Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The board also selected its new president, vice president and secretary.
The Grayslake District 46 Board voted Wednesday night to approve an increase in school fees. The fees will increase by $10 for grades one through eight in 2013-14. Kindergarten fees will increase by $25 in 2014-15. Board Member Kip Evans and outgoing Board Member Michael Carbone voted against the measure. The board previously rejected the idea of raising school fees as a means to help eliminate a $2.2 million deficit. In other news, later in the meeting, the new board members were seated. The new board selected Steven Strack as its new president, with Jim Weidman as the vice president and Jill Alfrejd as the secretary. Editor's Note: Just for clarification, the vote on the school fees was made by the old, outgoing board. The new board …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Tonight's meeting agenda also includes a discussion about after-school activities and related student fees.
The Grayslake District 46 Board is set to once again discuss increasing school fees. The increase of school fees by $10 for grades one through eight in 2013-14, and kindergarten fees by $25 in 2014-15, is among several items on the agenda for tonight's meeting, slated for 6:30 at Grayslake Middle School. The board previously rejected the idea of raising school fees as a means to help eliminate a $2.2 million deficit. Tonight's agenda also includes the recognition of board members leaving office, the appointment of a president and secretary pro tem, and the nominations for board president, vice president and secretary. The new board is expected to discuss the transfer of 1999 bond proceeds from the operations and maintenance fund to the …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Wedneday's meeting of the District 46 School Board will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Park School at 400 W. Townline Rd., in Round Lake.
Tuesday, April 23
The agenda for the April 24 school board meeting in District 46 includes the following action items:
Thursday, April 11, 2013
A standing-room-only crowd attended the board's April 10 meeting.
After hearing impassioned pleas from parents and students alike during a two-hour public comment session at Wednesday night's meeting, the Grayslake District 46 Board voted on a series of budget cuts aimed at eliminating a $790,000 deficit. By the end of the more than four-hour meeting, the board had voted against reducing or eliminating art and music, and had agreed to keep the Spanish program for this year's 7th-graders when they are in 8th grade next year. The board also voted against eliminating 10 assistants, and they agreed to table a vote on the potential elimination of after-school activities. The board also voted against abating the $484,000 levy increase and the $1.17 million left over from the 1999 bond. Other budget cuts were …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
What's on the list?
The Grayslake District 46 Board's discussion about budget cuts is expected to continue tonight, with topics like "elimination of after-school activities" and further reductions-in-force on the board's meeting agenda. On the list of budget cuts slated for discussion tonight are: The Grayslake District 46 Board voted March 20 to approve a long list of budget cuts, including the reduction of 14.5 FTE teachers and the reduction of 4 FTE special education teachers. Board Vice President Keith Surroz said at the meeting that even after the reductions, the district still had a deficit of about $790,000. Tonight's meeting will begin at 6:30 at Grayslake Middle School.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
"It's really hard to look at this list," said Board Secretary Sue Facklam.
The Grayslake District 46 board voted Wednesday night to approve nearly every budget cut recommendation on their list with the exception of the reduction of 2.5 physical education teachers in the K-4 buildings. Board members expressed concern about the physical education proposal, which would have seen students having 10 minutes less gym class time. The reduction would have saved the district $125,000. "First of all, it's really hard to look at this list," said Board Secretary Sue Facklam. When looking at the proposed physical education reduction, Facklam said she was concerned about the health problems that are on the rise, including childhood obesity, diabetes and the limited activity that some children get. "I do not think at this time …
Monday, March 18, 2013
The list of proposed cuts totals about $1.45 million. What's on the list?
The Grayslake District 46 Board is set to vote Wednesday night on a list of about $1.45 million in proposed budget cuts to help plug the district's $2.2 million deficit. The agenda for the March 20 meeting, slated for 6:30 p.m. at Prairieview School, includes discussion and a vote on the following proposed cuts: Superintendent Ellen Correll presented these options to the board at its Feb. 20 meeting. The board recently voted down a proposed $10 registration fee increase. What do you think of these proposed cuts? Tell us in the comments!
Friday, March 15, 2013
Former Grayslake District 46 Board Member Shannon Smigielski said she received the threatening phone call in January during the teachers' strike.
A man was arrested for making a threatening phone call to former Grayslake District 46 board member Shannon Smigielski at the height of the teachers' strike in January, according to Grayslake Police. Christopher Culp, 43, of 691 S. Rose Hall Lane, Round Lake, was charged with disorderly conduct-telephone harassment, a Class B misdemeanor, said Grayslake Det. Sgt. Jeff Myhra. Culp was released on $5,000 bond, Myhra said. Smigielski said she was also granted an order of protection against Culp at the Lake County Circuit Court last week, which states that Culp can't come within 500 feet of her home. In addition, the document requires that Culp also stay at least 500 feet away from Prairieview and Grayslake Middle Schools, Smigielski said. …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The board has until April 17 to appoint a replacement, a role that Board Member Karen Weinert has expressed interest in.
The Grayslake District 46 Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to accept the resignation of Board Member Shannon Smigielski, effective March 3. The board had a lengthy discussion about the issue, which was presented on the agenda as "resignation of board members and appointment of replacement." Board Member Karen Weinert expressed interest in possibly resigning from her seat and being appointed for the remaining two years of Smigielski's term, which expires in April 2015. Weinert is not seeking reelection next month. "What makes you interested in it where you could have had an opportunity like all of these other folks that put their name on the ballot to run for office. What changed your mind now?" asked Board Member Michael Carbone. …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The increase would have applied to all grade levels.
The Grayslake District 46 Board voted Wednesday night against raising school registration fees by $10. "Let's think about the families that have more than one child in the district," said Board Member Michael Carbone. "There's got to be a better solution." Superintendent Ellen Correll proposed the fee increase as a way to help generate more revenue as the district aims to eliminate a $2.2 million deficit. The board is still weighing a number of budget cuts proposed at its Feb. 20 meeting, including the reduction of 14.5 staff members and a reduction in the amount of physical education time students receive. Raising the registration fees for all grade levels, including kindergarten, would generate about $30,000 in revenue, Correll said. "I …