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D46 Schools Present School Improvement Planning (SIP) at Board Meeting

School principals and assistant principals provide details of progress.

All seven District 46 school principals and, for the schools who have them, assistant principals, waited patiently at Wednesday's board meeting to share what is their life's work - embracing and educating the students in their care.

The annual presentation of District 46's School Improvement Planning (SIP) programs is an opportunity for each school to highlight their successes and shortfalls. It is also a time for the public and school board to learn about initiatives that have or will be taken on to improve student achievement and assist students meet or exceed state mandated goals.

Assistant Superintendent and Avon School principal Lynn Barkley opened the presentation emphasizing the importance of maintaining Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as part of the State of Illinois SIP program.

"If a school does not meet AYP standards in any of it's subgroups for two years it is placed 'in status.' If we see areas that need improvement we identify ways to address the issues to ensure we are on track," Barkley said.

Frederick School principal Eric Detweiler and Grayslake Middle School (GMS) principal Marcus Smith spoke of the steps their schools are taking to address subgroup test scores that have not met the AYP standards.

"If you follow the flow of students coming to GMS from Frederick you will see these subgroups are making improvement over time," said Smith.

New Woodview School principal Cathy Santelle gave credit to the previous principal, Jeff Knapp, for the success of the AYP at the school.

Vince Murrary, principal at Prairieview School, explained how his school is meeting the needs of the growing Spanish speaking community.

"Instead of four teachers who can also speak Spanish, this year we will have eight," Murray said. "That will not only help our language learners subgroup, but the parents of the students will be able to communicate better with the school through these teachers."

LinwoodLoser September 15, 2011 at 02:07 AM
another example of a board being so afraid of you and your kind that they cheaped out again. How do you expect us to keep anyone when we can't be competitive?
LMJ September 15, 2011 at 02:15 AM
Do you even know how stupid this sounds, "Carl"? 4-3 board... afraid? Maybe you were talking about Ellen's contract extension...
Sully September 15, 2011 at 02:24 AM
Linwood is correct in that D46 cannot compete with a lot of other districts when it comes to compensation.
LMJ September 15, 2011 at 02:48 AM
It seems to me that some in this district are very happy with what they get paid. Enough to want a contract extension for another year, before her contract is up, more than a year away. Question: How much, is too much? Is there such a thing? Look around you, in this district. See those businesses closing around you? How about people moving out? How about people actually being able to get loans to buy those houses? There's a house down the street that has been empty for over a year and a half. Every where you look, for sale signs up for months until people just give up. Every one knows this, except a few on here that are just happy as punch, to pay whatever. Just wondering if it is headed right back into their pockets... and that is why they are okay with it. Right Loser?
Sully September 15, 2011 at 02:57 AM
Of course, Lisa. Of course. It's all the district's fault. Has nothing to do with the banks foreclosing or unemployment or any of that economic mumbo jumbo. As Rand Paul says, poverty? What poverty? Our poor are making money! It's all because D46 pays it's superintendent too much (something with which I agree, however, that is really a moot point in the larger picture. Paying her $50,000 would be too much for you.).
GoD46 September 15, 2011 at 04:08 AM
Lennie, Lisa, I'm going to come to your little shindig. And you better believe I am going to ask and demand answers to every single question people have asked you on this site. I am actually looking forward to doing this face to face with you and the little woman!
GoD46 September 15, 2011 at 04:10 AM
Brad, I will ask Lennie at his shindig and get the info to you on here. Enough of his vague replies and deflections from the questions. Got ya covered.
GoD46 September 15, 2011 at 04:14 AM
I can not WAIT to go to this little Lennie party and ask him this stuff FACE TO FACE! Oh boy Lennie, you'd better have some answers, because I will also have the press with me.
Brad Faxton September 15, 2011 at 10:49 AM
Ask him about the 501c4 status too.............
Lennie Jarratt September 15, 2011 at 12:31 PM
@GoD46, I do hope to see you in attendance. Thanks for also inviting the press. That had already been done, but more requests can only help. Make sure to bring a few friends along as well. A good and honest debate is healthy for our community.
Softball Jim September 15, 2011 at 01:13 PM
Not going to blame anyone here, Any chance anyone actually read the article. He said he had a previous professional relationship with the head of the other school district. Also did anyone notice that he would be getting about 25K more in salary per year? Sounds like two good reasons to leave to me. Does his quote in the paper about the fact that it had nothing to do with D46. Does this suck for D46 yes. Can you really blame the BOE or Ellen for this? From reading the article, I think not
GoBlue September 15, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Not sure how this has anything whatsoever to do with Correll. Covault had applied for the Decatur job prior to the CCSD 46 job and he has a prior relationship with the Decatur Superintendent. Also, he is being paid $27,000 more per year in the new job. Personally regardless of whether or not Correll was in her position, I think you are going to have issues hiring a good business manager. Who on Earth would want the job when they can make a better salary elsewhere and not have to put up with all the crap slung at them at each and every Board meeting? The board meetings are so acrimonious that I am sure no one will want the job unless they are getting paid a premium. Whether or not people like Correll, she is not the one screaming and carrying on at board meetings.
GoBlue September 15, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Furthermore anyone that blames his leaving on Correll is an idiot. When Covault was hired I believe there was agreement that he was the right person for the job and that he had the background and knowledge necessary to get the financial house in order. In the 2 months he has been on the job, I believe the consensus is that he has done an excellent job. How on Earth can you blame an employer for hiring a qualified person who accepts the job and then turns around 2 months later and takes a better job offer paying him $27,000 more per year? The only avenue and employer has in this situation is to make a counteroffer for more money and there is no way on Earth that Correll could have offered him any more money without being crucified. The Correll haters are really grasping at straws on this issue to try and place blame on Correll. If you want to blame anyone, blame Covault for accepting a position and immediately looking for a way out. I personally do not blame him because again he is leaving for substantially more money into a school district where his every move will not be questioned on a daily basis.
LMJ September 15, 2011 at 02:03 PM
“I think you are going to have issues hiring a good business manager. Who on Earth would want the job when they can make a better salary elsewhere and not have to put up with all the crap slung at them at each and every Board meeting?” Hey, how about another ex-board member or family members like Ellen has done so many times before?
C-Dub September 15, 2011 at 02:31 PM
So, let me get something straight here (it may be a little off topic, but forgive me). Tea Party wants to dissolve the district system to envoke a private school system. Correct? People would pay a "tuition" to the school directly Correct? From my research it costs roughly $3500 to $4000 a year to put a child through private school (even more with 2). I have 2 kids in D46, so I would be paying north of $5K to put my kids through the tea party system. I pay much less than that now in taxes, how is this good for me? What if I cannot afford 2 children? Do I have to pick one to get the education and hope the other is good at a trade? Do I have to put myself debt by getting student loans, so my child can learn his ABC's? There is nothing wrong with the system as it is! The Tea Party plan is not good for the average man. Lennie and Lisa, please go away, leave our district alone. BTW -- Lennie do you like the new FOIA law? It sure will limit the number of requests that you can submit.
LMJ September 15, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Chicago Tribune today, foreclosures up 18% in Aug.... http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-mortgage-default-warnings-surged-in-august-20110915,0,888327.story The board has talked about how much more we will be paying in taxes with their new budget plan. The board increasing taxes while the economy is tanking. What is enough, is a good question? How much money does it take to educate a child? 10K, 15K, 20K, what is it? Are there any limits?
Lennie Jarratt September 15, 2011 at 03:01 PM
more distortions I see.... come to the meeting on Oct. 3, and get the real information instead of fear mongering that goes on here.
LinwoodLoser September 15, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Who's "Carl"?
Sully September 15, 2011 at 05:36 PM
From the article regarding Mr. Covault- "A sales tax increase was approved this year. Because of this, we will be doing approximately $70,000,000 in renovations and Mr. Covault will play a key role in that development," said Gaunt." What??? A tax increase? Why that's illegal isn't it? Shame on you District 61! What could you be thinking?
Nightcrawler September 15, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Hey Lennie - Why don't you post this in the event section where it belongs?
Sully September 15, 2011 at 10:43 PM
A little something from the oh so liberal Forbes publication-http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2011/02/18/koch-brothers-behind-wisconsin-effort-to-kill-public-unions/ This is just one thing. Need some more reading material? There's this- http://www.southernstudies.org/2011/08/video-spotlights-koch-brothers-role-in-nc-school-segregation-fight.html and this- http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/polluterwatch/koch-industries/ and then of course, there's this. Not the Kochs, but I think the title is self-explanatory- http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/10/david-harmer-abolish-public-schools All just lies, Lennie? Lisa? You say the Lake County tea party is different? How?
LMJ September 15, 2011 at 11:40 PM
Broken record... come to the meeting on Oct. 3, and get the real information instead of fear mongering that goes on here.
Sully September 16, 2011 at 12:28 AM
Why do I doubt you read one line from any of the links? Too afraid of the truth you may discover? You just can't bring yourself to question anything the tea party has done, or who controls the whole affair, can you? Billionaires run the show, Lisa. They're taking advantage of every single person who wants an easy scapegoat to lay all the blame. Really Lisa, how do tax cuts for the ultra wealthy help you? How does letting corporations shape this country's policies help you? Please answer because I'm really interested in what you think the benefits are for someone like you and Lennie and your children.
Lennie Jarratt September 16, 2011 at 02:14 AM
"revolving door of employees in the position" --- Ellen's trackrecord 1. Dan Aggen - Under his tenure the Daily Herald found the overpayment & underpayment of staff 2. Brad Goldstein - Left after 1 year 3. Ed Towle - Hired then told to lie and resign by Ellen, then fired before ever starting. Now suing D46 for breach of contract 4. David Tylavsky - Left in under a year. Stories have changed on this, was he fired or did he resign. 5. Todd Covault - Stayed under 3 months
Sully September 16, 2011 at 02:25 AM
Hey Lisa- when are you going to tell your husband he sounds like a broken record?
Softball Jim September 16, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Lennie & Lisa, I was wondering if the Oct 3rd forum will be streamed live over the internet for all to see? I will not be able to make the forum, but would love to see what is being discussed.
Lennie Jarratt September 17, 2011 at 01:30 AM
At this time, there is not a plan to live stream the event. I will ask the organizers to see though.
LinwoodLoser September 19, 2011 at 01:26 AM
God forbid they're transparent...
Sully September 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM
Oh this is classic- "Lennie Jarratt - Education watchdog and researcher" You're calling yourself a researcher now, Lennie? So I'm sure your "research" is valid, reliable and unprejudiced, right? Being the transparent person you are, you do follow the rules of good research I'm sure. Right Len? And I think live streaming is an excellent idea. You know how to set that up, so why don't you do it? If you want to reach more people (and get more of those donations), you'd think streaming would be a no-brainer.
Brad Faxton September 19, 2011 at 12:57 PM
Who actually those 'donations' are going to is still a mystery.....

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