Saturday, April 28, 2012

Proposal could put weight of teacher pensions on districts - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

 

School districts may have to dip into reserves or scale back on services. Belvidere Community School District Superintendent Mike Houselog says there is not much left to make cuts to.

"If we did make cuts, where would we make cuts to? We have class sizes that are larger than most areas and our per pupil spending is lower."

The President of the Belvidere Education Association, Mark Luthin, says teachers are concerned about their future and the next generation of educators. "I worry about my daughter, who is getting into education next year when she graduates from college and I worry about her retirement in the next 30 or 40 years."

Proposal could put weight of teacher pensions on districts - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

District 100—2010 Wages of non-certified staff

The following is taken from:  http://www.openthebooks.com/search/?F_fiscalyear=2010&F_imrfemployernm=&F_imrfempnm=Belvidere%20Cu%20Sd%20100&pg=7

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IMRF Retired District 100 arranged by $ value:

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Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 Jobs | K12 Jobspot

District 100 has just done a reduction in staff and also has 40 job openings posted to job seekers from outside the school district?

40 jobs from Belvidere Community Unit School District #100

Washington Academy

Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 · Belvidere IL 61008

Assistant Principal

3 weeks ago

Assistant Principal for Student Services

Belvidere High School

Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 · Belvidere IL 61008

Assistant Principal

3 weeks ago

Assistant Principal for Student Services

Belvidere Central Middle School

Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 · Belvidere IL 61008

Assistant Principal

3 weeks ago

Math-LOA

Belvidere High School

Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 · Belvidere IL 61008

Mathematics

4 weeks ago

Psychologist

TBD

Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 · Belvidere IL 61008

Psychologist

1 month ago

Speech and Language Pathologist

TBD

Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 · Belvidere IL 61008

Speech and Language Pathologist

Continuous

Football-Assistant Coach (8)

Belvidere North High School

Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 · Belvidere IL 61008

Coaching

Continuous

General Coaching

TBD

Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 · Belvidere IL 61008

Athletics/Activities : General Coaching

Continuous

Football Asst. Coach

Belvidere North High School

Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 · Belvidere IL 61008

Coaching

Continuous

General Educational Support Staff

Any School

Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 · Belvidere IL 61008

Paraprofessional

The above listing is taken fromBelvidere Community Unit School District #100 Jobs | K12 Jobspot

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The good and bad of No Child Left Behind

 

Kane County Chronicle

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By ASHLEY RHODEBECK - arhodebeck@shawmedia.com

Created: Saturday, April 21, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

 

Although No Child Left Behind set goals through 2014, Kaneland School District 302 Superintendent Jeff Schuler said nobody anticipated the federal law would reach that year without some revision or adjustment.

Now that the deadline is mere years away, he said, schools and school districts are facing “an unrealistic target with very punitive outcomes or consequences.”

NCLB calls for all public schoolchildren to be proficient in reading and math by 2014. Potential consequences for missing the benchmarks leading up to that goal include replacing teachers, implementing new curriculum and allowing students to attend other district schools.

In exchange for relief from the existing federal mandates, states applying for the waiver must develop and implement education reforms.

Illinois’ proposal is guided by three principles: college and career-ready expectations for all students; state-developed differentiated recognition, accountability and support; and supporting effective instruction and leadership, according to the executive summary.

The full 685-page proposal is available on the ISBE website.

Read the entire story by clicking on the following:  Kane County Chronicle | The good and bad of No Child Left Behind

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Huntley High School journalism students win nation’s top award - The Voice

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Huntley High School’s The Voice is proud to announce that in its first year on the Internet, the site was awarded the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker award in Seattle on Saturday. The award, unofficially known as “the Pulitzer Prize of high school journalism,” is the highest award in the country for setting the pace in the high school journalism world.

The Voice Online is headed by Michael Geheren, Editor in Chief, Joe Cristo, Managing Editor and Associate Editors: Holly Baldacci, Yazmin Dominguez and Kierra Renwick.

 

Click on the following for more details:  Huntley High School journalism students win nation’s top award - The Voice

District 100’s timetable for sales tax referendum

Here are the tentative timetables for District 100’s big push for a sales referendum.  They are taken from the April 16, 2012 board packet:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/8TAPFB6459C8/$file/Facility%20Sales%20Tax.pdf  

sales tax april 1

Interesting is the whole question of “long range facility planning”.  Little is mentioned of the most  pressing reason--  sales tax is needed because  financing costs on the new high school and other buildings are increasing at a rate that exceeds 7% per year and very soon the public may realize that.  For more on this issue go to: No Grown May mean higher property taxes, by clicking on: http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2008/11/no-growth-may-mean-higher-taxes.html

 

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sales tax april 3

I am very opposed to the sales tax referendum (as allowed by current law.)  Read my letter to editor of March 30. 2012:  http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2012/03/vote-no-to-school-sales-tax-in-november.html

Monday, April 16, 2012

District 100’s timetable for sales tax referendum

Here are the tentative timetables for District 100’s big push for a sales referendum.  They are taken from the April 16, 2012 board packet:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/8TAPFB6459C8/$file/Facility%20Sales%20Tax.pdf  

sales tax april 1

Interesting is the whole question of “long range facility planning”.  Little is mentioned that pressing reason that a sales tax is needed is because  financing costs on the new high school and other buildings are increasing at a rate that exceeds 7% per year and very soon the public may realize that.  For more on this issue go to: No Grown May mean higher property taxes, by clicking on: http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2008/11/no-growth-may-mean-higher-taxes.html

 

sales tax april 2

 

sales tax april 3

I am very opposed to the sales tax referendum (as allowed by current law.)  Read my letter to editor of March 30. 2012:  http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2012/03/vote-no-to-school-sales-tax-in-november.html

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Golden Apple Foundation honors 2 with service award - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

 

The Golden Apple Foundation will present awards for service to one organization and one individual at this year's banquet.

The first school-based food pantry in Illinois, Belvidere's Community Cupboard, is one of two recipients of the Golden Apple Education Service Award this year. The organization works to feed students and families in need within Belvidere District 100. The Community Cupboard also provides nutrition information, healthy recipes, opportunities for student volunteers to gain service hours, work skills for special education students, and dental supplies. The organization reaches approximately 200 families every month.

Golden Apple Foundation honors 2 with service award - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Free EKG screens for high school students | The Rock River Times

 

Young Hearts for Life Cardiac Screening Program provides free EKG screenings to area students. Locally, Dr. Kenneth Brin of Midwest Heart Specialists and SwedishAmerican Health System are offering the screenings at SwedishAmerican Heart Hospital and Belvidere Medical Center. Appointments are scheduled every 15 minutes and begin at 6 p.m.

Heart Hospital at SwedishAmerican: Wednesday, April 11; Tuesday, May 8; and Wednesday, June 6.

Belvidere Medical Center: Tuesday, April 17 and; Wednesday, May 16.

Register your child by calling Ann Sammons, (815) 968-4400, ext. 62894, or e-mail at asammons@swedishamerican.org.

Free EKG screens for high school students | The Rock River Times

Friday, April 6, 2012

Update on the Wind Mill project in Carpentersville.

 

End Of Wind Consortium Nearing

D300's Joint School Wind Consortium made plans Tuesday to close itself down since it never found a way to get "free" electricity from the wind and all three member districts have signed contracts to buy power from an alternate energy supplier instead.

Click on the following for more detail:  http://www.firstelectricnewspaper.com/

Monday, April 2, 2012

Senior citizens continue to bear burden of student loans - The Washington Post

 

New research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows that Americans 60 and older still owe about $36 billion in student loans, providing a rare window into the dynamics of student debt. More than 10 percent of those loans are delinquent.

Click on the following to read all of the story:  Senior citizens continue to bear burden of student loans - The Washington Post

Beloit voters to decide school referendum issue - Beloit Daily News:

by: Hillary Gavan hgavan@beloitdailynews.combeloitdailynews.com

The cost breakdown of the proposed $70 million referendum is as follows: $32 million for the two newly constructed and renovated intermediate schools; $31 million for the six primary school renovations; $5.9 million for Beloit Memorial High School’s pool; $500,000 for the new high school tennis courts; and $600,000 for renovation of the existing pool site into a fitness center, according to Superintendent Steve McNeal.

The property tax increase — over and above what already is being paid under the 1994 high school referendum — for homeowners would be about $90 annually for a home valued at $100,000. McNeal noted that the average home value in Beloit is $74,600

Click on the following for all of the story:  Beloit voters to decide school referendum issue - Beloit Daily News: News: beloit, hillary gavan, referendum, school district of beloit,

The Beloit Daily News endorses a “Yes” vote.  SEE:  http://www.beloitdailynews.com/opinion/todays_opinion/editorial-promote-progress-with-a-yes-vote/article_a9a581a4-7ad7-11e1-9828-001a4bcf887a.html