Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Michael Fleck fills vacant seat on board a seat he will run for in the April election, the Daily Herald reports.
Tuesday, January 15
District 158 school board members chose Huntley attorney Michael Fleck to fill a vacant seat, the Daily Herald reports. Michael Fleck fills a seat available due to the resignation of Michael Skala, who served as board president. Skala won election in November to the McHenry County Board. Fleck’s name will appear on the April ballot. District 158 Board members Kimberly Skaja, Paul Troy and Board President Don Drzal are running for reelection, the Herald reports. The seats are uncontested. A partner in Fleck and Meyers, Fleck was an environmental chemist and consultant who received a patent in 1995 for his invention of a high-tech carbon monoxide air filtration unit, according to his biography on the firm’s website. He has been involved in…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
There have been rumors circulating of a gun threat this Friday at Huntley High School.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
District 158 Superintendent John Burkey and Huntley High School Principal Dave Johnson sent out the following message to parents on Wednesday: We are writing to inform you that there are non-credible rumors regarding a possible gun threat to Huntley High School on Friday of this week. Because these rumors continue to multiply on social media, we are sending this to the entire district, even if you do not have children in the high school. In the aftermath of tragedies such as the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last week, rumors and copycat threats tend to emerge. Similar rumors have already occurred in several other districts in our area. There has also been much discussion in popular media surrounding the Mayan …
School officials are reviewing safety plans following the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn. last week.
Dropping their kids off for school this week has not been as easy for many area parents following Friday's tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn. "Dropping off my daughter this morning was an exercise in self-control. I kept thinking of all those parents that won't ever do that with their little kiddos again, it was all I could do to appear upbeat and "normal," said Melina Everett, responding to a question about school safety on the Algonquin-LITH Patch Facebook page. Several other parents sounded off Monday regarding their thoughts surrounding the Newtown, Conn. shootings and shared their concerns over school safety. "Are there shatter proof windows on all the schools? If not in light of what happened that needs to change," Adrienne Dumser …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Holiday Shoppe will open tonight at Chesak Elementary School in Lake in the HIlls.
District 158 children will get the chance to do a little holiday shopping of their own this weekend. The Holiday Shoppe will open at Chesak Elementary School, 10910 Reed Road in Lake in the Hills, Friday night and Saturday morning. The shop not only provides a safe environment for kids to peruse gifts without mom and dad peaking in on their purchases but it also teaches them the importance of budgeting, according to a Holiday Shoppe flier. "This is the 2nd Annual Holiday Shoppe the Chesak/ Martin PTA is running," said Dana Wiley, family events coordinator for the Chesak/ Martin PTA, in an e-mail. "It was such a huge success last winter that we decided to bring it back this year for the children to enjoy." The Holiday Shoppe will be set …
Friday, December 7, 2012
District’s flat rate will be relief to most homeowners, except those who saw their property values increase, the Northwest Herald reports.
Friday, December 7, 2012
District 158 won’t seek an increase in property taxes for the upcoming fiscal year, the Northwest Herald reports. The district will be able to keep the rate flat after receiving a state construction grant, dating back from 2005, the newspaper reports. Most homeowners will have some relief on their tax bills unless there has been an increase in their property values, the newspaper stated. District officials will also keep school registration fees flat next year, according to the Northwest Herald.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
District 158 board schedules meeting Tuesday to vote on the contract. Huntley Education Association approved the contract Monday.
UPDATED TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 10:25 P.M.: The District 158 Board of Education and the Huntley Education Association will undoubtedly be thankful contract negotiations have ended. District 158 BOE voted Tuesday night to ratify a three-year contract with HEA, which gives its members a 3.5 percent increase each year, according to a press release issued late Tuesday. HEA members voted on Monday to ratify the contract. ___________________ The Huntley Education Association membership voted Monday, by 98 percent, to ratify a negotiated contract agreement. Now, the District 158 Board of Education must approve it. A special meeting will be held Tuesday for the BOE to vote on the contract, HEA spokesman Julie McLaughlin said. The HEA would not …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Board president Mike Skala expected to resign by Dec. 2, the Northwest Herald reports.
Friday, November 16, 2012
District 158 board President Mike Skala had planned to hold onto his current position while serving as a McHenry County board member until the district resolves a lawsuit, but the Illinois Attorney General’s Office says serving on two boards is a conflict, the Northwest Herald reports. Skala will be sworn in as a county board member serving District 5 on Dec. 2, so he will have to resign from the school board before then, the newspaper reports. As Patch previously reported, Skala was elected to the McHenry County board Nov. 6 with 9,857 votes, in unofficial returns. Skala was the top vote getter among six candidates for the District 5 County Board seat. Skala first ran for District 158 school board in 1997 and last won reelection to the …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The average salary for District 300 teachers is $61,714 while the average salary for District 158 teachers is $56,532.
It should not come as a huge surprise that when a local teacher's union decides to move forward with a strike, a higher salary is one of the main sticking points. In recent weeks, teachers' unions for District 158 and District 300 both approved a strike vote and have since delcared an impasse in contract negotiations. Here are some more details on where those districts and teachers' unions currently stand with the ongoing negotiations: In addition, teachers in Prairie Grove School District 46 took part in a one-day strike in October before reaching, and then ratifying, a contract with the school district. District 46 teachers were seeking a salary rate increase, without hidden step-pay hikes common in many union contracts. Sticking …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Huntley Education Association members expected to vote on tentative contract agreement on Nov. 19.
Update: The Huntley Education Association and the District 158 school board reached a tentative contract agreement that union members will vote on at a Nov. 19 meeting, according to a joint press release issued early Wednesday. "The details are being withheld until the Huntley Education Association members have an opportunity to vote on the agreement," according to the release. ____________ The Huntley Education Association has declared an impasse bringing teachers in District 158 one step closer to a strike, according to a District 158 press release. The district's teachers' union was expected to meet with the District 158 school board Tuesday night to continue working toward an agreement in contract negotiations. The union voted in …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Board of Education questions effectiveness of Huntley Education Association’s negotiating team as union disputes the board's take on negotiations. No word on when or if strike will occur.
Updated Oct. 21, 2012: The Huntley Education Association officials are calling the District 158's Board of Education statement that a “second tentative agreement was reached at the negotiations table is patently false and can only be construed as an intentional misstatement by the BOE,” according to a release issued by Julie McLaughlin, president of HEA. “Realizing that the repeated failure of the BOE to address the concerns of educators was leading nowhere, the bargaining team took the BOE's most recent offer (not agreed to in any way) to the membership prior to requesting a strike authorization vote,” the release stated. “Our goal was to ensure that all members had the opportunity to express themselves through a democratic secret ballot…