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D150 should know that there’s no such thing as a free lunch (UPDATED)

Here’s an informational sheet I received from District 150 on the first day of school:

A recent change in federal law allows Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee school districts with a high poverty population to offer free meals to all students in the approved school. To be eligible and receive reimbursements from the government, a […]

Butler new D150 Board president

From the Journal Star:

District 150 School Board Vice President Linda Butler was elected Friday as president of the board, which again passed over longtime member Martha Ross.

Ross has been on the School Board for nine years, longer than any other member. After Friday’s 4-2 vote, she said the practice of selecting a […]

Court: McArdle termination legit

District 150 did not violate Julie McArdle’s first-amendment rights when they terminated her contract. Evidence presented in court basically confirmed District 150’s statement to the press on April 29, 2009. Specifically, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois found that McArdle was terminated without cause, pursuant to her employment contract, and […]

Wojcikewych considering School Board run

At Washington Gifted School’s Fine Arts Night on Thursday, Principal Joan Wojcikewych told the audience what she’s planning to do after she retires at the end of this year: run for the District 150 school board. Wojcikewych lives in the second voting district within District 150. The terms of current second district board members […]

Election Results 4/5/2011

Here are Tuesday’s election results for City Council and District 150:

Peoria City Council

# Candidate Votes Pct 1 Chuck Weaver 14,784.5839 24.95% 2 ♦ Ryan M. Spain 10,071.9164 17.00% 3 ♦ Gary Sandberg 8,390.0000 14.16% 4 ♦ W. Eric Turner 6,911.3335 11.67% 5 Beth Akeson 6,040.0832 10.20% 6 Charles V. Grayeb 5,559.3335 9.38% […]

New principal assignments at D150

District 150 recently announced numerous reassignments of school principals. They are listed on the district’s website, but as a service to my readers, I’m reprinting them here:

Name Current School 2011-2012 Appointment John Wetterauer Charter Oak Charter Oak Jane Cushing Franklin Franklin Kevin Curtin Garfield Irving Annette Coleman Glen Oak Glen Oak Veralee Smith […]

Van Auken begs school board for what the Council denies

I about spit out my soda when I read this in an article about District 150’s board meeting Monday night:

Some, including City Councilwoman Barbara Van Auken, asked the board to halt any decisions.

ā€œIā€™m here to beg you ā€” defer these decision until you have some community outreach,ā€ said Van Auken, who represents […]

School board to vote on more school closures, cancelling Edison contract tonight

Lots of controversial items on tonight’s District 150 Board of Education agenda. These recommendations were just revealed a couple of weeks ago by the Superintendent, Dr. Lathan. You can read more about the rationale behind these recommendations by clicking here (PDF).

12. CLOSING OF GARFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL Proposed Action: On the recommendation of the […]

The District 150 conundrum

I find it really interesting that, as a City Council candidate, I regularly get asked about what the City can do (or what I can/will do as a City Council person) to help District 150. Oftentimes, the questions go beyond the support areas over which the City has control, and gets into school board […]

Big changes being considered at District 150

Here’s a summary of the changes that were proposed at the District 150 Board of Education meeting Monday night, from the Journal Star:

Closing Columbia Middle School and splitting the students among Calvin Coolidge and Sterling middle schools; or reassigning all of Columbia’s students to Sterling. Closing Garfield Primary School and sending about 50 […]