Thursday, January 31, 2013

Belvidere parents circulate petitions about District 100 budget - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Concerned Belvidere School District parents have started circulating petitions to encourage leaders to slow down the decision-making process for trimming the District's budget.

The group is asking School Board members to avoid closing buildings in 2013-2014, according to the Kishwaukee Elementary School PTO Facebook group. The petitions will likely be given to officials before the Feb. 19 School Board meeting, which is when administrators will present their recommendations on how to reduce the budget.

Click on the following for more information concerning the petition:  Belvidere parents circulate petitions about District 100 budget - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Here are two comments to the newspaper regarding this article:

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At the January 22nd School Board meeting, almost everyone that spoke asked the board to slow this down! Hopefully this petition will finally get their attention!!

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I feel safe in stating that the public has lost ALL trust in this particular school board after the sun up meeting Dec. 26, 2012. A broke district does not hand out retroactive raises.
This petition needs to be signed by EVERY tax payer in this town. The VERY tax payers that this board is asking to vote in favor of a sales tax increase.
If the board does not SLOW DOWN this process, there is going to be an even worse taste in the mouths of voters. How exactly do they intend to pass the increase when they are angering people?

McHenry County Blog: CaryGrove High School’s Code Red Exercise

McHenry County Blog:  http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2013/01/29/the-emails-sent-to-cary-grove-high-school-parents-regarding-code-red-exercise/

The Emails Sent to Cary-Grove High School Parents regarding Code Red Exercise

January 29, 2013By: Cal Skinner Category: Cary-Grove High School, Code Red, District 155

Here is the original District 155 email:

INITIAL EMAIL:

Dear parents:

At Cary-Grove and across District 155, we make your child’s safety our number one priority each day.

As a parent, I can assure you that we understand our responsibility to return your child safely at the end of each day.

While we take many preventative steps to keep our building secure, we also practice our response should a crisis arise.

Some examples include

  • meetings with first responders,
  • a comprehensive crisis response plan, and
  • simulations.

We are planning a code red simulation on Wednesday, January 30. We feel it is important to explain the simulation to you in advance so that you and your child might be able to better understand what will take place on Wednesday.

A lockdown was held in October, 2011.

A Code Yellow ockdown was held in October, 2011.

The simulation will take approximately 15-20 minutes, during which time teachers will secure their rooms, draw curtains, and keep their students from traveling throughout the building. Please note that we will be firing blanks in the hallway in an effort to provide our teachers and students some familiarity with the sound of gunfire.

Our school resource officer and other members of the Cary Police Department will assist us in sweeping the building to ensure that all students are in a secure location during the drill.

At the conclusion of the drill, we will take some time to process what occurred and then we will return to our normal classroom routine.

I encourage you to discuss the drill with your student both before it happens and after.

These drills help our students and staff to be prepared should a crisis occur, but it may cause some students to have an emotional reaction.

In those cases, your voice may provide reassurances of the drill’s importance.

Additionally, we have trained social workers on staff who can speak directly with your child should he or she need added support.

Should you have any questions, please contact me or any member of the Cary-Grove’s administrative team. Together, we can keep our school a safe place for your child to learn and grow.

Sincerely,

Jay Sargeant, Principal

FOLLOW-UP EMAIL

Dear Parents,

In response to the small number of concerns we have received about the upcoming Code Red Lockdown practice, I want to clarify some of the details that may not have been clear in my initial email.

Complete information about the drill is available on the Cary-Grove website.

It is important to understand that the drill will start with an announcement over the public address system.

At which time, the teachers will direct the students to their designated safe areas and follow our building protocols.

Administration and law enforcement personnel will be in the hallways to monitor the process.

Once everyone is secure, I will again use the PA system to announce that blanks will be fired by our Student Resource Officer, a member of the Cary Police Department.

We will repeat this twice during the lockdown from two different areas in the building.

After which time, I will use the PA to end the drill.

Following the drill, a discussion will ensue between the students and their classroom teacher.

We will utilize this feedback as a building and police department to assess our security and make any necessary adjustments to our building plan.

Our sole purpose for utilizing the blanks is to fully prepare our students and staff.

Please understand that Cary-Grove High School does not plan safety drills in a vacuum.

Instead, we rely on the expertise of first-responders in order to provide the best training possible to keep our students and staff safe should an actual crisis situation arise.

While we hope that no school will ever hear the sound of gunfire in the future, Cary-Grove High School and the Cary Police want our building to be able to react as quickly as possible in the event that an actual emergency occurs.

As always, our goal is the safety and security of your students while they are here at Cary-Grove High School. If you should have further questions or concerns about our drill with the Cary Police Department, please do not hesitate to contact one of the administrators in our building.

Respectfully,

Jay Sargeant, Principal
Cary-Grove High School

Here is the current posting from Cary-Grove High School:  Available at:  http://ww2.d155.org/cg/Articles/2012-2013/CodeRedPractice130130.aspx

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Controversial School Board Meeting draws a crowd | Belvidere Daily Republican

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Written by Libby Parker

three PowerPoint presentations taking up over 1 ½ hours,

Board President Richard Van Evera mumbled into his microphone for most of the nearly 3 hour meeting even after being asked to speak up more clearly several times from members of the audience

At the end of Brown’s exhaustive talk, members of the audience who had filled out forms requesting to speak were given 2 minutes at the microphone

high school student Brooke LaPier who said, “I’m concerned why you guys are all in such a hurry to make this decision since 5 of you are going to be replaced.” The crowd thought this was a good point, too.

slowed down. This was the general consensus of most of the 14 speakers: the Board was moving too quickly.

next two(meetings) that, according to his Administrative Assistant Pam Wallace, will strictly be community forums. She said now that the information is out there, these meetings on February 4th and March 4th at the BNHS cafeteria at 6:00 p.m. will be designed basically for the community and will have no formal meeting minutes, etc.

Click on the following for more details:  Controversial School Board Meeting draws a crowd | Belvidere Daily Republican

Third of Student-Loan Debt Belongs to Subprime Borrowers - WSJ.com

33% of the almost $900 billion in outstanding student loans was held by subprime, or the riskiest, borrowers as of March 2012, up from 31% in 2007.

"If you become subprime, it's more likely that you will not pay your debt,"

Stafford loans, which account for more than three-fourths of federal student loans, impose no credit standards and are capped at a total of $57,500 for undergraduates

Click on the following for more details:  Third of Student-Loan Debt Belongs to Subprime Borrowers - WSJ.com

Monday, January 28, 2013

How much will the sales tax save on the Real Estate Tax?

This is an old post but the information is still accurate.  Please remember the sources are District 100 documents.

Even if the sales tax passes, RE Taxes for District 100 bonds will increase

The following figures are from this month’s school board packet and is available at: http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/8WZJVP4EE448/$file/Bond%20%20Interest%20Payment%20Summary.pdf
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The last two lines show that taxes for bond and interest will be increasing with or without the sales tax referendum increasing.
Below is a restatement of the last two lines of page 1 above. *Note the lower rates of FY 2013,FY 2014 and FY 2015 is caused by a 2011 bond refunding.
Bond and Interest Tax Rate
Without abatement With Abatement from sales tax
FY 13* 1.07% .73%
FY 14* 1.29% .83%
FY 15* 1.35% .94%
FY 16 1.38% 1.10%
FY 17 1.80% 1.53%
FY 18 1.73% 1.45%
FY 19 2.09% 1.82%

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Northwest Herald | College Connection

 

Posted on January 25, 2013 - 1:15 p.m.

ELGIN – Screen the best in foreign cinema this spring during the Elgin Community College Humanities Center’s International Film Series.

Held the first and second Friday of each month, the series is part of the center’s effort to foster cross-cultural understanding through cinema.

Screenings take place in the Arts Center, Building H, Room H142, on the ECC Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to help support ECC study-abroad scholarships.

For more information about the film series, visit eccifs.org.

• "Life, Above All": 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and 8. A child tries to hold her family together against prejudice, disease and ignorance in this South African drama. Chanda is only 12 years old, but she's already been forced to take on many of the responsibilities of an adult in her household. Her father is gone, her stepfather is an irresponsible alcoholic, and her mother has been physically and emotionally devastated by AIDS and the death of her youngest child. Her mother is convinced to move out of the community, but Chandra knows she needs her mother no matter how ill she may be, and sets out to find her and bring her back home.

• "A Separation": 7:30 p.m. March 1 and 8. Set in contemporary Iran, "A Separation" is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband, Nader, and daughter, Termeh, but sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents' home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife's absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage.

• "Good Bye, Lenin!": 7:30 p.m. April 5 and 12. Before the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, Alex’s proudly socialist mother falls into a coma. That’s a big problem for him when she awakens from an eight-month coma and is told her heart is so weak that any shock might kill her. And what could be more shocking than the fall of the Berlin Wall and the triumph of capitalism in her beloved East Germany? To save his mother, Alex transforms the family apartment into an island of the past, a kind of socialist-era museum where his mother is lovingly duped into believing that nothing has changed.

Northwest Herald | College Connection

Northwest Herald | College Connection

 

CRYSTAL LAKE – Listen to unique perspectives of two historical events featuring a multimedia presentation by Barry Bradford, presidential award-winning civil-rights activist, who will present “I Have A Dream – 50 Years Later” at from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Luecht Conference Center at McHenry County College.

Martin Luther King’s speech, “I Have a Dream” is one of the most famous ever given by an American. The speech was delivered on Aug. 28, 1963, and it stirred, inspired and challenged a nation.

Bradford, an award-winning storyteller, historian and author, will delve beyond the famous catchphrase to answer the questions: What did King really say and why did he say it? Bradford will take the audience deep into the events culminating in one of America’s most dramatic moments.

Another presentation by Bradford, “Watergate at 40,” will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 11 at the college, 8900 Route 14.

Bradford will shed new light on the people and defendants of Watergate, the 1973 series of events that culminated in the resignation of both the United States president and vice president.

The lectures are free and open to the public.

The lecture series is sponsored by the MCC’s Student Life and Multicultural Programs. Groups are welcome to make reservations.

For information, email conferencecenter@mchenry.edu or call Amy Carzoli at 815-455-8764 or Kristine Emrich at 815-479-7570.

Northwest Herald | College Connection

13 to Watch in '13: Educating community is Holly Houk’s passion - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

The parent, noon aide and president of Kishwaukee Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization has made it her job to educate residents about the drastic cuts administrators propose.

She’s spent countless hours on the phone with district stakeholders and has posted numerous news clips on Facebook groups explaining the options the School Board is considering to trim its projected $

13 to Watch in '13: Educating community is Holly Houk’s passion - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Friday, January 25, 2013

PMA Financial Presentation for District 100

The following are taken from:http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/942MZ25D9963/$file/PMA%20Presentation%201-22-13.pdf

The voice presentation is also available:

 

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Community members make themselves part of District #100 deficit - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

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Click on the following to view two film clips regarding tuesday, 1-22-2013 Board Meeting:  Community members make themselves part of District #100 deficit - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

Belvidere School District could run out of cash in 2017 without changes - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

The Belvidere School District is expected to run out of cash as early as 2017 unless it closes buildings or cuts staff

Hundreds of parents, faculty and residents attended Tuesday’s meeting with a dozen asking the district to slow down its decision, which the board is expected to make by March 18.

Meanwhile, financial experts project enrollment to decline more than 400 students by fiscal year 2018. After the economy declined, the birth rate dipped and for the first time in 13 years, more students migrated out of the district than came in.

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere School District could run out of cash in 2017 without changes - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Comments to Jennifer Wheeler’s blog at RR Star regarding Tuesday’s Dist 100 Board Meeting

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jenmwheeler @BobTrojan Board has until March to make decision. Looks like school closures and layoffs are on the horizon. 9 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

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jenmwheeler @crackitabonita I think if they didn't before, Board members learned tonight that many parents are concerned about upcoming cuts. 9 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

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jenmwheeler Residents are heated. One parent has refused to leave the podium until all her comments are heard. Everyone is given 2 minutes to speak. 10 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

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jenmwheeler There's one thing loud and clear from tonight's meeting: Parents want the District to delay its decision one year. 10 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

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jenmwheeler @Thunder_on_3 It's a tough situation. I am interested to hear the admin's recommendation at the Feb. board meeting. 11 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

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jenmwheeler @Thunder_on_3 What's your take on the options? Are you in favor of consolidating the high schools if it meant saving more money? 11 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

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jenmwheeler @CathyBayer Leaders advised that tonight's meeting would be treated like a business meeting. No signs, booing, cheering or applause. 12 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

By the numbers  Taken from RRSTAR Dec 3, 2012 article:  http://www.rrstar.com/news/x1926894839/Belvidere-School-District-has-options-aplenty-to-plug-45M-hole
Declining student enrollment affects the amount of general state aid schools receive. Here’s how the Belvidere School District’s population has changed.
Fall 2002: 7,296 students
Fall 2003: 7,643 students
Fall 2004: 8,116 students
Fall 2005: 8,529 students
Fall 2006: 8,805 students
Fall 2007: 9,137 students
Fall 2008: 9,230 students
Fall 2009: 9,161 students
Fall 2010: 8,762 students
Fall 2011: 8,685 students
Fall 2012: 8,492 students

Follow the money
Financial firm Prudent Man Analysis projects that the Belvidere School District to experience a $45 million shortfall in its budget over next five fiscal years because of cuts to its general state aid.
2013: $9.6 million
2014: $9.6 million
2015: $8.6 million
2016: $8.5 million
2017: $9 million
Source: Belvidere School District

Friday, January 18, 2013

Belvidere residents propose four options to trim school budget - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

written by Jennifer Wheeler

School Board candidates Lee Baird and Stacy McGowan met with dozens of residents this past week to learn what options locals want the Board to consider.

Below are details on the four community proposals.

Option 1: Realign grades assigned to schools to teach kindergarten through fourth grade, fifth through seventh grade and eighth through twelfth grade. Eliminate the district’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program at Washington Academy and close three elementary schools. Keep both high schools open.

Option 2: Realign grades assigned to schools to teach kindergarten through fourth grade, fifth through seventh grade and eighth through twelfth grade. Eliminate the district’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program at Washington Academy, close three elementary schools and close Belvidere Endeavor High School. Keep both high schools open.

Option 3: Realign grades assigned to schools to teach kindergarten through sixth grade and seventh through twelfth grade. Keep Belvidere South Middle School, Belvidere Central Middle School, Seth Whitman Elementary School and Washington Academy open. Close Caledonia, Kishwaukee, Lincoln, Meehan and Perry elementary schools. Keep both high schools open.

Option 4: Realign grades assigned to schools to teach kindergarten through sixth grade and seventh through twelfth grade. Close both middle schools and at least one elementary school. Keep both high schools open.

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere residents propose four options to trim school budget - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

District 100 is about to make a big education decision—and what does its web site tell you?

As no doubt every parent across the district knows the school board is about ready to make a big, big decision—to realign all the schools across the district—change the student population in most if not all of the buildings.  Closed, consolidate, mothball buildings; “fire”, “RIF” reassign large number of staff.  It is required to balance a budget with large decreases in revenue along with sizeable decreases in student population.  

But what would anyone know about such from the District website?

Here is District 100’s Home Page:http://www.district100.com/Pages/Home.aspx

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The most you would know is that today (Friday) is an early dismissal day.  And what about next Tuesday’s School Board Meeting at Belvidere North?  How many school board meeting have ever been held in a large venue such as Belvidere North High School and what does the website tell you about the meeting? Is the hearing regarding restructuring? Can you speak at the meeting?

It is in Upcoming Events, so we click on the link for Board of Education Meeting and the following page appears:

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Well this is  highly informative, it gives the start time and the end time.  So the public testimony time for the biggest decision in a decade is less than one hour?  Also note there are no other links—how can anyone actually find out what is going to be discussed at the board meeting?

As many of my readers know some of us are all too familiar in how to get to the agenda and other relevant information of the website. (Apparently the highly paid administration of District 100 feels only the “really interested” need to find out such things).

Being really interested, the agenda page is below.  Well ii is only Friday and Monday is a holiday. There does not have to be an agenda yet.   Everyone knows what we are going to be talking about and doing. And it is only scheduled for an hour.

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So I do hope all of you attend this very important meeting which will occur Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at the Belvidere North Cafeteria,  about which we have yet to be formally informed and will last one hour.

Just in case you might think that a news release might have mentioned this special meeting/hearing.  Look at:  http://www.district100.com/Newsroom/Pages/default.aspx A photocopy is below.

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To read more about school board meetings regarding the restructuring go to:  http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2013/01/belvidere-residents-propose-four.html 

The clearest information out there regarding Tuesday’s meeting is from the RRStar blog:

Jennifer Wheeler: 815-987-1354; jwheeler@rrstar.com; @jenmwheeler

If you go
What: Belvidere School Board meeting
When: 6 p.m. Jan. 22
Where: Belvidere North High School Cafe, 9393 Beloit Road, Belvidere
Discussion: Board members will review potential multi-million dollar savings to cut down on a projected five-year $45 million deficit.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Agenda for Belvidere Township

Will the trustee be talking about providing space for the Boone County Veterans Commission?

AGENDA

BELVIDERE TOWNSHIP

REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWNSHIP BOARD

8200 Fairgrounds Road

January 22, 2013 – 5:00 P.M.

I. Call to Order/Roll Call

II. Pledge of Allegiance

III. Public Input

IV. Discussion and potential action on approval of Prior Meeting’s Minutes

V. Discussion and potential action on Transfers

VI. Reports

a. Supervisor’s Report-Budget dates, Prichard’s Town Hall Meeting

b. Highway Commissioner’s Report

c. Assessor’s Report

d. Clerk’s Report

e. Trustee’s Report

VII. Unfinished Business – Discussion and Potential Action May Occur on the following items:

a. Enclosed bulletin board

 

VIII. Legal

 

IX. New Business

a. Veterans Commission

X. Discussion and Potential Action on Treasurer’s Report and Approval of Bills

XI. Closed Session-Personnel Issues

XII. Action on Closed Session Items

XIII. Adjournment

Next Meeting: February 11, 2013 @ 5:00 P.M.

Belvidere residents propose four options to trim school budget - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

By Jennifer Wheeler

Residents are asking the Belvidere School Board to evaluate four more options before determining how to eliminate a $45 million deficit projected over the next  five years.

School Board candidates Lee Baird and Stacy McGowan met with dozens of residents this past week to learn what options locals want the Board to consider.

Residents are encouraged to attend a third community meeting at 6 p.m Thursday at 3011 Fairchild St., in Poplar Grove or attend the School Board meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at Belvidere North High School, 9393 Beloit Road, in Belvidere.

Belvidere residents propose four options to trim school budget - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Facebook Account: District 100 Candidate Stacy Mcgowan

The following is available on the internet at:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/D100-Candidate-Stacy-Mcgowan/147832768700495?v=wall

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D100 -Candidate Stacy Mcgowan.

January 7

Hi, my name is Stacy McGowan and I am a candidate for the Belvidere Community Unit School District #100 School Board. The Election is on April 9, 2013.
I have a B.S. in Mass Communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I graduated in 1990 and began my career in sales. I have been in the Pharmaceutical Sales arena for 15 years. I am currently employed by Covidien Specialty Pharmaceuticals ...and I work with physicians in the Belvidere and Rockford area. Although I did not choose to go into the educational field, I come from a family of public school educators; my Mother and both of my Sisters are teachers. This has given me the opportunity to view public school education from many different perspectives.
I have been involved in the Belvidere Schools since our move here in 2000. Both of my daughters attend BNHS, one is a Junior and the other a Freshman, and my son attends Central Middle School. (They all went to Caledonia Elementary School) I have had the unique opportunity to work in the classroom level, building level and the district level as both a parent and a community member. We moved here because of the schools, and if you know me, you know I am passionate about our school system.
I've wanted to run for the school board before, but didn't feel I had the time to devote to the task. Now that my children are older, I think now is the right time. I understand the challenges we currently face and I believe the School Board needs new members that have "skin in the game" - that can see things from the parent's view, the community's, the teacher's, the administrator's, and especially the kids. I am asking for your support in allowing me to represent our community and our kids as a School Board Member of the Belvidere Community School District 100 School Board.

D100 -Candidate Stacy Mcgowan.

Yesterday

THANK YOU to all that came out last night!! We had a great showing and fantastic feedback we can pass onto the board. I encourage all of you to email the board members and the district office with what YOU would like to see them do in YOUR community. If we can flood their email, they will have to take notice. Thank you again for all your time and your concern regarding our Students...District 100. I appreciate it and I know they will!

Facebook Account: District 100 Candidate Lee Baird

The following is taken from:  http://www.facebook.com/D100LeeBaird/info#!/D100LeeBaird
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About

Biography

Hello, my name is Lee Baird and this is my FB page for my candidacy for the Belvidere Community Unit School District 100 School Board. The Election is on April 9, 2013.

I have a B.S. in Education from Western Illinois University. I graduated from WIU in December of 1996 with plans on pursuing a career in Physical Education. Shortly after graduation, while expecting our 3rd child, I realized that in regards to finding a teaching position, graduating midyear was extraordinarily difficult in itself, but couple that with being a PE teacher, it was even more difficult. After months of extensive searching, I realized I needed to be able to survive, therefore, I decided to pursue a career in Sales. After a few years gaining some Sales experience in a variety of fields, I finally had an opportunity to reunite my lifelong passion for Education and my new found love for Sales by breaking into Education Technology Sales. This is where I’ve found my home. Currently, I am employed by Bradfield’s Inc. of Peoria, IL. I sell Audio Visual equipment including, but not limited to, SMARTBoard Interactive Whiteboards, Projectors, Document Cameras, Front Row Audio Solutions and much much more. As a result of my career staying close to education professionally, I’ve always had the desire to run for School Board and to be able to make an impact on Education. My passion for Education bundled with my ongoing professional experience of working closely with hundreds of School Districts nationwide will allow me the unmatched ability to see things from a wide angle perspective. However, while having a Sophomore at BNHS and an 8th Grader at BCMS, I truly understand the challenges that exist and lie ahead for District 100 students, parents and a community. I ask for your support in allowing me to represent YOU and your interests as a School Board member of the Belvidere Community Unit School District 100 School Board.

D100 Candidate - Lee Baird

January 8

Make sure to Like Stacy McGowan's page! D100 - Candidate Stacy McGowan We are running together - we have very similar views and ideas and I hope you will agree we will make a great team!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Did you know that District 100 will be “debt free” in 14 years?

Take a look at the schedule below. The district faces larger and larger principal and interest payments. That means larger and larger real estate taxes for us. The sales tax “may” help but will it really do much to alleviate the problem? Yet the school district will be debt free in 14 years and then they will still be collecting a sales tax. 

Why does the district not refinance and extend the payments beyond 2026? If the district gets its sales tax referendum taxes -- interest and principal will still be going up and so will your real estate tax bill for these items. 

Is there not something the school board can do about this?  Will they? If they intend to help us out and really hold down the real estate tax, why don’t they tell us their total plan? Can the district refinance some of those bonds?  Can additional borrowing be done to extend the payment schedule?  It becomes a trust factor when such questions are not answered. 

And what will the school board do with the 1% sales when the bonds are paid off?

 

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The above is taken from page 47 of the 2012 Financial Audit of School District 100, it is available at:  http://www.district100.com/District/Business%20Office/Financial%20Reports/2012%20Audited%20Financial%20Statements%20(100).pdf

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Belvidere School District leaders evaluate reopening building costs - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

By Jennifer Wheeler

Safe, yet outdated safety measures that are currently grandfathered in would need to be changed. Instead of smoke detectors and fire alarms, sprinkler systems would need to be installed. Doorways would need to be expanded to accommodate wheelchairs….

These required repairs will certainly play a role in the board’s upcoming decision on which schools will be closed this….

Washington Academy, Caledonia Elementary School, Kishwaukee Elementary School, Perry Elementary School and Belvidere South Middle School buildings currently cannot fully accommodate people with disabilities

Belvidere School District leaders evaluate reopening building costs - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

NIU Today recognizes top 25 stories of 2012 | NIU Today

What about the Coffee Fund?  It certainly was a big story but not NIU at its best.  And what about NIU Security Police Chief?

 

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The above is taken from:  NIU Today recognizes top 25 stories of 2012 | NIU Today  Go there to read these 25 stories.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Buc Rumors

The rumor around the school district  is that the school board will
be eliminating The Bucs name.
The rumor is that both schools will unite as one with that being North.
Thus keeping the Blue Thunder name.

Belvidere has always been the Bucs
what do you think?

Belvidere School Board candidate booted from ballot - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

The Belvidere School District’s Education Officers Electoral Board ruled today that LaPier violated Illinois Election Code by not identifying District 100 and not specifying the election year in his nominating petitions. Those deficiencies made his paperwork invalid.

“It does not constitute a major infraction in my eyes and definitely not a major infraction in 99 percent of the world’s eyes,” LaPier said.

Click on the following for more details:  Belvidere School Board candidate booted from ballot - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

A copy of Mr. LaPier’s paperwork was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.  It is shown below:

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Resident challenges Belvidere School Board candidate's petitions - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

Charles Huntington, who is not seeking election, challenged LaPier for incorrectly identifying District 100 in the heading of his nomination papers and not specifying the election year.

He also challenged LaPier for not identifying the city, village or school district number in his affirmation paragraph and not specifying the election date.

A hearing for LaPier’s petitions is set for 7 a.m. Tuesday at the school district’s central office

Click on the following for more details regarding this story:  Resident challenges Belvidere School Board candidate's petitions - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Who is Charles Huntington?  Is he one of these people?

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Our View: No more sun-up meetings, Belvidere School Board - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

 

Our View: No more sun-up meetings, Belvidere School Board

 

RRSTAR.COM EDITORIAL

 

’Twas was the morn after Christmas, and in Belvidere town,
Families slept in their warm beds, making nary a sound.
While over at the School Board, the elves, they were perky,
Having big-time discussions that were curious and quirky,
They re-upped the super and talked of school closings,
As the stakeholders snoozed through their upcoming hosing.

The Belvidere School District has a looming deficit of $45 million over the next five years because of declining state aid and decreasing enrollment. Administrators have proposed five options for eliminating at least $3 million in expenses each year by realigning the way grades are assigned to schools.

Big decisions must be made by a School Board. To make them, members need all the input they can get from stakeholders.

So ... when did the School Board have its meeting? At 7 a.m. Dec. 26, the day after Christmas, that’s when.

Many people had the day off and were sleeping in. Others were getting ready for work. One only can wonder what the School Board members were thinking. We think they wanted to have the next best thing to a closed meeting, that’s what.

Register Star reporter Jennifer Wheeler obtained an audio recording of the sunrise meeting.

“As many as 52 district positions could be eliminated and three schools could be closed under the proposed options,” she wrote. “If the district consolidated the two high schools, Belvidere North High School would operate as the secondary school. Belvidere High School would remain open but operate as a middle or junior high school.”

The board debated the merits of closing various schools. Then they voted to give Mike Houselog, the superintendent who recently was rejected for a super’s job in Iowa, a five-year contract.

These are decisions school boards make routinely. But when they have early-morning meetings that are difficult, if not impossible, for most people to attend, they raise suspicions of below-board wheeling and dealing. We’re NOT saying that was the case here.

We note that the board intends to have two sessions for people to express their thoughts and concerns before it makes a decision in March on cuts.

We like that. And we hope these meetings will take place in school auditoriums and will be televised on cable TV.

And if the meetings are going to again begin at 7, let’s make sure it’s 7 p.m.

The above is taken from:  Our View: No more sun-up meetings, Belvidere School Board - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

Friday, January 4, 2013

Information on School Board Member: Larry Cunningham

Some of this information maybe out of date.

Background

Employment History
Board Memberships and Affiliations

13 Total References

Web References

This month's Venture Club will highlight ...
www.eigerlab.org, 22 Feb 2010 [cached]

This month's Venture Club will highlight Larry Cunningham, creator of the Corepole, a fitness/strength machine patented by Larry in 2003 and 2004 and launched to the commercial market in 2005.

Larry created the brand and market identity from scratch.The Corepole is now in facilities around the world through direct and distributor sales. The product has been featured in such magazines as Health, Fitness, Shape, Elle, Marie Claire, and many others. The product, patent, trademark and brand have been licensed by Sportime (Altanta, GA).Sportime is the largest US provider of PE and fitness equipment to the school market and have a strong license presence internationally.

Prior to Corepole, Larry was involved with several plant operational turnarounds as GM and Plant Manager and worked in Tier 1 Automotive in Operations Management and engineering.

Economic Development in Belvidere, Illinois, Growth Dimensions, Boone County, IL
www.growthdimensions.org, 30 Oct 2007 [cached]

Belvidere business owner Larry Cunningham was chosen by EDGE (Enterprise, Development, Growth and Excellence) as Entrepreneur of the Year.Larry is the president of Corepole, Inc. a Belvidere-based fitness equipment company that has a specialized product made of cold rolled steel.The pole features 20 resistance bands, 20-foot cuffs that allows multiple users to simultaneously partake in various exercise movements for strength and cardio (pictured above).

"It's a long, challenging road.Growth Dimensions helped me find the building space in Belvidere that we're still housed in today, and we've been very happy doing business in that location," stated Cunningham. "The momentum is really building through the 'grass roots' efforts that we are using at shows and getting people all over the world on the equipment and 'test driving' it. We are now bringing in some very good dealers across Europe."

Larry purchased the Corepole idea from a Chicago anatomy and physiology professor in January 2004.At that time, a rough prototype of the product existed, but the extensive manufacturing began after Larry's purchase.Larry began to brand the exercise product with a new logo, colors, extensive training teams and product sales began in early 2005. Corepole's assembly, packing and shipping operation all take place in Belvidere.

Growth Dimensions - Fitness Equipment Company Gains National Attention
www.growthdimensions.org, 21 Feb 2007 [cached]

"Growth Dimensions introduced me to the Entrepreneur ship Center, and thanks to them I was able to make contacts and get assistance," stated Larry Cunningham, owner of the Corepole company.The Corepole product is made of cold rolled steel, and the pole features 20 resistance bands, 20-foot cuffs that allows for various exercise movements for strength and cardio.One person and up to 14 adults or 20 children are able to simultaneously use the exercise equipment.Larry purchased the Corepole idea from a Chicago anatomy and physiology professor in January 2004.At that time, a rough prototype of the product existed, but the extensive manufacturing began after Larry's purchase.Larry began to brand the exercise product with a new logo, colors, extensive training teams and product sales began in early 2005. Larry says the Corepole organization has a detailed business plan for the future.He expects that there will be other product generations to expand.

Personal Trainers in Concord NH - Individual Fitness, LLC
www.individualfitnessllc.com, 16 Aug 2008 [cached]

In becoming a leading fitness expert, Jim has worked closely with many great pioneers of the fitness industry such as John Frappier founder of Frappier Acceleration, Larry Cunningham founder of Corepole to name a couple.

"Larry's a go-getter who takes ...
www.rrstar.com, 25 June 2005 [cached]

"Larry's a go-getter who takes advantage of what's being offered.

"He's just a great entrepreneur."

...

Larry Cunningham, president of CorePole Inc. in Belvidere, shows off his product being used in classes at the YMCA.

Click on the following for the source document:  Larry Cunningham | ZoomInfo.com

2013 District 100 Board Election

Mr. Van Evera, Mr. Smiley, Mrs. Norem, Mr. Fox have terms that are expiring and are not running.

Mr. Cunningham, a previously elected board member, who was appointed after Mr. Powell’s resignation, will be running unopposed for a two year term.

Kelly Diamond will be running unopposed for a four year term.

Five candidates (McGowen, Baird, Torbert, LaPier and Maville) are vying for the three, four year terms for the Belvidere Township positions.

Voters from the entire district will be voting for all of these positions.

 

april 2013 election

 

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