Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Belvidere School District approves contract with PR firm - Blogs - Rockford Register Star

By Jennifer Wheeler

School Board members voted in June to create a three- to five-year strategic plan that outlines the goals and priorities of the district. The previous plan ended in the 2012-2013 school year.
According to the contract, PR Etc. will bring board members, educators and residents together to create a plan that district leaders could refer to moving forward.

Agency staff may review the previous strategic plan to determine what worked and the status of current projects. They could help guide discussions on how resources could be allocated to achieve the district's top goals. They may also provide a specific list of tactics and objectives tied to top priorities.

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Federal government issues first food allergy guidelines for schools - News - Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Posted Oct. 30, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

The voluntary guidelines call on schools to take such steps as restricting nuts, shellfish or other foods that can cause allergic reactions, and make sure emergency allergy medicine — like EpiPens — are available.
About 15 states — and numerous individual schools or school districts — already have policies of their own. "The need is here" for a more comprehensive, standardized way for schools to deal with this issue, said Dr. Wayne Giles, who oversaw development of the advice for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Food allergies are a growing concern. A recent CDC survey estimated that about 1 in 20 U.S. children have food allergies — a 50 percent increase from the late 1990s. Experts aren't sure why cases are rising.
Many food allergies are mild and something children grow out of. But severe cases may cause anaphylactic shock or even death from eating, say, a peanut.

Read more: http://www.rrstar.com/article/20131030/NEWS/310309953#ixzz2jGE8IFNKe

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Belvidere keeping up with average scores on state tests - News - Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL

 

These two factors caused the district’s ISAT scores to drop from 82.1 percent of students who met or exceeded the Illinois Learning Standards in 2011-12 to 57.2 percent in 2012-13, according to report cards listed on the School District’s website. The state performed around 82.5 percent in 2011-12 and 58.8 percent in 2012-13.
“Staying even or getting better may be a pretty positive thing because it’s a harder test,” Zickert said.
Lincoln Elementary School made the greatest gains academically, shrinking the gap between its performance and the state’s.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

18 Belvidere classrooms violate special ed rules - News - Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL

Update on earlier story

The request was made days after officials determined that 18 of 1,249 sixth- through 12th-grade district classrooms exceeded the 30 percent threshold. The administration had reviewed classrooms’ ratios after the district’s teacher union, the Belvidere Education Association, accused administrators of knowingly violating the law.
Union members said administrators expected state leaders to have repealed this requirement by now.
“A little too late,” said Kendra Asbury, vice president of the teacher’s union.
This is the first time the administration has asked the state for permission to deviate from the rule.
Classrooms were out of compliance because of the method used for scheduling students with individualized education programs, said Sheri Smith, assistant superintendent of student services.

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District 100’s School Report Card from the State

The district and individual school report cards are now available.  In additional to other sources of this information you can find this information within the school board packet on Board Doc’s. 

For your convenience here are the references: 

District: http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/9CJNR75992BF/$file/Rpt%20Card%20District.pdf

Belvidere Central Middle School:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/9CJNWD59D403/$file/Rpt%20Card%20BCMS.pdf

Perry Elementary:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/9CJNYR59FE9C/$file/Rpt%20Card%20PES.pdf

Belvidere High School: http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/9CJNUP59AEB9/$file/Rpt%20Card%20BHS.pdf

Belvidere South Middle School:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/9CJNWT59DCB4/$file/Rpt%20Card%20BSMS.pdf

Meehan Elementary: http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/9CJNZD5A071D/$file/Rpt%20Card%20MES.pdf

Belvidere North High School:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/9CJNV859B7C5/$file/Rpt%20Card%20BNHS.pdf

Caledonia Elementary:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/9CJNXB59E639/$file/Rpt%20Card%20CES.pdf

Seth Whitman Elementary: http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/9CJNZJ5A0F0F/$file/Rpt%20Card%20SWES.pdf

Endeavor High School (Alternative High School, now operated by Regional Superintendent of Education)http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/9CJNZJ5A0F0F/$file/Rpt%20Card%20SWES.pdf

Kishwaukee Elementary (now closed):  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/9CJNXP59EF65/$file/Rpt%20Card%20KES.pdf

Washington Academy (STEM):  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/9CJP5A5A1AAC/$file/Rpt%20Card%20WA.pdf

Lincoln Elementary:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/9CJNYB59F707/$file/Rpt%20Card%20LES.pdf

District 100 Drug Testing: Worth the money or a waste?

The following is take from District 100’s Board Doc’s:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/9C3UVY6E26BE/$file/Drug%20Testing%20Results%2012-13.pdf

September 27, 2013
To: Board of Education
From: Greg Brown
RE: Drug Testing 12-13 School Year
As requested, we have gathered the results of the random drug testing conducted during the 2012-2013 school year. Of the 184 different students that were tested throughout the year, one student tested positive for marijuana (THC). The list of the drugs that are screened is attached.
The testing process works as follows: The testing company is provided with a list of all students that are participating in extracurricular interscholastic sports. Students participating in all other extracurricular activities are exempt from testing at the current time. The testing company, using random sampling techniques, selects approximately ten students to be tested. The names of the students are not known by the school district until the testing company arrives the morning of the screening. Students are pulled from class and required to submit a urine sample. Students have approximately 2 hours to produce a sample. Students are not allowed to return to class until the sample has been secured by the testing company. The testing company submits the samples to an independent lab in Minnesota. An A and B sample are sent to the lab in case additional testing is needed. Results of each student’s lab analysis are returned to the respective high school buildings. Required follow up with a student, if needed, is taken care of at the respective building.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Belvidere teachers: District violates special education laws - News - Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL

 

By Jennifer Wheeler
Rockford Register Star 

BELVIDERE — The Belvidere School District is reviewing more than 1,200 classes after the teachers union accused administrators of knowingly violating the state’s rules governing the proportion of special education students in general ed classrooms.

Belvidere Education Association members said administrators had placed too many students with special needs into general education classrooms. State law says special education students — who have individualized instructional plans — can constitute no more than 30 percent of a general education classroom.

 

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Friday, October 18, 2013

New lawsuit seeking money damages in Richmond-Davis merger filed against District 303 - Chicago Tribune

 

 

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In 2011, 17 parents sued the district, claiming the district was wrong to change Davis Elementary into a kindergarten through second-grade school and Richmond Elementary into a school for third- through fifth-graders. At the time of the reorganization, Richmond had failed for three consecutive years to meet federal progress standards, said Jim Blaney, spokesman for the district.

A judge previously ruled in the plaintiffs' favor but did not order the district to change the schools back to their original grade levels.

The new lawsuit, filed last week, seeks money for parents who moved their kids out of the district into private schools, moved out of the Davis school boundary to get around the merger or did neither and were forced to have their kids attend Richmond instead of Davis, according to the 11-page complaint….

According to previous Tribune reports, the district had paid through August $316,945 in legal fees, of which $75,684 was covered by insurance.

"While we regret that the district must continue to spend time and resources defending itself on a matter that has been decided by the courts not once, but twice, we will do so to protect both the reputation and the financial stability of our district," Schlomann said in the statement.

 

New lawsuit seeking money damages in Richmond-Davis merger filed against District 303 - Chicago Tribune