Friday, April 12, 2013
Summit Hill School Dist. 161 gave veteran member Mary Kenny a fond farewell and learned updates on plans to prepare 6th graders for junior high.
Before the regular meeting started, Board President Mary Kenny was surprised with a farewell program, honoring her nearly 30 years of commitment to the Summit Hill Dist. 161 Board of Education. A video presentation filled with accolades and fond memories from the district along with a band presentation preceded the April 10 meeting at Summit Hill Jr. High School. After a break for cake and camaraderie, the board members heard a presentation about next year's changes at Walker Intermediate School. Beginning in August, 6th graders at Walker School will get a taste of junior high by switching classes during the day. Principal Mike Ruffalo and Asst. Principal Dana Wright showed a PowerPoint about plans to prep 6th graders for junior high. …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The top two headlines in Frankfort Patch this week featured school district personnel and business along Harlem Avenue.
The Summit Hill School Dist. 161 Board of Education decision concerning next year's choice of superintendent stirred applause and dissatisfaction, depending on who you're talking to. D161 Board Renews Superintendent's Contract, Cuts It by $15K Summit Hill School District 161 board members renewed Supt. Barb Rains' contract, but they cut her salary by just more than 10 percent. A Will County Board decision to halt construction of a car wash on Harlem Avenue got rave reviews by residents of Frankfort Township. Will County Board Says 'No' to Harlem Ave. Car Wash Frankfort Township Residents won a victory over a car wash looking for a zoning change to open near a residential area, WJOL reports. Readers might like: Get news alerts and …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The potential for a costly lawsuit plays a significant role in renewing for one year the contract of Summit Hill Dist. 161 Supt. Barb Rains.
Three abstentions and a $15K cut in salary is evidence that the Summit Hill School Dist. 161 Board of Education was divided over a decision to renew for one year the contract for Supt. Barb Rains. Her current contract covered the period between Dec. 14, 2011 and June 3 0, 2013. The final vote for the renewal of Supt. Barb Rains' contract by the Dist. 161 Board of Education—four "yes" votes to three abstentions along with a $15,000 salary cut—was hardly a vote of confidence for the superintendent. Abstaining were Denise Wildeveld, Board President Mary Kenny and Vice President Joy Murphy. It was a contentious meeting March 27 at Mokena's Arbury Hills School, where several parents, some of whom were members of Rains' advisory committee, …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Summit Hill School District 161 board members renewed Supt. Barb Rains' contract, but they cut her salary by just more than 10 percent.
Summit Hill School District 161 board members renewed Supt. Barb Rains' contract for the 2013-14 school year, but cut her annual salary by $15,000, from $145,000 to $130,000. With four "yes" votes and three abstentions, Rains' contract was approved from June 30, 2013, to June 30, 2014. Voting "yes" were board members: Denise Lenz, Stacey Borgens, Sean Doyle and George Perros. Abstaining were Denise Wildeveld, Board President Mary Kenny and Vice President Joy Murphy. Wildeveld said she abstained because of reasons expressed in closed session. Murphy offered no reason for abstaining. However, Kenny said "I realize that the law governs contracts. I abstain due to lack of confidence." Kenny would not elaborate further on her reason for …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The contract for Summit Hill School District 161 Supt. Barb Rain's Constract is up for renewal.
The Summit Hill School District 161 Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. March 27. Among the items on the agenda is consideration of Supt. Barb Rains' contract. The board will also be discussing personnel matters in closed session, employment of certified staff and non-renewal of staff. The meeting is scheduled to take place at Arbury Hills School, 19651 Beechnut Drive, Mokena. Two ways to stay connected:
Monday, March 18, 2013
D161 Member Sean Doyle was the sole vote in favor of approving Supt. Barb Rains' contract at the March 13 school board meeting. He wanted her contract approved along with all other administrator contracts.
After a closed-door executive session March 13, the Summit Hill District 161 Board of Education voted 6-1 to renew for one year the contracts for all administrators with the exception of Supt. Barb Rains, who is completing her first full school year in the position. Administrators did not receive a salary increase in their contract for the second year in a row. Rains' contract is scheduled for discussion at the March 27 Board of Education meeting. The board’s motion to renew our administrators for next year (by State law, the administrators have to be notified by April 1) included every administrator except Barb, specified each administrator’s exact title and location (i.e. school building), and the specific terms of their salary and …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Supt. Barb Rains' contract comes up for renewal March 27.
After a closed-door executive session Wednesday, the Summit Hill District 161 Board of Education voted 6-1 to renew for one year the contracts for all administrators with the exception of Supt. Barb Rains, who is completing her first full school year in the position. Administrators did not receive a salary increase in their contract for the second year in a row. Board President Mary Kenny said Rains requested that her contract, which expires June 30, be addressed separately from the other administrators. The contract discussion is scheduled for discussion at the next board meeting on March 27. Kenny did not reveal why Rains requested a two-week delay. Rains was officially hired as the district's permanent superintendent in December of …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Summit Hill District 161 is offering a $ 20 savings if you register your kindergartener by March 15.
Summit Hill District 161’s Fall Kindergarten registration drive is underway. Half day and extended day programs are available. Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Parents are asked to come to the District Administrative Center, 20100 South Spruce Drive in Frankfort between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to register their child. What's needed for registration? Parents will need to present an official birth certificate (with certification seal from the county) and proof of residency. A checklist of documents is available in the left navigation on the District’s homepage. The registration fee for the extended day program will be $130 if paid by March 15. Afterwards the fee will be $150. The fee for the half day program will be $105 if paid …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
See the elementary students shine when they take the stage or the art gallery to demonstrate their creative flair.
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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 …