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VOTE: Are You Scared for Your Kids' L-W Education?

Faced with difficult economic situations, the school districts around the Lincoln-Way area are facing tough decisions when it comes to the future. Staff cuts, increased fees and closing schools could be options. What could that mean for students?

The recession. Reduced property tax revenues because of a bursting housing bubble. Disappearing state aid.

The past few years have been a perfect economic storm for the school districts in the Lincoln-Way area, a storm that has challenged their boards of education and administrators to maintain the same high quality education for students with fewer funds.

  • At a special meeting over the weekend, Superintendent Lawrence Wyllie .
  • New Lenox School District 122 will have and could face declines in new growth, equalized assessed value and state aid over the next few years.
  • To deal with dwindling enrollment, the school board .
  • The school board will be deciding soon on .

 

Naturally, parents in these districts are concerned and have questions. How will possible cuts or layoffs affect a student's education? What will this mean for extra-curricular activities? What can a parent do to ensure his or her child gets the best schooling possibility?

YOUR TURN! Take our poll and tell us your thoughts about your children's future in the Lincoln-Way school systems in our comments section. What do you think these districts need to do?

SWBurbs January 31, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Joe, This is what I'm afraid of!!!!!!! http://mokena.patch.com/articles/report-school-district-mergers-could-cost-illinois-nearly-4-billion-877078fc I'm very thankful we have one of the best school districts in the state and I do trust that Wyllie and the board will look into the best options for the district. I also think the LW teachers are exceptional and don't have a problem with their salaries. But I think a freeze is probable given the state of the economy.
Joe Vince January 31, 2012 at 09:30 PM
@SWBurbs: It sounds like the idea of consolidation has really lost steam, especially given that study. Also, I haven't talked to anyone locally who thinks it's a good idea for the districts in our area. Joe Vince Local Editor, Frankfort
Frankforter February 14, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Can someone answer this question for me? On the site where Illinois teacher salaries are listed (thechampion.org), do those dollar figures also include other benefits? I have emailed that site in the past and never got an answer. If this is the case -- say, a $70K salary is actually a combination of salary plus benefits, then that teacher/admin is not really making $70K a year.
RH February 17, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Its http://www.championnews.net/
Dan February 17, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Salaries plus any other payouts like for coaching. Also includes special annuites or banked paid off unused sick/personal days, special car allowances, stipends, unused vacation days, one time extra retirement cash payouts, etc. In a nutshell it does not include payments for benefits such as medical, dental, required employer pension payments, life insurance, etc. Hope this helps

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