Wednesday, October 31, 2012

State tests: Fewer Rock River Valley schools get 'failing' grades - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

— Nearly 70 percent of Rock River Valley schools failed this year under the federal No Child Left Behind Act and its standards.

The results from the annual standardized tests, released today, are better than last year, when 73 percent of schools failed to reach Adequate Yearly Progress.

State tests: Fewer Rock River Valley schools get 'failing' grades - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Belvidere enrollment dip to cost $500K in state aid - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

By Jennifer Wheeler

RRSTAR.COM

 

One of four classroom seats in the Belvidere School District is unfilled this year, marking the fourth year of declining enrollment.

And with 3,000 empty desks, the district expects to receive $500,000 less in state aid that’s dependent on student population

Read the entire story by clicking on the following:  Belvidere enrollment dip to cost $500K in state aid - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Scott Reeder: Of mice and men's long-term brief taxes - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Interesting story—especially in light of District 100’s sales tax referendum

Stifel Nicolaus, one of the nation’s largest investment banking firms, put out a slick video that depicts the sales tax as a wondrous financial instrument designed to reduce property taxes.

I’ll let you in on a secret.

Outfits like Stifel Nicolaus have one thing in mind: marketing debt.

They get paid every time they handle a bond issue for a governmental entity and sell it off to investors on Wall Street.

Usually what sparks a school district asking for a sales tax referendum is a desire to build a school or make improvements to buildings,” said Roger Eddy, executive director of the Illinois Association of School Boards.

Scott Reeder: Of mice and men's long-term brief taxes - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dean Marcellus speaks regarding the school sales tax

The following are taken from the Boone County Journal for Friday, 10/26/2012

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Mr. Marcellus also paid for an ad.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Alleged scrap-selling scheme at NIU results in charges against nine current, former employees - Chicago Tribune

 

By Jodi S. Cohen, Chicago Tribune reporter

Former Northern Illinois University administrator Bob Albanese on Tuesday was charged with felony theft and official misconduct for allegedly misusing recycled materials and the proceeds obtained from those materials. He resigned in July while under investigation for misconduct. (Northern Illinois University)

Nine current and former Northern Illinois University employees were charged with felonies Tuesday in an alleged scheme to sell university scrap materials and deposit the proceeds in a private bank account.

Eight of the individuals were charged with felony theft, including a former senior administrator, Robert Albanese, who had been NIU's associate vice president for finance and facilities before he resigned in July while under investigation for misconduct.

Alleged scrap-selling scheme at NIU results in charges against nine current, former employees - Chicago Tribune

Friday, October 19, 2012

Huntley teachers authorize union leadership to consider strike - DailyHerald.com

 

news release sent from the district late Thursday night said “the entire board is disappointed the HEA negotiating team has twice failed to secure ratification of the agreements reached at the table,” and it called for the union to reconfigure its negotiating team.

“It appears that the HEA negotiating team does not have the authority to enter into a ratifiable agreement,” the news release said. “The Board respectfully requests the HEA membership send a team that has the authority to enter into an agreement and ensure ratification.”

Huntley teachers authorize union leadership to consider strike - DailyHerald.com

MCC gets federal grant to expand manufacturing programs - DailyHerald.com

 

McHenry County College will use a federal grant to train those who became unemployed after their jobs moved out of the country, as well as veterans and others who are unemployed and underemployed, in high-wage, high-skill manufacturing jobs, officials said.

The three-year, nearly $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s trade adjustment assistance community college and career training program will be used to expand the college’s manufacturing training programs, including robotics, welding and computer numerical control, officials said. The grant is part of $12.9 million recently awarded to 21 state community college

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

District 100 officials pitch sales tax increase in Poplar Grove | Belvidere Daily Republican

Written by Bob Balgemann

Doug Smiley, vice president of the District 100 school board, pitched the need for the higher sales tax to the Poplar Grove Village Board at its Oct. 9 meeting. Joining him were Superintendent Michael Houselog; the district’s chief financial officer, Greg Brown; and School District 200 Superintendent Steven Baule.

Houselog introduced the subject at the start of the meeting, Smiley did most of the explaining and Baule passed out a sheet with some commonly asked questions.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

$50K to hit local school district banks through ISBE grant - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

$50,000 grant is on its way to several school districts in Boone, Winnebago and Ogle counties. In all, local districts will receive a combined $850,000 for school maintenance projects. The Illinois State Board of Education today announced $39.2 million in school maintenance grants. The grants are $50,000 matching grants for maintenance projects to help offset project costs.

The money can go toward a slew of projects, state officials say, including resealing parking lots, removing asbestos, replacing playground equipment or repairing bleachers, for example.

District Name                   Total Project Cost       Total Grant Amt

Belvidere CUSD 100                $366,264.00             $50,000.00

North Boone CUSD 200         $1,240,800.00            $50,000.00

$50K to hit local school district banks through ISBE grant - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Friday, October 5, 2012

North Boone provides local info on sales tax referendum - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

North Boone School District will not take a stance on the upcoming “county school facility tax” referendum to increase the countywide sales tax, the board agreed to place information

District 200 would receive about $450,000 yearly, said financial services firm Stifel Nicolaus.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

How much did District 100 pay for Mr. Houselog’s doctorate?

During the last three school years taxpayers paid $19,973 to Aurora University for tuition and fees for Mr. Houselog’s doctorate degree.

Below is the FOIA request that was necessary to obtain this information.

Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

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