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U46 teachers seek mediation in lengthy contract negotiations (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm

U46 teachers seek mediation in lengthy contract negotiations (Sun-Times Media)

ELGIN — The Elgin Teachers Association has requested mediation after more than nine months of contract negotiations between the teachers union and School District U46, according to ETA President Kathy Castle.

That’s more than 215 hours of negotiations, according to U46 Chief of Staff Tony Sanders.

And those have occurred over 42 meetings — each a minimum four hours — on weekends, on Presidents Day, on Veterans Day, even over the winter break, added UniServ Director Joyce Houston.

That’s the longest those negotiations ever have continued, Castle said Monday’s school board meeting.

More than 100 people, many wearing Illinois Education Association buttons, attended that meeting, prompting it to be moved from the board room to the much-larger second-floor auditorium at the U46 Education Center, 355 Chicago St.

“I think it comes back to — and it’s been in several of the issues — we certainly are in a difficult time without a lot of resources and with a great deal of need,” Castle said.

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ECC chief looks at legislative concerns (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm

ECC chief looks at legislative concerns (Sun-Times Media)

State seeks to waive No Child Left Behind standards (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on February 22, 2012 at 9:35 am

State seeks to waive No Child Left Behind standards (Sun-Times Media)

CARPENTERSVILLE — Missy Graf of Carpentersville started out reading articles online and in newspapers and magazines about healthy eating more than three years ago. That turned into adding more fruits and vegetables into her family’s diet, Graf said. Her family of five switched to grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and raw milk. “We go straight to the cows. We wave to the cows as we drive past and say, ‘Thanks for the milk,’ ” she said. So she was excited when, last school year, all elementary schools in Community Unit School District 300 took on — and met — the HealthierUS School Challenge. And, Graf said, “I wanted to see if we could take the good nutrition we’re doing at school and try to get that at home.” “If your kids eat breakfast and lunch at school, that’s 10 meals a week at school. That’s less than 20 percent of their nutrition, their eating for the year. So we have to get this home.” The Liberty Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization co-president shared some things the Carpentersville-area school district is doing to continue its healthy efforts at the PTO Council meeting recently at the District 300 Central Office, 300 Cleveland Ave. The PTO Council includes parent leaders from all elementary and middle schools in the district. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News.

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Food for thought (Sun-Times Media)

ELGIN — When Ken Hudgens was a student at Larsen Middle School, he had two goals: to play basketball in Division 1 and to play basketball for the NBA. Hudgens got as far as a basketball scholarship to Eastern Washington University before, he said, he realized he probably wasn’t good enough to play professionally. On Thursday, he came back to Larsen to tell students about “a lot of weird stuff you can do out there later in life,” he said. And he came with one of the 50 or so monster trucks that are part of Feld Motor Sports, where he now is chief operating officer. That truck, the Mohawk Warrior, will be featured in the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam on Friday through Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. “Thirty years ago, I was sitting where you’re sitting, and I never knew a job like this — that was so much fun — existed,” Hudgens said. Monster trucks average about 12 feet tall — their tires alone are more than 5 feet across — and weigh 5 tons, according to a video he showed students during his presentation. During a Monster Jam, the trucks can fly 40 feet into the air and reach 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds while racing and freestyling over obstacles, the video said. They compete in more than 350 of those events each year in both North America and Europe. Before the Larsen grad’s presentation, students swarmed the black and purple monster truck parked just behind their school, smartphone cameras raised. The vehicle is the first monster truck to sport a tall, jet-black, razor-sharp Mohawk down the roof on its SUV body, according to MonsterJam.com. That matches the hairstyle of its driver, George Balhan. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News. Photo credit: Michael Smart for Sun-Times Media.

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2012 at 11:21 am

Larsen school students inspired by ‘monster’ truck event (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on February 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

ECC enrollment dips for 3rd semester (Sun-Times Media)

That’s the third WITHIN A MONTH. Parents, this might be a good time to talk about stranger interaction with your kids.

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Third abduction try reported in Dist. 300 (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Bartlett High reveals plans for its own stadium (Sun-Times Media)

You may remember this as the site Elgin City Manager Sean Stegall said it “remained to be seen” whether Elgin emergency responders actually will use.

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2012 at 9:00 am

ECC trustees OK purchase of Burlington site for new center (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm

ECC Alliance seen as ‘common core standards’ model (Sun-Times Media)