Thursday, February 28, 2013
The school board reviewed recent improvements to the district website at a meeting Wednesday.
The Summit Hill School District 161 Board of Education discussed recent updates to the district website at a meeting Wednesday at Indian Trail Elementary School. “I love the new website,” said Board Member Stacey Borgens. “It’s so much easier to maneuver.” The website was updated as part of the district’s communication plan and has a cleaner design and a more efficient navigation flow than the previous site. It also allows visitors to view videos. The update was executed through Distant Horizon, a web development firm that has a pre-existing contract with the district. Also at Wednesday’s meeting, students at Indian Trail Elementary gave several presentations before the board. The students demonstrated various elements of the new Common …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Summit Hill School Board addressed safety-related topics such as messaging software, background checks, lockdown permissions, security levels and building entry accessibility at a meeting on Wednesday.
The Summit Hill School District Board of Education continued to discuss various approaches to improving school security at a meeting Wednesday evening at Dr. Julian Rogus Elementary School. The board voted to approve a contract for new emergency messaging software within the district. The new system, which cost approximately $5,100, will allow district officials to issue security notifications via phone and to send messages to specific groups. The software will be in place and operating within the next two weeks. The board also discussed using software by Raptor Technologies to conduct background checks on district visitors. The software was recently implemented into day-to-day security procedures in Summit Hill’s neighboring school …
The Summit Hill School Board continued to discuss school safety at Wednesday's meeting.
Updated: 3:01 a.m. Thursday Check out Wednesday's live blog for a play-by-play recap of the meeting. --- The Summit Hill School District Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m on Jan. 23 at Dr. Julian Rogus Elementary School. The board will discuss approving a contract for new emegency messaging software in the district. They are also scheduled to address adopting the 2013-14 school calendar and to discuss the district transportation agreement with Lincoln-Way School District 210. To review the meeting agenda in its entirety, click here. As always, Patch will live blog the meeting. Readers are welcome to share opinions and questions in the feed above. Get news alerts and Facebook updates from these Lincoln-Way Patch sites:
Friday, January 11, 2013
The district superintendent and school board discussed how best to keep Summit Hill students safe at a board meeting Wednesday.
Only a few weeks after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Summit Hill School District 161 Board of Education discussed the district’s Safe Schools Program at a meeting Wednesday evening. “It made it just more obvious that we need to put something more in place,” said Board President Mary Kenny, in a follow up interview with Patch. Superintendent Barb Rains is currently in the process of collecting information, suggestions and parent input concerning school safety. Rains met with the Tinley Park Police Department in December -- the same month that two escaped convicts were seen in Tinley Park and the father of three district students was charged with the murder of their mother. She spoke with the police about the need for timely …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The petitions filed by Mark Moylan and Joseph Figliulo were determined to be incomplete at an electoral board meeting Wednesday night.
Editor's note: This article was revised after publication to correct the spelling of Dave Faber's name. Two former Summit Hill School Board candidates are officially out of the running for April’s election. Objections against the candidate petitions filed by Mark Moylan and Joseph Figliulo were determined to be legitimate at an electoral board meeting Wednesday night. The district electoral board, which includes Board President Mary Kenny, Secretary Denise Lenz and Board Member Sean William Doyle, also met Monday evening to hear the objections, which were put forth by community member Ted Westerberg. Westerberg challenged the petitions on the grounds that he found them to be incomplete. He declined to comment on the situation. According to…
The Summit Hill School Board talked about how best to keep Summit Hill students safe in the wake of recent incidents in the area.
Updated: 3:46 a.m. Thursday Check out Wednesday's live blog for a play-by-play recap of the meeting. --- The Summit Hill School District Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m on Jan. 9 at the district administration office board room. The board will discuss developments in technology and software, the destruction of closed session recordings, a state local debt recovery program and the rental status of Mary Drew Elementary School. As always, Patch will live blog the meeting. Readers are welcome to share opinions and questions in the feed above. Get news alerts and Facebook updates from these Lincoln-Way Patch sites:
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The board also discussed several recent community surveys and the possibility of becoming involved in political advocacy.
The Summit Hill School District 161 Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the 2012 tax levy for approximately $32.2 million at a meeting on Dec. 12. The 2012 levy is a $1.55 million increase over the levy in 2011, raising the district tax rate to just above 3.7 percent. This translates to a $69 property tax increase for the owner of a $200,000 house. Prior to the vote, the board held a public hearing regarding the levy. One community member chose to speak. “I would just like to urge all board members to approve the levy,” he said. Board member George Perros, Secretary Denise Lenz and Vice President Joy Murphy were not present at Wednesday’s meeting. After the vote, the board discussed several recent district surveys. A survey of …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The board is scheduled to approve the levy, following a public hearing.
The Summit Hill School District 161 Board of Education will vote to approve the 2012 district levy at a board meeting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the district administration office board room. The vote will follow a public hearing, where taxpayers are invited to voice their opinions regarding the 2012 levy. The board will also discuss a district staff survey and technology integration in the classroom, among other topics. To read the agenda in its entirety, click here. "Like" Tinley Park Patch on Facebook "Like" Frankfort Patch on Facebook "Like" Mokena Patch Facebook
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The approval will raise the district's estimated tax rate to approximately 3.7 percent.
The Summit Hill School District 161 Board of Education approved the 2012 tax levy estimate resolution at a special board meeting on Nov. 19. This is the same estimate that the board voted down on Nov. 14. The approximately $32.2 million levy estimate requests a $1.55 million increase compared to last year’s finalized levy. The resolution raises the estimated tax rate to just above 3.7 percent. This translates to a $69 tax increase for the owner of a $200,000 house. Board Members Denise Wildeveld, Sean William Doyle, Stacey Borgens and Board President Mary Kenny voted in favor of the levy estimate. Board Member George Perros, Secretary Denise Lenz and Vice President Joy Murphy voted against the levy. Prior to the vote, community members …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The board did not approve the proposed $1.55 million tax increase.
The Summit Hill District 161 School Board chose not to approve the district’s proposed 2012 tax levy estimate resolution in a 4-2 vote at Wednesday night’s meeting. The estimate would have requested a $1.55 million increase compared to last year’s finalized levy. “People are being taxed right out of their house,” said board vice president Joy Murphy. “We can’t keep doing this.” The proposed 2012 levy totaled approximately $32.2 million. Last year, the district requested approximately $30.7 million in levy funds. District director of business and transportation Susan Krautstrunk outlined the specifics behind the increase in a presentation before the board on Wednesday. If the proposed levy estimate had been approved, the tax rate for Summit…