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LWHS D210 Hires Teachers for Next Year

The Lincoln-Way Board of Education voted to hire teachers and reported on tax disbursements.

The Lincoln-Way High School Board of Education hired nine new teachers and an aquatics assistant supervisor for LW-North High School at the regular meeting May 23 at 21701 Gougar Road. 

Deputy Supt. Thomas Eddy selected new teaching staff to cover a variety of subject areas.

New Hires:

  • Holly Way—World Language Instructor for L-W East
  • Nicholas Walker, Special Services Instructor for L-W Central
  • Caitlin Niemczyk—Special Services Instructor for L-W Central
  • Ewa Tulak—English Instructor for L-W Central
  • Michael Piechocinski—Special Services Instructor/Permanent Substitute for L-W West
  • Katherine Scwebe—World Language Instructor for L-W Central and L-W East
  • Ashley Paarlberg—Mathematics/Permanent Substitute for L-W West
  • Shane Tucker—Science Instructor for L-W Central

The district's new aquatics assistant supervisor is Lauren Hurley.

Financial updates

Supt. Lawrence Wyllie told board members that the district received $2.2 million in tax disbursements, bringing the total fund balance to $4.2 million. Before the month is out, he expects another $15-to-$18 million in tax disbursement payments from the office of Will County Treasurer Steve Weber. "It's a little better than last year," he added, but far less than it was before the economy took a nose dive in 2008.

In years past, Wyllie said he could remember ending the fiscal year with as much a $70 million fund balance. The district, like all others in the state, is operating on a budget that has seen a dramatic reduction in state funding.

In other business, the board approved an intergovernmental agreement with Union School District 81, Joliet, to take on transportation. Two buses will be used by District 81. It's a three-year contract that allows more hours for current staff, Asst. Supt. Ron Sawin. It's a small contract that requires no new buses, he added.

Scholarships applauded

Charla Brautigam, assistant community relations director, told the board that a total of 562 scholarships worth $352,000 have been awarded to graduating seniors at all four high schools.

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Eric Blair May 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Out of the nine only three seem to be logical assets to our school, important subjects of math, science, and English, that much is understandable. But what of the other six? Are they really necessary? Just what exactly is required from them? How many students do they deal with as compared to a math or science teacher or even a history teacher? An assistant supervisor of aquatics? What’s that? And I’d wager they are paid much higher as well, than teachers who teach the core subjects. In my opinion the music program should be considered a core subject as well, we've got outstanding music programs. Gotta love those marching bands. Great bunch.
Concerned May 24, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Wow - pretty obvious that you have a marching band student. For those with students who have an IEP or who need the extra help from special services those three special services instructors are invaluable. It's not about how many students these teachers "deal with" - it's about developing these students skills so that hopefully one day they will be productive members of our society. I am under the impression that just about every college is requiring two years of a foreign language. I don't think that credits from a music class are going to be a substitute so looks like we need those world language instructors. Not sure about the need for an aquatics assistant supervisor - could it be a fancy name for lifeguard? In which case might be justified.
Tom Foolery May 24, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Too many chiefs, not enough Indians. Too many administrators and directors. IEP programs are getting to be too much of a drain. Those should be undertaken privately. Just because you are 40 and got a fertility specialist to make a child happen doesn't mean I want to support your experiments. Everyone gets treated the same and if they can't hack it, the parents are on the hook for special ed. We all know what core curriculum works. Stick with classic tried and true subjects. Teach more vocational classes. Pools. What a complete waste. There should be 1 olympic-sized pool for the entire district, 2 tops. The other schools can bus swimmers over for pool use. Those pools are so cold, they are useless.
Concerned May 24, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Lucky you, Tom, to have been in the right line where they were handing out the "perfect kids"
Jez May 24, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Tom, How would the swim and water polo teams compete? Would you want to give up the pool at your high school? And, wouldn't busing kids for swimming class make very little economic sense? Would you want your child to attend the school with "less" facilities? Vocational courses are not core courses. By that I mean math, science, English & history are core courses. Therefore, your argument contradicts itself. You do, however raise an important point of too many administrators with which I agree.
NLMom May 24, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Wow, Tom sure is full of prejudice against children who have learning disabilities. Thank God there are laws to protect children from small minded thinking like Tom's. If you want your child to play a sport or in the band that is on the parent's. Education is on everyone. I pay taxes in this community just like you Tom, so yes my child with an IEP deserves the same educational opportunities that your perfect child deserves. Your prejudice against children with IEPs is no different than saying a black child or Latino child should not be educated. That is apparently not PC, but it's PC to say those things about children who need extra support at school. Not that it's any of your business, but I did not have fertility treatments and did everything considered right in a pregnancy, but yet I had a child with learning disabilities. Shame on me by your standards. Really Tom Foolery, considering the way you think you might have gotten some benefit from an IEP.
Tom Foolery May 24, 2013 at 06:58 PM
"my child with an IEP deserves the same educational opportunities" Exactly what I am offering. The same opportunities, not special treatment you think you are entitled to. My bleeding heart wants to save everybody and help everybody, but my rational mind says Darwin was right. Survival of the fittest. We need to start making some tough decisions because medicine can keep just about anything alive now. Cull the herd. nature does it, but we interfere. Dilution of the gene pool with inferior genetic material combined with environmental hazards. There are so many 'syndromes' and 'conditions' as to boggle the mind. PS I've spent enough $$ on speech, occupational and physical therapists on my own kid to have bought a French Villa.
NLMom May 24, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Tom Foolery you are quite a piece of work. You are prejudice against kids with learning disabilities and now you want to let people die because you don't want to pay for them to be here? Am I missing something with your statements? I venture to guess if your kid or yourself were the one having their life extended with medical intervention you would have a far different outlook. What boggles my mind is what is wrong with yours. Weren't you taught compassion or empathy? Were you only taught that the almighty dollar is everything? The only thing I agree with is we have way too many administrators. That could easily be cut in half.
NL Mom # 2 May 24, 2013 at 08:07 PM
OMG! You ignorant SOB! I also was a NL Mom with a child that was in an IEP program, and My child had emotional issues due to bullying by kids who think they are all that! I guess you were one of those kids back in the day! You have no idea what your talking about. Until your in our shoes with kids that maybe don't have learning disabilities but some emotional ones so an IEP is a better program for them because they DO deserve the same education as everyone else, it's just that your perfect kids make it a living hell for our kids to go to school and concentrate on learning, so shut the hell up!!!!!!!!
NLDAD May 24, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Get back to what's important paying all the administrators and directors way to much money and the perfect pension.....
Eric Blair May 24, 2013 at 09:58 PM
All Tom Foolery is saying is that educating these “special kids” has become way to expensive. In fact it has become a lucrative racket for those involved by way of employment in the field. These special programs are bankrupting schools nationwide. By now funding would have been reduced or eliminated if not for federal mandates requiring spending so much money. A new Taj Mahal is now being built in New Lenox at a cost of several million $ to entertain these kids. I’m not unsympathetic to those kids but this spending madness needs to be reined in. Spending a million $ to train someone for McDonalds is not a wise use of the limited money available. I do not know the answer to this predicament but there must be a better way to deal with it besides pouring more and more money into it. I’d also like to know how many of these kids developed their symptoms six to eight weeks after being vaccinated, maybe the drug companies should be paying.
Christy May 24, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Tom I cant believe your comments you are a complete fool and that is putting it nicely. I hope you do not have children. If so I do feel for them. I hope they never need a little compassion from you. Do you realize children that are born happy and healthy can at some point in their life require special services. These children have the same rights of any child to get a public education. Shame on you Tom.
Christy May 24, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Eric your comments are just as malicious as Tom's I'm sure if your child needed help you would feel different. Part of the reason the cost is so high is that our government mandates these programs but does nothing to pay the cost. Districts are getting very little from the state to cover the cost as they once did. I would also like to know where you came up with spending a million to train someone to work at McDonalds. Would you prefer these individuals not work? Who supports them then? I guess I am a little more human then you. I don't mind seeing my tax dollars used to help children in need.
lala May 25, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Tom and Eric - you two are tools. These kids won't have parents around forever and need skills to survive. Should we go backwards and just lock them up in a closet for life? Tom - when the herd is culled, hope you are the first one slaughtered. I feel sorry for your children that you ridicule them for their disabilities. You may want to look up the salaries of the administrators that are sucking the school districts dry. That is the real problem and the half empty school on Gougar.
lala May 25, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Christy - I don't think there is woman out there that would have a child with a person like Eric.
Tom Foolery May 25, 2013 at 03:55 AM
I see a lot of emotion, but not much concrete data to back your arguments up. I have a child who was so messed-up they gave us handicapped plates. I've sat through the therapy sessions. If you pay a little bit of attention instead of playing on your iphone in the parents room or sitting in your car, you can do what the pros do- and better. They give your kids like 3 hours of treatment. You can mimic that treatment 5 -8 hours/day. Many of these facilities are full of kids who have been handed crazy diagnosis that parents can't handle. It's glorified baby-sitting. The kids are special. big whoop. they need special attention. again, big whoop te do. Give them the attention they require instead of demanding someone else pay a 'specialist' to provide your kid with attention. Quit one job. Stay at home. Live in a smaller house * gasp* Don't drive a 2013 SUV ----double- *gasp* Stop making everything harder than it really is. quit the excuses and Just Do It. Like I said, I've been through it all. I speak from experience. My little retarded kid pitches Rebel baseball and is in advanced reading.
Bob BrandNew Kelsey May 25, 2013 at 04:02 AM
I have an IEP and I can thank my IEP instruction and teaching for propelling me into college, graduate school, and a career as a professional. Without a doubt, I am quite the contributor to our society, probably more than you will ever be. Furthermore, both my parents were in their twenties when I was conceived; therefore your assertions are indeed invalid about being some "40 year's experiment" , better clean that dirt off your face now. Learn to be more open-mined and less of a stereotypical jerk Tom, perhaps then you will realize the world for what it is.
NLMom May 25, 2013 at 05:09 AM
I do not believe for a minute Tom is a parent. If he were the parent of a special needs child he would not refer to them as a, "little retarded kid." He is enjoying upsetting all of the people on here who have compassion in their hearts. As for Eric, look up the meaning of to, two, and too. My child with an IEP knows the difference. Now you can rest assured your tax dollars are working well at educating them. A major part of the problem is administration and pensions draining the system. We have far too many administrators making far too much money. The problem isn't the special needs kids, it is too many administration and pension fingers in the pie. For the record Eric and Tom anyone can become special needs at anytime through an accident or stroke. Wouldn't you like to have compassionate people ready and willing to help you or your child if God forbid something bad happened and put you or your loved one in that special needs position?
Bob BrandNew Kelsey May 25, 2013 at 06:14 AM
Tom is clearly nothing more than a 17 year old troll in his mom's basement. No way on God's earth would any women respect this sad excuse for a man, even have a child with him. Ladies, would you want the father of your own children to be called "little retarted [children]"? I think not.
Eric Blair May 25, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Let it go people. Sorry I brought it up. Go out and enjoy the weekend.

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