school board member oath of office

school board member oath of office

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fight back

United States

#1 Mar 6, 2010
Maybe a few have forgotten their oath!
"Although most school boards traditionally marked the seating of new members with some form of ceremony, there was no official oath of office required for school board members until Public Act 94-0881 was enacted into law in 2006. This law requires that school board members, before taking their seats on the board, take an official oath that is in substantially the form presented below.
"I,(name of member or successful candidate), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of member of the Board of Education (or Board of School Directors) of ( name of school district ), in accordance with the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and the laws of the State of Illinois, to the best of my ability.
"I further swear (or affirm) that:
"I shall respect taxpayer interests by serving as a faithful protector of the school district's assets;
"I shall encourage and respect the free expression of opinion by my fellow board members and others who seek a hearing before the board, while respecting the privacy of students and employees;
"I shall recognize that a board member has no legal authority as an individual and that decisions can be made only by a majority vote at a public board meeting; and
"I shall abide by majority decisions of the board, while retaining the right to seek changes in such decisions through ethical and constructive channels."
bbb

United States

#2 Feb 12, 2011
your point
No more taxes

Downers Grove, IL

#3 Feb 12, 2011
Yeah, what is your point?
taxpayer

United States

#4 Feb 14, 2011
bbb wrote:
your point
I believe their point is that, due to our school board's inability to balance a budget, and the ignorance of their superintendent- 11 staff members will be losing their jobs, I believe 8 of those staff members are teachers. This will result in less classes, bigger class sizes, and a worse education for the children. Rather than taking time to actually analyse their financial situation and determine where they can cut costs- they figure its easiest to just fire teachers and charge the boy scouts, girl scouts and sports to use their facilities. They probably determined this over a steak dinner at a 5 star restuarant on one of their weekend "seminar" trips that they bring their spouses to.
TIME TO VOTE

Libertyville, IL

#5 Feb 14, 2011
Thank you taxpayer for pointing out the obvious to others. The time is now to vote in new school board members. Teachers have been urgently suggesting this under the table for some time now.
Old time manhattan

Manhattan, IL

#6 Feb 15, 2011
Taxpayer, your an idiot. The state of il is not paying the schools. 5 star restaurants for meetings? Again your an misinformed idiot!!!!! Of course classes will increase in size. Dah.
Time to vote. Now is not the time to bring in new board members. It could be the biggest error the voters of manhattan ever make if they do not vote the incumbents back to office.
Common Sense

United States

#7 Feb 15, 2011
Old time manhattan wrote:
Taxpayer, your an idiot. The state of il is not paying the schools. 5 star restaurants for meetings? Again your an misinformed idiot!!!!! Of course classes will increase in size. Dah.
Time to vote. Now is not the time to bring in new board members. It could be the biggest error the voters of manhattan ever make if they do not vote the incumbents back to office.
Problem is, you have to get people to run for the office of school board to vote in a new school board. Who is running against the incumbants?
Karen

United States

#8 Feb 16, 2011
Actually it is 11 teachers and 4 bus drivers. They are handing our special ed over to Lincoln way.
taxpayer wrote:
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I believe their point is that, due to our school board's inability to balance a budget, and the ignorance of their superintendent- 11 staff members will be losing their jobs, I believe 8 of those staff members are teachers. This will result in less classes, bigger class sizes, and a worse education for the children. Rather than taking time to actually analyse their financial situation and determine where they can cut costs- they figure its easiest to just fire teachers and charge the boy scouts, girl scouts and sports to use their facilities. They probably determined this over a steak dinner at a 5 star restuarant on one of their weekend "seminar" trips that they bring their spouses to.
New Time Manhattan

Itasca, IL

#9 Feb 16, 2011
Common Sense wrote:
<quoted text>
Problem is, you have to get people to run for the office of school board to vote in a new school board. Who is running against the incumbants?
Manhattan School District 114 You can select from the following:
Joe Knoll
Lizrette Boyles
Dan DiCaprio
Timothy Doyle
Hey Old Time Manhattan; specifically why should the voters retain incumbants. A fresh set of eyes should help. Who's that crabby Principal. The new Board should dump that one.
Beware

United States

#10 Feb 16, 2011
Newcomers running for the board are looking to stir things, but have no direction... formed of disgruntled ex-employees of the school. Beware!

Aside from the schools not being paid owed money from the State (How many of you voted for Quinn and his cronies? Or how many of you have written your representative?), this current board wanted to talk to the teachers to open the door to renegotiate their ridiculous 6% raise they're getting this year. this could have helped to keep some of the teachers who are being let go, but guess what? The teachers didn't even want to talk about it. Greedy, self-motivated group. Hang themselves... don't blame the Board for the loss of teachers, blame your representative, blame the Governor and blame the teachers. How many of you are getting a 6% increase this year?? How many of you would have said keep your 6% if it means my co-worker keeps their job, or even more, so that my class size will not be so large and my students will learn in a better environment?

"Where we succeed together" my ass. Where teachers are greedy and where kids come last.
neighbor

United States

#11 Feb 16, 2011
If you would find out all of the facts, you would understand why the teachers voted to not open their contract. They wanted to know if the money they gave up would go to keeping teachers. Do you know what the answer to that was? There are no guarantees about what that money would be used for. Who would vote to open the contract and allow the board to take their money and do who knows what with it. Of course, they would like to assume the board would only use it to keep teachers, but they could not tell the teachers that what is was for. I don't blame them!
New Time Manhattan

Bolingbrook, IL

#12 Feb 17, 2011
For me there is an underlying problem whitin the school district. The cold hard fact that the construction costs, operating costs and debt service overwhelms yesterdays, todays and tommorrows ability to operate and function. Those weights were in place from groundbreaking and the state's economic woes are another straw putting downward pressure on all from the parents through the Board. And unions don't like to give back what they already have. So since the flaws were inbred from the start the blame rests upon Borgo and the members of the Board at the time of conception which can be pinned to around the 2003 - 2004 - 2005 era. Such vision I see!
Lil susie

United States

#13 Feb 17, 2011
Well, maybe if the teachers had met with the board, they would have found out answers. All I know, is that next year I don't want to hear a single teacher complain about anything. Hell, I would take a 6% raise, even half of that would be nice...
neighbor wrote:
If you would find out all of the facts, you would understand why the teachers voted to not open their contract. They wanted to know if the money they gave up would go to keeping teachers. Do you know what the answer to that was? There are no guarantees about what that money would be used for. Who would vote to open the contract and allow the board to take their money and do who knows what with it. Of course, they would like to assume the board would only use it to keep teachers, but they could not tell the teachers that what is was for. I don't blame them!
Carol

United States

#14 Feb 17, 2011
And as far as disgruntled employees only running for the board, DiCaprio hasn't worked for the school, except to ref a couple of afterschool games, and Liz Boyles, a single mom, I believe she left for a better paying job, as I believe last year only teachers and principals got raises...
Maybe I heard wrong

United States

#15 Feb 17, 2011
Carol wrote:
And as far as disgruntled employees only running for the board, DiCaprio hasn't worked for the school, except to ref a couple of afterschool games, and Liz Boyles, a single mom, I believe she left for a better paying job, as I believe last year only teachers and principals got raises...
Didn't DiCaprio also get fired from driving a bus a couple years back? And didn't his wife teach for the district?
Manhattan Hostage

United States

#16 Feb 17, 2011
Teachers are amonst the lowest paid professions with the highest of responsibilities. You sound like a current board member scared of losing your seat. I would rather have someone with no direction than the direction we are headed for right now. At least there is a 50/50 chance of getting it right. Blame the state all you want but your favored board continues to make Mr. Butters a rich man. His salary is above more affluent districts and most of the sups in those districts are called Doctor __________ If you think 6% is too much and you support the current board, who do you think negotiated that contract. The same people who like to throw large sums of money with no regard to who elected them to watchover us. A teachers job does not end when the bell rings. They have to bring all that crap home while putting up with parents like you. Its well earned. Would you allow your salary to be opened up to a bunch of people who only want to take from you and give back nothing. DIdn't think so.
Beware wrote:
Newcomers running for the board are looking to stir things, but have no direction... formed of disgruntled ex-employees of the school. Beware!
Aside from the schools not being paid owed money from the State (How many of you voted for Quinn and his cronies? Or how many of you have written your representative?), this current board wanted to talk to the teachers to open the door to renegotiate their ridiculous 6% raise they're getting this year. this could have helped to keep some of the teachers who are being let go, but guess what? The teachers didn't even want to talk about it. Greedy, self-motivated group. Hang themselves... don't blame the Board for the loss of teachers, blame your representative, blame the Governor and blame the teachers. How many of you are getting a 6% increase this year?? How many of you would have said keep your 6% if it means my co-worker keeps their job, or even more, so that my class size will not be so large and my students will learn in a better environment?
"Where we succeed together" my ass. Where teachers are greedy and where kids come last.
In the area

Manhattan, IL

#17 Feb 17, 2011
Maybe I heard wrong wrote:
<quoted text>
Didn't DiCaprio also get fired from driving a bus a couple years back? And didn't his wife teach for the district?
No don't think he was ever an employee. However he would be a terrible choice for the board!
A year ago at a school board meeting he wanted to close the school lunch program. His facts were wrong and
he just made them up. He said the school lost money feeding our children. Totally untrue.
They do not loose, they break even. Plus lots of kids would have no food at lunch time if
not for the food service. When the board responded all DiCaprio did was shake and get red
faced and called the Board LIARS. I imagine the only reason he's running is revenge on his part
or to help his teacher wife go on some power trip
retired

United States

#18 Feb 17, 2011
Do any of you attend school board meetings and speak up? Your school board approves all the spending. Wow,,only teachers and principals got raises? ALL the employees should take a pay freeze to save their jobs. ALL employees. When I went to school in Manhattan one school served all the kids just fine. The kids will suffer.
Carol

United States

#19 Feb 17, 2011
No I dont think many go to the board meetings, just complain after the fact, but..in denfense of those, a friend last yr went when they were cutting the preschool program and she said she felt like an idiot when she spoke up. The board was rude to her and basically told her their decision was already made, sooo, does it matter if anyone shows???
Entertained

United States

#20 Feb 17, 2011
Wow, so much here to comment on.
-According to today's paper it's 11 Teachers, 3 Support Staff and 4 Bus Drivers. Bearing in mind that this time last year we cut I don't even remember how many other staff members!
-Going to board meetings are almost worthless. You sit there and they approve all kinds of items without any explanation of what it is. They get their packet with all their info. All of which the audience is not privy to. If you watch the board when being addressed by a parent, they don't even make eye contact. They look through their stacks of paper, drink their pop, eat their cookies and roll their eyes. Behavior such as this is frowned upon with our children, so why would the adults running our district feel they could be so disrespectful.
-I feel that Ms. Boyles would make a fine addition to the board. She has been very involved at the foundation, has children in our district and left for greener pastures. Did I mention I feel she is a women of good character and MORALS?!
-If the teachers open their contract it's not just bits and pieces. The board can go through anything and everything to tweak it.
-The School Board is writing checks they can't (and shouldn't be!) cashing! They have known the downward spiral that we are in and continue to spend. Paper showed just a couple weeks ago they spent over $6000 on a weekend convention.
-Have you looked at what the Super makes?? For the 2010-11 school year, with all his perks Mr. Butters is at $269,296. This does not include any kind of expense account that he might be entitled to!
Dr. Wyllie for the same year w/ same perks is at $270,539!
http://www.manhattan114.org/district/document...
http://www.lw210.org/documents/salarydocument...
-Look at the database over the past few years and see how his pay has grown over the years! In 2009 he also is fortunate enough to fall among the elite on the list of the top 200 top earners! Dr. Wyllie who runs 4 schools with 7250 students earned $247,819 in 2009. Mr. Butters who runs 3 schools total of 1279 students $213,319.
http://www.familytaxpayers.org/salary.php

Bottom line here is these cuts are going to gravely impact the quality of education of our children. I dread hearing the list of names of those who have shaped our children that will be gone.
BEWARE- It is not greed of our teachers, it is poor business decisions. How you know they are getting a 6% raise tells me that you are a board member or a spouse of one. This pay plan was initiated when our teachers were THE lowest paid of any district around.
If this district was a business getting ran into the ground there would be cuts at the top! Now we need a board with the backbone to do something about the mess we are in!

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