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 …
Monday, August 20, 2012
The board picks a search and will discuss how to get community members involved at its August 27 meeting.
Despite some resident objections, the District 109 Board of Education moved forward with its plan to find a replacement for retiring Superintendent Renee Goier by voting at its August 8 meeting to hire a firm to conduct the search. School Board President Ellen London said that while the board was pleased with all three of the firms they interviewed, they were most impressed by the recommendations they received for Rosemont based Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates. “They just seemed like the right fit,” London said. “The couple of districts we talked to were very enthusiastic, especially about their community engagement.” London said that the firm has given the board its standard suggestions of community members to talk to about the …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Hasn't this year of teacher negotiations, public spin and us vs. them attitude been enough? It is time for the District 109 Board of Education to take a step back in hiring a new Superintendent-and fast.
Let's be clear. I have signed the petition. I have signed the petition put out by the Deerfield Parents for Change asking the Deerfield Public Schools District 109 Board of Education to either appoint an interim superintendent for 2013-2014 or start a search for a new superintendent but not finalize a hire until the new Board members are seated next spring. Board President Ellen London has stated it would be irresponsible to wait in hiring a new Superintendent. "We have a fiduciary duty, moral duty and legal duty to do so," she said. It is my position that this Board has a duty to finally listen to the residents of Deerfield. This past year of public teacher negotiations, public spin, divisive Board of Education meetings, parents, …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Petition drive asks 109 to wait until new board is seated in April. Interviews of search firms to find new superintendent will be public Monday.
A petition drive began Sunday by a group of Deerfield Public Schools District 109 parents to influence the Board of Education to delay hiring a replacement for retiring Superintendent Renee Goier until after the April election. Though Board President Ellen London maintains the members will follow the normal course of a search because they have a duty to do so, she said Monday part of the process has already been opened to the public. Earlier: Update: Superintendent Search To Ramp Up As soon as the Board announced Goier will retire at the end of the 2012-13 school year, it said it would interview search firms in closed session Monday. It has now decided to make those interviews part of the meeting open to the public. “There is no reason not…
Monday, June 25, 2012
Arguments are made for a swift search while others would like to see a board elected in April pick the new superintendent. Take the Patch Poll to voice your opinion.
One of the most important decisions the Deerfield Public Schools District 109 Board of Education must make became a reality last week when Superintendent Renee Goier decided to retire at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. The Board has already started the process of finding a replacement and announced it will begin to interview search organizations at its July 16 meeting. Patch blogger John Russillo proposed a different scenario Tuesday. Earlier: Superintendent Search To Ramp Up Russillo wrote four of the seven Board seats are up for election in April. He suggested the people elected then be charged with the decision rather than the current members. Board President Ellen London, whose term expires in April, believes it is in the …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
These negotiations have jumped the shark for me.
It’s been mighty quiet. Maybe it’s the holiday weekend following Spring Break. Or maybe we are all just over it. The Deerfield Public Schools District 109 negotiations with the Deerfield Education Association teachers’ union have been going on for so long, with so little progress, that many, including myself are done. These negotiations have jumped the shark for me. This long winded, volatile, and frustrating turn of events in our community has put many of us in this district over the edge. I think I have successfully gone through all five stages of grief. Initially, I couldn’t believe talk of a strike was even a possibility-not in our town. No way could it happen in Deerfield. Denial—Stage 1. After my first board meeting, that …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Can't say I'm surprised that this is where we stand. I think it's going to get worse before it gets better.
So here we are. Can’t say I’m surprised. We are at impasse. Now, while this doesn’t mean a strike, it certainly means we are getting closer. We are getting closer to our Deerfield Public Schools District 109 teachers going on strike. If you have been attending the Board of Education meetings or reading articles about the negotiations, I think we all knew this was coming. My reaction to it was surprising though. I felt a bit of relief. Relief in the knowledge that if this is not resolved in the next 14 days, then at least we can now all know the facts. The parents, the community, even the teachers can now get full disclosure of what is being laid out on the table—by both sides. I am at a point that I don’t believe much of what either side …