Monday, April 29, 2013
One of the students was attending District 205 schools illegitimately since 2007.
The families of two students who have been attending Elmhurst public schools while living outside district boundaries are being charged full tuition for the time they illegitimately attended District 205 schools. District 205 School Board members on April 23 voted unanimously to disenroll students "A.H." and "Y.P." as of Friday, April 26, and send their families a bill for the education they've received. "A.H." has been attending District 205 schools illegitimately since the 2007-08 school year. The board voted to charge tuition for that student of $66,0490.11. With tuition of $4,522.50 owed by "Y.P.," who has violated the district's residency rules since 2012, the total reimbursement to District 205 will be $70,571.61. During an earlier …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
And Field librarian thanks the Schuh Crew for cleaning up Field School.
Students in Elmhurst Unit District 205 schools will not have to attend an extra day of school next month to make up for last week's flood day. Due to an unusual turn of events, students in District 205 will finish the school year one day shy of the curricular time originally intended. At the April 10 School Board meeting, with the threat of giant snowstorms safely behind them, board members approved the end of year calendar. May 28 was determined to be the final day of school for high-schoolers, and students in early childhood, elementary and middle school would get out on May 29. No one had counted on "Noah's Ark Day," as Superintendent David Pruneau called it, on April 18. He told the School Board Tuesday he has never in his career had …
Ron Murphy comes to District 205 from Oswego East High School, where he is wrapping up his duties as assistant AD, head basketball coach and teacher.
Thursday, April 25
Ron Murphy, a teacher and assistant athletic director at Oswego East High School since 2005, was confirmed by Elmhurst District 205 School Board Tuesday as the new York High School athletic director. Murphy was selected after an extensive search that involved York administrators, student athletes, parent Boosters, the interim athletic directors and coaches, District 205 Superintendent David Pruneau told the School Board Tuesday. "It is my pleasure tonight to recommend to the board that Ron Murphy be the next athletic director in District 205," he said. "We're pleased to bring this to the board tonight." Murphy was assistant football coach at Oswego East from 2005-2010, assistant basketball coach from 2008-2012 and head coach since 2012. He…
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Students in chess clubs from various Elmhurst schools were matched up by age to compete for top spots.
Saturday, April 13
The 17th annual Elmhurst District 205 Chess Tournament took place on Wednesday, March 20,in the Commons at York High School. Sponsored by individual school chess clubs and run by teacher and parent volunteers, the districtwide program culminates at the annual tournament. The district offers a special thanks to It’s Good To Be King in downtown Elmhurst for repeatedly providing the tournament with many great raffle prizes. Following are the standings for the top places for each grade level: Second grade—44 players Third grade—62 players Fourth grade—55 players Fifth grade—52 players Middle School—35 players High School—10 players Submitted by parent volunteer, Debbi Khayat Let Patch save you time. Get more local stories like these delivered …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
TIF needs to make tax dollars start flowing for the plan to work, aldermen said.
Accolades—and a few caveats—accompanied Elmhurst City Council's approval Monday of an intergovernmental agreement with the city's other major taxing districts for an economic development zone on North York Road. Tax Increment Financing District 4 stretches up York Road from just south of North Avenue to Grand Avenue and includes undeveloped parcels at Hahn and Addison streets, as well as the new Mariano's Fresh Market. TIF 4 has been in place since last year. A TIF district diverts new tax revenues back into that area's development for up to 23 years, which is one of the reasons Elmhurst Unit District 205 at first resisted the creation of TIF 4. However, there were no hard feelings Monday, when the council unanimously consented to a …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Meetings scheduled for April 2 and 30 at Churchville.
All parents of students in the English Language Learners program are invited to join the Elmhurst District 205 Bilingual Parent Advisory Council. Council members participate in the planning, operation and evaluation of programs serving their students. It is comprised of parents, teachers, counselors and community members. The majority shall be parents and legal guardians of ELL students. The Advisory Council reviews the grant application for transitional bilingual programs and transitional programs of instruction submitted annually to the state superintendent of education. This parent group meets at least four times annually.
Participants will work with Liliana Vazquez, a doctoral student from the University of Illinois, on the following…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
"I'm not a pedophile. I have a kid in the school being abused and nobody's willing to listen," said Dimas Carmona, a father who was arrested after filming his son on the Conrad Fisher School playground earlier this month.
When Dimas Carmona filmed his son on the playground at Conrad Fischer School after lunch on March 8, he had no idea he would be arrested at his ex-wife's home later that day. "I'm working on my ex-wife's bathroom, doing remodeling, and the police came and put the handcuffs on me," said Carmona, a 45-year-old truck driver. "They put in the police report that I was videotaping kids, like a pedophile," he said. "I'm not a pedophile. I have a kid in the school being abused and nobody's willing to listen." The report also said Carmona used profanity and made "references to school shootings." The Carmonas, who have lived in the district for 14 years, say frustration with the school and District 205 led to the incident. "My kid is crying every …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The "landmark" agreement was a year in the making, but School Board officials say persistence paid off.
Rumors have been going around that Elmhurst Unit District 205 was offered $1 million in tax increment financing surplus from the city of Elmhurst, and the School District turned it down. School Board President Jim Collins said Tuesday, it's partially true. "A year ago, the city did offer us $1 million surplus out of TIF 2," he said. "We did turn it down. We then spent the past year negotiating with the city, and we've managed to turn that $1 million offer into $10 million." The School Board on Tuesday unanimously signed off on the intergovernmental agreement with the city that spells out exactly how that $10 million will be distributed to School District 205. What is TIF? TIF districts freeze assessed property values for taxing bodies for …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Schools will be dismissed at the regular time.
Elmhurst Unit District 205 has canceled all after-school activities for Tuesday, March 5, due to the weather. Superintendent David Pruneau said Rec Station after-school activities will not be canceled, but Elmhurst Park District staff, which runs Rec Station, is asking families to pick up their children as soon as possible. All school will be dismissed at their regular time, but the buses will likely be running a bit behind. For information on activities that will need to be rescheduled, check the individual school's website. Classes and activities at Timothy Christian, Immaculate Conception and Immanuel Lutheran schools were canceled Tuesday, as well.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Data and feedback garnered in Monday forum will be used to focus and improve the ELL program going forward.
About 70 participants—a mixture of teachers, teacher assistants, parents, administrators and members of the District 205 School Board—attended a forum Feb. 25 that analyzed Elmhurst Unit District 205's English Language Learners program. The program was examined from all sides, and the district will use the information gleaned from this meeting to focus and make more effective the ELL program, which has grown a great deal since its inception in 2007. That growth, in addition to state mandates for ELL, have begun to strain the program and the overall resources of the district, board members have said. Electronic SMART Responders were distributed so that the audience could vote on the following questions anonymously. Of the 70 participants, …