Thursday, November 29, 2012

BCJ Editorial Calls for new District 100 Administration and Board

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The above is taken from Page 3 of this Friday’s Editorial of the Boone County Journal which is available free of cost at merchants across the county and on-line at: http://www.boonecountyjournal.com/news/2012/Boone-County-News-11-30-12.pdf#page=1

Ex-Lake Forest schools superintendent expenses reveal need for oversight, some say - chicagotribune.com

    By Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune reporter

    November 25, 2012

  • Forgave $75,000 home loan
  • Twice yearly travel to educators conference at California oceanfront resort
  • Hundreds of meals
  • Gave him free car at retirement
  • Full family medical costs through 2015, then $300 per month toward medical insurance for another 10 years
  • $15,000 on entertainment, travel, professional development, car repairs and membership dues
  • Possible conflict of interest, Griffith on bank board that oversees the districts accounts
  • 2006, a Griffith’s bank board colleagues, Joseph Pasquesi, sold a house next to the high school to District 115 for $477,000 — more than double the amount it cost four years earlier. Now used for storage purposes.

his job overseeing two small school districts in affluent Lake Forest, Harry Griffith was among the highest paid public school administrators in the state, bringing in $362,000 last academic year alone.

Read the entire story by clicking on the following:  Ex-Lake Forest schools superintendent expenses reveal need for oversight, some say - chicagotribune.com

North Boone Teacher Recognized as WGN-TV's Teacher of the Month

 

POPLAR GROVE (WIFR) -- WGN-TV’s “Teacher of the Month,” recognizing exceptional teachers for their contributions both inside and outside of the classroom, will profile Brad Breakfield of North Boone Upper Elementary School in Poplar Grove in an upcoming segment on WGN News at Nine. The series, reported by WGN News reporter Muriel Clare, WGN–TV profiles one outstanding teacher each month. As part of this honor, Mr. Breakfield will receive a $1,000 honorarium which he may use to purchase things for his classroom. At this time, Mr. Breakfield hopes to purchase four e-Readers to use as a literacy center in his classroom.

Click on the following for more details;  North Boone Teacher Recognized as WGN-TV's Teacher of the Month

Hononegah football put on probation, forced to forfeit game - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

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The IHSA determined that an ineligible student participated on the Hononegah varsity football team this past season. As a result, the program has been put on probation until October 24, 2013 and has agreed to forfeit one of its 9 wins this past season.

Click on the following for more details:  Hononegah football put on probation, forced to forfeit game - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Closing Kishwaukee School?

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I just received this by email.

KISH FAMILIES!

We are going to have a meeting this Wednesday the 28th at the school at 6pm. This meeting is going to be about the district budget cuts and how we can support Kishwaukee. Many hard decisions are going to have to be made very soon by our school board and we do not want one to be closing Kishwaukee! We are asking that you please come to this meeting and be ready to discuss all of our options. The link to some of the proposals is below.
http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/922S6370B6F3/$file/Budget%20Reduction%20Suggestions%2011-19-12.pdf

There is a school board meeting on Monday December 17th at 6pm at the district office building, that we would like all Kish families to attend! Can we have a commitment from everyone to attend this meeting? It is our children's future and we should all have a say in it. Put it on your calendar now and please plan on attending! We would like over 100 people at this meeting so please pass the word on to other Kishwaukee families that you are going!!

Wednesday Nov. 28th meeting- 6pm at Kishwaukee

Monday Dec. 17th meeting- 6pm district office building

Reposting of popular posting on North Boone’s Dr. Baule

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Highlights of newspaper chronology of Dr. Steven Baule at CUSD 201 Westmont & New North Boone Superintendent

I received this list of newspaper articles regarding Dr. Steven Baule [2010-2013, Superintendent of North Boone District 200] from an anonymous source. . Dr. Baule currently(as of 2010) is the Superintendent of Westmont, District 201. Here is what the Westmont newspaper has to say about his activities.

The article in red probably is the best indicator of why Dr. Baule will be at North Boone. Four outsiders banned together on a “Better District 200 “ platform and defeated the incumbent board president and others board leaders.

Full List of Articles

District 201 ponders closing South School. Click on the following: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/news/education/x510951648

District 201 votes to shut South’s doors: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/news/education/x1208736743

District 201 incumbents win re-election: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/news/x879313183

District 201 parents form advocacy group: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/news/x2110143315

Public allowed to speak at School Board meetings: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/news/x1136424685

Parent frustrated with communications: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/news/x1944244316

Board told by state it must respond to public's request: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/homepage/x663479545

School Board defies attorney general regarding superintendent contract: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/news/x775333294

School Board reverses closed session policy after contacted by state: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/news/x870893099

Residents shown doors at District 201 meeting: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/news/x1236314424

Miller parents concerned about composition of fourth-grade class: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/news/x859715083

Special ed parents upset about communication lapse: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/homepage/x1971618181

High school nets poor test score rankings: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/education/x1967340495

Park District to sponsor canceled trip: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/news/x1772962332/Park-District-to-sponsor-canceled-trip

Eight residents running in District 201 School Board race: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/news/x1996658458/Eight-residents-running-in-District-201-School-Board-race

District 201 School Board needs new leadership (letter # 2): http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/opinions/letters_to_the_editor/x1950205948/Letters-to-the-Editor

A Better 201 slate wins all board seats: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/news/x180630277/A-Better-201-slate-wins-all-board-seats

Post Election Articles: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westmont/news/education

Charges dropped against NIU officer - chicagotribune.com

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By Clifford Ward Special to the Tribune

Sex assault charges against a former Northern Illinois University police officer were dropped Tuesday after new revelations of possible irregularities in the investigation surfaced, the officer’s attorney said.

The charges against Andrew Rifkin were dropped following a hearing

Click on the following for more details:  Charges dropped against NIU officer - chicagotribune.com

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

D303 Superintendent Schlomann gets contract extension, sets retirement - DailyHerald.com

How much is all of this?

That base salary will be $225,000 for each year of the new contract.

Taxpayers will also pay for all of Schlomann’s required contributions to his pension and health insurance. The school district will pay 100 percent of family health insurance benefits for Schlomann under the new contract.

Taxpayers will also fund a $15,000 contribution to a tax-sheltered annuity or 403(b) or 457(b) retirement account for Schlomann.

On top of that, Schlomann will receive a 6 percent annual “retirement incentive” in the form of a tax-sheltered annuity policy or custodial account. The actual amount of the contribution will be 6 percent of the amount paid to Schlomann as his base salary, plus the $15,000 contribution, plus any redeemed vacation day payments Schlomann cashes in. Schlomann will receive that additional compensation for all four years of the contract extension.

Schlomann will also receive a $7,200 automobile allowance as well as additional reimbursement for travel related to his official duties. And taxpayers will also pay Schlomann’s monthly cellphone bill.

Click on the following for all of the details: D303 superintendent gets contract extension, sets retirement - DailyHerald.com

Did these postcards have any effect on the outcome of the Boone County Sales Tax Referendum?

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I know only of a few voters who received the postcard, did you?

Interestingly, the same “American for Prosperity” also made this freedom of information request to District 100.

Americans for Prosperity

To see District 100’s response go to:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/8ZDPMF6504E8/$file/FOIA%2010.22.12.pdf

 

About AFP-Illinois (from their website)

Americans for Prosperity is a grassroots movement of over 2 million activists nationwide who advocate and promote limited government, lower taxes, and more freedom. We have over 60,000 activists across the state of Illinois who are taking action every day on behalf of the free market movement and influencing decision makers. Whether it’s calling members of congress, gathering with fellow activists, or attending an AFP event in their neighborhood – AFP activists are making a difference in the fight against big government on the local, state and national level.

We encourage you to join the over 60,000 members of AFP in Illinois and the 2 million activists nationwide on the front line in the fight against big government. As an AFP activist we will provide you with action alerts that allow you to contact your elected officials, updates on how you can promote limited government, and the tools to make your voice heard. Together, we will hold our leaders accountable and demand that our government stop spending money it does not have and enact policies to ensure a bright economic future for our children and grandchildren.

Read more: http://americansforprosperity.org/illinois/about/#ixzz2DUTOF1Kk

 

David W. From, Illinois State Director

David From currently serves as the State Director of Americans for Prosperity – Illinois, directing and overseeing all AFP activities in the Land of Lincoln.

David brings more than fifteen years organizing grassroots, building legislative coalitions, and driving issue advocacy campaigns in Illinois. Prior to joining AFP, he ran his own political and public affairs consulting firm, providing political and communications advice to candidates and companies. David has also managed multiple congressional and statewide campaigns, serving as campaign manager to former Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert and then-Congressman Mark Kirk, as well as worked on Capitol Hill and in the Office of the Illinois Governor.

David attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL and currently resides in the western suburbs of Chicago with his wife and seven children.

Read more: http://americansforprosperity.org/illinois/about/david-w-from-illinois-state-director/#ixzz2DUVfaQkS

Americans For Prosperity

2111 Wilson Blvd, Ste. 350
Arlington, VA 22201

Read more: http://americansforprosperity.org/contact/#ixzz2DUk5o07Q

Monday, November 26, 2012

County Sales tax failed by 316 votes—will District 100 ask again?

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I suggest that everyone listen to the MP3 file available at District 100’s website:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/Public

Item E#3, it is shown below:

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It appears that board members with the exception of Mr. Doug Smiley support re-running the sales tax referendum in April.  However they have not voted on the issue.

The following is a summary of the MP3:

1.  The deadline for passing a school board resolution to place the referendum on the ballot is January 22, 2013.   There are two school board meeting left before that deadline.

2.  School officials have been contacted by individuals who wish to organize a campaign to support the referendum.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Daily Chronicle | NIU president addresses police, coffee fund in video

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By JILLIAN DUCHNOWSKI

His video message, posted online at www.niu.edu/president/messages/thanksgiving_2012.shtml, doesn't specifically mention the nine people indicted in connection to the coffee fund investigation, nor the NIU police chief and lieutenant on paid leave over evidence mishandled in a rape case involving an NIU police officer and NIU student.

Click on the following for all of the story:  Daily Chronicle | NIU president addresses police, coffee fund in video

Bleak numbers for District 100

The following is taken form this Friday’s Boone County Journal available free of cost at merchants across the county and on line at:  http://www.boonecountyjournal.com/news/2012/Boone-County-News-11-23-12.pdf#page=1image

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Huntley school board, teachers approve new contract - Elgin Courier News

 

three-year contract will maintain 3.5 percent step pay increases for the time teachers spend in the Huntley district each year, it said.

Click on the following for more details:  Huntley school board, teachers approve new contract - Elgin Courier News

Sunday, November 18, 2012

NIU battles to overcome scandals - Chicago Tribune

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Against that backdrop, NIU will seek a replacement for retiring President John Peters and recruit its next freshman class. For the DeKalb-based university that proudly vowed to move forward after the massacre four years ago, 2012 has marked a major step backward.

Ten employees are on paid leave while the university investigates misconduct allegations against them. The state school has paid those staff members more than $45,000 so far — nearly the cost of four students' tuition bills — not to come to work. And the amount will keep rising as the university considers the allegations and follows state and university employment and disciplinary procedures.

What's more, the Tribune learned Friday that suspended police Chief Donald Grady had asked the FBI about two months ago to help with the campus police investigation into the two university administrators who had resigned

Read the whole article by clicking on the followingNIU battles to overcome scandals - Chicago Tribune

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Belvidere kindergartners excel in dual language program - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

one of 44 kindergartners participating in Seth Whitman Elementary School’s new dual language program, which teaches native Spanish and native English speakers in one classroom.

Class is taught in English until teachers wrap “magic scarves” around their necks, signaling to students that lessons will switch to Spanish. With just a few weeks of instruction under their belts, some students already have started forming sentences in the new language.

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere kindergartners excel in dual language program - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Northern Illinois University police chief put on paid leave after allegations of misconduct by department - chicagotribune.com

 

Northern Illinois University's police chief was put on paid leave Saturday and banned indefinitely from the department because of misconduct allegations. It's the latest disruption for a school that has faced a series of troubling events in recent months.

Click on the following for more details:  Northern Illinois University police chief put on paid leave after allegations of misconduct by department - chicagotribune.com

This is not the first controversy for Chief Grady.  There was an opinion piece by the Northern Illinois Star, student newspaper  in 2009 opining that Grady should be removed.  Click on the following: 

http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2009/10/niu-police-chief-donald-grady-needs-to.html

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Letter: Is the promise of property tax abatement worth it? - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

If voters approve the proposed one percent sales tax referendum, District 100 will have additional bonding authority, allowing them to increase school district debt. District 100 will have the power to borrow and spend $24.7 million on capital projects of their choice. They could build a new school, additions at existing schools or a swimming pool at the high school without having to go to referendum and obtain taxpayer approval.

Property tax abatement is at the discretion of the school board. No matter what promises are made, neither the current school board nor any future school board is legally obligated under the law to abate property taxes.

Is the power to increase debt without taxpayer approval good public policy? Is it good fiscal policy? Voters will have to decide whether the promise of property tax abatement is worth the risk of losing control over how $24.7 million will be borrowed and spent.

— Dean Marcellus, Belvidere

Click on the following to see the letter on-lineLetter: Is the promise of property tax abatement worth it? - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Thursday, November 1, 2012

New Marcellus Ad

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