Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The board is scheduled to approve the levy, following a public hearing.
The Summit Hill School District 161 Board of Education will vote to approve the 2012 district levy at a board meeting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the district administration office board room. The vote will follow a public hearing, where taxpayers are invited to voice their opinions regarding the 2012 levy. The board will also discuss a district staff survey and technology integration in the classroom, among other topics. To read the agenda in its entirety, click here. "Like" Tinley Park Patch on Facebook "Like" Frankfort Patch on Facebook "Like" Mokena Patch Facebook
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The Summit Hill school board approved hiring Pam Hodgson as the new principal of Summit Hill Junior High School and Dana Wright as assistant principal at Hilda Walker Intermediate School.
After a closed-session interview process the same evening, the Summit Hill School District 161 board of education approved Wednesday, June 13, the hiring of two women to fill administrative openings at Summit Hill Junior High and Hilda Walker Intermediate schools. Pam Hodgson, the current principal at Norbert Jerling Junior High School in Orland Park, was hired as the new principal of Summit Hill. She was approved by a 4-0 vote, with board members Denise Lenz and George Perros abstaining. Board member Sean William Doyle was absent for the meeting. READ: Beth Lind Becomes Principal at Lisle School In an e-mail response, Perros said he abstained because of an administrative and procedural issue, but because it was an issue discussed in …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The Summit Hill Junior High band performed outside before the meeting, then administrators and teachers praised select students for their hard work and accomplishments.
With the end of the school year around the corner for Summit Hill School District 161, it was only appropriate that much of Wednesday night's meeting—the last before school's out for summer—was about celebrating the efforts and achievements of district students. The evening began with an outdoor performance in front of the district's administrative offices by the Summit Hill Junior High School band before the start of the meeting. Once the meeting was under way, principals and teachers from each school recognized their exemplary students in an emotional ceremony. Finally, the Summit Hill track team, which placed third at the state meet, and winners at the various levels of the district, regional and state science fairs. READ: Amended D161 …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Plus: New Johnson Controls contract saves Summit Hill school district $40K. Read the blog from Wednesday night's meeting for more details.
Summit Hill School District 161 has new finance and special education directors as the board of education hired two veteran administrators from Plainfield's school district during Wednesday's meeting at Frankfort Square Elementary School. Susan Krautstrunk was hired as director of finance and transportation, taking over for Dean Gerdes, who is resigning from the post at the end of June. Bridget Nolan follows Julie Egan as the district's special education director. In March, Egan agreed to be the new supervisor for Lincoln-Way Area Special Education District 843. Krautstrunk and Nolan begin work July 1. Current position: Director of finance, Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202, since 2010 Background: Krautstrunk has been …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Because of decreasing enrollment, the Summit Hill school district board reduced its workforce, honorably dismissing teachers. The board also raised fees for clubs, band and sports at Wednesday's meeting to help with the district's bottom line.
CORRECTION: An early version of this story listed the wrong fee amount for clubs. It has been changed to the correct amount, $30. For the first time in its history, the Summit Hill School District 161 board of education approved the honorable dismissal of 22 teachers at its Wednesday meeting as part of an overall staff reduction in the district. The dismissals come as the district's student enrollment is projected to decrease and the board needs to cut more than $3 million from the D161 budget over the next three years. No tenured teachers were let go by the district, Supt. Barb Rains said, adding that a list of eliminated teachers would not be released in accordance with board policy. Rains said she would provide Patch with a full list of…
Thursday, March 15, 2012
With the closing of Mary Drew Elementary School next year, the Summit Hill school board gave the OK to a new map that distributes the students to maximize the remaining schools.
The Summit Hill School District 161 board unveiled and approved new boundaries Wednesday, outlining which schools students will attend in a post-Mary Drew world. The new boundary lines were drawn with an eye to distributing students so the district could maximize capacity in all of its schools, said Supt. Barb Rains, who presented the new map to the new superintendent's advisory committee earlier this month before bringing it before the board to vote on at Wednesday night's meeting. The new district map was needed after the board voted to close Mary Drew Elementary School as part of a three-year budget-cutting plan developed to eliminate a more than $3 million deficit. READ: Board Votes Again to Close Mary Drew Using the above map, the …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
It was standing-room only at the Summit Hill school district offices as the board re-voted to close the elementary, 4-3, during a special meeting Tuesday. Read the transcript of the live blog for the details.
- Joe Vince
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
In a 4-3 vote, the board of education for Summit Hill School District 161 approved Tuesday at a special meeting the closing of Mary Drew Elementary School this fall despite the public outcry from close to 250 parents and community members to keep it open and calls for board President Mary Kenny to resign. Kenny, along with board Vice President Joy Murphy, board Secretary Denise Lenz and board member Denise Wildeveld, voted to close Mary Drew. Board members George Perros, Sean William Doyle and Stacey Borgens voted to keep the school opening. Throughout the meeting, members of the public voiced their displeasure, yelling and shouting at board members. On more than one occassion, Kenny used her gavel to try to bring order back to the …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
After a fierce debate among members, the Summit Hill school board approved closing the elementary school for 2012-13 in a 4-3 vote.
- Joe Vince
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Only a couple hours after Mary Drew Elementary School students gave presentations before its members, the Summit Hill School District 161 board voted 4-3 to close the school as part of its ongoing budget-cutting process. Two weeks ago, the board changed course with its three-year financial plan, voting to keep the full-day kindergarten program after deciding to drop it during a budget workshop earlier this month. After the vote, board president Mary Kenny asked that discussion concerning the possibility of closing one to two district schools in the 2012-13 school year be put on the agenda for the Wednesday, Feb. 22, meeting. Board members Sean William Doyle, George Perros and Stacey Borgens voted against the closing, saying more time and …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
After saying it would cut the program from the 2012-13 school year last week, the Summit Hill school board voted to keep full-day kindergarten by a 4-3 vote. Discussion to close at least one school next year is now on the agenda for the next meeting.
Going into Wednesday night's Summit Hill School District 161 board of education meeting, the fate of full-day kindergarten in the district was all but sealed. The board had decided at its Feb. 4 workshop to eliminate the program as part of its attempt to cut $3 million over three years. The only hope for saving it seemingly rested in creating a tuition-based model where parents picked up the tab. But in the textbook definition of "a shocking turn of events," a majority of the board defeated a measure for the district to go to only a half-day kindergarten program, a move that brought back the full-day kindergarten program for the 2012-13 school year. READ: Board Chooses Cost-Cutting Route, Drops Full-Day Kindergarten The deciding vote came …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
New budget-trimming models were introduced at Wednesday's meeting as a way to make up for a 2012-13 deficit. Find out what it could mean for teachers and taxpayers.
Staff reductions and a possible education fund rate referendum were part of the final cost-cutting models Summit Hill School District 161 Superintendent Barb Rains unveiled Wednesday as proposals to make up for an expected $2.5 million deficit in the 2012-13 budget. The models before the board, which serve as blueprints for the direction the district will take in dealing with the budget deficit, break down three ways: streamlining district operations, closing at least one school or by putting an ed rate referendum on the November ballot. The following gives the highlights of the plans: Details: The biggest effect of this proposal would be a 14 percent staf reduction throughout the district, which would amount to a loss of 35 teachers and a…