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Board Briefs: Votes Coming on Final Teacher's Contract Document, RTI Coordinator

Here's a look at items that are expected to be on the Grayslake District 46 Board agenda in March.

The Grayslake District 46 Board hopes to approve the finalized 2012-14 teacher's contract at its next meeting.

The final document wasn't ready for the board's Feb. 20 meeting.

"It's not finished yet," said Board President Ray Millington. "It should be done by the next meeting."

The board voted unanimously Feb. 6 to approve the tentative agreement between the district and the teacher's union. Board Secretary Sue Facklam noted at that meeting that when the board votes on the final document, the contents will not change.

Curriculum/Response to Intervention Coordinator

Also at the next meeting, the board may vote on whether to hire a coordinator for curriculum and Response to Intervention.

Superintendent Ellen Correll explained that the district needs someone to handle a variety of tasks, including looking at assessments, looking at writing standards in kindergarten through eighth grade, examining social studies and coordinating communication amongst the buildings so there is consistency.

"This is a position I feel very strongly that you need to have in the district," said Correll. "I would ask the board to consider it. It is in our budget."

Charles Johnson February 22, 2013 at 03:59 PM
"It is in our budget." Is this the same budget that is showing millions of dollars of red ink? Why on earth would they add administrative headcount at this point in time? I can't believe the Superintendent would actually propose this while simultaneously proposing widespread cuts across the rest of the district.
An Beal Bocht February 22, 2013 at 06:21 PM
'Looking at writing standards in kindergarten through eighth grade', What does that mean? When there is little time spent on handwriting and cursive.
Sully February 22, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Not the physical aspect of writing- the ability to put one's thoughts on paper (or computer) in a coherent, well written way.
Sandra Sims February 22, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Call me crazy, but isn't that the job of the, um, teacher?
Sandra Sims February 22, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Oh, and as for coordinating communication between the buildings, pretty sure that's ol' Ellen's job. The one she gets the really big bucks for. What a joke.
Terri February 22, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Oh well...see whay the teachers didn't feel it was inappropriate to ask for a 'lil sumpin' sumpin'?
Terri February 22, 2013 at 07:23 PM
To set curriculum standards? I don't think so...though left to their own devices, I think they'd do a better job...
Sully February 22, 2013 at 07:53 PM
It depends on the subject, Sandra, as to whether the superintendent or another administrator coordinates communication between the buildings. If it's something having to do with special education, then the director of special ed should be responsible. If it's RTI, then the RTI person (whoever that may be) should be responsible. CEOs delegate as well. If one is a good leader and has good people reporting to him or her, then communication shouldn't be a problem. D46 is not so big that communication coordination has to be by one special person. I believe that's part of the directors' job.
Sully February 22, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Now "The Common Core" sets the curriculum.
Sully February 22, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Having said that, I don't think the district had had a curriculum director since Lynn Barkley left. Is that true?
Sandra Sims February 22, 2013 at 08:13 PM
It says "look at writing standards", as well as "examine social studies". Where do you find setting the curriculum in that sentence? Oh I know, we need to pay the teachers more and it will all be ok. That's your ubiquitous answer; thought I'd save you the typing.
Sully February 22, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Sorry Sandra, but you're absolutely wrong. Setting the curriculum has nothing to do with the pay of teachers. Try to keep up. Do you have any idea what the Common Core is?
Sully February 22, 2013 at 08:31 PM
I'm sorry Sandra. My responses here appear to be totally over your head. Ill try to be more simple next time. Let me give it a try... I also do not believe the district should make the hire that Ellen is requesting. Is that plain enough?
Terri February 22, 2013 at 09:17 PM
You're right to a degree, Sully. An administrator still needs to apply CC within the district. But I agree, we don't need a hire for that. SS are you taking LMJ pills today?
Terri February 22, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Sully...no curriculum direct since Barkley...and that was one of 3 hats she wore. Don't need a hire to cover that.
Terri February 22, 2013 at 09:28 PM
SS oh...I forgot... YOU'RE CRAZY! (You asked for it)
Sandra Sims February 22, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Pretty sure I wasn't asking you, "Sully" since, as I have pointed out thousands of times, you don't LIVE in D46, you don't WORK in D46, you have nothing to DO with D46. You have an unhealthy obsession with D46. I suggest you seek help. You really need a life, maybe a hobby other than sitting in front of your laptop all day posting about a school district you have nothing to do with. As for the teacher salary comment, it was a JOKE. Wouldn't expect either you or Terri the shill to get that. Pa. thet. ic.
Terri February 22, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Wasn't funny...you're still crazy.
Sandra Sims February 22, 2013 at 11:14 PM
And you're still a one-note shill. Do have a nice day, if that's even possible for the things like you. .
Sully February 22, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Of course it was, Sandra- just a joke! How exactly do you know I have absolutely nothing to do with D46? You don't even know who I am. I would wager I know a lot more about how the district works than you do.
Sandra Sims February 23, 2013 at 03:10 AM
I would wager you DO know a lot about the district. You seem to devote your life to it. You yourself have admitted you don't live or work in D46, and you don't work for D46. You have posted so many thousands of times on D46 threads that apparently you've forgotten what you've posted. Understandable. What is not understandable is your deathless obsession. But as long as you stay away from the kids, I guess if you want to spend your life posting about something that doesn't concern you, what the hell. Just please avoid responding to any queries or comments I might make. I actually live here, and pay taxes here. I haven't the slightest interest in your completely irrelevant opinions.
Tony February 23, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Apparently, life provides him nothing more. It's his "precious". Gullum, Gullum. Gullum.
Sully February 23, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Sandra, I'm guessing my comments go right over your head. Not all of my posts are opinions; they are facts. I know it's hard for you to tell the difference. Considering how little you really know, I suppose I should expect you not to know there are other ways to work for a district without being an actual employee of the district. Again, I really don't expect you to understand that. Just a word here, Sandy- I'd also wager I'm a hell of a lot safer with kids than you are. Imagine how many kids could be screwed up by your simplistic and close- minded views of the world. Now that's scary.
Sully February 23, 2013 at 03:31 PM
And what's your excuse, Tony? I'm invested in education. How about you?

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