Tuesday, December 31, 2013

District 100’s “new” strategic plan

The following Strategy Plan was approved by the Board of Education at the December 2013 monthly school board meeting:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/9E2MLA56D22C/$file/BCUSD_Strategy%20Summary_FNL.pdf

With all the issues currently facing the community and its schools the Strategy Plan’s top three goals are: 1. Creating five new magnet schools within three years.  (That means 5 new Washington STEM’s but using another theme) 2. Increase dual credit (The district recently decreased AP classes now it wants dual credit.)   3. Build a recreational facility.  (Might this be a swimming pool)

See Page 8 & 9

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Illinois teachers sue in effort to block pension reform law - Yahoo Finance

 

The lawsuit names Quinn, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and the Illinois Teachers' Retirement System's (TRS) board of trustees as defendants and seeks preliminary and permanent injunctive relief. It was filed as a class action, representing retired and active members of TRS, who are not currently members of any teachers' labor union.

It is also only the first shot of litigation against the law, which a coalition of public labor unions has vowed to fight. Anders Lindall, a spokesman for the coalition, We Are One Illinois, said the group is consulting with attorneys "to prepare to bring the most effective suit possible."

Click on the following for the complete article:  Illinois teachers sue in effort to block pension reform law - Yahoo Finance

Monday, December 16, 2013

University of Illinois banning smoking in new year - News - Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL

 

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois is preparing to go smoke-free.
The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports the state’s flagship campus in Champaign-Urbana will ban smoking starting Jan. 1.
That’s not sitting well with some tailgaters who say they want to light up.
Chris Roegge puffed on a cigar during the Illini’s last home game and says he thinks the new ban is “kind of silly” and questioned how the school will enforce the new policy.
Champaign resident Dan Tappendorf said “political correctness has gone too far.”
The campus already bans smoking inside buildings and within 25 feet of a building entrance.
A school spokeswoman says the smoking ban had been set to begin in November, but administrators decided to delay the change because “we didn’t want to hit people right before finals.”

University of Illinois banning smoking in new year - News - Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

North Boone Education Association may file intent to strike - Blogs - Rockford Register Star

By Jennifer Wheeler

The North Boone Education Association will announce Thursday whether it will file a notice of intent to strike, according to a press release sent today.
The association has been working without a contract since June 30, 2013. The group had its fourth session with a federal mediator today and is scheduled for another session on Thursday.
"We are attempting to settle a fair agreement with our School Board," President Kelly Hanaman said. "We remain optimistic but are committed to do whatever is necessary to secure a fair contract for our members."
The announcement will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday in front of the district office, 6248 North Boone School Road in Poplar Grove.

North Boone Education Association may file intent to strike - Blogs - Rockford Register Star

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Property Tax Relief for Homeowners in Belvidere School District

 

BELVIDERE (WIFR) – Homeowners in the Belvidere School District can expect to save money on their property taxes.

The board is signing off on some documents tonight to refund $3 million in bonds. That means a family with a $100,000 home will save $135 a year.

While this will increase the districts long-term debt by a year, superintendent Michael Houselog says taxpayers will see some much-needed relief.

"We know that property taxes have been on the increase even though the revenues of the properties have gone down and this is our best attempt at being able to reconcile that with our taxpayers,” said Dr. Houselog.

The board is also getting a look at a 5-year budget forecast tonight, which looks much better than this time last year. That’s because the district closed a school and made other cuts to save money.

Property Tax Relief for Homeowners in Belvidere School District

Monday, December 9, 2013

Belvidere Schools expected to run $10.8M deficit through 2019 - News - Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL

 

Financial experts project the Belvidere School District will run a collective $10.8 million deficit through fiscal year 2019.
Greg Kubitz, senior financial adviser for PMA Financial Network Inc., said today that he anticipates the district will lose millions in general state aid. That’s because the district’s enrollment numbers, which help determine the state’s level of financial help, are expected to decline by hundreds of students while the state prorates the amount owed.
The news comes on the heels of $2.4 million in cuts from the Belvidere school district’s budget last year when educators determined all reserves would be depleted by 2017. Those cuts led to the decision to close Kishwaukee Elementary School and not renew 18 certified staff contracts.
School Board President Mike Rathbun said Monday he does not anticipate having to make budget cuts despite the latest financial projections. He’s counting on potential changes to the way that general state aid is calculated, a topic of discussion among state lawmakers, which could help districts like Belvidere that are seeing class sizes drop and property values decline.
“There is currently a committee that’s meeting right now talking about changing the general state aid formula, so that could impact what we’re seeing here,” Kubitz said.
Check back to rrstar.com or pick up Tuesday’s edition of the Register Star for more information.
Jennifer Wheeler: 815-987-1354; jwheeler@rrstar.com; @jenmwheeler

Belvidere Schools expected to run $10.8M deficit through 2019 - News - Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL

Thursday, December 5, 2013

District 100 Administrators’ and Teachers’ Salaries

The following are the salaries of non-TRS administrators: 

Click on the photocopy of go to the following:  http://www.district100.com/District/Business%20Office/Collective%20Bargaining%20Contracts/2013-14%20IMRF%20Salary%20Compensation%20Report.pdf

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TRS employees including the superintendents salaries are available by clicking on he following: 

http://www.district100.com/District/Business%20Office/Collective%20Bargaining%20Contracts/2013-14%20Teacher%20and%20Administrator%20Salary%20Compensation%20Report.pdf

Superintendent Houselog’s numbers:  Salary including TRS + bonus + TRS equals $217,665. $2,000 Auto benefit plus $7,922 in TRS and Medicare costs.

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