Friday, May 17, 2013
There's still time to register for Prairie Crossing Charter School's annual Prairie Pedal on Sunday.
Prairie Pedal is a family-focused bicycle ride and festival that includes multiple bicycle routes through Prairie Crossing for all ages and skill levels.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
District 50 Superintendent Joy Swoboda wrote about efforts to change how state-chartered schools are funded.
Saturday, April 27
Dear Community and Key Communicators, Thank you for taking the time to contact your legislators regarding House Bill 2660. During this short two week period, over 2,948 people visited the district website and sent a combined 274,164 emails to our state legislators. Please pass on our thanks to your friends, neighbors and relatives who assisted us in this cause. Your efforts have helped create an awareness throughout the state which made House Bill 2660 stand out among the hundreds of Bills that are under consideration for the Spring 98th General Legislative Session. We also wish to thank our Illinois Association of School Board (IASB) legislative advocate Zach Messersmith, the House Bill 2660 sponsor Representative William Davis (D), Co-…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Illinois House Bill 2660 would change the way charter schools are funded.
Officials from Prairie Crossing Charter School and Woodland District 50 are campaigning on opposite sides of an Illinois State House bill that would change the way charter schools are funded. House Bill 2660 "requires Illinois to pay the full funding of its state-chartered schools," District 50 officials said in a press release. The two state-chartered schools in Illinois are Prairie Crossing Charter School and Southland Prep Charter High School in Rich Township District 227. "House Bill 2660 is a fair solution because it requires the full funding of the state-chartered schools at the same level, calculated the same way as it is now, but provides equal access to General State Aid (GSA) for the 'host districts' instead of requiring them to …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Woodland District 50 officials are asking residents to reach out to Illinois legislators to get them to support House Bill 2660.
Woodland District 50 is asking the community to reach out to Illinois legislators and ask them to support a bill that would change the way state-chartered schools are funded. House Bill 2660 "requires Illinois to pay the full funding of its state-chartered schools," district officials said in a press release. The two state-chartered schools in Illinois are Prairie Crossing Charter School and Southland Prep Charter High School in Rich Township District 227. "House Bill 2660 is a fair solution because it requires the full funding of the state-chartered schools at the same level, calculated the same way as it is now, but provides equal access to General State Aid (GSA) for the 'host districts' instead of requiring them to foot the entire bill…
Friday, March 15, 2013
Prairie Crossing Charter School will host the nationally-acclaimed Smart Discipline workshop for parents on April 11.
The Smart Discipline parenting program, which has been featured on PBS television and in Parents and People magazines, will be presented at Prairie Crossing Charter School on from 7-9 p.m. April 11 The workshop is free and open to all community members who are interested in learning strategies related to self-control, discipline, time management and other areas. Seating is limited. Registration is required by e-mailing your name to email@example.com.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Former Prairie Crossing Charter School principal Brian Greene, who was fired last December, will be back in court Tuesday to ask a judge to reconsider her order to dismiss most of his lawsuit filed against the school in March, reports the Daily Herald.
Former Prairie Crossing Charter School principal Brian Greene, who was fired last December then filed a lawsuit against the school in March 2012, remains committed to hashing out his grievances in court. Lake County Circuit Judge Diane Winter will hold a hearing Tuesday based on a motion filed by Green's attorney Anthony Esposito that requests she reconsider her order to dismiss most of the case, reports the Daily Herald. Winter has given Greene’s side permission to file a second amended lawsuit against Prairie Crossing, if necessary, according to the Daily Herald. Lawsuit Greene filed a lawsuit March 19, 2012, against the school, certain administrators and school board members alleging breach of contract, defamation, fraud, civil …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Another administrative shake-up for Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake.
Prairie Crossing Charter School Executive Director Nigel Whittington has announced his resignation, effective at the end of the school year. Whittington, who got his teaching degree from Oxford, England and taught in the United States for 24 years, joined Prairie Crossing in July 2010. His resignation, which was sent as an e-mail to parents on Monday, comes just short of a year after principal Brian Green was dismissed in a shroud of secrecy that angered many parents. In his e-mail, Whittington, who did not respond to Patch for further comment, said he was announcing his resignation early enough to give the board of directors time to reflect on school's progress during his tenure and allow time to asses future leadership needs. "I continue…
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Two eighth-graders are encouraging the Village of Grayslake to spread the word about the value of reducing the number of unwanted catalogs, phone books and other mailers that typically end up in landfills.
Prairie Crossing Charter School eighth-graders Ben Steinbeck and Chase Werfel are hoping to get the community on board with an initiative to reduce all those catalogs residents get in the mail and usually throw away. The students presented their idea at the Nov. 6 village board meeting, addressing the mayor and trustees from the podium. Through the Website www.catalogchoice.org, said the students, residents can opt out from receiving unwanted catalogs and other "junk mail" and help preserve the environment. "Millions of people receive catalogs" that end up in the landfills, said Ben. "This site can be extremely helpful," said Chase, whose father is village trustee Jeff Werfel. "We can save thousands of trees and greenhouse gas emissions." …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Data released by the Illinois State Board of Education reveals individual teacher and administrator salaries.
The highest paid full-time teacher in Prairie Crossing Charter School earned about $49,600 with benefits in 2010-11, while the lowest made about $16,000. The highest paid full-time administrator earned about $91,600 with benefits, while the lowest made about $87,500. The figures come from data released by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), which collected it from many districts. The data shows the names, positions, salaries and benefits of all teachers and administrators. PCCS is listed as Prairie Crossing Charter School. Search the database: How Much Do Educators Make at Your School? According to the ISBE, "For school years 2010 and 2011, when a July 1 reporting deadline was in effect, school districts were directed by ISBE to …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A $77.7 million budget is approved by the D50 Board following Tuesday's hearing.
In the eight years he has served on the Woodland District 50 School Board, President Larry Gregorash said the $77.7 million budget for fiscal year 2012-13 was the first balanced budget he had the opportunity to approve. "It's been a very long, diligent, arduous and sometimes painful process, but we're where we need to be," said Gregorash at the Sept. 25 budget hearing. He thanked the district staff and school community for their efforts in achieving that balance. "The community has been very active players in the budget review and reductions." Total budget expenditures are $77.7 million, with revenues at $77.4 million. District officials noted that Life Safety bonded construction projects account for $491,711 of the total budget, while …