Friday, February 22, 2013
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 …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Superintendent Ellen Correll presented a list of $1.79 million in cuts to the board Wednesday night.
14. 5. That's the number of staff members that could be cut should the Grayslake District 46 Board decide to do so. Superintendent Ellen Correll presented the board with a long list of potential cuts Wednesday night as the district aims to plug its budget deficit. The board previously discussed a list of other budget cuts in November 2012. "We are not getting rid of fluff in the district or recommending that," Correll told the board. "These recommendations are painful for all of us." "$2.2 million is a very daunting figure to any of us," she said of the deficit. Correll said the district's leadership team met four times to discuss how to address the deficit. The discussions were difficult, she said. "You very quickly see the passion that …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
School resumed Tuesday, Jan. 22 for some 4,000 District 46 students following a three-day teacher strike. A board meeting will be held Wednesday night, but the agenda does not include approval of the new union contract.
Wednesday night will be the first regular meeting for the District 46 Board of Education since the teacher strike was settled following negotiations on Jan. 20, but don't expect to hear any details of the contract agreement. Superintendent Ellen Correll told Patch Wednesday's meeting, to be held at 6:30 p.m. at Frederick School, will not include approval of the contract, which has to be ratified by the union first. "The team hasn't set a date, but with what needs to be done, I would not be surprised if it were (not until) next week," said Jim Pergander, business agent for Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504. The next board meeting at which the contract could be on the agenda for approval would be Feb. 6. The tentative agreement …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Letter to the Editor: District 46 Board Member Shannon Smigielski writes an open letter to the person she said threatened her family in a phone call about the ongoing teacher strike. Another negotiating session will be 5 p.m. Sunday at Park School.
Sunday, January 20
Please, leave my daughters alone. This is to the man who threatened my daughters: At 11:45 p.m. last night, Sat. January 19, 2013, you called my home. My family was sleeping so you opted to leave a message on our answering machine. While I cannot write verbatim what you said because of the vile and abusive language it contained, I can paraphrase with accuracy since it remains on our machine. “You are a (expletive) liar. I’d really hate to see what happens to your daughters at school when I have my kids (expletive) taunt them every day because their mother is a (expletive) liar. Settle the (expletive) strike.” First, you must know that the police were contacted and I have filed a report regarding your call. If their investigation leads …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The "Focus on Education" slate includes Jill N. Alfrejd, Robert Roop Jr., Steven Strack and James Weidman, who are seeking election to four open school board seats in April.
Thursday, January 17
Four Grayslake and Hainesville residents announce their candidacies for the 2013 Community Consolidated School District #46 school board election. Jill N. Alfrejd, Robert Roop, Jr., Steven Strack, and James Weidman will run as “Focus on Education” for four open seats in the district; each unpaid seat holds a four-year term. The election is Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The four individuals from varying backgrounds have stepped forward with the intent to bring reasonable, rational and dedicated voices back to public education for the area’s children and community at-large. Together their children attend five of the district’s seven elementary, intermediate and middle schools. “All of us are concerned about the state of affairs in the district. We…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Teachers in District 46 began their first day on the picket lines Wednesday, Jan. 16. The strike continues for Thursday. School is again cancelled.
It was freezing cold outside, but striking District 46 teachers bundled up in preparation for their first day of picketing on Wednesday, Jan. 16. More than 300 teachers went on strike after Tuesday's eight-hour mediation session with the school board ended without a new contract agreement. Teachers have been without a contract since July 2012. Jim Pergander, business agent for Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504, said teachers were present at the picket lines at all school buildings as of 7:30 a.m. They continued picketing until about 3 p.m., the end of the normal school day for most D46 schools. Teachers walked the picket lines with signs reading: "I deserve a fair contract," "We're not asking for what the board can't give," "I …
The next negotiating session is scheduled for Sunday night.
Update, 3:15 p.m., Thurs. Jan. 17 From D46 Board President Ray Millingon: "The parties met today and discussed possible changes to their positions but were unable to reach agreement. The Federal Mediator adjourned today’s session. Both sides will be getting back together on Sunday evening." There will be no school Friday. Update, 10:55 p.m., Wed. Jan. 16 The district posted the following statement on its Website in response to statements made by the union to the media following Tuesday's negotiating session: As the teachers continue to engage in their strike, the D46 Board of Education would like to clarify some misinformation. In several interviews, the Union has stated that it already agreed to a salary freeze in the first year of the …
A contract settlement was not reached between District 46 School Board and the teachers' union Tuesday. Classes were cancelled for Wednesday, as Day 1 of the strike begins.
In an eleventh hour negotiating session with a federal mediator lasting nearly eight hours Tuesday, the District 46 Board of Education and Lake County Federal of Teachers Local 504 could not reach a contract agreement. As a result, the district's 300-plus teachers are now on strike, with some 4,000 students affected. Superintendent Ellen Correll posted the following statement to the district's Website shortly before midnight Tuesday. Parents were also notified via an automated phone call. Unfortunately, the Board of Education and D46 teachers were unable to reach an agreement. The teachers have informed the district that they will be on strike beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, January 16th. Please watch the website for further updates. Jim …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The union strike date has been set for Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Update, Thursday, Jan. 3 District 46 union president Diane Elfering informed Patch that a session between the union and school board has been scheduled for Jan. 11. "We are hopeful that we can avert the strike date of January 16th. We will meet all night if needed," said Elfering. The school board will also host a second town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at Grayslake Middle School. For more information related to negotiations, click here. Original post The holidays are over. School has resumed. And the District 46 teacher strike date of Jan. 16 is two weeks away. The school board and union presented their best and final offers at the last negotiating session on Nov. 28 The district has agreed to a two-year teacher contract, but is holding…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Teachers' union responds to D46 effort to employ temporary substitute teachers and support staff should the Jan. 16 strike date stand.
Update, 8 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 20 Patch has received the following statement from Jim Pergander, business agent for Lake County Federal of Teachers Local 504, the District 46 teachers' union: Previously, it was announced in the event of a strike Jan. 16 school would be called off. We believe that decision was a wise choice. It is best in the long run to cancel school if, unfortunately, a job action becomes necessary, resolve the issues then resume and complete a full school year with the student's actual teachers delivering instruction. It appears the board now wants to keep the schools open, using 'temporary' certified teachers, then after a settlement is reached, to resume with a shortened school year with the children’s actual teachers. In …