Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Two weeks after denying administrators and non-union, non-certified support staff, the District 202 board said the staff was appreciated, but state funding is too uncertain.
Plainfield District 202 Supt. John Harper and school board members on Monday expressed their appreciation and admiration for the work of administrators and non-union, non-certified support staff, two weeks after the board rejected giving them a 2.5 percent raise retroactive to the 2012-13 school year. Read: Plainfield District 202 Board Rejects Raises for Administrators, Non-Union Support Staff The discussion came after a resident expressed her disappointment that the raises were denied. Resident Jane Ellingsworth, who said she was not related to the staff members, said these workers are vital to the school district and are often first to arrive to work, last to leave and continue working from home. Board members agreed with her, saying …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Board members cite uncertainty in state and federal funds when denying 2.5 percent, retroactive raises.
Citing uncertainty in state and federal funding coupled with an operating fund deficit, Plainfield School District 202 board members rejected a proposal to give raises to administrators and non-union, non-certified support staff. The 2.5 percent raises, retroactive to the 2012-13 school year, would have affected 160 staff members including assistant superintendents, directors, principals, assistant principals and support staff members who are not covered under the Plainfield Association of Support Staff (PASS) union contract. Sign up for the Plainfield Patch newsletter. The proposal would have cost the district $315,000 and was included in the budget, said Angela Smith, the district’s assistant superintendent for business and operations. …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
District 202 board member explains why he voted to give raises to administrators and non-union/non-certified staff, and why the real cowards are state officials.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Dear Editor; Wow, I've been called a lot of things since I have been on the Plainfield School District 202 Board of Education, but never have I been called a coward (as one Patch reader did earlier this week in reference to the board's 2.5 percent pay raise for adminstrators and non-union/non-certified staff). Please allow me to share some facts. In 2008/2009 we froze our superintendent’s salary. We then proceeded the following year to freeze our administrators' salaries and have them contribute 10 percent towards their health care plans. This year we worked with both our teachers and support staff unions to reach deals that will save our taxpayers money. Plus, we have to deal with the rising cost of health care. While I respect (fellow …
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
On Monday night, the Plainfield School District 202 board approved 2.5 percent pay raises for administrators and non-union and non-certified staff retroactive to July 1, 2011. There are compelling arguments on both sides. On the one hand, union teachers and staff negotiated pay raises for the coming years so it's only fair that these employees receive an increase in salary and wages as well. On the other is a question of whether the district can afford it given that it's facing an estimated $3.2 million operating fund deficit in the 2013 fiscal year and even larger deficits in the years after that. In other words, it's a tough call either way. What do you think of the board's action? Take our poll below and weigh in.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Michelle Smith and Greg Nichols voted against the plan, which will also affect non-certified and non-union staff.
The Plainfield School District 202 board on Monday approved 2.5 percent pay raises for 164 district administrators and non-union support staff retroactive to July 1, 2011. Board Vice President Michelle Smith and board member Greg Nichols voted against all of the raises, which will affect assistant superintendents, directors, building principals, assistant principals, non-certified administrators and non-union support staff assigned at the central office or at district level. Administrators’ salaries have been frozen since February 2010, meaning the last raise they received was in July 2009. Administrators also paid an additional 10 percent of their health insurance costs in the 2011 school year. Board President Roger Bonuchi and Secretary …
Monday, July 18, 2011
The board also voted to end public access to its high school fitness centers as a cost-saving measure.
Four Plainfield School District 202 administrative positions were filled Monday Night by the school board. Stacey Wilke, assistant principal of Walker's Grove Elementary School since 2008, will succeed Eileen Nelson as principal of Ridge Elementary. Wilke began her District 202 tenure as a sixth-grade math and science teacher at Ira Jones Middle School in 2005. Before that, she taught at schools in Las Vegas and Schaumburg for three years. “I can’t wait to get there,” Wilke started, “If I had keys, I’d go there tonight. “Eileen Nelson is great. I have big shoes to fill. I just want to continue doing what she did wonderfully as our leader. The other promotions were: The school board also officially recognized Plainfield East High School …
Monday, June 13, 2011
Fifteen of the 43 retirees attended the District 202 board meeting Monday and recalled some of their favorite memories.
For Plainfield students, school's out for summer. But for 43 District 202 administrators, educators and support staff, it's school out forever this summer thanks to retirement. Fifteen of the 43 were able to attend the Plainfield School District 202 board meeting Monday and were recognized for their years of service. “All of our retirees have dedicated themselves to helping to guide, teach and support our students, taking care of our schools, and making District 202 the best learning community possible,” school board President Roger Bonuchi said in opening remarks. “We owe the education of our kids to what you do,” he said. Gene Carlson, principal at Wesmere Elementary School, said he may not feel retired until fall, when it will be the …
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The District 202 board will pay staff who would not ordinarily get a snow day because the roads made it too dangerous to come to work.
The Plainfield School District 202 board has approved paying 12-month employees for the snow day on Feb. 2 that dumped some 18 ½ inches of snow throughout the area. District administrators and other 12-month employees are expected to come to school even when classes are canceled and buildings are closed due to weather. However, school board President Stuart Bledsoe said that he didn’t want to put the health or safety of these employees in jeopardy by making them feel as though they had to come to work on Feb. 2 when roads were impassable throughout the area. Making the 12-month employees use vacation time because they were forced home on a snow day also did not seem fair, Bledsoe said. “It was a safety issue,” he said. “At no time were …
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
While the plans are not final, the board gave direction to the district superintendent, who will return with a revised deficit reduction proposal.
The Plainfield School District 202 board agreed Tuesday that a triple-tier busing schedule, changing the schools’ start and end times, should be implemented in the fall to potentially save $600,000. The board also agreed that some of Supt. John Harper’s budget cuts should be reinstated, saying that eliminating them would be a disservice to the district. At a special session, the board went through each of Harper’s recommendations to erase the district’s $6.7 million budget deficit. Harper presented his proposal in December, which called for cutting of about 112 full-time jobs, restructuring bus and school schedules, eliminating effective, but expensive programs, consolidating courses and restructuring some administration departments. Last …
Sunday, January 2, 2011
The public will have only one chance -- at a special Jan. 11 meeting -- to offer their input in person.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
The Plainfield School District 2o2 board will meet seven times this month and next to discuss a $6.7 million deficit elimination plan, which may involve cutting 112 jobs and restructuring the bus schedule/school start times. The first meeting will be a closed session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the administrative center. The goal is to approve a final plan by Feb. 28. Members of the public will have just one chance -- on Jan. 11 -- to address the board in person, although comments can still be made through an online survey posted at the district's Web site, www.psd202.org. Nearly 3,000 comments, suggestions and ideas have already been posted since October. The board meeting schedule is: Jan. 4, 7 p.m. -- Special school board meeting to discuss…