Editor Ann C. Piasecki email@example.com
9:05 am on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
While the district is saying that they're cutting jobs at the administrative level, it appears that they may be adding at least one.
As of yesterday, they posted a job for a "Student Service Administrator".
We already have Erica Ekstrom as Executive Director of Student Services. Carie Johnstone was recently announced as "Assistant Executive Director of Student Services". Teresa Polson is listed in that position currently. Not sure if she's leaving or not.
Now they're looking to create this new position. The job description doesn't list a salary but says " Salary for this position is regionally competitive. Valley View offers excellent fringe benefits, including life, health and dental insurance. "
6:32 pm on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
I do know that Jeff Mitchem, assistant principal at Pioneer is NOT related.
3:05 pm on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
And to think that we could have increased these savings if the school board had refused to give Mitchem the huge bonus for getting a degree that was a requirement for his high paying job!
10:54 pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The chart is also a bit deceiving. Some of the districts listed are not K-12 school districts. For example, Joliet has an elementary district (86) and a high school district (204). Tax payers in Joliet pay the 3.7492 rate to District 86 plus the rate of 2.4858 to Dist 204 for a total of 6.235. Bringing Joliet taxpayers much higher in the chart.
9:09 am on Wednesday, May 8, 2013
How much can the tax rate go up without the voters approving a referendum?
9:07 am on Wednesday, May 8, 2013
To top it all off, it looks like there will be a strike vote very soon. The teachers union, which includes custodians, electricians, para pros... have been working all year without a contract.
The district says that there's no money but had no problem giving Mitchem over $67,000 and refused to table the discussion so that a full school board could be there for the vote. We have administrators that were demoted because of poor performance but they're still collecting their salary based on their previous job.
Every administrator has an iPad while we have students that have to jump through ever hoop out there for years to even get an assistive tech evaluation. We don't give the students (SpEd included) the tools needed and then wonder why test scores are so low.
We provide bus transportation to students that attend the Catholic schools on Bolingbrook and Romeoville. For a long time, we even provided bus transportation to students living in Plainfield school district to attend St Dominic in Bolingbrook. But yet parents have to pay if they want transportation to a VVSD school if they live less than 1 1/2 miles from school.
10:45 am on Thursday, April 25, 2013
The truth is that only a very small percent of your property tax bill is for the village. I wouldn't be looking for a decrease since the majority goes to the local school district. VVSD is still in contract negotiations and has a huge amount that they need to pay back to Adventist.
2:47 pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
It's easy to get them in there. Just move within the boundaries. Heroin use there is a big problem so be sure to talk to them about peer pressure and the dangers of doing drugs.
6:19 pm on Thursday, April 11, 2013
Why does the chart show "City of Aurora" when he was running for the Batavia school board?
3:28 pm on Monday, April 8, 2013
Actually, I think that the amount was more than that. since it was after taxes.
"This payment represents the reasonable value of tuition reimbursement for the Doctoral degree on an after tax basis."
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