until LY 2015. All restructuring scenarios are based upon these assumptions.

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Slide 7. 5 Year Restructuring

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Slide 8.  4 Year Restructuring

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Slide 9.  3 Year Restructuring

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Slide 10.  3-2 Year Restructures for 6 Years

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District 100 projects decrease in enrollment

Based upon documents for this month’s Board meeting-- enrollment to decreased enrollment in coming years.  As shown by the chart from the board packet (shown below), a decrease of approximately 1.5% for the next two years and less than that for the following three years.  A 3.4% increase is shown in the final year (2016-17).  Based upon past experience I conjecture such an increase is based upon revitalized housing sales in year 3 or 4.

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Above taken from:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/8CSMTM/$file/FY+12+Enrollment+Projections.pdf

DISTRICT 100: IEA request shows that in five years only one tenured teacher was considered less than satisfactory

The following was District 100’s response to Illinois Education Association (IEA) Freedom of Information Request regarding performance evaluations for teachers.  The web reference is:http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/8CUHQK/$file/FOIA+Rqt+1.3.11.pdf 

The IEA request is at the bottom.  IEA sent a copy of the request to Frank Marks, Belvidere Education Association President.

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Who is running for District 100 School Board?

It required a Freedom of Information Request from Mr. Singer from Northbrook but here are the three candidates for the three open slots.

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Mr. Rathbun and Powell will be returning to the post; Mr. Wilson is new. 

In an earlier posting I mentioned the bio in the Rockford Register [see:http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2010/12/ross-blumenthal-candidate-for-district.html]  in which Mr. Blumenthal stated he was  “running for the Belvidere Community Schoo0l District School Board”  That was answering the question:  “ Do you belong to any clubs/groups/boards”.

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Apparently either Mr. Blumenthal did not complete his petitions; or like my 2009 story his petitions were not accepted.  Is there a story here?  I certainly do not know.

Moment of silence could be coming back to Illinois schools | WBEZ

 

Illinois' school superintendent acknowledges the legal battle over the state's "Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act."

Legislators approved the measure in 2007 despite critics who say it amounted to bringing religion into public schools. A federal judge initially suspended schools from having the moment of silence - but an appeals court said it is constitutional and the ban could be lifted soon. The appeals court even went so far as to cite a good example of how to implement the moment of silence: by making a school-wide announcement before the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Illinois superintendent says he will leave it up to individual districts how they want to conduct the moment of silence.

Click on the following for more details:  Moment of silence could be coming back to Illinois schools | WBEZ

Friday, January 14, 2011

Free Tuition “Promise” program participation wanes at McHenry Community College

McHenry County College 8900 United States Highway 14 Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012

inaugural class started off with 1,088 members, but numbers have dwindled as requirements for the scholarship were increased. Going into the spring 2011 semester, 178 students remain eligible,

foundation launched the Promise program for the fall 2009 semester. The scholarship program, which started with about $2 million in pledged donations, was offered to all McHenry County high school graduates who chose to attend MCC in 2009. In return, students were expected to take 12 credit hours, maintain a 2.0 grade-point average, and perform 16 hours of volunteer work each semester

twice as many students as expected enrolled in the Promise program and funding dried up amid an ongoing recession, the foundation’s Board of Directors stopped new enrollment and ratcheted up the GPA requirements for students to continue. The number of students eligible has dropped steadily each semester

Northwest Herald | Promise program participation wanes at MCC

Thursday, January 13, 2011

‘W’ to be keynoter in Elgin

President George W. Bush Confirmed Keynote

2011 World Leaders Forum

Judson University is proud to present the inaugural World Leaders Forum, featuring President George W. Bush and a panel of accomplished entrepreneurs with global impact. This annual event will bring recognized world leaders to the Judson University campus each year with the intent to inspire and ignite a flame of leadership for all who attend. All proceeds this year will be donated to the Entrepreneurship Studies Endowment Fund. Please join the Judson Community as we endeavor to educate tomorrow’s business leaders and build greatness in the lives of Judson students. JOIN US!

REGISTER NOW, for the best pricing and best seats! Early Bird Pricing ends January 31, 2011. All Tickets are Tax Deductible (see ticket pricing for details).

Monday, January 10, 2011

District 100 Published expenses

The following appeared in the November 26, 2010 Boone County Journal and is a statutory requirement. Click on the photocopy to enlarge.

 

Page 1:  Very top of page supplies an abbreviated financials for 2009-2010 school year.  The rest of the page has salaries.  The name of all certified staff (those requiring a college degree and state certification) divided into the following income groups:  under $25K, $25-40k, $40-60k, $60-90k, 90k and over.  Non-certified under $25k, which continues onto page 2.

For a more accurate salary and benefit cost of individual teachers go to:  http://www.district100.com/pdfs/09-10_Teacher_Salary_Compensation_Report.pdf

For the certified administration go to: http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/894PPJ/$file/Administrators+Salary+Compensation+Report+-+2010.pdf and the 2010-11 salaries are available.

No such individual schedule is available for non-certified personnel.

 

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Page 2:  First column continues non-certified under $25K followed by $25-40K, $40-60 and finally over $60. 

Column 2 and 3 have the individual suppliers to the District and their total amount of payment for the school year.  Also included here are members of the staff who received reimbursements for their expenses.  Several had very sizeable reimbursements:  Greg Brown, Director of Business Services, received $7850.74.  Shannon Hanson, Communications Coordinator, $14,627.81.

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Worse Paying College Degrees

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Click on the following to find more:  http://finance.yahoo.com/college-education/article/110196/20-worst-paying-college-degrees-in-2010?mod=edu-continuing_education

Boone County Journal now is searchable

If you read an interesting article in the Boone County Journal  anytime since October 2008 you now can find it on-line.  

Just go the front page of the website [http://www.boonecountyjournal.com/] (shown below).  In red at the very bottom of the page is the search box.  Click on the second photocopy to better see the red search box.

All retrieved articles are available free of costs.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Instrumental Music (Band) | K12 Jobspot

Job Opening District 100

Instrumental Music (Band)

Organization: Belvidere Community Unit School District #100

Type: High School Teaching : Music - Band

Posted: 1/07/2011

Available: ASAP

Belvidere High School

Position DetailsAbout Belvidere Community Unit School District #100

Description:
This position is for the remainder of the 2010-11 school year.

Qualifications:

Type 10 (K-12 Special Certificate) with secondary Endorsement in music.

Application Procedure:
Qualified applicants should apply on line.
Selection Procedure:
If you are selected you will be contacted by phone

Click on the following to find this Job posting:  Instrumental Music (Band) | K12 Jobspot

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Dale Muck to fill vacant Belvidere School Board seat

 

Regional Superintendent Richard Fairgrieves notified the district via a Dec. 29 letter that he’d selected Dale Muck to fill a vacant seat on the board….he didn’t file election paperwork to be a candidate in the April election.

 

Belvidere School District has three positions expiring, two which are held by Michael Rathbun and John Powell. Both incumbents are seeking re-election and Daniel Wilson filed petitions to run, too.

Dale Muck to fill vacant Belvidere School Board seat - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Dakota man to be arraigned in sex abuse case - Freeport, IL -

A 63-year-old Dakota man accused of sexually abusing an underage girl is set to be arraigned in DuPage County Circuit Court later this month.

French, a founder and former pastor at Indian Grove Country Church in Rock City, has a connection to the Naperville area, but police have not disclosed that connection. The defendant was also an adjunct professor of history at Rock Valley College in Rockford, according to the Naperville Sun. French does not have a criminal record, police say.

defendant was able to post bond and was released from DuPage County Jail in December. He posted $25,000 bail, or 10 percent of his $250,000 bond.

Dakota man to be arraigned in sex abuse case - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard

Monday, January 3, 2011

District 100 School Bonds increasing 7% per year for foreseeable future

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The above was orally presented at the December 20, 2010 Tax Levy Hearing for District 100 and was subsequently submitted to the Boone County Journal and published on December 31:  http://boonecountyjournal.com/news/2010/Boone-County-News-12-31-10.pdf#page=2

Below is public hearing announcement from December 10.

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