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District 46 Board Majority Extends Superintendent Contract

Superintendent Ellen Correll's contract was extended in a 4-3 vote.

After months of bitter debate,  Superintendent Ellen Correll’s contract was extended to June 2013 during Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting.

Board members Kip Evans, Shannon Smigielski and Michael Carbone all voted against renewing the contract, each citing their own reasons.

“Ellen has been more than accommodating, but there are still major problems,” said Evans. “I have received emails both pro and con, and after taking it all into consideration, I have to vote ‘no’ on the contract extension. The people who voted for me want to see change.”

Smigielski said that although she personally likes Correll, she could not agree to the extension.

“I have to do what I believe is in the best interest of the district, and I will not be voting in favor of renewing the contract,” she said.

Unlike Evans and Smigielski, Carbone did not reveal his vote prior to the roll call, but took the time to question Correll about emails that the board had not been given during the ethics and electioneering investigation that surfaced around the April board elections.

“Ellen, why is it that the district attorney, Kevin Gordon, told me he no longer has the electronic files the district sent to him to review before submitting to District 30?” Carbone asked. “If we paid him $35,000 to help us, we have a right to see all of the emails, including the redacted ones. It may end up we have to get another attorney and file a lawsuit in order to clear this all up and move forward.”

Correll was both defended and chastised during public comments.

Former board member Colleen Wade asked the board to focus on the parameters of the contract — student achievement and academic performance.

“I ask the board to stay focused on what is relevant. Consider what is best for the district and what is best for the kids in the district,” Wade said.

Winthrop Harbor District 1 board member Dee Georgou, who said she was attending as a citizen and not as a representative of her district, reprimanded Correll for misusing her authority, citing multiple cases of email correspondence.

“You made a joke in an email about a board member being censured before he even knew he was going to be censured. What kind of role model is that for the children in this district?” Georgou asked.

The next board meeting is scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Meadowview School.

James Franklin September 12, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Sully talks a big game about how he doesn't like the district wasting our money....oh wait he blames it all on the Tea Party. Just out of curiosity, why do you feel it is okay to use taxpayer dollars to pay full-time workers at all of these schools to have to TRANSLATE and speak another language to the parents of hundreds, if not THOUSANDS of students in this district? Sure, those kids need it, which is fine. But you attack the Tea Party for wanting fiscal responsibility, but it's not a problem for hundreds or thousands of illegals to flood our district with their kids, while we all pay to hire EXTRA workers to simply understand and explain things to their parents? Seen it so many times firsthand in this district. But it's okay that we have to pay for all those that are here illegally....that's not wasting our money and the peoples' money who have paid taxes their whole lives. Not to mention many of these people circumvent the property tax system to begin with by having three or four families at times living in the same houses. Not suggesting these kids don't deserve to learn too, but if we are going to pick on one group for wasting our money, don't just pick on one group, single them ALL out Sully.
Sully September 12, 2011 at 07:26 PM
Oh okay.
Sully September 12, 2011 at 07:28 PM
JF- I'd be happy to show you evidence of the tea party's desire to change public education as we know it (and not for the better). That's not whining- that's presenting facts.
Sully September 12, 2011 at 07:35 PM
How many non-English speakers do we have here? And we pay for people who do nothing other than translate? Really?
Nightcrawler September 12, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Oye, James! ¿Has visto a Robert Smith y su petición?
Lennie Jarratt September 12, 2011 at 07:47 PM
Oct. 3, Cook Memorial Library, 6:30 pm - Education Forum - Where REAL people are answering YOUR questions away form the anonymous vitriol here in the comments.
Sully September 12, 2011 at 07:51 PM
You mean there is no national tea party strategy for public education? Is that what you are saying, Lennie? I'm just making it up?
James Franklin September 12, 2011 at 08:02 PM
How many non english speakers do we have? A lot. Walked into the office at one of the schools last week, and there were four people in the office waiting for assitance in spanish because they could not speak english. So yes, the district has to have people on staff to take care of that as well. Don't act like it isn't true, because I see it firsthand. But hey, I'm guessing they were all born here I'm sure, and would never ever think of taking advantage of our system. Apparently you've never been to the west side of Rollins Road. None of those kids could possibly be in our school district now, could they. And the three families that live in the house across the street from me that don't speak a work of English yet they have four kids that get on that get on a D46 bus everyday are my imagination too, right? But no, according to your world the district only has people hired to speak english to these people.
James Franklin September 12, 2011 at 08:03 PM
But hey, I'm sure my street is the only street where this goes on. Sure.
James Franklin September 12, 2011 at 08:06 PM
Yeah, that's it Sully. The Tea Party just can't stand kids getting a good education. We all just hate smart kids. Unbelieveable. Last I checked, the Tea Party wants less government invovlement in public education, and a lot of things, for that matter. And after all, the department of education has done such a great job of graduating kids in our area, where barely half of kids in Chicago even graduate from high school. Maybe that's why Obama hired the head of the Chicago Public School system to be part of his team. Because he had such a great track record educating kids in Chicago.
LinwoodLoser September 12, 2011 at 08:26 PM
Yeah, Sully...it is an issue. But not the one JF wants to play. CCSD46 spends an inordinate amount of money on ESL, ELL, whatever the PC version is today. And the process is very disruptive to the regular classroom. But like you say, the TP would have 'em all on a slow boat to China just to save a buck. Are all TP'ers descendants of native Americans? Must be if they don't understand the plight of an immigrant.
Brad Faxton September 12, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Go away.
Brad Faxton September 12, 2011 at 08:45 PM
You also never answered my question about where $ goes if I make a donation to the NLCTP. What is the Federal ID # of the 501c4?
Softball Jim September 12, 2011 at 08:45 PM
JF, I had a similar experience at Meadowview school, people behind the counter to translate for the non-english speaking customers. I can not say I was offended, especially since when my family came over from Germany, I am sure they had to be given english lessons as well. That is the beauty of America. Would you be happier to have the non-english population sent back ? stay here uneducated and being outcast and causing crime? or would you rather have them educated, have them become good citizens and contribute to society. I prefer obtion # 3 and will be more than glad to pay a little more to help them.
Nightcrawler September 12, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Hey James - Rollins Road runs east and west. So which side is the west side?
Softball Jim September 12, 2011 at 08:49 PM
Oh, and someone show me where D46 tax payers pay a disappropriate share of property tax to D46 based on property values, income levels, etc. I will even make is simple, Just for Illinois. Please include populations, median income, median home value, and EAV for the district. Thanks.
James Franklin September 12, 2011 at 09:38 PM
Looking at my tax bill now Jim. And gee, it says more of my taxes went to D46 than anywhere else on the bill. Guess it's just my imagination and I am making that up too, right?
James Franklin September 12, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Linwood, you might have an arguement if this were 1800. But it isn't. Last I checked the government wasn't taking 40 percent of a person's total income for taxes when the native Americans were here either. People pay huge sums in taxes nowadays and have a right to be upset or have a voice in how they want their tax dollars spent. This isn't 1800, it is 2011. Not to mention, how do you know the native americans who were originally here didn't steal the land from someone else themselves before that? Because we all know the were all such nice people all the time, every one of them. I'm also sure you'd rather live in a teepee with no electricity that have any modern conveniences as well. Oh, by the way....don't American indians go to college for free now and most tribes pay no taxes? Seriously, playing the "we stole the indians' land" card nowadays is as dumb as someone playing the race card for why they can't get ahead in life. People pay taxes nowadays, and if a large sum of money has to go toward educating people and hiring people to speak aother language entirely, it is very burdonsome and disruptive. I know kids that are in classrooms that can't even communicate with other kids because of this even if they want to. And the amount of time and money it costs to simply get these kids to be able to speak the language the curriculum is taught in is staggering. Perhaps THOSE families should be paying EXTRA in their tax bills. That'd be fair.
James Franklin September 12, 2011 at 09:54 PM
They are here illegally. Go break the law and see if they let it slide for you just because you are white. Not sure what part of illegal people don't understand. They want to stay here, fine? I'll play along. But only if they pay more than the rest of us to cover their costs for ESL when it comes to property taxes. I've been paying taxes my whole life and they can come here illegally and reap all the rewards? Then disrespect people by not even trying to learrn the language in most cases? Then we get labeled as racists for feeling this way, which is even more sick. It's like the whole they give the driver's test in spanish thing. We pay to have a drivers exam option in other languages. Ummm, hello, our road signs are in English, so if you have to have a drivers test in another language, how do we know you can read the signs while driving a two ton or more weapon (car) down the street?!!!!!!
Softball Jim September 12, 2011 at 09:56 PM
Nope you are not making it up JF, My tax bill says the same thing. I asked for someone to show me that my tax bill is that out of wack, for education purposes. Base it on median income, meadian home value, EAV of the district and number of students. That is what I want. I know my tax bill shows I pay a boat load of money to both school district. I also know that our funding for education in Illinois is more property tax base than anything else. I would be all for lowering my tax bill, but tell me where will the money come from to pay for childrens education if you remove it from the tax bill? So show me where we pay a larger percentage of our tax bill based on those things above and then I will comment further.
Softball Jim September 12, 2011 at 10:02 PM
So JF, you say "Seriously, playing the "we stole the indians' land" card nowadays is as dumb as someone playing the race card for why they can't get ahead in life. People pay taxes nowadays, and if a large sum of money has to go toward educating people and hiring people to speak aother language entirely, it is very burdonsome and disruptive" Isn't this similiar ? You are blaming a race, for the waste of your tax dollars, therefore taking money out of your hands and not allowing you to have bigger and better things, AKA not getting ahead in life? Just wondering, It does seem like this is a logical conclusion from your post.
Softball Jim September 12, 2011 at 10:07 PM
JF, do you even know all the different ways someone can become a US citizen? Not eveyone in the US who can not speak english is here illegally. That is just insane to even think that way. I for one am all for an English only as our national language. Keep all road signs, books, news papers etc in English. However, I do not think everyone in the US who can not speak English is here illegally. There are alot, just not all.
Sully September 12, 2011 at 10:53 PM
So Andrea, why don't you stop with the multiple names? Anyway, i wouldn't exactly consider you an expert on education, so anything you think you know i'd have to count as not credible. Sorry, but true. I'd also like to see some indisputable proof that every non English speaking parent in D46 is here illegally. That will probably take you awhile, but since you're so certain, you must already have that information anyway. As for ESL parents paying extra... I guess that means IEP parents should pay extra too, right? Let's charge extra for everyone who has kids that have educational handicaps, whether it be language or learning disability. To hell with the law that states that's illegal (which, by the way, was signed into law by a republican president). We know they'll never be productive citizens anyway (right, Andrea?), so screw 'em! Finally, why are you so eager to pay taxes that should be paid by corporations, as well as so willing to bail out big banks, again, with your taxes? You'll pay more for multi-millionaires, but you won't pay for the future of a majority of our children?
Sully September 12, 2011 at 10:59 PM
And Andrea, I did not say there are no non-English speaking families in this district. But thousands? You extrapolate thousands from the four you saw in an office and the ones who live across Rollins Road? Just how much money do you think the district is spending on interpreters? As I asked, is that their only position in the district- as interpreters? I know the answer, but I wonder if you do.
StanD September 13, 2011 at 04:17 AM
Blah blah blah blah, Why do you keep asking who Andrea is? Whoever you are Sully you sure ramble on a lot about a bunch of nonsense.
Sully September 13, 2011 at 09:59 AM
I don't recall ever asking who Andrea is. And you didn't answer the question. How much is the district paying for translators who apparently do nothing else but translate because of the thousands and thousands of (illegal) immigrants in the district.
Nightcrawler September 13, 2011 at 10:56 AM
The answer, of course, is nothing. D46 doesn't employ anyone who does nothing but translate.
Sully September 13, 2011 at 11:03 AM
Yep.
Brad Faxton September 13, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Awesome price to pay for outstanding education - I will keep paying it every year.
LMJ September 14, 2011 at 10:59 PM
Conveniently... after her contract was extended. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110914/news/709149788/&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABA_cvE8wRIAVAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=U_gVzxaGTZo&usg=AFQjCNEGQJ27iQ0SM02ClZe4eOU4-kJkzQ

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