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Homer School District 33C Board of Education Meeting November 28, 2017

Summary of the Homer School District 33C

Board of Education Meeting

November 28, 2017


    Deb Martin, President      Elizabeth Hitzeman, Vice President      Karen DeFilippis, Secretary

Adam Briner, Member  Kevin DeSchaaf, Member  Christine Marcinkewicz, Member  Russ Petrizzo, Member                                                                                     



At the November 28th Board of Education meeting:


  • Kara Coglianese, Superintendent, thanked each Board member for his or her service and reminded everyone that School Board members are volunteers who care about their schools and community. To celebrate their work and self-sacrifice, each school sent gifts and/or cards to the Board members expressing their gratitude during National School Board Recognition Month. Among the gifts were superhero capes from Young School because they are, after all, our “superheroes.”


  • Members of the Hadley Middle School Student Council presented a check for $500.00 to be used toward the Ross School restoration effort. The students staged a fundraiser at the school’s recent Family Reading Night.


  • Superintendent Coglianese announced that Kathleen Robinson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, and Melissa Onesto, Principal at Butler School, recently completed their dissertations and are now officially Dr. Robinson and Dr. Onesto.


  • Superintendent Coglianese announced Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage in Lockport has joined the District’s growing list of community partners and will be sending coupons for free hot dogs and fries to the schools so that they may be handed out to students and staff who have earned special recognition.


  • Board member Kevin DeSchaaf reported the Board’s Facility Audit Committee recently met with Tria Architecture, Inc. to review the list of projects that will be completed in Phase I of the Facility Master Plan. The projects have been realigned to place emphasis on school security.


  • Teachers Union representative Cathy Clayton expressed gratitude for the Board’s support and thanked them for having the best interest of students at heart.


  • Support Staff Union representative Susan Kosiarski reported they will be organizing a food drive for families this holiday season and that collection boxes will be placed at each school.


  • The Board approved the following personnel recommendations:


  1. Gloria Powers – building and grounds secretary, Administration, effective November 16,


  1. Eva Alvarez – lunchroom monitor, Young School, effective November 24, 2017
  2. John Kwit – bus driver, Transportation, effective November 16, 2017
  3. Judy Stewart Shervino – custodian, Hadley Middle School, change in retirement effective

date from June 30, 2018 to January 1, 2018


 Requests for Leave of Absence (beginning and end dates open to modification)

  1. Jennifer Theissing – 3rd grade teacher, Goodings Grove, extension of current child care leave of absence effective November 27, 2017 through December 8, 2017 and will return on December 11, 2017
  2. Allison Connolly – 8th grade Language Arts teacher, Homer Junior High School, FMLA leave effective April 7, 2018 until the end of the 2017-2018 school year and will return at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year
  3. Katie Farthing – 5th & 6th grade Discovery Math & Science teacher, Hadley Middle School, FMLA leave effective March 14, 2018 until the end of the 2017-2018 school year and will return at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year
  4. Mary Ann Johnson – Family and Consumer Science teacher, Homer Junior High School, FMLA leave effective November 13, 2017 through December 21, 2017 and will return on January 8, 2018
  5. Kathleen Negrete – bus driver, Transportation, FMLA leave effective November 10, 2017 through January 8, 2018 and intermittently until the end of the school year
  6. Jane Fiedor – custodian, Schilling School, FMLA leave effective October 24, 2017 through November 27, 2017


             Employment Recommendations

  1. Gilberto Rosales – custodian, Hadley Middle School, effective December 11, 2017
  2. Shannon Greenwalt – bus driver, Transportation, effective January 8, 2018, pending completion of criminal background checks and obtaining her CDL for driving a school bus
  3. Timothy Gajdorus – bus driver, Transportation, effective January 8, 2018 pending completion of criminal background checks and obtaining his CDL for driving a school bus
  4. Jared McCarthy – wrestling coach, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
  5. Christopher Myers – volunteer wrestling coach, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
  6. Anthony Storcz – volunteer wrestling coach, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
  7. Jimmy Roberson II – volunteer wrestling coach, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
  8. Karen Musial – ASTP sponsor, Homer Junior High School, effective for the 2017-2018 school year
  9. Kelly Zurek – ASTP sponsor, Homer Junior High School, effective for the 2017-2018 school year


  • Kathleen Robinson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, presented PARCC Assessment Results for 2017. Homer 33C students continue to perform well on state achievement exams, scoring significantly higher than the state average. According to the most recent PARCC scores:
    • 52 percent of Homer 33C students (2 percent more than last year) are meeting or exceeding grade-level expectations. The state average is 34 percent.
    • The most significant gains were made in English Language Arts with 56 percent of students meeting or exceeding grade-level expectations. Administrators attribute the increase to the newly aligned curriculum, the Wonders reading series and common grade level assessments.

To spur more growth in math, the District is adding supplementals to the math series this year. Currently, 48 percent of students are meeting or exceeding grade-level expectations in math. The state average is 32 percent.


  • Superintendent Coglianese discussed a proposal by the City of Lockport to lower impact fees by 80 to 90 percent to spur development. The fees, which help offset the cost of educating more students, are paid by builders each time they build a new home. Area superintendents agree that such a proposal will have a detrimental impact on schools. They recently met with the Mayor of Lockport as well as the City Administrator to share their concerns and to propose a counter idea: a 40 percent reduction in impact fees — the same amount that the City of Lockport has offered to cut from its own fees. The City Council is expected to vote on the matter at its December 6th Member DeSchaaf encourages residents to attend the meeting and to contact their elected officials to voice their concerns.


  • The Board approved the Resolution to Levy 2017 Property Taxes.


  • The Board accepted the retirement of the following individuals subject to compliance with terms and conditions of the District’s one-time IMRF retirement incentive program:
    • Jane Fiedor – custodian, June 30, 2019
    • Dawn Johnson – paraprofessional, June 30, 2019
    • Laurie Moroz – clerical aide, June 30, 2019
    • Cheryl Neylon – paraprofessional, June 30, 2020
    • Beth Packo – building secretary/registration, June 30, 2019


  • The Board approved a resolution allowing operating funds to be reimbursed from the proceeds from any potential future borrowing.


  • The Board approved a recommendation to pay Substitute Custodial – Summer Workers $12.50 an hour.


  • The Board approved a reimbursement of $159.49 to Board member Karen DeFilippis for parking, mileage and meals at the IASB IASA IASBO Joint Annual Conference on November 17th and 18th.


The Next Regular School Board Meeting is December 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Source: Will County News

Seth Lewis has filed nominating petitions and announced today his candidacy to become Illinois’ next State Senator in the 23rd district

For​ ​Immediate​ ​Release: ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​November​ ​28​th​,​ ​2017
Contact:Derek Murphy
Seth​ ​Lewis​ ​Announces​ ​Candidacy​ ​for
Illinois​ ​23​rd​
​ ​State​ ​Senate​ ​District

Bartlett resident Seth Lewis has filed nominating petitions and announced today his candidacy
to become Illinois’ next State Senator in the 23rd district. Seth is an engineer, small business
owner, husband and father. Seth and his wife, Dr. Bhavna Sharma-Lewis have been married
since 1997 and have 2 boys who will be the 5th generation in their family to live in Illinois.
Seth is highly motivated and interested in pursuing this opportunity to represent the citizens of
the 23rd State Senate District. Through his personal and professional experiences he has built
trust, strengthened relationships and fostered collaboration. He leads with a strong moral
compass, and a high level of integrity and diplomacy. Seth has a fiscally conservative
perspective on the issues the State of Illinois is challenged with, and believes that he is aligned
with the majority of voters within the 23rd Senate District.

It is the change in Illinois that motivates Seth to run for the State Senate position. “25 years
ago, Illinois was a place of opportunity, where people wanted to move to. Now, Illinois is a
place where the next generation is having trouble finding opportunity, it is getting expensive for
families to stay, and people want to leave.” Lewis believes that it is time to engineer some real
change, take on career politicians such as his opponent Tom Cullerton, and make Illinois a place
where people and families want to live again. “The Cullerton family has been elected in Illinois
since the late 1800’s either in the city of Chicago or the State of Illinois – This is one family
business I would like to see shut down.”

For more information you may visit www.VoteSethLewis.com or on Facebook: Seth Lewis for
State Senate
Paid For By Citizens For Seth Lewis
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Source: Will County News




Contact: Jim Reilly

Phone: 815-405-4336

Email: reillyforsheriff@aol.com


JOLIET, IL, December 4, 2017 – Jim Reilly has filed his petitions as the Republican candidate for Will County Sheriff. Reilly is currently a Will County Sheriff’s Deputy who has dedicated the majority of his professional career to serving the people of Will County.

“I am the only candidate for sheriff that has the necessary formal education, criminal investigations experience and proven leadership to bring professionalism, accountability and transparency back to our law enforcement agency,” Reilly said.

Reilly, a Will County resident, born and raised in the Joliet/Rockdale area, started his law enforcement career part-time in Morris, then joining the Joliet Police Department full-time in 1989. While with the Joliet Police Department he served as a K-9 officer and was promoted to an undercover organized crime unit known as Will County Cooperative Police Assistance Team (CPAT).

While working closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), local, state and federal agencies, Reilly has been involved with some of Will County’s most high-profile criminal investigations including high-level street gang hierarchy, multi-jurisdictional drug investigations, murder, murder for hire and all types of crimes against persons.

In a letter of appreciation, Kevin Lane, U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Supervisor said, “Jim impressed me with his knowledge, ability and understanding of complex criminal investigations. Jim displays a high degree of professionalism, dedication to duty and sense of fair play.”



Upon joining the Will County Sheriff’s Police in January 2013, Reilly said, “I consider it an honor and a privilege to work for the people of Will County.”

Reilly is currently finishing his PhD in Criminal Justice and Global Leadership with the goal of making the Will County Sheriff’s Police Department the best police agency in Northern Illinois. Additionally, Reilly’s many accomplishments include:

  • Joliet Police Department Officer of the Year, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1991 and 1993
  • Will County Sheriff’s Police Deputy of the Year, 2016
  • Letters of Appreciation from FBI, DEA, Office of Illinois Attorney General and Joliet Police Department
  • FBI Special Deputation Status

Regarding his candidacy, Reilly said, “Our Sheriff’s Department is filled with hard-working dedicated employees who deserve to be respected and supported in the very difficult tasks they perform daily. My extensive law enforcement experience and advanced formal education will allow me to create a positive work environment and an administration that supports its employees so that we can better serve the people of Will County.”

For more information visit ReillyforSheriff.com

Source: Will County News

Support your local turnstile jumper

Steve Balich Editors note: I guess the new norm is for the taxpayer to pay for those who don’t want to pay for their services. Government already pay a huge amount of cash for public services, with a small part of the cost being user fees. I read this article and thought who do these groups think should pay. If they people who don’t want to  pay win can I as a taxpayer say I want to skip paying taxes all together, or is that wrong cause it would destroy Big Government.

Support your local turnstile jumper

Crowded subway

Petty criminals are living in a golden age. Never before in the history of mankind have the elites of Western society been so concerned with the inconvenience enforcing the law imposes on the lawbreaking community.

Our ruling elite has this naive belief that the order they see in the more fashionable parts of their respective cities is the natural state of man. When in truth, Devil’s Night in Detroit is the natural state of man.

In Washington, D.C., the city council is most concerned about the law violating people.

The reporters at The Washington Post, ever prepared to hop aboard the next cultural fad, have found, “Some legislators are questioning whether fare evasion [on the Metro subway and bus system] should be a crime at all, arguing that targeted enforcement campaigns are bound to ensnare poor and low-income people who don’t have the money to pay their fares — let alone fines.”

This “fare evasion” worry is an offshoot of the “mass incarceration” delusion that posits minorities are being rounded up and thrown into prison on an unprecedented scale. It’s difficult to understand how people residing in a jail, after having been convicted by a jury, constitute an outrage. Common sense would conclude mass incarceration is a result of mass lawbreaking, combined with improvement in law enforcement technology.

It’s not a chicken or the egg question. It’s a chicken, egg, omelet progression.

The defies-all-logic part of the city council conundrum is how easy it is to avoid being arrested for fare evasion. The choices are practically endless. Pay the fare. Walk. Take a cab. Ride a bike. Carpool. Stay away from the Metro. None of those choices result in arrest. Only the choice to break the law results in arrest.

Yet, it’s the arrest and not the lawbreaking that concerns the council. And D.C. isn’t alone. Other leftist hotbeds are working to decriminalize ride stealing. New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. is proving you don’t have to be Harvey Weinstein for him to let you off the hook. According to The Wall Street Journal, “The Manhattan district attorney’s office says it has largely stopped prosecuting subway–fare evaders, offering many offenders alternatives such as counseling and community service.”

In 2015 the entire state of Washington decriminalized turnstile jumping for minors. Their excuse being “such convictions would give teenagers criminal records and that it would be difficult for them to make it to court to challenge a citation.” Unless the court is on a subway line.

Removing responsibility for teenagers is the real pipeline to mass incarceration. The WaPost may contend it’s “unclear whether decriminalization has led to more fare evasion.” But I can give you a hint. Ask an illegal, during a break between demonstrations for his “rights,” what lax enforcement has done for the border–jumping community.

This is where the incoherence of the left’s philosophy regarding responsibility and maturity is so obvious. According to the cultural Marxists who rule us, a four-year-old boy is mature enough to decide if he wants to grow up as a man or a woman and start a drug regimen that will affect him the rest of his life.

While a 16-year-old male is not quite mature enough to evaluate the consequences of breaking the law.

One of the tools used to beat law enforcement into submission is statistical disparity. Cherry picking data is the greatest gift to race hustlers since Jesse Jackson’s first paternity suit. A New York group contends arrests for fare evasion happen more often in low income neighborhoods. This has all the scientific rigor of the claim that you won’t find many cats in a neighborhood with Chinese restaurants.

Arrests reflect the number of times the crime occurs. At the Capitol Hill Metro station there are very few arrests for fare evasion, unless Antifa is in town. I suppose the system could post a Turnstile Jumper Apprehension Team, where it would be as lonely as the Maytag repair man, but it would not be a good use of taxpayer funds.

The ACLU is among the professional agitators pushing decriminalization. Nassim Moshiree explains, “Absolutely there’s been a raised consciousness on this that did not exist 20 or 30 years ago.” And right he is, since approximately 30 years ago is when the New York City subway system was a dangerous and disgusting carnival of aberrant behavior that repelled riders.

The New York subway started its climb out of the sewer when respect for if not the rule of law, then at least the consequences of law was reestablished. Today none of these preening social justice warriors remember those days. Instead they are more than willing to risk the safety of your commute in the future to appease law breakers today.

— Michael Shannon

© Copyright 2017 Michael Shannon, distributed by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.
Michael Shannon is a commentator and public relations consultant, and is the author of A Conservative Christians Guidebook for Living in Secular Times.” He can be reached at mandate.mmpr@gmail.com.

Source: Will County News

The world’s full of creeps looking to take advantage… You don’t say?

The world’s full of creeps looking to take advantage… You don’t say?

Remember back when it was totally safe to assume every person you encountered had your best interests at heart? Yeah, neither do I.

The recent spate of sexual assault allegations against influential men in America has sparked a national conversation about the best ways to keep creeps from abusing positions of authority. And some of those conversations are getting into some seriously sketchy territory.

For instance, Teen Vogue columnist Emily Lindin, the founder of the “UnSlut Project,” saying this week that she’s fine with innocent men having their lives ruined by sexual assault claims if it means a few real offenders are also ferreted out.

“Here’s an unpopular opinion: I’m actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false sexual assault/harassment allegations,” Lindin said on Twitter.

“Sorry. If some innocent men’s reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay,” Lindin said in a follow-up tweet.

According to Lindin’s worldview, all men deserve to be treated as creeps because… patriarchy.

Source: Will County News