Articles filed under Maine Township High School District 207

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  • Shocking increase of homeless students in suburbs Jul 28, 2014 1:24 PM
    Since 2007, the number of homeless students has risen by more than 70 percent, most alarmingly in the suburbs. But federal and state funding hasn't kept up - and as a result more students are falling through the cracks, advocates say. “These kids are dealing with a lot,” said Deb Dempsey of the Kane County Regional Office of Education. “

     
  • Leys stepping down from Dist. 207 board Jul 15, 2014 4:18 PM
    A longtime Maine Township High School District 207 board member, who had been one of the youngest elected leaders in the suburbs, will be stepping down from his position later this month. Eric Leys, a 13-year board member, wrote in an email to district officials that he will be moving to Orange County, California to take a job with Penske Automotive Group, working in a leadership capacity.

     
  • Former Maine West coach sues to get his job back Jul 11, 2014 7:13 PM
    A former Maine West soccer coach connected to a 2012 hazing scandal is suing Maine Township High School District 207 over his firing. Emilio Rodriguez has been formally dismissed by the school board twice, and his firing was upheld by an independent hearing officer. Now, he’s going to Cook County circuit court to appeal for his job.

     
  • Des Plaines plans to restructure special tax district Jul 2, 2014 4:11 PM
    Des Plaines officials want to restructure a special taxing district that’s long operated in the red, with an eye toward making the area more enticing for developers. City officials want to take out three properties from TIF 6 and put them in a new TIF 7 that would set up lower baseline property values. “Those properties have been bringing this whole thing down,” said City Manager Mike Bartholomew. “Now we’ll reset the base value, and essentially start from scratch.”

     
  • The Soapbox Jun 28, 2014 5:01 AM
    Read what's on the minds of Daily Herald editors, including waste in county government and arguments over parade seats.

     
  • Maine West plans $9.3 million gym addition Jun 27, 2014 9:35 AM
    Maine Township High School District 207 is planning a $9.3 million, 23,000-square-foot addition to the existing gym at Maine West in Des Plaines that would include locker rooms, a weight room and wrestling room, but no field house. "The proposal here is to construct an expansion in such a way that if a (school) board at some future date wanted to add a field house, it could do so," spokesman Dave Beery said.

     
  • State education board recognizes best suburban teachers Jun 11, 2014 9:56 PM
    A dozen suburban teachers are among 29 educators statewide recognized for being the best in their respective fields for the 2013-14 school year. The Illinois State Board of Education and the two largest teachers unions presented the educators with awards for their exemplary work in the classroom during a luncheon Wednesday at the governor’s mansion in Springfield.

     
  • Maine West coach connected to hazing scandal formally fired Jun 4, 2014 5:06 AM
    A former Maine West soccer coach connected to a hazing scandal has been formally fired by the Maine Township High School District 207 board. The action comes almost a year and a half after the board voted to fire Emilio Rodriguez the first time — a decision that Rodriguez appealed, but was upheld by an independent hearing officer in April.

     
  • DAR recognizes history scholars, good citizens Jun 3, 2014 1:46 PM
    At its American History Luncheon, the Twenty-first Star Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was pleased to honor students of Maine East, Maine South, Maine West, Niles North and Niles West High Schools as their “Outstanding American History Scholars” and “DAR Good Citizens.”

     
  • Maine West Distinguished Alumnus named May 29, 2014 5:05 PM
    Elliot “Kip” Dodge, a noted scientist and artist, has been named 2014 Maine West Distinguished Alumnus. Dodge, who graduated in 1962, has worked as an aerospace designer, engineer and manager for Jet Propulsion Laboratory/National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Mars missions, and as a painter has shown his works both regionally and internationally. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

     
  • New contract gives Dist. 207 teachers merit pay May 6, 2014 5:31 PM
    Maine Township High School District 207 teachers who earn “excellent” ratings on annual evaluations will be eligible for $1,250 merit stipends, under terms of a five-year contract extension approved this week. District 207 is believed to be one of the few school districts in Illinois to include merit stipends in a teachers contract, officials said.

     
  • Decision on Maine West coach’s future delayed May 6, 2014 12:21 AM
    The Maine Township High School District 207 has delayed taking final action on the firing of a former Maine West soccer coach embroiled in a hazing scandal. The school board was set to discuss in closed session Monday night a resolution ordering the dismissal for cause of former freshman soccer coach Emilio Rodriguez, but the board will vote on the resolution at its next meeting June 2, according to Dave Beery, the district’s spokesman.

     
  • Maine West to stage Elton John-Tim Rice musical ‘Aida’ Apr 30, 2014 2:58 PM
    Maine West High School will be one of the first high schools in Illinois to stage the Elton John and Tim Rice musical “Aida,” when the show runs May 2-4 at the school, 1755 S. Wolf Road, in Des Plaines.

     
  • Maine West teen adds to impressive acting resume Apr 30, 2014 1:45 PM
    When Maine West High School senior Elizabeth Stenholt recently was honored at a recent school board meeting for excellence in the performing arts, Principal Audrey Haugan urged everyone to watch for Elizabeth because “she’s going to be a star.” Sound advice. At 18, Elizabeth, who plays the lead in West’s upcoming musical, “Aida,” already has built a resume of more than 40 performances.

     
  • Maine Township District 207 chooses new board member Apr 28, 2014 11:25 AM
    The Maine Township High School District 207 board has selected Paula Meyer Besler to fill the remaining term of longtime board member Donna Pellar, who stepped down earlier this month after 19 years of service because she is moving outside the district’s boundaries. Besler, the director of community and health relations for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, will be sworn in prior to the May 5 board meeting.

     
  • District 207 earns National Music Education Honor Apr 24, 2014 4:20 PM
    On March 26, the NAMM Foundation announced that Maine Township High School District 207 has been awarded national recognition for its outstanding commitment to music education and has been deemed a Best Community for Music Education.

     
  • Former Maine West soccer coach’s firing upheld in hazing case Apr 24, 2014 6:35 PM
    A hearing officer has upheld the firing of a former Maine West soccer coach dismissed by Maine Township High School District 207 last year for not appropriately responding to allegations of hazing. Former freshman soccer coach Emilio Rodriguez, formally dismissed by the school board in January 2013, appealed his termination to an independent hearing officer a month later — a process that tenured teachers may request under state law.

     
  • All 3 Dist. 207 schools make ‘most challenging’ list Apr 18, 2014 5:42 PM
    All three Maine Township High School District 207 schools have been recognized on The Washington Post’s 2014 list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” It marks the first time in the district’s history that all three schools have made one of the top high school lists at the same time.

     
  • Anti-violence event scheduled at Maine West Apr 14, 2014 2:33 PM
    Maine West High School will host a public program Wednesday that will spotlight the cause of curbing violence against women, officials said.

     
  • Dist. 207 buys back building it sold in 1980s Apr 9, 2014 6:21 PM
    Maine Township High School District 207 is buying back a building it sold in the 1980s for use as a district administration center and space for the district’s alternative school program. The $2.1 million purchase is being funded by proceeds of the previous sale of the same building and the sale of the former Maine North High School in 1981.

     
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