Tuesday, December 18, 2012
District 122 board president Nick DiSandro added that the school board will discuss safety in schools at its meeting this Wednesday.
After a group of young children who were honored for their football accomplishments left Village Hall last night, Mayor Tim Baldermann asked everyone to share a moment of silence for the lives lost in the Newtown, CT school shootings last week. "I wanted to wait until the kids left, because families handle things differently with talking about the tragedy," he said at the village board meeting Certainly, children and parents across the country are asking now whether they will be safe at school in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting that left 26 dead, including 20 young students in Connecticut. "That may have happened a long distance away from here ... but it touches us all," Baldermann said following the moment of silence. He commended the …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
'Celebrating Stars of Tomorrow' is a foundation fundraiser planned for Sept. 8.
The New Lenox School District 122 Foundation is working feverishly to make a big splash with its first-ever fundraising event, "Celebrating Stars of Tomorrow." The event is slated from 7 p.m. 10 p.m. Sept. 8 at the American Legion Hall in New Lenox. With the idea of providing enrichment opportunities for the students in District 122, Nancy Dye, vice president of the foundation and Village of New Lenox trustee, the variety of programs and projects are endless. The foundation officially cemented its non-profit status last spring. This first effort is intended to raise funds to support the endless enthusiasm of teachers in the district as they strive to create and enhance curriculum activities that go beyond every day instruction. "We don't …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
New Lenox District 122 Approves a $59.2 million budget for 2012-2013
Michael Sass, superintendent for New Lenox Elementary District 122, vehemently expressed annoyance at the Will County Treasurer Steve Weber for delaying distribution of $1.4 million of 2011 tax dollars. Usually, school districts get 49.75 percent of the collected tax dollars by the end of June. This year on June 28, the district received only 45.78 percent. The additional $1.4 million was distributed by mid-July, business manage Harold Huang said at the board's Aug. 15 meeting. Although the delay caused some budget gaps in terms of the fiscal year, which ended June 30, it didn't seriously impact the district. Even in consideration of the earned interest, the district lost only $450 as a result of the delay. However, Sass asked "if there …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Frankfort resident Dennis Gladieux, 42, suffered a massive stroke, and the family risks losing its home. A website has been created to collect donations for the former New Lenox school teacher.
The old adage that someone's circumstances just "slipped through the cracks" is no joke for a married pair of New Lenox District 122 school teachers. Instead of taking the last few weeks before the start of school to relax and gear up for the hectic pace, Dennis and Jeni Gladieux, of Frankfort, are juggling a combination of critical health issues and facing financial ruin. Dennis Gladieux taught sixth-graders language arts and social studies at Oster-Oakview Elementary School along Cedar Road until August 2011. At that point, the district faced financial issues and cut Dennis, who wasn't tenured. Meanwhile, his wife, 39-year-old Jeni, is still on staff. She is a second-grade teacher at Tyler Elementary School. Like any other family …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
An assistant principal at Joliet Catholic, he was selected by the New Lenox District 122 Board of Education to fill a vacancy.
Bill Pender, a 40-year-old assistant principal at Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, was named July 12 to the New Lenox District 122 Board of Education. He was one of eight candidates seeking to fill the vacancy left last month by Susan Gillooley, former vice president of the board. Pender and his family, including three children in the district, brings a significant background in education and school administration to the table. He has a bachelor's in sociology, a master's in educational administration and an MBA in human resources. Read about what Pender thinks he can bring to the school board.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Bill Pender beat out seven other candidates to replace Sue Gillooley on the New Lenox school board.
The New Lenox School District 122 Board of Education selected Bill Pender, an assistant principal at Joliet Catholic Academy, from a field of eight candidates vying to fill a vacancy left by Sue Gillooley. Gillooley, the former vice president of the board, resigned last month amid accusations of stalking. Pender was informed of the decision late Wednesday night after a 15-minute interview with the board. Having received a call after the board moved to formally vote on the matter, he returned to be sworn-in. His official swearing in is scheduled for the meeting board meeting Aug. 15. "My education and work experience will allow me to work to benefit the students of 122 in the best way that I know how," Pender said in a district news …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The New Lenox school board interviewed candidates to replace Sue Gillooley on Wednesday after she resigned last month following stalking accusations. Key issues discussed were fiscal responsibility and quality education.
The New Lenox School District 122 board Wednesday interviewed eight candidates to fill the position of Sue Gillooley, who resigned last month after accusations for stalking. The board is expected to review the candidates' qualifications and an announcement of the selection is expected soon. The New Lenox residents vying to fill-in until the April 2013 elections are: Susan Bultman, Rhonda Starklauf, Michael Burke, Phil Adair, Therese Barrett, Amy Zale, Bill Pender and Nikki Kline. A ninth candidate withdrew an earlier submitted application. Interviews conducted in executive session ran from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Board President Nick DiSandro stepped out to welcome each of the candidates as they arrived. What at least half of the candidates …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The New Lenox school district is seeking to fill the vacancy left by Sue Gillooley, who resigned last month following stalking accusations.
The New Lenox school board will choose from nine candidates to fill the vacancy left by Sue Gillooley, who resigned her position last month following stalking accusations. District 122 school board president Nick DiSandro said nine applications were received by the deadline Monday, July 2, and that all applicants will be interviewed. DiSandro said he'll be contacting the candidates this week to schedule interviews for sometime next week. After that, the board will hold a special meeting before that date to make a public vote on its selection. By law, the board has until July 26 to fill the vacancy. If it fails to do so by then, the Regional Office of Education superintendent will make the selection. Gillooley resigned June 11 …
Monday, July 2, 2012
The New Lenox school district is now accepting applications to fill the vacancy left by Sue Gillooley, who resigned this month following stalking accusations.
Editor's note: Originally published June 21 Think you have what it takes to be a New Lenox school board member? District 122 is now accepting applications to fill the vacancy left by Sue Gillooley, who resigned earlier this month following stalking accusations. At a June board meeting, President Nick DiSandro presented a plan to fill the vacancy. To apply, a resume and letter of interest must be submitted by 4 p.m. Monday, July 2. They may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, mailed to the Haven Administrative Center, c/ o BOE Applications 102 S. Cedar, New Lenox, IL, or dropped off at that location. UPDATE: Because of the storms over the weekend, the district email was down and might not have received applications. If you applied …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Hundreds released balloons into the sky on Sunday, June 24 at the Village Commons as a way of remembering those who died young from New Lenox schools and districts.
On a weekend when another young life was lost in this community, friends and family came together to remember their loved ones who died young. "It's nice to know that as time goes by, people don't forget," said Frankfort resident Lily Joy whose nephew, Jim Komperda, died at 20 after graduating from Lincoln-Way Central in 1999. Friends and family did more than just remember their loved ones who died during or shortly after high school at the New Lenox Village Commons on Sunday, June 24. "I know many looking at this occasion thought it would be a solemn event," Mayor Tim Baldermann said. "And when you're remembering those who died too early: It can be. But we need to rejoice as well." Next, Lincoln-Way Central teacher Chris Hack read-off …