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Stu Pidasso April 18, 2014 at 12:27 pm
BTW, Great post Dan!!
Dan Cox April 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm
Thank's Stu.
forest barbieri April 19, 2014 at 12:05 pm
Obviously a slow news day and article is intended to elicit views that at the end of the day willRead More have absolutely nothing to do with either the selection process or final result. What people would want from their high school principal? Let's take a partial line from the Constitution: "We hold these truths to be self evident."
Principal Brad Swanson at a ceremony this winter welcoming back Olympian Jason Brown. Credit: Lorraine Swanson
Enrique H. April 16, 2014 at 01:04 pm
RRR, Highland Park has 2 assistant principals. The other poster suggested to promote Mr.Read More Koulentiis to principal and let the other assistant principal take up what Mr. Koulentis's assistant principal responsibilities were instead of hiring a new, 2nd assistant principal. The idea was that having 2 A.P's is not efficient and that the $150,000+ bucks a year could be spent elsewhere. As I've said, Tom Koulentis is one of the hardest working people at H.P. The guy gets to the school early and leaves late more often than not. So it would be a lot to take up his responsibilities, but they could be divided among any number of individuals at H.P. that don't work as hard as he works.
RRR April 21, 2014 at 07:10 am
I got an email the music teachers were saved and there will be no loss on the music program soRead More perhaps this worked out.
Carl Lambrecht April 21, 2014 at 03:43 pm
Good to hear that the music teacher was saved. Tonight the school board meeting will take place inRead More Highland Park High School at 7:30 PM. I wished the administration could have done this without the parents and students having to tell how important education is for our students. Why is the board meeting taking place in Highland Park High School tonight rather than the administration building.
Orange County Sheriff's deputies conduct a bomb sweep at San Clemente High School earlier this month. | Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
David Greenberg March 28, 2014 at 11:46 am
"Virtual walls"? Geezus... GPS spoofing is but one way around the geofence. The otherRead More is simply walking up to someone and saying "HEY *(&*(^^#&*(Y($*() !!!!!" Or use a different app created with a bogus email account... *sigh*. Sticks and stones people... sticks and stones... Walk it off and move on...
Stu Pidasso March 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm
thats for sure, this country is turning into a bunch of pansies!!
Stu Pidasso March 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm
my kid tells me that his buddy who lives over in Europe has a math book that shows a drawing of anRead More obese American eating a Cheeseburger with Plumbers Ass , as if we are a bunch of slobs over here!!! Is that nice or what???
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Elizabeth March 26, 2014 at 06:45 am
Once upon a time girls were sent to the principal's office for wearing pants. These people lookRead More like morons who have never read a history book.
Nail Shop March 26, 2014 at 03:08 pm
Education!!! Perhaps that should be the focus.
Bernard Johnson March 27, 2014 at 08:17 am
Puhlez. Why not require the girls to wear Burkas if they step outside of their homes? Better still,Read More ban them from schools and workplaces; goodness knows men can't be expected to suppress their animalistic urges nor be held accountable for their actions. Girls {and/or women} that exit their homes not wearing a tent should be publically stoned - as they're at fault for society's evils. Oh, heck, that's all to time consuming and expensive; why not simply abort all female pregnancies apart from those deemed necessary to sustain the species [and that includes post 63rd trimester when it comes to females]? Oh, wait a minute; come to THINK of it, the Skokie/Evanston School District sure sounds like it'd be right at home with the Taliban; but - then, the foolish PC-women would likely be stoned to death within minutes of setting foot in some place like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, etc, etc. Beware of the PC-police and bring back 'short-shorts' - more skin, less extreme Protestantism and/or Islam [6 of 1 - when either is taken to the extreme].
Community members participate in roundtable discussions about D112's future. Credit: Lorraine Swanson
Samantha Stolberg March 19, 2014 at 09:02 am
The link you provided does not permit the user to take the survey. Please tryRead More http://www.nssd112.org/pages/Northshore112 instead.
Emily Stone (Editor) March 19, 2014 at 10:02 am
Thanks for pointing that out, Samantha. I fixed the link.
Rohan Malempati courtesy of Melissa Zientara
texsunstar March 14, 2014 at 07:22 am
A wonderful tribute to an outstanding individual. We should learn something from reading thisRead More article - make the most out of our lives, no matter what hand we are dealt.
mzisook March 14, 2014 at 08:51 am
Great job Melissa! You do a wonderful job. I remember meeting Rohan at the Rotary Walk in LongRead More Grove a couple of years ago. Your students took turns pushing him in his wheel chair almost 2 miles and treated him like he was their own brother or even better. He was truly a remarkable young man. I know many people were touched by Rohan and he will be greatly missed.
bonjovifan75 March 14, 2014 at 05:40 pm
Thanks for your kind words! Marc--That was a great time! Wonderful memories!
Jordan S. Zoot March 8, 2014 at 04:10 pm
How about Singapore style public caning for every kid caught using it....ten lashes ought do theRead More trick.
David Greenberg March 8, 2014 at 04:23 pm
It's been set up to be anonymous.
Jordan S. Zoot March 8, 2014 at 04:40 pm
In that case just cane an entire classroom and let them use peer pressure to find the bad apple.
Ro March 6, 2014 at 11:58 am
Nothing is really anonymous on the internet. You can trace where a post, picture came from. WhenRead More I worked in the school, we had a student who was writing threatening and nasty emails. Student thought it was anon. but got a huge surprise. So if you can't say anything nice. Don't. Once something is up on the net , it is there forever.
Residents react to first NSSD 112 presentation to discuss aging school buildings. Credit: Lorraine Swanson
forest barbieri February 27, 2014 at 09:43 am
@Walter While it is true that in business, focus groups and impute from key customers is often usedRead More primarily to make customers feel like they actually have impute into a company's strategy and direction when indeed 95% has already been decided, I think this differs in a couple of ways. First of all, I am not sure that a final direction has been chosen. Next, whatever direction will require funding and votes. This allows a forum for two way information flow as well as allowing for voters to understand and provide feedback before action is taken. Obviously, it also engages a proactive part of the community, allowing them to analysis and react to the situation. How we got here is a lesson from the past that perhaps can enlighten the future. The fact that we are here is a reality and the need to take an action is a given.
Walter White February 27, 2014 at 11:41 am
Yes, have fun with that. Maybe you think you actually had input into D113 too.
forest barbieri February 27, 2014 at 01:27 pm
@ Walter Obviously, it passed:)
Community members participate in roundtable discussions at Highland Park Country Club on Wednesday.
Walter (Tripp) Hainsfurther February 18, 2014 at 01:41 pm
Walter, I agree 100%.
RR February 21, 2014 at 02:37 pm
The issues of school consolidation and community angst regarding the details notwithstanding I amRead More profoundly disappointed that this request for hundreds of millions of dollars for chronic, obvious, and ignored problems is not accompanied by a greater plan put forth by 112 leadership regarding the vision and plan for elementary education in a time of technologic change and fiscal constraints. "The SCFFAC does not believe it would be feasible to try to resolve the District’s fiscal imbalances by freezing or substantially curtailing increases in the salary and benefits of teachers and other personnel. Even more fundamentally, we believe it would be harmful to the entire Highland Park community, which deeply values, expects and deserves high-quality and high-performing educators " Enough with these homilies and useless boilerplate. Married to a request for hundreds of millions of dollars to improve the physical plant needs to be an innovative vision for how we measure the quality of teachers and education, how we deal with the annual deficit resulting from yearly increases in teacher/employee salaries and benefits, and how we provide a cutting edge education.
Stu Pidasso February 23, 2014 at 09:13 am
Walter, I also agree.. These "Community " meetings are merely lip service. It's a doneRead More deal, and we will be privy to their list when this dog and pony show is over!!!
Will Edgewood Middle School be one of the survivors if North Shore School District 112 decides to operate with fewer buildings. Photo courtesy of North Shore School District 112.
Highlands HP'er February 15, 2014 at 07:47 am
the q- the only way to significantly drop the school cost would be to break the union, fire all theRead More teachers, and create havoc. this could be a case of penny smart pound stupid. maybe you could save $1000 a year in property taxes. you would also likely see a drop of $10k or more in house value when people dont want to put their children in the school district. running a multi million dollar school district isnt the same as running a convenience store. When you enter the corporate world you learn how restricted things actually are and you learn you cant change the world with a blow torch. change requires strategy and long term thinking.
The Q February 15, 2014 at 07:52 am
Look at the report you posted, we spend more than 109 by over $1000 per student and we have one ofRead More the biggest populations which means we should have a ton of operational efficiencies we don't have...all roads lead to mismanagement. Once again its not a money problem.
Gerry Meister February 21, 2014 at 05:12 pm
why post stupid comments?
Dr. Terry January 31, 2014 at 12:02 am
So your point is we value spring vacations as more important than education...and any reservationsRead More can be changed to a different date...even though it might involve in a few extra bucks...but forbid we deny the prince/princess of HP ther vacation..the whinning would be heard all the way to Highwood.
forest barbieri January 31, 2014 at 02:33 am
@Dr. Terry My point is that the issue is being handled and that cancelling Spring Break is notRead More currently on the table (Read the header and article). BTW as we value education, we also value our breaks. Today, cancelling Spring Break accomplishes what? Somehow that would enhance the education process? Some reservations cannot simply be cancelled or a matter of a "few" extra bucks. Rather nasty in your reference to HP. Spring Break is "for the kids" (and teachers), just like the education that takes place during the other 9+ months. Students, parents and teachers throughout America as well as several businesses and indeed our economy, values Spring Break. I will say that obviously, if Snow Armageddon closed schools for a prolonged time going forward, it would need to be considered and yes, some plans would change and some would still choose to travel. However we are not at that point yet.
Stu Pidasso February 5, 2014 at 02:12 pm
@" Dr." Terry its "Whining" not "Whinning". I see why education isRead More important to you....
Michael Bregy was named the new superintendent of North Shore School District 112 Tuesday.
forest barbieri January 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm
@Highlands Indeed he does and comes to a challenging position at a most challenging time. I likeRead More that he is young enough to even have children in the district and that he has a history of reaching out and finding compromise. Time will tell as always. @David Salary is reportedly $240,000. Other details will of course be public record in due course. Decision is made, let's try to show some support and cooperation as he begins a difficult couple of years that will require some tough decisions by all.
R.G. January 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm
According to the Chicago Trib Local, in addition to the $240K, he will also receive "pensionRead More contributions on behalf of Bregy, in addition to a $500 monthly transportation stipend. He'll also be reimbursed up to $2,500 per month for temporary housing for his first year on the job."
Walter White January 22, 2014 at 03:50 pm
Well I hope Greenie attacks this contract with the fervor and tenacity he attacked the teachersRead More contract. Like he said, the administration is "next."
North Shore District 112 had to extend its school year because of August heat and January cold.
Stu Pidasso January 24, 2014 at 01:00 pm
They probably did, I have found errors like " Adopt by the Board of Education June 19Read More 2012" (The 2013-2014 School Calendar ) It's like a Third grader is writing these pages.. PATHETIC!!! The BOARD should be embarrassed as this reflects on the rest of the district.. Incompetence breeds Incompetence....
Walter White January 24, 2014 at 02:36 pm
I didn't know you could read.
Stu Pidasso January 24, 2014 at 08:50 pm
??????????????? wtf ????????????????? TROLL
Will Edgewood Middle School be one of the survivors if North Shore School District 112 decides to operate with fewer buildings. Photo courtesy of North Shore School District 112.
Samantha Stolberg January 18, 2014 at 12:11 am
Tripp Hainsfurther and the rest of the crew at the SCFFAC are working hard and have donated a lot ofRead More their time to the Community. I'm really anxious to hear what they've come up with so far.... And thanks for your support Stu... :)
Walter (Tripp) Hainsfurther January 20, 2014 at 10:43 am
Walter, I can't tell you if that's possible yet, because there is no plan. We don't know if schoolsRead More will consolidate or which ones would close if they did. We don't know how many children will attend a given school. We don't know what shape the existing buildings are in. We don't have community input on these items or things like: Should all school buildings have sprinklers? Should they be handicapped accessible? Should they have air conditioning? Should every building support every program the district offers? These are community discussions. I agree with Sam that we should look at all options to avoid or minimize the size of any referendum, What the community will accept in doing that is the discussion the District is looking to have. Beyond that, there is a team of professionals that need to be hired in order to bring some cost reality to the discussion. The District hasn't even begun that process.
Stu Pidasso January 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm
"Beyond that, there is a team of professionals that need to be hired in order to bring someRead More cost reality to the discussion." Oh No , "team of professionals" we're doomed.......
Braeside Elementary School is one of the older ones in North Shore School District 112.
forest barbieri January 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm
@Walter Rather than research the recruiting company I choose to research the new Superintendent.Read More Time will tell if he is good or bad but I like that he has faced some challenges and that he seems to be hands on. Another positive comes from him being young enough to actually have children in the District or "Skin in the game". Nice to not have some ole codger but some young blood. He comes at an interesting and challenging time so there will be those that like him and those....likely anonymous Walter...that do not. He also had a good relationship with the head of the teachers Union so likely he reaches out....maybe even to you someday. opps, forgot...you are hidden behind a false name.
Walter White January 22, 2014 at 03:34 pm
Never made a comment about him. Made a comment about the extremely poor track record of theRead More recruiting firm that somehow keeps getting used by D112. Even D109 finally ditched her after several bad hires. Hopefully, things will turn out well.
Stu Pidasso January 22, 2014 at 03:57 pm
agreed!