Friday, January 18, 2013
District 46 Superintendent Ellen Correll posted this statement to the district Website at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18.
Friday, January 18
January 18, 2013 Dear District 46 Family: This has been a tough week for everyone. The School District and the Board of Education recognize that the community would like to see negotiations conclude and the school strike end immediately. We share this sentiment, and will continue to work hard toward resolution. School District 46 is committed to fair compensation for our quality teachers, but we must balance that against very challenging financial realities. Our School District faces serious multi-year budget deficits, diminishing funds from the state, and declining revenues. At the same time, unlike other neighboring school districts, we have avoided teacher lay-offs and kept class sizes small, preserving jobs, and maintaining …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
For the third time the future of Superintendent Ellen Correll with the Grayslake School District 46 remains undecided.
Twice tied, and once delayed. During the Grayslake School District 46 board meeting Wednesday a vote was taken to delay a vote or even discussion on extending the contract of Superintendent Ellen Correll. Board president Ray Millington said the line-item on the agenda should be delayed based on "everything the district is dealing with right now in regards to the strike." The board agreed with Mittington. This would have been the third time the board votes on the issue. Previous votes on Oct. 17 and Nov. 7, 2012 to extend Correll's $170,844 annual contract through June 2014 failed; both votes ended in a 3-3 tie. Board member Sue Facklam was absent from both votes. To pass, the measure needs a majority vote in favor. It was not said if the …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
With a budget deficit of $1.2 million, the D46 School Board continues to review ways to reduce spending and increase revenue in a variety of ways from reducing staff mileage reimbursement to the superintendent paying more of her own health insurance.
Grayslake District 46 Superintendent Ellen Correll brought out the easel Wednesday to review with the school board various ways to plug the district's $1.2 million budget deficit, which includes her offer to return $11,000 of the $17,000 the district pays for her health insurance. On a related note, a vote to extend Correll's $170,844 annual contract through June 2014 failed for a second time. The vote ended in a 3-3 tie (as it did on Oct. 17). Board member Sue Facklam was again absent. To pass, the measure will need a majority vote in favor. Any board member can bring the motion back for yet another vote. Budget cuts The majority of Wednesday's meeting involved discussion of potential budget savings, no matter how small they may seem, …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Grayslake District 46 School Board voted 3 to 3 Wednesday on a motion to extend Supt. Ellen Correll's contract. The tie resulted in the motion failing, but a second vote is imminent.
The Grayslake District 46 School Board is expected to take a second vote on whether to extend Superintendent Ellen Correll's contract after Wednesday's vote ended in a tie, which resulted in the motion failing. As they did last year, board members Michael Carbone, Kip Evans and Shannon Smigielski voted against extending Correll's contract. Ray Millington, Keith Surroz and Karen Weinert voted in favor of giving Correll another year, from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, at an un-changed salary of $170,844. Sue Facklam, who left the meeting early after stating her husband was in the hospital, was not present for the vote, hence the 3-3 tie. Board secretary Lourie Shipley advised the board that due to the tie, any board member could bring the …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Grayslake Elementary District 46 has been billed more than $14,000 by a retired judge for his investigation of ethics complaints filed by Lennie Jarratt against school officials including Superintendent Ellen Correll, according to the Daily Herald.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Court complaint filed by Lennie Jarratt seeks an injunction to force D46 to comply with FOIA requests.
A quest for information and accountability regarding ethics violations allegedly committed during the spring 2011 elections in Grayslake School District 46 continues. Taxpayer watchdog Lennie Jarratt, who also serves as chairman of the Lake County Tea Party, filed a formal complaint with the Lake County Circuit Court seeking an injunction to force the school district to comply with the Freedom of Information Act and release certain requested public documents and e-mails. A summons was served Saturday to school board president Ray Millington at district offices. In a statement to Patch.com, District 46 Superintendent Ellen Correll said, “Due to the fact that this is litigation, I have no comment.” In the complaint, plaintiff Jarratt alleges…
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Superintendent Ellen Correll's contract was extended in a 4-3 vote.
After months of bitter debate, District 46 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 …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
School board members will decide whether to extend Ellen Correll's contract beyond June 2012.
Embattled District 46 Superintendent Ellen Correll should know if her contract will be extended after Wednesday evening's school board meeting. The approval to extend the contract had been listed on the agenda for the August 10 General Board Meeting, but was moved to tomorrow Sept. 7 in order for the board members to have two meetings to discuss the issue. Board members Michael Carbone, Kip Evans and Shannon Smigielski had asked for additional time to discuss Correll's performance prior to making a decision. Correll has been accused of improperly using D46 e-mail to campaign for the incumbent board candidates during the April elections, mishandling the hiring of a business manager for the district, distributing state monies as bonuses to …
Monday, July 25, 2011
District 46 Superintendent Ellen Correll received an award from her assistant Lourie Shipley. who is in the Reserves, from a volunteer group that recognizes employers who support those in the military,
Lourie Shipley, assistant to the superintendent in District 46, had 11 years of active service in the Army but needed nine more years to be eligible for retirement benefits. She decided to seek the advice of her boss, Superintendent Ellen Correll, as to whether she should re-enlist in the Reserves. "It was not going to be an easy process," said Shipley. "I had to pass a test and lose 30 pounds. Between the studying and training, it would end up taking three months." Correll not only supported Shipley's idea, she walked with her during lunch hours and continued to encourage her to reach her goal. "Ellen has been great. She brought her energy to helping me and I could not ask for a better boss," said Shipley. Because of the superintendent's …