Thursday, May 2, 2013
"Stand by your decisions. Someone is always going to disagree with them."—Susan DeRonne's advice to the new Elmhurst District 205 School Board.
As the votes were tallied on March 21, 2000, and Elmhurst District 205 School Board members could see that the $77 million referendum to rebuild York High School was about to pass, jubilation took over. Board members and their spouses jumped in their cars—some headed over to Dominick's to pick up supplies—and they all eventually met at York High School. They then proceeded to "TP" the trees along the old circle drive. Superintendent Joel Morris stayed back long enough to notify police that it was the Board of Education that was out of control on York property and not to worry. One of those board members was Susan DeRonne, and she recalled the incident with fondness in her prepared, final statement to the School Board Tuesday night. School …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The board will bid farewell to Susan DeRonne and Maria Hirsh, and welcome Margaret Harrell and Emily Bastedo.
Elmhurst Unit District 205 School Board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 30, to seat new board members Margaret Harrell and Emily Bastedo. Incumbent Jim Collins was re-elected and will continue his service on the board. Board members also will recognize out-going board members Maria Hirsch and Susan DeRonne for their years of service. The board meets at the District 205 administration building, 162 S. York. The agenda includes the following items: Reorganization of the Board of Education Committee and other appointments (each committee will have three members) Review of upcoming meetings Board communications
Thursday, March 7, 2013
School Board candidate answers questions from Elmhurst Patch on why she's running, school finances, teacher morale and more.
Thursday, March 7
Campaign Information www.EmilyForElmhurst.com EmilyForElmhurst@gmail.com http://www.facebook.com/EmilyForElmhurst Family: Husband, Brian; sons, Charlie, 6, and Elliott, 3 Education: • DePaul University, College of Law, Chicago, Juris Doctor, 2003 • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., Bachelor of Arts, 2000 Occupation: Before staying home with my sons I spent over five years practicing public finance law for a large financial services law firm in Chicago. Most of my time was spent serving as bond counsel to Illinois school districts. I looked over school budgets, prepared and reviewed financing documents for school districts and delivered legal approving opinions on bonds and warrants being issued. I also worked with …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
School Board hopes to avoid more layoffs next year, begins discussion on how to best address increasing needs.
Students are only halfway through the 2012-13 school year, but Elmhurst Unit District 205 Board members already are looking ahead to next year. Predicting enrollment and staffing needs for 2013-14 is kind of like looking into a crystal ball, but it's a necessary exercise to get the next budgeting cycle started. "It is very early to try to do these kinds of projections. That is the caveat," Superintendent David Pruneau told the School Board Tuesday. Best estimates show enrollment remaining flat at York High School and at the district's eight elementary schools, he said. "As a matter of fact, the majority of elementary schools are seeing slight decreases," Pruneau said, adding that spikes in enrollment might be seen later by grade level. …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The levy is proposed to be 4.63 percent higher than last year. The board also will hold a public hearing to issue $3 million in bonds for school safety improvements.
Elmhurst Unit District 205 School Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the administration building, 162 S. York. School Board members will first meet in closed session at 6:30 p.m. to discuss employment of an employee and "negotiations," according to the agenda. The regular open meeting will be preceded by a public hearing for the issuance of school fire prevention and safety bonds. The School Board intends to sell $3 million in bonds to bring buildings up to state safety code. The York High School Boys Cross Country Team, and Emma Fisher, who is on the York Girls Cross Country Team, will then be honored by the board. Following the recognition, the board will hear comments from community …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Districtwide, poverty is at 13.5 percent, superintendent says. When a child enters the district in poverty, teachers must bridge the gap.
It can be hard enough to teach a room full of wiggly elementary school students. But if those kids come to school without proper school supplies, if they haven't had the benefit of preschool or been exposed to books in the home, or if they can't read English, their path to achievement is a lot steeper. When one thinks of Elmhurst District 205—or Elmhurst in general—poverty is not something that comes to mind. But some sobering statistics shared at Tuesday's District 205 School Board meeting indicate a dramatic increase at Conrad Fischer School of students living in poverty. In the last year, out of Fischer's nearly 500 students, the number of those living in poverty increased from 39 percent to 57 percent of the student population. Five …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Know a classmate who's won an Emmy? Doing genome experiments and curing disease? Wowing crowds with song and dance? Living a life of mission work?
York High School is full of teachers and coaches who, through nuance as well as bigger-than-life inspiration, have altered the paths of students' lives. Over more than nine decades, York's inspirational teachers have churned out adults who are highly motivated, successful and inspirational in their own right. But, until now, there has been no way to find and recognize those alumni. York has never had a hall of fame. Les Zunkel (York Class of 1963) is one of those inspirational teachers. Zunkel is to the York Drama Department what Joe Newton is to the York Cross Country Team: Legendary. With 36 years as head of drama at York, students from the '70s who never even tried out for a play recognize his name today. Zunkel, now retired from York, …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Park Board is considering the terms, and the School District has tentatively agreed to them, according to Park District documents.
Among other business on their Aug. 13 agenda, Elmhurst Park commissioners will discuss the City of Elmhurst's proposed North York Street tax increment financing district (TIF 4). Included in the Park District agenda packet released last week are some details of the negotiation process the city has begun with Elmhurst School District 205 and the Park District to lessen the impact of the TIF on their budgets. TIF districts freeze assessed property values for local taxing bodies for up to 23 years to encourage redevelopment in areas considered blighted. TIFs generate new revenue through new construction in the TIF district, or if the township assessor increases the assessed value of the properties in the TIF district. The difference between …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Budget cuts, curriculum, building needs and more will be examined over a period of several months.
Elmhurst Unit District 205 Superintendent David Pruneau on Tuesday presented the School Board a draft plan for how a Citizens Advisory Committee will operate. The purpose of the committee is two-fold: to review current district operations and limitations, then to examine six topics and flesh out ideas for improvement. The committee will be charged with examining: "It's really a vetting of our whole district, asking for input so the board can be apprised about how the community feels about the direction we're going," Pruneau said. Part of the drive to create the committee is based on district finances. The current financial model is "not sustainable as it stands now," Pruneau said last month. The district also is facing a decision on …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Power outage forces Monday closure of Hawthorne Elementary School, however.
Monday, July 2, 2012
UPDATE Monday, 12 p.m.: The Elmhurst Unit District 205 Administration Building now has power and is open for business. --------------------------------------------- Elmhurst Unit District 205 let parents know at 10:30 p.m. Sunday night that the power is on at York High School, even though traffic lights and neighborhoods surrounding the school are in the dark. Summer school and related activities will go on as scheduled at York on Monday, July 2, the first day of the second semester. Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg middle schools, as well as at Conrad Fischer Elementary, also have power, so summer programs at those facilities also are on a normal schedule. Hawthorne Elementary, however, was still without power Sunday night, so the …