Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The new members of the District 124 Board of Education have started their terms.
After what can only be considered a long year, the District 124 School Board welcomed new faces to its ranks on May 1. Four new members were sworn in on the seven-person board. None of the incumbents up for reelection ran again in April. Julie Egan, Ray Richter, Gina Canon and Mary Pniewski were sworn in by current board president Kathy Rohan. The first action for the new board was to vote on officers. The three incumbents were unanimously selected to hold office. Kathy Rohan was once again voted in as president, Dawn McNamara will be vice president and Kim Leonard secretary. The new board members met last week for an orientation session and last month participated in a training session with Illinois Association of School Boards. …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Catch a glimpse at the agenda for tonight's board meeting where new officers will be installed.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Take a look at the candidate lineups for this April's local elections.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Do you want to run for school board or another local office? Petitions are due later this month.
The deadline is fast approaching for residents looking to join the ranks, or keep their job, as an elected official. Potential candidates for office can submit their filing paperwork between 8 a.m. on Dec. 17 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 26. Paperwork can be turned in at the administrative office of the body they are looking to join during normal business hours. For information on the details and deadlines of getting your name on the ballot, visit the State Board of Elections website. April 2013 will see numerous local offices up for election including mayor and half of the village board as well as local school board seats. In what is expected to be a very contested race, Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124 has the majority of seats on …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Southwest students will have at least one day more for Thanksgiving break.
Classes have been canceled at Southwest School for both Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 26 - 27, according to School District 124. A water main break has forced administrators to shut the school down for the day. The district reports that the school will reopen on Wednesday. Nov. 28. Updated
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Teachers will make up six of the eight strike days, district to forfeit two, state-required student attendance days.
The Evergreen Park Dist. 124 school board ratified the hard-fought teachers contract after more than a half-year of fruitless bargaining and an eight-day work stoppage that disrupted the education of 1,800 elementary school students. Sign up for the Evergreen Park Patch newsletter and breaking news alerts. Before board members voted on the four-year contract, there were harsh words from both sides of the spectrum at Wednesday’s special school board meeting at Central Junior High School. Students returned back to school on Monday. “I wanted to tell you how immensely disappointed I was in the board during negotiations the last two weeks,” Liz Gorman, the mother of eighth-grade triplets said during public comments. Gorman chastised the school…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The District 124 board of education will meet to vote on the contract agreement reached after a two week strike. The meeting is open to the public.
The Evergreen Park School District 124 board will meet Wednesday, Oct. 17 with the main agenda item being the vote on a new contract for teachers and paraprofessionals. After a two week strike an agreement was reached in the early morning hours of Oct. 12. Illinois Federation of Teachers union spokesman said that Evergreen Park teachers union's membership ratified the contract on Monday, 136-43. The meeting includes a portion open for public comments. A full copy of the agenda is included with this post. The board will meet at 6 p.m. at Central Junior High School. Read Full Strike Coverage
Monday, October 15, 2012
Let the end of the D124 teachers strike be the start of something positive for the Evergreen Park community.
After almost two weeks the Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124 teachers strike ended in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 12. It was a long two weeks for everyone. It was hard on the teachers, the school board, parents and most importantly, students. It’s not an easy thing for a community to go through. Neighbors were divided against neighbors, with differing views on what is fair not only for the district but for the whole of Evergreen Park. It’s something that has the potential to create deep and continuing divides. Throughout the tense negotiations harsh words were bandied about on both sides. Neither side ended up with everything, or probably much of what they wanted. That's the nature of a strike and labor …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Rev. Yvette Marie Eber, pastor of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Evergreen Park, calls for a time of community healing.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Dear Editor & Evergreen Park, With it seeming that school will open Monday in Evergreen Park, the question is what do we fear now? Do professionals and paraprofessionals fear going back into buildings with administrators who are angry with them? Do they fear the human punishment of changed relationship? Do administrators fear that classrooms discussions will cloud how they are seen? How do parent's feel post-strike and what lingering anger is in the community? Does the school board feel tense about the first meeting post-strike? Now is the time for us to fight the human tendency to punish. We have to push ourselves beyond our instinctual feelings into actions that will make us proud of community. We need the people inside the …
The Evergreen Park teachers' strike has ended after nine days.
Previously: The Evergreen Park Federation of Teachers and D124 school board bargaining teams spent most of Wednesday’s nine-hour negotiation session quibbling over the introductory “what if” language in the union’s retirement package should changes be made to the state-run Teachers Retirement System. Subscribe to Evergreen Park Patch's newsletter and breaking news alerts. The Illinois General Assembly is poised to vote during next month’s fall veto session on whether the state should put its agreed upon contribution to the state's teachers pension fund back on local school districts. TRS maintains the state's unfunded pension liability is $44 billion. Teachers and paraprofessionals from the district’s five public grammar schools say that …