Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Incumbents Michelle Smith, Rod Westfall return to the board, joined by newly elected Bill Dargan and Bill Slabich Jr.
Two outgoing Plainfield School District 202 Board of Education members bid farewell Tuesday as two brand-new board members were sworn in. With incumbents Rod Westfall and Michelle Smith rejoining the board, new members Bill Slabich Jr. and Bill Dargan officially became part of the school board. They join current members Kevin Kirberg, Greg Nichols and board president Roger Bonuchi. As a brand-new board member, Slabich said his biggest concern is “how we’re going to get the most out of the lack of funds we have and give the best education for the kids,” he said, adding the state funding situation is “the scariest part.” Dargan, who ran for the board in 2011 before being elected last month, said his focus is on the students. “Everything we …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Lane Abrell will become superintendent upon John Harper's retirement in 2014.
The Plainfield School District 202 school board on Thursday announced it has selected former Plainfield High School - Central Campus principal Lane Abrell to succeed Superintendent John Harper. Abrell will begin serving as an associate superintendent for a year-long transition period from July 1, 2013 until Harper’s retirement in July 2014. An Oswego resident, Abrell will make a base salary of $168,000 in 2013-14 during the transition period. The district will cover his salary, in part, through about $158,000 in savings this year by hiring newer staff members at a lower salary to replace newly retired administrators, district officials said. According to District 202 documents, Harper's base salary for the 2011-12 school year was $270,446…
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The Plainfield School District is staying local in its search for a deputy superintendent. The new administrator will fill Supt. John Harper’s shoes when he retires in July 14.
The Plainfield School District is hoping to recruit a new superintendent from a field of local candidates. Board president Roger Bonuchi said the district has sent letters inviting superintendents from area districts to throw their hats into the ring. The candidates will vie for a new deputy superintendent position. Whoever is chosen will ultimately replace longtime Superintendent John Harper, who is set to retire in July 2014. “We consider it a very limited search,” said Bonuchi. Sign up for Plainfield Patch's newsletter and breaking news alerts. “One of the reasons was that we knew we wanted to pick someone who is from Illinois, who is local to Will County,” Bonuchi added, saying board members want to make sure that whoever replaces …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Pension reform appears stalled once again following an Aug. 17 special session.
Legislators left Springfield Friday without taking any action to resolve what is now estimated at a $130 billion unfunded state pension liability. Lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on how to reform the public pension system during a special session called by Gov. Pat Quinn. The inaction led Standard & Poor’s to start the process of reviewing the state’s credit rating, and drew a reaction from Plainfield trustee Garrett Peck, a Republican seeking election to the 49th District State Senate Seat. “This was unfortunately another missed opportunity by our state leaders to sit down and try and get to the root of our pension problem and publicly address it. Instead, they used it as an excuse to merely say they tried tackle the problem for …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Board president Roger Bonuchi and Superintendent John Harper joined officials from other school districts in expressing concerns about pension plans, proposed state funding changes.
Representatives from District 202 were part of a sit-down with Gov. Pat Quinn late last month to discuss pension reform and the future of state school funding. But officials don’t expect the discussion to bring a reprieve from possible general state aid (GSA) cuts or plans to shift the teachers’ pension burden to local school districts, according to District 202 Board of Education President Roger Bonuchi. Bonuchi said he and Superintendent John Harper were part of a contingent comprised of 12 officials from five Illinois school districts. Pension reform was a hot topic at the July 23 meeting, Bonuchi said, especially since Quinn has called all state lawmakers back to Springfield later this month for a special session to tackle the issue. …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Board of education president weighs in on state education appropriations bill, impact it could have on Plainfield schools.
School officials may have breathed a sigh of relief last week after Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan scrapped a plan to shift part of the state’s massive pension liability onto local schools, but it could be short lived. On Monday, Plainfield School District 202 Board of Education president Roger Bonuchi weighed in on education funding cuts, passed by the General Assembly two days after Madigan’s plan was dropped. The $6.5 billion education appropriations bill is expected to slash $161 million in school funding. “They say the foundation level is going to remain unchanged,” Bonuchi said, referring to the per-student allotment school districts receive from the state, currently set at $6,119. But the rate at which funding is doled out to …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The financial picture is worse than had been projected at the end of August; Supt. John Harper's been directed to find places to save money, with non-personnel cuts made first.
The Plainfield School District 202 school board approved a $288.2 million 2011-12 budget Monday with a projected deficit that substantially grew in the past month. On Aug. 29, the district anticipated an operating fund deficit of $5.8 million, but with new information that's become available since then, the district now is projecting an operating fund deficit of $9.2 million John Prince, assistant superintendent for business and operations, said the district has had to adjust for about $1.65 million less in state aid than it previously anticipated, while paying about $1.68 million more in expenditures, mostly in health insurance and new student information software costs. Operating costs -- the total of six funds used to pay daily expenses…
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Outgoing President Stuart Bledsoe did not seek re-election to the board; two new board members were sworn in Tuesday night.
Roger Bonuchi, a newly-re-elected member of the Plainfield School District 202 board, was chosen by his peers to serve as board president Tuesday night. He succeeds Stuart Bledsoe, who attended his final meeting after opting not to seek re-election to the board. Also elected to board positions were Michelle Smith, vice president, and Eric Gallt, secretary. Tuesday night was also the final meeting for Dave Obrzut, who lost his re-election bid on April 5. Two new board members, Kevin Kirberg and Greg Nichols, were sworn in for four-year terms.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Plainfield village and School District 202 candidates in the April 5 election answer questions posed by Plainfield Patch.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Editor's note: Candidates for Plainfield Village Board and Plainfield School District 202 have been asked to complete questionnaires about who they are, why they're running and their positions on some of the key issues. Plainfield Patch will run them as they are received and they will be available up through the April 5 election. These are the candidates' own words, written specifically for the benefit of those who are deciding how they will vote. PLAINFIELD DISTRICT 202 SCHOOL BOARD QUESTIONNAIRE Name: Roger Bonuchi Address: 23702 W Spring Hill, Plainfield Age: 54 Marital status: Married Name of spouse: Margie Bonuchi Names, ages of children: Tony Bonuchi, age 31 Education (please name degree attained and school): - Joliet …
Monday, December 20, 2010
Incumbents Roger Bonuchi and David Obrzut are among those in the running; board president Stuart Bledsoe is not seeking re-election.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Seven candidates have filed to run in the April 5 election for three openings on the Plainfield Consolidated Community School District 202 board. Two are incumbents, David Obrzut and Roger Bonuchi. The other five are Kevin Kirberg, Anthony Scala, Greg Nichols, William Dargan Jr. and Tommie Van. Because three of the candidates -- Obrzut, Bonuchi and Nichols -- submitted their election petitions at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 13, the first day of filing, a lottery will be held Wednesday to determine the order in which their names will appear on the ballot. All of the open seats are four-year positions. Only Stuart Bledsoe, currently the board president, has opted not to seek re-election.