school district 142 firing teachers

school district 142 firing teachers

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Resident

Chicago, IL

#1 Mar 12, 2010
How is this all of a sudden happen during the school year? Did they not know they would be 1.6 million in the hole before the school year started? I think we need a new board.

Since: Apr 09

Midlothian,Il

#2 Mar 13, 2010
Resident wrote:
How is this all of a sudden happen during the school year? Did they not know they would be 1.6 million in the hole before the school year started? I think we need a new board.
Where did you hear that they were firing Teachers?
If they start with anyone, it should be Longo the Supt.
I've been in that Dist. for 55 years and it sure isn't like before. I can see keeping the Parents informed but when they send a letter home on something then follow it up with 2 or 3 phone messages, that's overkill. Important things I can see but to remind about a Skating Party or Movie?? Waste of money in my opinion.
FYI

Harvey, IL

#3 Mar 13, 2010
This hasn't been "all of a sudden". People just don't care until it hits their wallet. Top heavy administrative salaries is one of the factors that have put a real hurt on the budget. It isn't the current board that is fully responsible for the outrageous administrative salaries. The current contracts were approved by the former board. If the salaries of teachers are compared to other districts the salaries in this district are actually less than the majority of equally qualified teachers. The next school board meeting is March 16th at 7:00. Let's see how many people show up to find out what is going on. My guess is that less than 10 people will be there and that is including the board! How many administrative positions are being eliminated? Will they take pay freezes? Probably not. New contracts for administrators? HA! Lay off teachers and cut programs and blame it on the state. Was District 142 included in the TIF payback ($166,805.00) that Oak Forest paid back to other Oak Forest entities? How about the transparency that PA 96-0434 and 96-0266 where supposed to bring to the taxpayers? HA!

Public Act 96-0434, which took effect on August 13, 2009, requires every school district in Illinois to create a current itemized salary compensation report for every employee holding an administrative certificate and working in that capacity, including the district superintendent. The law requires each school district to post its Administratorsí Salary Compensation Report on its website, if it has a website. The law further requires that the Administratorsí Salary Compensation Report be presented at a board of education meeting and submitted to the Regional Superintendent. Additionally, the new law requires school districts to post all collective bargaining agreements on their websites. I hope you have fun trying to find this information on the www.d142.org website and if you do, try to understand it.
Public Act 96-0266,which took effect January 1, 2010, requires school boards to report the base SALARY and BENEFITS of all district administrators, including district superintendents, and teachers to ISBE by July 1 of each year. Let's wait and see how easy that will be to find on July 1st.
See you at the board meeting?
OF Resident

Chicago, IL

#4 Mar 14, 2010
Lets put the name of the schools admin and board up for eveyone to see. Hopefully it will help next election....
School Resident

Chicago, IL

#5 Mar 15, 2010
For one thing District 142 is not in the TIF district, so no funds were sent back to them. Those funds went to 228 and 145.

Salaries are posted on a website for teachers and administrators you can look that up.

This year is the year the state payments and funding did not keep up with the Schools budgets. All Schools are going through the same cuts and some of them happen every year anyway. Least experience teachers are let go(rift) every year. This years cut are especially deep due to the state not making their payment due to no Funds.

District 228 let 10 or more very good younger teachers go just in the last month. I believe by law and the bargaining agreements they need to do that by a certain time.

In our community the schools are in OK shape financially, but if you were to compare those numbers to previous fiscal years or to other districts you would see the problem is state funding. That state funding that comes from yours and my Tax payments. That funding process needs to change and it is our duty to send our disdain to all the elected officials to get it to change.

If you are not happy with an administrator or board then you have the right during open session of the meetings to voice that displeasure! If after that it gets you nowhere then at election time put your name in the hat get elected and make this whole system change, if you can!

Overall schools are the best investment we have to enhance our property values and to teach better citizens that it is important to get involved and be part of the change!

Since: Aug 09

Hoboken, NJ

#6 Mar 15, 2010
Has a list been published of which teachers have been given notice they are not being retained for the 2010-2011 school year yet?

Since: Apr 09

Midlothian,Il

#7 Mar 15, 2010
Are they being left go after the year or before it ends? When you say Least experience, what do they consider least? Years of service?
Just Saying

Chicago, IL

#8 Mar 16, 2010
Our District is not the only District that is having a rough time of it. It's not as if they have failed. It's the economy and the State. They only want what is best for the children and are doing everything possible. Teachers get rif'ed every year, everywhere. The newest hired teachers get let go first. They are protected by their union. The School Board is mostly made up of parents in the District who want what is best for the kids and put in alot of volunteer time to make sure everything possible is done for them. The Administration has done an amazing job with our schools this far. Anyone can tell you how amazing our District is. They have worked long and hard to make sure our kids get the best education possible and I am sure will continue to do so. I don't think anyone should comment on here or on the situation our schools face without attending a board meeting and hearing first hand what they are doing to make sure everything possible is being done for the kids best interest. School Board meets donight at 7pm go and educate yourself.
Bruce

AOL

#9 Mar 16, 2010
Voting parent!
I hope the School Board that we elected is going to all be present at such an important meeting tonight. I think when the people vote for School Board they should look at the attendance of the members. It is obvious that if you do not attend the meetings that you do not care. There are not many that do not attend but there are a couple who show a lack of interest. I would hope they would be there tonight after all THIS is an important meeting and why we elect them in the first place to make sure the important things that we need done are taken care of. If they are not there I would hope they would have a good reason and would have to diclose the reason they are NOT there. We elect them to be our voice, to make decisions in our kids best interests. I think for most part they have done a fine job let's just hope this continues. I believe the Board and the Administration are in sinc in making sure the right and fair decisions are made.

Since: Apr 09

Midlothian,Il

#10 Mar 16, 2010
Bruce wrote:
Voting parent!
I hope the School Board that we elected is going to all be present at such an important meeting tonight. I think when the people vote for School Board they should look at the attendance of the members. It is obvious that if you do not attend the meetings that you do not care. There are not many that do not attend but there are a couple who show a lack of interest. I would hope they would be there tonight after all THIS is an important meeting and why we elect them in the first place to make sure the important things that we need done are taken care of. If they are not there I would hope they would have a good reason and would have to diclose the reason they are NOT there. We elect them to be our voice, to make decisions in our kids best interests. I think for most part they have done a fine job let's just hope this continues. I believe the Board and the Administration are in sinc in making sure the right and fair decisions are made.
I wouldn't exactly say that if you don't attend a School Board Meeting that you "don't care". For some, it's just hard to get to. I know they may not last long but for some people it's not that easy. I myself Graduated from the Dist 142 System and have never questioned what they have done. Actually been in the system for 54 years and have seen many a Family member go to thier Schools. I actually encouraged my Oldest to run for School Board because I think it would be a good thing.
Parent who cares

AOL

#11 Mar 16, 2010
Being on the School Board is all about attending the meetings and voting on the issues presented to you. If you don't attend the meeting then what impact are you making on the board?? Isn't that what it's all about? The meetings are once a month, you run for an office to be the voice of the tax payers that voted for you, if you can't take the time to do that then what's the use. I think it's a great idea for parents and people who care to get involved and run for an office or a position but if you are not going to follow through then you should just step down and let someone who cares take over, or step up and make a difference.
142 Resident

Chicago, IL

#12 Mar 16, 2010
Wondering Why1 wrote:
<quoted text> I wouldn't exactly say that if you don't attend a School Board Meeting that you "don't care". For some, it's just hard to get to. I know they may not last long but for some people it's not that easy. I myself Graduated from the Dist 142 System and have never questioned what they have done. Actually been in the system for 54 years and have seen many a Family member go to thier Schools. I actually encouraged my Oldest to run for School Board because I think it would be a good thing.
Are you saying your oldest is on this School Board? Do they show up for meetings? Is there something on this current school board you do not see happening? Past school boards have made decisions for District 142, as have School Board at 144, 145, 146 and 228, these are the districts that influence the children of our community and they are all struggling with the same problem, money is owed to them from Springfield and it just will not be coming!!

If you child is on the school board tell them to keep doing what is best for our district!

Since: Apr 09

Midlothian,Il

#13 Mar 17, 2010
142 Resident wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you saying your oldest is on this School Board? Do they show up for meetings? Is there something on this current school board you do not see happening? Past school boards have made decisions for District 142, as have School Board at 144, 145, 146 and 228, these are the districts that influence the children of our community and they are all struggling with the same problem, money is owed to them from Springfield and it just will not be coming!!
If you child is on the school board tell them to keep doing what is best for our district!
No, sad to say, they aren't on the School board. I just tried to encourage her because I believe that a "young" voice, young meaning under 30( no offense to anyone) is now needed. Nothing personal against the "older" ones but I think the younger voices are more in tune so to speak.
Ridge School

Terre Haute, IN

#14 Mar 17, 2010
I was informed by my son's teacher yesterday that due to the school budget cuts,they will no longer be able to enroll my child in pre school next year. They only have limited space and will only accept a limited amount of children based on their skills, such as speech, etc. Now I have to scramble for a full time pre school in the area that provides bus service and runs five days a week. I may have to look into the local churches perhaps ?
District 142Supporter

Oak Forest, IL

#15 Mar 18, 2010
Where did the idea come from that board members are not attending meetings? I occasionally attend meetings, and have never seen a member miss a meeting without a valid reason. This idea probably comes from a poster who has never been to a meeting and just wants to see his/her name in print. People really should have all the facts before they post. Also remember these positions are non paying, and are the most thankless elected positions around. School board members are the most dedicated elected officials officials in the area.
142 Resident

Chicago, IL

#16 Mar 18, 2010
Ridge School wrote:
I was informed by my son's teacher yesterday that due to the school budget cuts,they will no longer be able to enroll my child in pre school next year. They only have limited space and will only accept a limited amount of children based on their skills, such as speech, etc. Now I have to scramble for a full time pre school in the area that provides bus service and runs five days a week. I may have to look into the local churches perhaps ?
You heard that from a teacher, have you checked with the principal to see if that is really the case? Have you been to talk to the Superintendent about it? Have you gone to a school board meeting to question the policy and see where the district is going on this program? If you have done all of these and still get the same answer then the school district is telling you financially there is a need to cut some students out of this program. When you ask the principal and/or the Superintendent maybe you can ask the question if you could pay a fee to continue with the pre-school program? That may be a more cost effective way to approach this problem! Just remember 1 thing the Governor would like to remove 1.3 billion dollars from education in this budget cycle, not cut jobs or other state services, EDUCATION. Read the papers and see why our politicians all go running when it come to funding education, it is a lose/lose proposition if they are to be re-elected.
PTA Parent

Chicago, IL

#17 Mar 18, 2010
Wondering Why1 wrote:
<quoted text> Where did you hear that they were firing Teachers?
If they start with anyone, it should be Longo the Supt.
I've been in that Dist. for 55 years and it sure isn't like before. I can see keeping the Parents informed but when they send a letter home on something then follow it up with 2 or 3 phone messages, that's overkill. Important things I can see but to remind about a Skating Party or Movie?? Waste of money in my opinion.
The District is not like before, it's better. I would rather be a well informed parent than an uninformed parent. Nothing regarding my children is overkill. The District allows the PTA to use the Schoolreach to reach the parents in our district regarding certain fundraisers they are having in order to make sure these fundraisers are a success to raise money to fund programs for our kids. If you think it is overkill I am sure you can call the District office and have your number removed from the call list.
oakforestparent2

Forest Park, IL

#18 Mar 23, 2010
my son who goes to foster said they may go down to 4 days of school is this true?
concerned parent

Chicago, IL

#19 Mar 23, 2010
I am very involved in school and I have heard nothing of that.
cakenbake

Cicero, IL

#20 Mar 24, 2010
Interesting

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