Friday, February 8, 2013
New Lenox School Board is considering commercial ads in the schools, billboards on the fields and ads on the district website to supplement a gap in funding.
Tough financial times calls for creative revenue generators, and the New Lenox School District 122 Board is open to ideas. Allowing commercial advertising within and around the schools is one plan currently on the table for discussion. The amount of funds generated is up in the air. The pricing would have to be determined. At the regular board meeting Feb. 6, board members heard a presentation on the possibility of opening the schools to commercial advertisers. District Communications Coordinator Jennifer Zimmerman, a former media buyer, showed a PowerPoint, depicting everything from billboards on the school campuses to ads on the district website. And like U.S. Cellular Field replaced the name of the beloved White Sox Park on Chicago's …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Board Member Maureen Broderick's request Feb. 5 for an email sent to union members was the last straw.
In a lengthy statement read at the Feb. 6 New Lenox School District 122 Board of Education meeting, Katie Kollross, New Lenox Council President of AFT Local 604, asked the board to honor a request to meet with the Will County State's Attorney to discuss the possibility of filing an "unfair labor practices" claim against Board Member Maureen Broderick. Broderick made no comment about Kollross' statement. Kollross said Broderick's request Feb. 5 for an email communication between the Union President and AFT members was the second violation. "AFT Local 604 has advised me that member Broderick's requests of my emails as Union President to union members is interfering with union business and constitutes an Unfair Labor Practice under the …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The notary error on the petition was determined to be insufficient to eliminate incumbent Kathy Miller from the New Lenox school board ballot, a Will County judge ruled.
Will County Judge John Anderson ruled Monday that Kathy Miller, New Lenox School District 122 board member, will be back on the April 2013 ballot. The judge found the petition to be sufficient to stand after a three-member panel of Miller's fellow board members voted 2-1 to kick her off the ballot. "It was not a fatal error," said Board President Nick DiSandro, who attended the hearing. Miller later issued a statement: "I am proud and honored to serve both the children and the taxpayers of this community as a School Board Member and I am ecstatic that I have the opportunity to ask that the voters allow me to do so for another term. Unfortunately, the events leading up to today's verdict were an attack meant to tarnish my reputation and …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
New Lenox School District 122 is starting its own special education cooperative.
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Monday, January 21, 2013
New Lenox School District 122 is hosting a Kindergarten Information Night
If you have an incoming kindergartener, make sure to schedule time for the parents-only Kindergarten Information Night from 6:30-7:30 pm. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Spencer Trail School, 1701 S. Spencer Road. For more information, click here for the NLSD122 website. Two ways to stay connected:
Haines School Principal Jackie Miller is planning to retire at the end of the school year.
New Lenox School District 122 administrators announced Jan. 16 that Haines School Principal Jackie Miller is retiring at the end of the school year. Her retirement calls for a shift of assignments. Oster-Oakview School Principal Mark Fleming is assigned next year to head-up Haines Elementary School. Previously, Fleming served as assistant principal at Haines. In addition, Theresa Baumann, who has served in the role of assistant principal at Caroline Bentley and Nelson Ridge Schools, will be taking on the chief leadership role as principal at Oster-Oakview School. Speaking about Baumann, Jennifer Zimmerman, NLSD122 communications coordinator, said, "she has been an integral part of New Lenox School District 122 since 2003, when she began …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
NLSD122 board members attacked the legitimacy of a Jan. 11 hearing that resulted in removing incumbent Kathy Miller from the April ballot.
Since New Lenox School District 122 Board incumbent, Kathleen Miller, was kicked off the April ballot by a 2-1 vote of the Electoral Board that found her petition faulty due to a notary error, tempers have flared. Seated Wednesday night before a packed room at the Haven Administration Center, Board President Nick DiSandro chastised the actions of Secretary Maureen Broderick for actions he deemed unprofessional. At a press conference Tuesday, he referred to her actions as "dirty" politics on a non-partisan board in an effort to remove Miller from the ballot. At the press conference, he revealed that he had asked the Will County State's Attorney's Office to look into the matter and notified the Illinois State Board of Education as well as …
Monday, January 14, 2013
D122 member Kathy Miller's petition was found faulty.
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Saturday, January 12, 2013
Kathy Miller, whose nomination petition for the NLSD122 Board was invalidated, plans to probe the matter she believes was both personally and politically motivated.
In a room crowded with administrators and staff from New Lenox School District 122, Kathy Miller, an incumbent for the D122 Board of Education, was kicked off the April ballot Friday due to a notary error. Miller, who was elected in 2009 and was running for a two-year term, said she intends to appeal the decision. She has five days in which to file her appeal with the Will County Circuit Clerk. Miller's petition was not the only one to receive an objection. Another objection was filed against New Lenox's Thomas T. Hottinger for similar errors. However, the objection was withdrawn because he had more than enough voter signatures to substantiate his filling. No information on the short-lived objection to Hottinger's petition was made …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Election 2013 is heating up. A signature on a petition for an incumbent candidate for the NLSD122 Board has been challenged.
New Lenox School District 122 Board of Education Kathy Miller's petition for nomination was challenged over a signature. A hearing on the validity of Miller's candidacy is set for 3 p.m. Friday at the Haven Administration Center. Miller was the last of nine candidates to file a nominating petition at 4:29 p.m. Dec. 26, the deadline for filing petitions for the April 9 primary election. The challenge comes from Nikki Sanders of New Lenox. Miller did not return a Wednesday night call from Patch. Sanders said in her objection filed on Jan. 3 at the District Office that Miller's nomination papers are "insufficient." Specifically, she challenges the petition circulator's signature. Page 4 of the five-page nomination petition shows reads that …