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Homer District 33C School Board Meeting April 26, 2016

Summary of Homer District 33C School Board Meeting April 26, 2016



Superintendent Kara Coglianese recognized Technology Director Arlene Sief- ert who was interviewed by District Administration magazine for an article about how school districts can expand the lifespan of computer equipment. Siefert shared how Homer 33C used CloudReady to refresh devices and is using those refurbished devices for PARCC testing.


The Board of Education recognized a Homer Junior High School student who was named recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Student Technology Award through Infinitec. The award recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement using assistive or adaptive technology.


Union representative Terri Pellizzari introduced the Distr ict’s 7th grade teach- ers. Sawsan Jaber and Stephanie Moore spoke on behalf of the group and shared how they’re promoting critical thinking, collaboration, communication and problem

-solving skills across the curriculum.


Non-certified union representative Susan Koziarski addressed the boar d r e- garding the time needed to implement the group’s pay raise.


The Board of Education approved the following personnel recommendations:

 Resign ation s

  • Jena McKinnon – 2nd grade teacher, Butler School, effective end of 2015-16

school year

  • Carole Zurales – 1st grade teacher, Young School, effective 2016-17 school year
  • Carole Zurales – Title I Summer Bridge Principal, effective immediately
  • Carole Zurales – Differentiation Facilitator, effective 2016-17 school year
  • Maria Falese – 5 FTE Early Childhood teacher, Young School, effective end of 2015-16 school year
  • Jessica Yborra – Early Childhood teacher, Young School, effective 2016-17 school year
  • Doreen Westra – Paraprofessional bus aide, Transportation, effective April 15, 2016
  • Carole Zurales – Computer club sponsor, effective 2016-17 school year


 Letters  of  Intent  to  R eti re

  • Florence Pavlicek – Bus driver, Transportation, effective July 31, 2016
  • Cynthia Ciluffo – Secretary, Butler School, effective June 9, 2016
  • Sharon McMahon – Paraprofessional, Butler School, effective June 3, 2016


 L eaves  of  Absence

  • Kendra Michalik – 8th grade math teacher, Homer Junior High, effective April 11, 2016 through May 6, 2016
  • Kati Bevering – Special education teacher, Hadley Middle School, effective be- ginning 2016-17 school year, returning October 3, 2016
  • Stephanie Moore – Technology, Homer Junior High, effective beginning of 2016-17 school year, returning October 11, 2016




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Homer School Board


Barb Wilson, President Angela Adolf, Vice President Amy Blank, Secretary

Ed Campins, Member Elizabeth Hitzeman, Member Debra Martin, Member

Russ Petrizzo, Member

 Employment  Recommendations

  • Dr. Gwen Grant – Behavior Support Specialist, District, effective August 1,

2016 (Replacing a social worker who retired)

  • Becky Cortesi-Caruso – Director of Special Services, effective July 1, 2016 (Replacing Nora Skentzos)
  • Christopher Sigel – Assignment change from 0.5 FTE custodian Young School to a 0 FTE custodian Hadley Middle School, effective May 2, 2016
  • 2016-17 Homer Junior High School athletic teams/coaches/sponsors


The Board of Education reviewed and approved job descriptions for the Administrative Assistant for Special Services and Program Secretary for Special Services.


Homer Junior High School Principal Troy Mitchell updated the boar d on the District’s Extra-Curricular and Co-Curricular Committee, which will begin meeting next month to review activity descriptions, expectations, expenditures and participation.


Kathleen Robinson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, presented a report on the District’s review of English/Language Arts textbooks. Twenty-five K-6 teachers previewed and piloted three textbook series with their students in February and March. They unanimously agreed that the McGraw-Hill Wonders Series offered the best balanced literature approach, including a reading/writing workshop model, a rigorous vocabulary, and a blend of informational and litera- ture text. The committee recommended the District adopt the series for grades K

-6, beginning with the 2016-17 school year and extending through the 2021-22 school year. The District’s current English/Language Arts textbooks are nine

years old and no longer align with the Illinois State Standards. The Board ap- proved the textbook recommendation, agreeing to invest $430,000 in the series over the course of six years.


Board member Russ Petrizzo presented an update on the District’s Finance and Operations Committee Meeting, which met April 18, 2016 to discuss the District’s food service options, the District’s tax levy, items going out for bid and a Will County plan to widen 143rd Street.


The Board of Education approved a Resolution Authorizing the Honor able Dismissal of 21 Full-time Educational Support Personnel.


The Board of Education approved a proposal from Quest Food Service Management to serve as the District’s food service provider, starting with the 2016-17 school year. The contract runs through the 2019-20 school year.


The Board of Education approved an offer from the Will County Division of Transportation to purchase a sliver of property in front of Goodings Grove School for $15,950.00, subject to attorney approval of purchase agreement and easement agreement for the road widening project on 143rd Street.


The Board of Education approved the pur chase a 2016 For d F250 truck with snow plow for Buildings and Grounds use. Cost not to exceed $30,016.00.



The Next  Regular School Board Meeting is May 31,  2016 at  7:30p.m.

Source: Will County News

USA President Of McDonald’s Reveals What $15 Minimum Wage REALLY Means

USA President Of McDonald’s Reveals What $15 Minimum Wage REALLY Means


We have all seen the “Fight for $15” minimum wage protests by economically illiterate millennials backed by agenda-driven labor unions and liberal activists.

One of the primary targets of the protesters’ misguided and uneducated wrath is the fast food franchise McDonald’s, which the protesters accuse of making millions in profit while millions of workers struggle to pay their bills.

But now the former president and CEO of McDonald’s USA, Ed Rensi, has written an op-ed for Forbes detailing the “ugly truth” about a minimum wage doubled to $15 per hour.


Rensi revealed what most of the protesters fail to understand or deliberately choose to ignore — doubling the minimum wage will result in “wiping out thousands of entry-level opportunities for people without many other options.”

He proceeded to push back against the false assumption that the McDonald’s corporation is the same as the individual franchises, which instead of making “millions in profit” actually only keep on average six cents out of every dollar.

Crunching the numbers for the average franchisee, Rensi showed that a raise of the minimum wage to $15 would eat up roughly three quarters of their annual profit, which isn’t even taking into account the fact that all other employees already making above minimum wage will see a proportionate raise to their wage as well, which would likely consume more than the remaining profit.

Furthermore, Rensi dismissed the notion that restaurants can simply increase their prices marginally to recoup the increased labor costs, noting the extreme sensitivity to even the slightest price changes exhibited by customers.

The inevitable remaining option for franchisees seeking to handle increased labor costs without passing them along to the customers is a turn to automation, such as self-service kiosks.

Rensi pointed at a successful and widely used example of this in the McDonald’s restaurants in Europe, which must already deal with artificially high labor costs and have been increasingly turning to automated kiosks as a replacement for entry-level workers.

Ironically, those hurt the most by an increased minimum wage are the very same young individuals protesting themselves out of a job, as they will have literally priced themselves out of the labor market if their demands are met.

Such an outcome would only add to the youth unemployment rate, which is already higher than than the national average, particularly in urban cities and among minority youth.

H/T Young Conservatives

Source: Will County News

Message from Illinois State Rifle association EXC. Director


We have learned that Gabby Gifford, her husband Mark Kelly, their anti-gun organization,  Americans for Responsible Solutions,  along with Michael Bloomberg’s front groups and money are about to make an assault on our gun rights here in Illinois.  Kelly’s gun grabbing group is pretty well healed themselves, having taken in over $21 million in 2014.
The assault on our gun rights is going to come between May 3rd and the end of session.  Kelly is a big Hillary Clinton supporter and promotes her stance on Australian style gun control.  Recently he has been telling everyone that Illinois gun dealers hire people without FOID Cards and are selling guns out the back door.  Kelly is like Hillary in that if they are ever in the same room as the truth, it was only an accident. We hear they are hiring lobbyists and drafting bills.  The bills will be amendments to existing bills, known as shell bills.  How this works is, they will take a bill such as HB1016, which has already passed out of Committee and is on Second Reading, strip out all the language after enacting a clause, then they will put entirely new language in the bill with an amendment; new language will become the bill.  All this can happen very fast.  We will all have to be on high alert and ready to contact our State Senators and Representatives.  We think HB1016 may be one of the new “Dealer Licensing” bills, designed to run federally licensed firearm dealers out of business.  Stay tuned for further updates.
The recent announcement replacing President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with a couple of American women is interesting.  I have always been a fan of “Old Hickory” because he knew exactly how to handle the enemies of the United States – he killed them.  I wonder how the General would handle things today.  But things change and Harriet Tubman will now be on the $20 bill.  Harriet Tubman was no shrinking violet.  Harriet was a conductor on the Underground Railroad who always carried her trusty cap and ball pistol.  She was also known to carry a rifle and helped Union Troops attack Confederate positions.  After the Civil War, Harriet downsized to a .22 revolver and carried it with her until the end of her days in 1913.  Eleanor Roosevelt is supposed to be on the back of the $20 bill. She had no Secret Service protection when she was alone.  Eleanor was no Hillary Clinton.  Wherever she went, she carried her trusty .38 special, whether in her purse or laying on the car seat beside her – no chauffer, no entourage, just Eleanor.  If she had Secret Service protection, the only purpose would be to administer first aid to those who attacked her.
With the sweep of the elections held on April 26th, it appears that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are on their way to being nominated for President, by their respective parties.  Senator Chuck Schumer is expected to lead Hillary’s anti-gun charge.  This is going to be a tough fight.  We will need all hands on deck for this one.
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Source: Will County News