Monday, May 13, 2013
Communication with legislators is key, School Board members say. They will explain how they are working toward that goal at Tuesday's School Board meeting.
With school funding a perpetual problem for Illinois school districts, Elmhurst Unit District 205 School Board members are working to get ahead of the curve by engaging state legislators. The purpose is to outline in no uncertain terms the financial challenges they are facing in terms of state mandates, tax caps, building needs, special education and non-English speaking student services and more. To that end, the district has prepared a briefing for legislators that includes myriad information about the district, including demographics, budget drivers, funding sources, student sacrifices to date, and the limited options that exist to address increasing costs. The objectives include fostering "two-way dialog (with legislators) around key …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Here is everything you need to know about the April 2013 race for District 205 School Board.
Three seats are open on the Elmhurst Unit District 205 School Board, and one incumbent and three newcomers are all hoping to fill them. Susan DeRonne and Maria Hirsch, whose terms expire this year, have decided not to run for re-election. Joining incumbent Jim Collins on the ballot are newcomers Alan Brinkmeier, Emily Bastedo and Margaret Harrell. Collins, managing director at Wells Fargo Securities, is a life-long resident of Elmhurst and attended Field School, Immaculate Conception, Sandburg and York. He was elected to the School Board in 2009, and currently serves as its president. Alan Brinkmeier, an attorney, is a 40-year resident of Elmhurst. He serves on the Elmhurst College Board of Directors and the Elmhurst Zoning Commission, and…
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 Harrellfordistrict205schoolboard.com email@example.com Family: Husband, Terry; daughters, Alexandra, 18, Samantha, 16 Education: Occupation: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, Elmhurst Baxter Healthcare, Deerfield Why are you seeking office? After much consideration, I decided that I would like the opportunity to serve as a School Board Member for District 205. My decision was driven by my passion for education, my belief in the potential for success of all students and my desire to serve. One role of the School Board is to provide a voice for the community. My intent as a District 205 School Board member is to represent the community. I will combine my …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Board also will vote on hiring a firm to conduct satisfaction survey of staff, students and community.
Elmhurst Unit District 205 School Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the administration building, 162 S. York St. The meeting will be preceded by a closed session of the board to discuss student discipline, probable or imminent litigation and employment of an employee. The first order of business in open session is public comment. Members of the public are invited to speak for up to three minutes on any topic. Board members will then hear a report on goal setting through 2016-17 based on measured, key performance indicators in a number of areas: student learning and achievement, operations and organization effectiveness (business, food service, transportation, human resources, technology), communications and community …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Mayor, seven aldermanic, three school and two park seats are up for election next spring.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Candidate packets for those seeking to run for local office in the April 9, 2013, Consolidated Election are now available. To be eligible to serve, candidates must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, a registered voter and a resident of the city for at least one year immediately preceding the election. Elections are nonpartisan and board candidates do not indicate a political party affiliation. Candidates should be aware of financial conflict-of-interest limitations set forth in state law.
Petitions may be circulated immediately. Candidate filing will take place during business hours Dec. 17 to 24 at the administration office of the city, park or school district. Candidates' names will appear on the ballot in the …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
District 205 School Board will ask the community, "How do you define success?"
When it comes to athletics, nobody likes to lose. If the York High School Football Team loses a game, for example, players feel bad after putting in all those hours of practice and coming up short. Coaches sometimes might worry about losing their jobs if the team record isn't up to par. And many parents are highly invested in—and emotionally connected to—the win/loss columns. At the Elmhurst District 205 Policy Committee meeting Aug. 23, Superintendent David Pruneau said at his previous district he even had a coach quit because he was receiving death threats from parents. Data shows that participating in extracurricular sports develops better students overall. But how does a school district balance winning at all costs with its primary …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
With the city's final vote on TIF 4 coming Sept. 4, School Board members want to make sure the interests of students are protected as much as possible.
Elmhurst Unit District 205 Board of Education will hold a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 28, to discuss the city's plan to set up a new tax increment financing district and how that TIF and others affect the School District. According to information provided on the District 205 website, the full board will discuss the district's existing 2004 intergovernmental agreement with the City of Elmhurst, which involves the city's downtown TIF 1, as well as the city's plan for a new TIF along North York Road (TIF 4). TIF districts freeze assessed property values for local taxing bodies for up to 23 years to encourage redevelopment in areas considered blighted. TIFs generate revenue through new construction in the district. The difference between the…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
A lot of variables still exist headed into the 2012-13 school year.
When the Elmhurst Unit District 205 School Board meets Tuesday at the administration building, 162 S. York St., much of the discussion will involve money, including where the district has been budget-wise and where it's headed. Each year, predicting the next fiscal year's budget is somewhat of a guessing game, considering board members don't always know what mandates are coming from Springfield—like pension funding—and which state aid checks are not. But before that discussion, the board will meet in closed session at 6 p.m. to discuss employment of an employee and probable or imminent litigation. The open session will begin at 7:30 p.m. with public comments. Members of the community are invited to speak on any topic for up to three …