Monday, December 31, 2012
Top topics include school issues, arrests and business closings.
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Monday, December 31, 2012
Deerfield was filled with engaging stories this year, and Deerfield Patch has been there to cover it all. Here we recap the top 10 overall most read stories of the year. When one story category was immensely well read, the most popular story of that category was chosen. Get local news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. Patch has listed the most read story and column, though there were many on each of these topics. The links for the top 10, listed in order, are as follows: 1. Deerfield Teens Charged in Highland Park Burglary Deerfield residents Joseph J. Mahoney and Joshua S. Norris, both 17, were charged as adults for a burglary in the 3000 block of Parkside in Highland Park. Both Mahoney and …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Top school stories covered many topics, but especially District 109 contract negotiations.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
The schools in Deerfield have been a hot topic this year, and Deerfield Patch has been there to cover it all. Here we recap the top 10 school-related stories of the year, with the most read topic by far in 2012 being the labor negotiations between Deerfield Public School District109 and the Deerfield Education Association teachers' union. Get local news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. Patch has listed the most read story and column on the subject, though there were many. The links for the top 10, listed in order, are as follows: 1. Parents Tell 109 Board, Union to Settle After the Union voted for a strike, and board called the vote scare tactics, more than 600 people came out to a board meeting …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The district is asking residents to help find a replacement for Superintendent Renee Goier who is retiring.
Deerfield Public School District 109 residents are invited to fill out a superintendent profile and attend two public input meetings in October as the district searches for a new superintendent to replace Renee Goier who is retiring at the end of the school year, district officials said. Residents can complete a superintendent profile on the district's website by Oct. 5. "This survey is designed to gather your perception on the importance of various characteristics commonly found in effective superintendents," according to the district's statement before residents begin the survey. "The information will be used by the Board to determine the “Desired Characteristics” of our next superintendent." The survey begins by asking respondents to …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Readers weigh in on contentious special education issue.
An overwhelming number of respondents to a Deerfield Patch poll said that Elementary District 109 should restore resource periods at Caruso and Shepard middle schools. Of the 84 people who responded, 78 – or 92 percent - wanted to see specific times of the day set aside for special needs students to get assistance on concepts that can be applied to their schoolwork. Only 6 – or 8 percent – favored keeping the district’s program as it is. All eight comments - seven on the site and one on the Facebook page - supported the needs of special education students. “Our kids need this very important assistance and our teachers need support to accomplish it! The bottom line is obviously $ and we certainly pay enough in taxes for this purpose to …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Both sides met for more than four hours, two sessions scheduled for later this month.
Some progress has been made but there still is no agreement after another round of bargaining Wednesday night between Elementary District 109 and the Deerfield Education Assn., the system’s teacher’s union, district officials said Thursday. Both sides exchanged ideas and proposals during the more than four hours of contract talks with the assistance of a federal mediator. She declined to provide detail on what she meant by progress, except to say that there was some better understanding about issues on both sides. “Everything’s still on the table. We’re moving inch by inch,” said Ellen London, president of the Distict 109 school board. In an e-mail, DEA president Dennis Jensen said DEA "did not make as much progress as we had hoped to …
Friday, September 23, 2011
District 109 board meeting packed with residents lobbying for improved air quality in local schools.
“The time to act is now,” Deerfield mom Wendy Apple told District 109 Board of Education members at Monday night’s meeting. Apple along with several other residents attended to lobby for improved air quality in the district’s schools that lack air conditioning. Ever since her daughter started attending Walden Elementary this school year, her asthma has gotten worse, Apple said. “My third-grade daughter came out of school concerned that she literally couldn't breathe,” the worried mother said in recalling a hot school day in late August. Apple said she viewed the problem as alarming since her daughter rarely had to use an inhaler to help improve her breathing during the months away from school. “Some parents and I began to research the …