Tag: District 209

Report: Proviso School Districts Among Top Destinations For CPS Transfers

Thursday, January 4, 2018 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews 

According to a Chicago Reporter analysis published Dec. 19, “Chicago’s public schools lost more than 52,000 black students. Now, the school district, which was majority black for half a century, is on pace to become majority Latino.”

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District 209 to Hold First-ever Back to School Bash Aug. 18

Wednesday, August 17, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will hold its first-ever Back to School Bash on Friday, Aug. 18, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the district office located within Proviso Math and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Rd.

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D209 Hires Nonprofit to Engage Community

Friday, August 11, 2017 || By Thomas Vogel/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews 

The Proviso District 209 Board of Education on Aug. 8 unanimously approved a $60,000 contract with Youth Guidance, a Chicago-based nonprofit, to help the school district engage with parents and community members.

The contract is fully funded through an Illinois State Board of Education grant and is part of the district’s continued push for more integration with the greater Proviso community. As part of that focus on community engagement, the district in June also hired two new parent coordinators, who started working a few weeks ago.

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D209 Officials Say Asbestos Removal Will Be Completed By Start of School Year

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Stock image of asbestos removal | Environmental Construction Solutions 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 || By Thomas Vogel/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews

The District 209 Board of Education, at its July 11 meeting, unanimously approved a $297,613.15 contract with an outside firm to remove asbestos, repair school kitchens and replace floors at Proviso East and West.

That approval comes just as two other projects, a $2.2 million heating and piping upgrade and a new $1.1 million security system are nearing completion.

D209 is working to transform certain parts of its campus into personalized learning centers, parent centers and blended learning labs as well as updating teacher lounges. The asbestos removal and kitchen repair work is part of that effort. All work is scheduled to be completed by mid-August, before the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

There will be five or six “personalized learning centers” at both Proviso East and West, repurposing current office and classroom space, Supt. Dr. Jesse Rodriguez said July 17. Those centers will serve about 200 of the district’s roughly 1,000 so-called “credit deficient” students, using on-site counselors, a somewhat different layout than a traditional classroom and a lower teacher-to-student ratio to help students fulfill graduation requirements.

“It’s a little wing, an area of the building where we will provide services to those students based on their individual needs,” Rodriguez said. “The idea is make sure they are achieving credits. That’s the idea, to go away from the traditional setting. We know the traditional setting didn’t work for these kids.”

The district may expand those centers in the future, Rodriguez added. He is hopeful, however, that the schools system can address the credit issue using upfront collaboration with the district’s feeder schools and working with students and families.

“Right now,” Rodriguez said, “there is a big need.”

Of the eight bids, Franklin Park-based Husar Abatement submitted the lowest quote, at just under $300,000 and about $50,000 less than the next lowest bid. Work is set to begin after the district’s Financial Oversight Panel approves the contract.

The $2.2 million project includes mechanical, electrical and plumbing work at all three of the district’s schools. This includes pool ventilation, HVAC, auditorium air conditioning and a grease trap. That work, which will be done by contractor C. Ascitelli, should be finished by Aug. 1. The bid was first approved by the district’s Financial Oversight Panel in September 2016.

For the $1.1 million security system upgrade, D209 contracted with Pace Systems Inc. The roughly 600 cameras at Proviso East and West were “old and beyond their useful life.”

Todd Drafall, D209’s chief financial and operations manager, said July 17, it has been at least a decade since the last upgrade.

According to documents in the board’s July 11 meeting packet, that work was scheduled to be finished by June 30. The district’s Financial Oversight Panel approved the bid in July 2016.

The three projects come as D209 continues to work toward completing its Facilities Master Plan, a holistic, long-range planning document for the school system’s physical footprint. As reported by the Review, the D209 Board of Education approved a $139,900 contract in June with Chicago-based consultant Perkins and Will to draft the plan. That work, which includes research on current facilities, focus groups and community meetings, is ongoing.

“It is imperative that we have that plan done as soon as possible,” Rodriguez said. “We’re talking about millions of dollars and more.” VFP

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Chronicle: Proviso Won’t Need to Pay Nearly $2M in Fire Repair Overruns | Special Meeting Tuesday

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A 2014 fire at Proviso East High School. | Steve Redick

Monday, June 26, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

According to a June 26 Cook County Chronicle report, “A circuit court judge has dismissed the District 209 Proviso High School Board and its insurance company from liability for $1.8 million in over-budget bills submitted by a politically connected fire restoration and construction company.”

The district’s attorneys said that former D209 Supt. Nettie Collins-Hart “had no legal authority to enter into contracts over $25,000, and then board president Dan Adams had no personal authority to sign any documents without a formal roll call vote of approval by the school board as a whole,” the Chronicle report notes.

Read the full report here.

Special D209 meeting Tuesday, June 27

The D209 school board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 6 p.m., at Proviso Math and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Rd., to discuss the board’s mission, vision, core beliefs, board of education goals and board meeting structure, according to the meeting agenda.

D89 board reconfigures

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Sally Alondra Casillas, center, pictured with her fellow Putting Children First Party candidates and veteran board members Veronica Bonilla-Lopez, left, and Regina Rivers. | Putting Children First Party

From a statement by D89 Board President Gwaine Dianne Williams:

“The Board of Education bid farewell to long serving, retired Board member Loretta Gustello and welcomed newly elected Board member, Sally Alondra Casillas.

“With its re-organization of officers, the D89 Board remains unified and dedicated to the mission of equity in education for all of our children.”

Below: (L-R) Kasharii Parker, Jesse Macias, Veronica Bonilla-Lopez, Dianne Williams, Loretta Gustello, Regina Rivers, Marie Urso | District 89

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D209 chosen for pilot learning program

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Asst. Supt. Nicole Howard, Proviso East Principal Patrick Hardy, State Supt. Tony Smith and D209 Supt. Jesse Rodriguez. | Photo provided

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 || By Thomas Vogel for Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has selected Proviso District 209 to be one of 10 participating schools in a new competency-based learning pilot program.

Proviso East High School will be the first Proviso school to implement the program, beginning at the start of the 2017-18 school year. Competency-based learning, advocates say, offers more flexibility than a traditional curriculum and gives students a more personalized education. A design team of Proviso teachers and administrators is still working out the details. But district officials did confirm there will be several “demonstration classrooms” in the fall, where competency-based learning will be phased in by teachers.

“The purpose here is to provide learners multiple pathways to demonstrate learning,” D209 Supt. Jesse Rodriguez said April 7. “It empowers them to take ownership of their own learning.”

The competency-based program will, according to an email from district spokesperson Cynthia Moreno, have “opportunities beyond the customary high school classroom so that students may gain access to advanced postsecondary and career-related competencies. Opportunities will include job shadowing, independent studies, internships, advanced placement studies, and post-secondary planning.”

Rodriguez said the district’s goal is for all Proviso East freshman to be using a competency-based model in the 2018-2019 school year. Eventually, the entire three-school district will incorporate competency-based learning.

“You’re looking at four to seven years before full implementation,” Rodriguez said.

The pilot program announcement came in an April 3 press release from Illinois State Superintendent Tony Smith.

“The way we prepare students for college and career must evolve if we want to fuel a thriving economy and healthy communities,” Smith said in the press release. “When students leave our schools, they should leave with the keys to open multiple doors, any of which can lead to a successful future.”

The competency-based model, according to the U.S. Department of Education, “allows students to progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content, regardless of time, place, or pace of learning.”

“Under a traditional system, it’s very easy to pass a class with gaps in proficiency,” said Nicole Howard, a D209 assistant superintendent. “If you do all your homework and classwork, you can still pass the class. With competency-based learning [more is required].”

For now, Illinois legislators have not allocated any funding for the program. But Rodriguez, who would not estimate a total program cost, said that shouldn’t be a problem. The district will use professional development funding already approved.

“We don’t see it as an unfunded mandate,” Rodriguez said. “We see it as an opportunity. We wanted to do it anyway.”

Both Howard and Rodriguez stressed the competency-based program, just like the current traditional curriculum, would be developed to comply with Illinois high school graduation requirements and would be accepted by higher education institutions.

D209 plans to have meetings with the community and parents to help explain the program later in the year. VFP

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