Monday, December 31, 2012

Belvidere School Board member on cuts: 'Life isn't fair' - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

district expects to run a $45 million deficit over the next five years because of declining general state aid and decreasing enrollment. Administration has proposed five options to eliminate at least $3 million in expenses each year by realigning the way grades are assigned to schools.

But the Board’s final decision will likely not be unanimous.

Board President Dick Van Evera quieted the board twice at the Dec. 26 meeting: once when discussing whether to consider closing Washington Academy and a second time when discussing whether the two high schools should consolidate.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

North Boone issues statement on safety, grief after Sandy Hook shooting - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

While we can never prevent all acts of senseless violence, we have strong safety plans in place that have been regularly reviewed by law enforcement, fire and EMS officials," Superintendent Steven Baule said in a news release. "We work closely with those agencies to ensure a safe learning environment for all children."

North Boone issues statement on safety, grief after Sandy Hook shooting - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Friday, December 28, 2012

Parents Concerned Over Potential Cuts

 

Parents are upset with the District 100 School board after they held a meeting the morning after Christmas, without letting anyone else know. One topic of discussion: fixing the $45 million budget.

Superintendent Michael Houselog says the meeting was decided upon the Friday before, there were several items on the budget that had to be taken care of before the new year, including talks about renewing his contract. Talks about deficit reduction options were also discussed in the meeting.

President of the PTO Holly Hauk says the board isn’t being upfront with the parents about what types of cuts might be made.

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Belvidere School Board bandies about ideas on $45M deficit - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

By Jennifer Wheeler

In a meeting that began at 7 a.m. Wednesday, School Board members settled on five options for realigning the way grades are assigned to schools, a step that would save money by allowing the district to close buildings that are operating below capacity and to cut staff.

The goal: Reduce a deficit that is expected to hit $45 million over the next five years

The timing of the special meeting — which was announced Friday as residents made their final Christmas preparations — raised eyebrows among some parents and open-government advocates. The board spent almost one hour discussing the options at the “Other Matters” point in the agenda.

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District 100 Budgetary School Closures

Readers interested in District 100’s budget woes and school closings may want to listen to the recording of the special meeting held 12-26-2012 by the Belvidere School Board. The special meeting was at 7:OO AM and there apparently was no one from the general public present.

MP3 recording of the hour plus meeting are on the internet at: http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/Public

You need to click on the Dec 26 meeting icon. There were three items which may be of specific importance to you: F1--The superintendent's salary was extended for an additional five years and G-1 the A-E options for school closings were discussed and at the very end of Item G-1, the candidates who have applied for the school board election were disclosed (another day still remains to apply).

If you wish to listen to the MP3 recording click first on the document icon of the item number. Then a MP3 icon will appear in the center of the page under the written title--click on that icon.

The long MP3 for G-1 has much discussion--it boiled down to the following items especially important to Kishwaukee School : 1. The board wants the administration to prepare more detailed presentations of option #A,B and C. (Item D and E are apparently being drop) Options A,B &C should include now consider Washington Academy (previous options excluded changes in Washington). 2. Reiteration of several things to remember (a). If Perry is closed; it could not be reopened because of the various grandfathered safety issues (b). There are sizeable life safety needs at Kishwaukee and at Caledonia which will have to be addressed in coming years-- and if they are closed and then subsequently reopened a larger reopening cost may occur. (c). Kishwaukee's heating/electric bills are not significantly different than the other elementaries. 3. Special board meetings were tenetatively scheduled for Feb 4 and Mar 4 to discuss the options. Both meetings would probably be at 6:00 PM at a site larger than Central Office so as to acommodate a large croud.

BILL PYSSON

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

School District 200 residents surveyed on new football stadium | Belvidere Daily Republican

Written by Bob Balgemann

Cashman Stabler Group, the consultant hired by the school board to develop a plan for the project, has surveyed residents and received 96 responses, which they thought was “great.”

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Belvidere Endeavor High School graduates 7 - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

By Jennifer Wheeler

Belvidere School District’s alternative high school will host its graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. Dec. 19 at 1320 East Ave., in Belvidere. Since the school opened its doors in 2011, 23 people have graduated

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Boone sales tax referendum on April ballot - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

would increase the countywide sales tax one-percentage point up to 7.75 percent. It would generate $2.7 million in revenue its first fiscal year.
Residents rejected the referendum last November, failing the measure by 316 votes. There are an unlimited number of times the referendum can be placed on an election ballot.

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Attention: Friends of Kishwaukee Elementary

HELP KISH!!

School Board meeting TONIGHT December 17th at 6pm!

Be there early!!

Come out tonight to support Kishwaukee! We do not want Kish to close! Let the School Board see and hear us. We need to be wearing our Kish spirit wear and pack the building! If we sit back and do nothing…it will be too late. We must show support now!

When: Monday Dec. 17th at 6pm

Where: 1201 5th Ave, Belvidere

Sunday, December 16, 2012

District 100 seeking 1% Sales Tax Referendum on April ballot

This Monday the Board of District 100 is again asking for the 1% sales tax.  If you wish, you can attend the 6:00 KPM meeting and voice your opinion.

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To see the above, click on the following:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/Public

Northwest Herald | Ind. man with 47 guns arrested after school threat

 

Authorities say an Indiana man who had 47 guns and ammunition in his home has been arrested after allegedly threatening to kill people at an elementary school near his home

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Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, CT

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Shifting winds at Bureau Valley school wind turbine in Princeton, IL

 

When the board approved the turbine in June 2004, board member Keith Bolin said that even with making loan payments on the turbine, the district could save $30,000 to $50,000 per year.

But after the first full year of operation, those profits hadn’t been seen.

“It’s just a wash this year,”

Click on the following for more details:  bcrnews.com | Shifting winds at Bureau Valley in Princeton, IL

For a similar story regarding the numbers not adding up as projected go to:

http://www.saukvalley.com/2012/06/26/district-turbine-not-up-to-speed/a4li9hj/

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Former Illini charged after another ex-Illini dies in auto accident - DailyHerald.com

 

Dallas Cowboys practice-squad linebacker and former University of Illinois player Jerry Brown was killed in a one-car accident Saturday, and teammate Josh Brent, another ex-Illini, was charged with intoxication manslaughter

Click on the following for more details; Former Illini charged after another ex-Illini dies in auto accident - DailyHerald.com

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kishwaukee Elementary School on the Chopping Block?

Quite a few parents are expected to attend a meeting here at the school tonight, with superintendent Mike Houselog. I spoke with one parent earlier who tells me she wants others to be aware of what could

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Xmas Activities

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Belvidere School District has options aplenty to plug $45M hole - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

Financial services firm Prudent Man Analysis says the School District will encounter a budget deficit of $8.5 million to $9.6 million each year over the next five years because of general state aid cutbacks. Those numbers could substantially grow if funding teachers’ pensions is thrust onto the district.

Kishwaukee Elementary School PTO President Holly Houk has asked more than 100 parents to attend the Dec. 17 School Board meeting to urge officials to keep the school open. ….

“The School Board and the district need to come up with other options than closing a success story,” she said.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Doeren won't coach in bowl game; NIU hopes to hire new coach quickly - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

NIU announced that Dave Doeren will not coach the Huskies in their upcoming bowl game and that they will move quickly in trying to hire a new coach. Doeren was hired Saturday to coach North Carolina State,

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Weekend Vote Will Bring Controversial Changes To Psychiatrists' Bible : Shots - Health News : NPR

 

Asperger's Syndrome may be eliminated: Asperger's Syndrome is currently a popular diagnosis, but soon it may not be used by mental health professionals to identify people with mild autism. Instead, there will be a spectrum of autism, and people who would once have been diagnosed with Asperger's will instead be diagnosed as mildly autistic….

There will likely be a new childhood disorder called disruptive mood dysregulation disorder: The people in charge of childhood disorders proposed this diagnosis because they felt very strongly that too many children were being categorized as having bipolar disorder and then prescribed anti-psychotic drugs.

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