Burbank School District 111 Accomplis...

Burbank School District 111 Accomplishments

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Burbank

Chicago, IL

#1 Apr 1, 2011
Members of the current Burbank District 111 Board of Education (BOE) do not believe in smear campaigns as their opponents do and feel the accomplishments of this current BOE and current administration are being twisted and told differently than what is true. Therefore, it's time to set the record straight and tell it like it is.

2009 - 2011 Accomplishments of the current Board of Education (BOE) and the current Administration of Burbank School District 111

The current BOE approved electrical upgrades and the installation of window air conditioning units at Burbank, Byrd, and Maddock. The cost for the entire project was approximately $5 million dollars LESS than chillers. This was money that was available and NOT taken from the EDUCATION Fund.

As a result of comments from a food service survey, our school cafeterias are serving all white meat chicken nuggets. All schools have a fruit and veggie bar. Students are able to select up to three servings of fruit and vegetables with their lunch.

The current BOE meets with principals in an effort to improve communication across the district.

(more to come)
Burbank

Chicago, IL

#2 Apr 1, 2011
Another joint-district teacher institute with District 111, Reavis, and Sahs is being planned.

In 2010, the current BOE voted to reduce costs including freezing salaries and eliminating annuties in the Administration Office at a savings of approx.$450,000 in the EDCUATION fund.

Full Day Kindergarten has been well received throughout the district and the benefits are being seen not only by the Kindergarten teachers, but the first grade teachers as well.

The current BOE eliminated the wasteful spending of items such as fancy nuts and cashews for the Administration building. These were purchased with money from the EDUCATION fund.

For years there had been complaints about textbook printing errors. The majority of the current board diligently followed-up and had to force the former administration to bring in the textbook representatives, resulting in new textbooks at no cost to the district.

The current BOE reviewed purchases and found that thousands of dollars were spent on items that were obsolete or unusable. Although, the majority of the board was criticized for micro-managing.

The current Administration is working with the teachers in order to obtain a standardized curriculum across the district. Something the union said hasn't happened in over 17 years.

The current Administration approached the Custodial Union and asked them to consider re-opening their current contract due to the financial battles ahead of school districts across the state including ours.

(there's still more!)
Burbank

Chicago, IL

#3 Apr 1, 2011
The current BOE reviewed the costs of retirement dinners, opening day breakfast, and holiday parties. All events have been scaled back considerably as have the funds. All the money expended on these non-essentials have been considerably reduced. Remember, this overspending, spent down the EDUCATION FUND, resulting in the deficit spending.

The BOE reopened Fry as a K-6 SCHOOL. This was not without controversy. But, the board is elected to serve the people who voted for us to represent them. The community in Burbank signed petitions that were presented to the board and overwhelmingly supported neighborhood schools and opposed grade centers.

The current BOE supported not spending district funds to stay at a downtown hotel during the annual fall IASA/IASB/IASBO Conference. This resulted in considerable savings for the district and the taxpayers. These funds came from the EDCUATION fund.

The BOE took on the task of reviewing the district's numerous list of bills, and purchase orders. Because of this effort not only the number of cell phones, but the cell phones bills, and cell phone services/plans were drastically reduced, resulting in a considerable savings for the district. Some harshly criticized the board members who looked into the cell phone expenditures of the District as micro-managing. These were YOUR tax dollars being spent from the EDUCATION fund.

A new roof was put on Fry School. Those funds were available in the Operation and Maintenance Fund. No funds were taken from the EDUCATION Fund to pay for the new roof at Fry, which had been a Life Safety issue for years.

The cost of the PASS After School Program greatly exceeded revenues when the former administration expanded the program to all seven K-6 buildings. After the current BOE asked to review the expenditures, they realigned the program which is currently housed at Fry and Tobin School. By doing this, the expenditures no longer exceed the cost of the program.

The current BOE is seeking ways to reduce expenditures. The majority of the board is very aware of current economic conditions, and is doing ALL that can be done to reduce expenditures. In fact, the tax levy approved in December 2010 was the LOWEST in years. The tax levies approved with the past administration and when two of the candidates served on the board was among the HIGHEST. This can be verified. The majority members of the current board have no plan of action to increase your taxes. The majority of the board is about seeking ways to reduce expenditures.

When people come to the polls on Tuesday, April 5th, we wanted them to have all the facts before placing their vote.

We ask for your support for Linda Cusack, Frank Kriegseis, and Lina Zayed.
George

Alsip, IL

#4 Apr 1, 2011
Dave Kasper step up to the plate and look into this!

Did you ever wonder why it took three times to approve Sharon Weil’s retirement benefits?(See Below)
Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, August 21, 2008, Page 11
TABLED Recommendation No. 32:
The board approves retirement benefits presented by Dr. Long, Superintendent, for Sharon Weil, Executive Secretary, an employee not included in the support staff bargaining agreement or under a yearly employment contract, and accepts the letter of notification on the eligibility to retire, effective January 5, 2009.

Minutes of the Special Meeting on Wednesday, September 10, 2008, Page 4
TABLED RECOMMENDATION NO. 32:
The board approves retirement benefits for Sharon Weil, Executive Secretary, as discussed in closed session

Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, September 18, 2008, September 18, 2009

President Smith asked for motions from closed session.
Motion by Member Duzakowitcs and seconded by Member Cusack to accept Sharon Weil’s letter of retirement, effective January 5, 2009, as per the agreement discussed in closed session.

ROLL CALL: Ayes: Cusack, Kriegseis, Duzakowitcs, Williams, Skowronski, Smith
Nays: None
Absent: Oakey
Motion Carried

Is it true that Sharon Weil gave her own retirement contract to board secretary Skowronski and vice president/president pro- tem Oakey on December 18, 2008 in the middle of a two inch stack of papers?

Do you think it could have been changed?

Can the board listen to the closed session tapes and to check to see if the contract is correct?

Are you aware the day they hired Sharon Weil was the same day the closed session tapes on her retirement benefits were approved for destruction?

If the board still has the tapes are you aware that they may have been removed from the building?

Could they have been altered?

(See Below)

Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, Page 7
Motion by President Kriegseis and seconded by Vice President Kasper to approve Recommendation No. 8.
ROLL CALL: Ayes: Kriegseis, Zarnecki, Williams, Kasper, Cusack
Nays: Skowronski
Absent: Smith
Motion Carried
Recommendation No. 8:
The board employs Sharon Weil as the temporary, part-time Special Assignments Secretary at a pay rate of $25 per hour effective May 4, 2010.

Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 28, 2010,

Motion by President Kriegseis and seconded by Secretary Williams to approve the following closed session minutes keeping them confidential: 12/16/09, 1/13/10, 1/27/10, 2/10/10, 2/24/10, 3/3/10, 3/10/10 and to approve the destruction of closed session tapes from the following dates: 6/19/08, 6/25/08, 7/17/08, 8/21/08, 9/10/08, 9/18/08.

Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 28, 2010,

Member Smith asked if any of the tapes from closed session have been taken out of the building. President Kriegseis said yes and that he took them for duplication for Hinshaw and Culbertson. Member Smith asked if he had board approval and he said yes. She asked if it was the whole board’s approval and he said yes.
ROLL CALL: Ayes: Kriegseis, Zarnecki, Williams, Skowronski, Smith, Kasper, Cusack
Nays:
Absent:
Motion Carried

This Board had told us many times; if you want to know the truth, read the minutes!
Burbank Taxpayer

Alsip, IL

#5 Apr 1, 2011
Dave,
Don't be a "Triple D", be a David Kasper! Over 1600 people have voted for you! Help us out!
Burbank Taxpayer

Alsip, IL

#6 Apr 1, 2011
Current board members Kriegseis,Williams,Cusack from the previous board need to explain their spending on the estimated cost of the following items.$1.8 million on the opening of Fry school,$400,000 annually by adding teachers to the payroll for smaller class size,$200,000 on Sharon Weil's husband health benefits starting at the age of 65 when the rest of us are receiving medicare,$200,000 and counting on the legal cost of Dr. Long,$400,000 and growing on A.C. for three schools,$100,000 lost from not renewing the busing contact and sending it to open bidding. With all of this and the additional spending their doing now including the lawsuit against Kathy Smith.(with the District paying attorney fees for both parties. Just like they did with Dr.Long)you wonder how their saving us money.
Even though some of this may help students,In other area it hurts them, like cutting programs and raising cost. Why does all of this needed to be done all at one time? Would it be easier just to add one thing at a time over a course of time?? Or maybe just leave well enough alone?
The three board members know they have a teachers contract up for renewal and a state funds are being cut because of the recession. So why do all this?
District 111 was financially sound in mid-2008. Two and a half years later the District is in deficit spending.
Burbank Taxpayer

Alsip, IL

#7 Apr 1, 2011
Let's look at the whole picture.
Burbank Taxpayer

Alsip, IL

#8 Apr 1, 2011
I don't understand what is meant when you wrote.... Members of the current Burbank District 111 Board of Education.
I thought five members out of seven were from the previous Board. Adding two new members may of the change the "Majority" but it didn't give you a new board.
Burbank Taxpayer

Alsip, IL

#9 Apr 1, 2011
......The current BOE approved electrical upgrades and the installation of window air conditioning units at Burbank, Byrd, and Maddock. The cost for the entire project was approximately $5 million dollars LESS than chillers. This was money that was available and NOT taken from the EDUCATION Fund....

Didn't the "previous" board voted down chillers or A.C. a meeting or two right before Member Oakey changed his vote to make K-6? I remember his speech. I can look it up in the minutes for you if you like.
Burbank Taxpayer

Alsip, IL

#10 Apr 1, 2011
Also didn't you spend an estimated $ 600,000 on this last year?
Burbank Taxpayer

Alsip, IL

#11 Apr 1, 2011
.....Full Day Kindergarten has been well received throughout the district and the benefits are being seen not only by the Kindergarten teachers, but the first grade teachers as well......

This voted in by the "previous" board. Check your minutes. Dave and Donna never voted for this.
Burbank Taxpayer

Alsip, IL

#12 Apr 1, 2011
....The current Administration approached the Custodial Union and asked them to consider re-opening their current contract due to the financial battles ahead of school districts across the state including ours.....

Did they agree to cuts yet? where is the savings?
Burbank Taxpayer

Alsip, IL

#13 Apr 1, 2011
.....The BOE reopened Fry as a K-6 SCHOOL. This was not without controversy. But, the board is elected to serve the people who voted for us to represent them. The community in Burbank signed petitions that were presented to the board and overwhelmingly supported neighborhood schools and opposed grade centers.....

This was voted in by the "previous" board. I remember Oakey changing his vote. Do we need to pull up the minutes where David Kasper said it was voted in by the "previous" board.
Burbank Taxpayer

Alsip, IL

#14 Apr 1, 2011
The current BOE supported not spending district funds to stay at a downtown hotel during the annual fall IASA/IASB/IASBO Conference. This resulted in considerable savings for the district and the taxpayers. These funds came from the EDCUATION fund.

Hasn't Frank,Danette and Kathy been going for years. Linda went for one and the district may of ate the cost for 2nd one she didn't attend.
Burbank Taxpayer

Alsip, IL

#15 Apr 1, 2011
You started out writing....Members of the current Burbank District 111 Board of Education (BOE) and ended in...We ask for your support for Linda Cusack, Frank Kriegseis, and Lina Zayed.
The Burbank District 111 Board of Education is made up of seven members. Who are "we"?
Burbank Taxpayer

Alsip, IL

#16 Apr 1, 2011
Some of the facts are "kind of" wrong but it was a nicely written letter.
Good Job!
Burbank Taxpayer

Alsip, IL

#17 Apr 1, 2011
Didn't Linda Cusack spend an estimated $800 on a hotel stay at the Swiss hotel downtown and meals at the Palms and the Cheesecake Factory to attend a class?
Burbank Taxpayer

Alsip, IL

#18 Apr 1, 2011
Didn't Danette Williams go with her and spent roughly the same amount?
Burbank Taxpayer

Alsip, IL

#19 Apr 1, 2011
It was the first time that I can recall that two board members spent that kind of money to attend a class.
Burbank Taxpayer

Alsip, IL

#20 Apr 1, 2011
Was it during fourth of July weekend when taste Of Chicago was going on?

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