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Nick April 2, 2014 at 02:16 pm
Will this change play a factor in property tax amounts? Maybe she can balance an exuberant budgetRead More that the schools receive.
Orange County Sheriff's deputies conduct a bomb sweep at San Clemente High School earlier this month. | Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
David Greenberg March 28, 2014 at 11:46 am
"Virtual walls"? Geezus... GPS spoofing is but one way around the geofence. The otherRead More is simply walking up to someone and saying "HEY *(&*(^^#&*(Y($*() !!!!!" Or use a different app created with a bogus email account... *sigh*. Sticks and stones people... sticks and stones... Walk it off and move on...
Stu Pidasso March 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm
thats for sure, this country is turning into a bunch of pansies!!
Stu Pidasso March 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm
my kid tells me that his buddy who lives over in Europe has a math book that shows a drawing of anRead More obese American eating a Cheeseburger with Plumbers Ass , as if we are a bunch of slobs over here!!! Is that nice or what???
Kimberly DeLude Quigley March 18, 2014 at 09:16 am
@Donny.....that referendum passed.... Barely!! Yes I do remember it...I voted No and so did a lot ofRead More other taxpayers. I also remember after it was voted in hearing a lot of "Are you kidding me!!" I also remember a referendum to see if taxpayers would approve a $60 million building bond to have astro-turf at East and Central's football fields. I voted No and so did a lot of other taxpayers and that referendum failed. Wait....no it didn't because the school board didn't listen to the taxpayers and the astro-turf was installed anyway. Oh but wait we are talking about LW football...can't make cuts in that department. Football generates a lot of money for the schools I get that, but NOT every student plays sports! Building two new schools was a huge mistake....this is my opinion. No one knew the economy was going to turn out the way it did, but my wallet and my non-existent equity in my home didn't either. Making cuts in the Arts is a huge mistake, but the kids shouldn't have to be punished for something no one could control. The board approves too much take it out on them not the kids. My son graduated from East in 2009 and is doing well and had a great HS career not only because he went to a LW school, but because he had good teachers.... Very good teachers. Instead of cutting the teachers, cut from the top. LW is too top heavy. Start there. My opinion.
DJK March 18, 2014 at 05:28 pm
A lot of really good posts here. Sounds like some people have the inside track on some facts andRead More some others don't want to hear what's going on. Nothing new here folks, 210 has been a good old boys club since we moved here almost thirty years ago. Don't bother running for a school board seat. If I recall, the last person elected that was not an incumbent was at least ten years ago...maybe more. They retire before their term is up and the board approves the replacement. The replacement then runs as an incumbent and you know what that means. Been going on for years. Not going to change. As for the fine arts center, if in fact the IPO is not being charged, that needs to be investigated. Just because they let our students into a concert for free, doesn't cut it.
lala March 19, 2014 at 10:27 am
Those with the inside track should contact one of the investigative reporters from the local newsRead More stations!
Lincoln-Way Foundation Board President Bob Kennedy presents Christine Glatz, president of Glatz Management Services Inc. with an Associate Partner Plaque. | Submitted Photo
Edith L March 10, 2014 at 02:52 pm
Couldn't this be considered to be a conflict of interest. Since she is a school board member.
Richard Starkey March 1, 2014 at 04:54 pm
Gary P, no need to inform me to be grateful, as I already am for the kids. As parents we want ourRead More kids to develop into fine young adults and ROTC is just one of the best ways to help them do so. You do realize that ROTC not only benefits the participants, but also the community. I have no doubt the great majority of tax paying residents would also agree. This is why there were large crowds at the board meetings. If you or anyone else had negative issues with ROTC and wanted to express your opinions, you were more than welcome to state them at the board meetings in front of everyone so you could be heard. Fortunately for the kids who stood up for what they believe and the rest of community, you either did not attend the meetings or remained silent while you were there. By fighting to keep their ROTC program, the kids learned an extremely valuable life lesson and deserve applause for their efforts.
jerry mrozek March 2, 2014 at 08:51 am
Seems to me that the board has made "cuts" in many other areas that benefit more kids thenRead More the ROTC does. I guess they were not vocal enough but put there faith in the board who was elected to represent the entire community, point is that our board made a decision to discontinue the ROTC, I presume it was made after considering all facts and other options then because of a few parents who complained they reversed there decision, I wonder why? Bad publicity verus what is smart? I bet this reversal will cause other programs to be discontinued, we do not live in a democary we live in a republic we elect officials to represent us and not back down when a few people get upset Need to look at the big picture what will benefit the most students, not just a few. Take a look at your tax bill ??? Sorry but sounds like "not agreeing" is evil
Richard Starkey March 2, 2014 at 11:05 am
Please describe those cuts that were already made. When you keep repeating that ROTC only benefits aRead More "few" kids, do you know the real number? It is almost 500! That seems like a large number of kids, not just a "few" as you stated. You also presume that the board considered all facts, which I don't believe was true. The board did not discuss anything with the parents or the community prior to making their initial decision, they just assumed the path of least resistance would be to just shut the program down completely. They certainly miscalculated the response. Now that the entire community has responded to their actions (not just a few parents), a fair compromise was reached. Please spare us your hyperbole. No one ever stated at any board meetings that people were "evil" because they disagreed. If you are going to make arguments to discontinue ROTC, please use facts in your arguments.
Lenny Kravitz March 29, 2014 at 05:14 am
Name: Hurlburt, Thomas Salary: $185,728 Position: District Superintendent Percent Time Employed:Read More 100% Assignment: Administration Years Teaching: 13 Degree: Master's Gov Quinn’s salary: $177,412
JROTC supporters address the Lincoln-Way 210 School Board Thursday night, Feb. 13. | Credit: ABC 7 News
Deb Jones February 16, 2014 at 09:50 pm
Frank Zeimetz February 18, 2014 at 01:41 am
Props to Paulette. For Mr. Malloy, where was your side of the story at the board meeting? TheRead More board had nothing to say. They didn't even want to hear what the public they represent had to say. You went along business as usual. Maybe if you included the public we could help you work out some of your problems. People could brainstorm ideas and use their imaginations to solve the problems of the community. I don't like people being put out of work, I don't want to see trade programs go away. I would like to see solutions that are win win for everyone. What I don't want to see is more vacant space in a over populated and under staffed school. By cutting programs lincoln way is failing it's own mission statement, and I believe that to be unacceptable.
Deb Jones February 18, 2014 at 07:01 pm
This is written as a parent of a current Lincoln-Way senior & an incoming freshman who wouldRead More like to have had the choice to join JROTC. We went to the "Class of 2018 Open House" and listened to person after person informing us how wonderful Lincoln-Way schools are because they offer so many choices. Please do not misunderstand me I believe LWHSD 210 is a very wonderful school district, otherwise we would not have bought our house in the district. I am also not planning on moving my children to a different district because of these cuts. I do plan on having a conversation with my elected state officials, especially those who ran or run on the platform to improve the way the state of Illinois funds it's school districts. If the problem is the state of Illinois's lack of funding why suggest we contact the federal government or USAF? We should be demanding our local elected officials pay the bills & balance the budget just like every voter is expected to do and usually does. Mr. Molloy & school board in general, I as a parent do not wish to see any program eliminated be it a sports, clubs, or classes. By eliminating any of them you directly impact the students because you LIMIT their choices. However, I understand cuts must be made, I just hope we can find a better way to do so and still allow students the same opportunities as before. By allowing students choices they learn what have to struggle in, what comes easy to them, how they learn the best, what they enjoy & what they do not enjoy; but furthermore, by not allowing choices you are limiting their discovery of who they are to become. I would prefer my children to have a slight clue as to who they want to become before I receive the bill for college tuition, it does get very costly when they change their mind every semester or year. So if at all possible would you please open the lines of communication. You have been given many choices and I know they are plenty of more out there, let people know what will not work, what will work & together we can find that middle ground. That goes for all the programs that are to be eliminated due to budget cuts. To Jay I hope you know that ROTC is in colleges/universities JROTC is in high schools. Yes there are 16 AFJROTC in IL, but the is 46 AJROTC and 15 NJROTC in the state of Illinois and that is not to mention the ROTCs within the state of Illinois.
Karen Carroll February 3, 2014 at 11:34 am
Community Relations Director Stacy Holland states, "We're trying to find expenditures (toRead More cut) that will be least disruptive (to the district." In conjunction, we the residents are not ready for a tax increase to cover increases in the current or additional expenditures. So maybe the parents and students who have benefited most from the program, and want to keep it going, can work with the district to find a creative way to fund JROTC that is acceptable to all the Lincoln Way Community . I would be all for it, as long as it DOES NOT involve increasing my taxes, they're already much to high!
Edith L February 3, 2014 at 01:01 pm
To bad they article does state that the salaries of the instructors are partially subsidized by theRead More government. The instructors all have multiple Master Degrees, which would cost the district a lot more if they belonged to the teachers union. Also the school does not pay the instructors for the extra-curriculum activities as they do the other teachers. Plus the government pays for all the text books, uniforms, etc. I do not know of any other class that is subsidized as JROTC. Plus once these kids go into PE they most likely will have to hire extra teachers which will cost more than JROTC program.
kc February 15, 2014 at 03:12 pm
What I can't understand is, if it is really too costly, why are those who want to keep it offering aRead More way to fund it instead of threatening the school board. I'm sure those who want to keep this meaningful program will say they don't mind paying higher taxes to keep this and various other programs, however there are thousands of other taxpayers, especially in Frankfort, who are taxed to the hilt and are not willing to fund programs that may add even more to our tax bills.
Kristine Fenton February 15, 2014 at 07:14 pm
All of the materials, equipment, and 50% of salaries are paid by the US Air Force. The districtRead More pays for very little. They are giving you the math and statistics that look sympathetic to them. It's called spin. The instructors' insurance is also paid by USAF. The district looked for easy savings and targeted a program they don't like dealing with. The cadet to instructor ratio is also nonsense. They didn't include freshman in their numbers. More spin. The instructor to cadet ratio is contracted by USAF, and is for good reason. These instructors are required to be involved in much more than their teacher responsibilities. It's a program, and a lot of work is involved requiring two or even three instructors. With 50% salary covered by USAF, the district gets an instructor essentially for free. The district simply doesn't want the program because they can't control it.
lala February 18, 2014 at 07:19 am
Does anyone know if the full LW budget is online? I can only find a summary. I want to see lineRead More for line what money is spent on.
They managed to get this bus in Canada up and running. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Hawks January 8, 2014 at 09:14 pm
It has nothing to do with the money... Diesel fuel gels up at anywhere between -10 and -20 degreesRead More Farenheit. Unless they kept all umpteen-hundred busses running for 4-5 days, the fuel will gel. It has nothing to do with money, just science.
DJK January 9, 2014 at 09:15 am
Sooo...fuel gelling only occurs in the new buses? Read the article again. Doesn't mention theRead More "umpteen-hundred" other buses. Are the newer buses the only diesels in the fleet? What about the "umpteen-hundred" other busses? Are they diesel as well? Were they able to run? Or are they gas? They had 97 running.....must have been the old ones!!
Hawks January 10, 2014 at 03:49 pm
LW Transportation has an almost full fleet of brand new International school busses. They stillRead More retain a few of their older (early 2000s) Blue Bird conventional busses for whatever reason. Otherwise, the fleet is almost all 2009 model year and up International busses. The company always has the newest model year in service (currently 2014) and when they phase in new busses, they sell the older ones. (i.e. the 2008 models were sold this past year.) I know for a fact that the new busses are all diesel, and i'm pretty sure the Blue Birds are also. I'm not quite sure what he meant by "newer busses", but the only way to de-gel fuel is to let it warn up, which takes time. Obviously, the mecahnics were working as hard as they could to get everything in order but could not keep up. (On top of this, I have heard from a source that many of the transportation directors were on vacation during this ordeal.)
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