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9:58 pm on Monday, May 13, 2013
Laura, I only counted 13 teachers making a base salary in the 6 figures and many of them, if I am correct, have been teaching for years (20+). Take a look at some of the administrator salaries, and many of them can't even have been out of school 20 years.
9:26 pm on Monday, May 13, 2013
I, for one, would support a strike, though I know it would be hard on the kids and parents. I think the teachers and staff have put up with enough from this administration, particularly talking about how they don't have enough money, etc. These cuts are a good start but there are clearly other places where money could be saved and NOT at the expense of the students, teachers, or support systems.
9:02 pm on Monday, May 13, 2013
I see a large number of places where more salaries could be cut. See this report for what the administrative salaries are: http://www.vvsd.org/docs/pdf/hr/salaries/ISBE_Salary_and_Benefits.pdf.
And I'm confused, are they reducing the 2 Asst. Superintendents to 1 position and changing the name to Executive Dir and reducing the salary to $120,000 (plus benefits, I'm assuming?). Kind of confusing the way that is worded.
Why is the Community Relations Dept being hit so hard? No offense, but Larry Randa and Delorise Ivy are the few "administrative" staff that I see at nearly every school event I attend - during the day, evening, etc.
11:33 pm on Saturday, March 16, 2013
FYI-the total cost of this program is $93,000. It is a 3-year contract at $31,000 per year. $93,000!!! Wake up, VVSD parents and community members! This is OUR money they are trying to spend, OUR district they are affecting, OUR children's lives they are using as guinea pigs with all these new programs. The kids will suffer...and some already are.
12:49 pm on Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Mom of 2...just an fyi, Edward doesn't even have charity status, I don't think, because they don't see enough patients under that "rule." Yep, Edward hospital, or, as I call them, the "Hilton" of hospitals.
6:00 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2013
I think a debate would be a good idea and I hope that both candidates will do it. As for all those who keep putting McMichael down because he's just a football player or whatever, everyone has to start somewhere in their new career or life plan. Maybe, for you, you aren't comfortable with him doing that here in Romeoville. I get that. But, Mayor Noak didn't have mayoral experience when he started either. Yes, he had political experience as a Board member and working with Judy Biggert but, not as mayor. I just wish people could stop being so negative all the way around and start having more of an open mind, in general. Also, having been in this town a long time, it's frustrating to see all Mayor Noak's, and the Village''s "actions" on the downtown area happening in the election year, when some of us have been waiting for 10 years. And, pardon my cynicism, but let's see how fast the rest of that area and the plans move once the election is over. As far as I've heard, still no commitment for a grocery store, the ONE thing the majority of residents, who were surveyed over the years about the downtown wanted. I've heard all the discussions so please, don't try to tell me, "they won't come until there is something to draw people there." There are people on the east side of town to support a grocery store, whether or not we get an athletic center or not.
3:04 am on Monday, January 21, 2013
Don't assume you know reasons why people resign positions or how good people are as leaders based on "their" accomplishments. Don't believe everything you read - on any of this - talk to people involved and find out for yourself. Much good has happened in Romeoville but a lot of the groundwork was done by DeWald and Trustees who served with him and the staff who worked with all of them. Some people might want to forget that but some of us remember and are grateful for the efforts of all those who have lead this town over the years - through good times and not so good times. I, for one, think having more people wanting to lead the Village is a good thing and I'm interested to see how this plays out. I wonder, if there is any opportunity to have some kind of debate among the three Mayoral candidates? A real debate, on real issues for our community? Maybe the Romeoville Patch could sponsor this? Or are there already some planned?
9:13 pm on Saturday, December 22, 2012
Just heard on the radio that the United Way in Newtown, or that area, is asking people to NOT send any more toys. They are overwhelmed with toy donations. They ask people to give locally to those in need. http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/world/story/2012/12/22/newtown-school-shooting-donations.html
10:35 pm on Monday, December 17, 2012
I read the email from Dr. Mitchem with sadness and frustration. While I appreciate what I'm sure is a thoughtful response, I'm sad and frustrated that there is NO mention of any safety measures that include screening students for mental health issues or training staff members to be aware of possible issues in their students. I would hope this is already happening but I doubt it is a priority. I agree with Colleen. This does seem like a knee-jerk reaction. It would seem to me that, if you are buzzing people into the schools and checking their i.d., they should be allowed into the classrooms. I'm guessing when we tell most kids, perhaps middle school and younger in particular, that we parents are not allowed in their classrooms anymore, they will have a lot of questions and concerns. Furthermore, I am VERY upset about the locking of classrooms. My oldest said that this is common in the high school, which I didn't know, but it still concerns me greatly. Just from the comments above, it seems that our district's new policy is actually creating the opposite effect for our students; instead of making them feel safer, we are making them feel less safe. What's next? Will we ban parents from coming to concerts at the school or sport events? What will the security be for these events? How will we guarantee that no harm will come to our students there? I hope the district will reconsider this policy and be open to discussion about it at the next Board meeting - 1/14/13.
10:34 pm on Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Check out this link - I'm less concerned about the teachers' salaries and benefits because I truly believe the high majority of them deserve what they make, or more but, pay special attention to the administrator salaries and benefits and yes, all these new "curriculum coordinators," whatever they heck they are.
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