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  • Maine West hazing suit dismissed, but not over yet Oct 15, 2013 6:28 PM
    A Cook County judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against Maine Township High School District 207 brought by four student-athletes who say they were hazed at Maine West High School, but is allowing the plaintiffs a chance to refile their case. Judge Daniel Gillespie’s “ruling focused on the plaintiffs’ failure to allege facts sufficient to permit the lawsuit to go forward,” according to a district news release.

  • December trial set for former Maine West coach in hazing case Oct 15, 2013 5:56 PM
    A jury trial has been set for December in the case of a former Maine West High School soccer coach accused of allowing hazing among his players. Michael Divincenzo, 37, is scheduled to face trial Dec. 17 on misdemeanor charges of hazing, battery and failure to report abuse stemming from a hazing scandal that cost him and an assistant coach their jobs and led to multiple lawsuits against Maine Township High School District 207.

  • Dist. 207 superintendent gets five-year contract extension Oct 8, 2013 6:33 PM
    Maine Township High School District 207 Superintendent Ken Wallace has been at the helm of the district for more than four years, but perhaps it’s been the past 12 months that have been the most volatile. Wallace’s management of the district since a hazing scandal broke last fall — and the desire to ensure continuity in managing the fallout down the line — may have been one of the reasons school board members voted this week to give him a five-year contract extension.

  • Hall of Fame Maine Township HS baseball coach Carstens dies Oct 1, 2013 5:28 AM
    A former Maine Township baseball coach who holds a spot in Illinois High School Association record book as the only coach to win three state championships — including back to back titles in 1958 and 1959 — has died. Albert Carstens taught and coached for 31 years in Maine Township schools, including six at Maine East and 25 at Maine West. “He loved baseball, and he maintained a really strong bond with his former players,” daughter Carol Carstens said.

  • State's attorney investigates Dist. 207's handling of ex-teacher's case Sep 16, 2013 11:06 AM
    The Cook County state's attorney's office is investigating whether Maine Township High School District 207 failed to properly notify the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services about a former teacher accused of inappropriate conduct toward students in 2007. The allegations involved Mark Krockover, a former tenured Maine East High School chemistry teacher and cheerleading coach, who was allowed to resign in August 2007 after being accused of sexual harassment by several current and former female students, according to district records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

  • District 207 projecting $5 million surplus for 2014 Sep 4, 2013 8:21 PM
    Maine Township High School District 207 is projecting a $5.5 million surplus at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year, officials said Tuesday. The District 207 school board Tuesday night approved a $141 million budget for expenditures for the school year, an increase of almost $3.2 million from the previous school year largely due to projects proposed under the 10-year Facility Master Plan.

  • District 207 upholds teacher’s firing Aug 29, 2013 11:18 PM
    Maine Township High School District 207 school board this month upheld the firing of a former physical education teacher and health instructor at Maine West and Maine South high schools who is suing the district for discrimination. Jannon Kirley, 55, was dismissed due to insubordination and unprofessional conduct toward staff members and students, the district maintains.

  • Fifth Maine West student says he was a hazing victim Aug 28, 2013 9:40 AM
    A fifth teenager has come forward alleging he was sexually assaulted during a hazing ritual at Maine West High School in Des Plaines last fall. The latest student to come forward is now 16 years old and was similarly assaulted last September during soccer practice under the bleachers area of the football field, plaintiffs' attorney Antonio Romanucci said Tuesday at a news conference in Chicago. “The family has been through horror,” Attorney Antonio Romanucci said Tuesday.

  • Maine West school year starts with new tools Aug 26, 2013 4:29 PM
    The first day of school is pretty much the same in any district, but incoming Maine Township High School District 207 freshman and sophomore students have a treat in store this year. The students are required to purchase Google Chromebook laptops from the district as part of a new program that eventually will eliminate the need for physical textbooks in the classroom.

  • Suburban hazing scandals spawn new criminal offense Aug 16, 2013 7:44 PM
    The 2012 hazing scandals at Maine West and Hoffman Estates high schools have led to the creation a new criminal offense in Illinois for failure to report hazing. Gov. Pat Quinn Friday signed legislation from state Rep. Marty Moylan of Des Plaines and state Sen. Dan Kotowski of Park Ridge creating the new charge.

  • Maine West hazing case against coach gets continuance Aug 7, 2013 2:49 PM
    A new court date was set Wednesday morning in the case against former Maine West High School head varsity soccer coach Michael Divincenzo, who is charged with hazing, battery and failure to report abuse. Divincenzo must appear for a status hearing at 9 a.m. Oct. 15 at the Cook County courthouse in Skokie.

  • Maine West tab for hazing investigation: $115,000 Jul 8, 2013 12:40 PM
    Maine Township High School District 207 spent about $115,000 on an investigation that found staff members responded appropriately to hazing allegations, a spokesman said Saturday. The bill stems from an independent probe launched in January.

  • DAR honors Maine, Niles Good Citizen teens Jun 24, 2013 4:14 PM
    The Twenty-first Star Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was pleased to honor Good Citizens from the Maine and Niles townships high schools.

  • Dist. 207 anti-hazing consultant says staff 'overwhelmed' Jun 14, 2013 2:42 PM
    The consultant hired by Maine Township High School District 207 to lead anti-hazing focus groups at its three high schools recommends the district take steps to include students in decision making and leadership activities, and provide more staff training on bullying intervention. The 24-page Community Matters report recently released to the District 207 school board was the result of a “school climate audit” of all three district high schools.

  • Former Maine West coach appears in court on hazing charge Jun 4, 2013 11:22 AM
    Former Maine West High School head varsity soccer coach Michael Divincenzo made his initial court appearance Monday on charges of hazing, battery and failure to report abuse. Though Divincenzo, 37, of Elk Grove Village did not speak at his hearing, his attorney Thomas Breen, later said, “You're gonna find out he's a very good coach, a very good person. He had nothing to do with whatever might have occurred way beyond his observation.”

  • Des Plaines forum stresses vigilance against hazing May 23, 2013 12:15 AM
    A community forum on hazing and bullying held Wednesday night in Des Plaines in response to the hazing of soccer players last September at Maine West High School drew a sparse audience of fewer than 50 local residents but prompted a surprise appearance by activists on the issue from Indiana and Georgia. "I didn't come to speak," said Pam Champion, the mother of Robert Champion, a Florida A&M band student who died after being beaten in a hazing ritual. "Any school that tells you that they have everything under control, they're lying."

  • Former Maine West coach charged in hazing; juvenile charges dropped May 16, 2013 5:21 AM
    After a five-month investigation of hazing at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, the Cook County state's attorney's office Wednesday charged former Maine West High School head varsity soccer coach Michael Divincenzo while dropping charges against six juveniles. "He allowed these things to happen and encouraged it," Anita Alvarez said.

  • Report: Dist. 207 responded appropriately to hazing allegations May 9, 2013 5:16 PM
    A report from an independent investigator released Thursday regarding hazing allegations at Maine West in September 2012 concludes that Maine Township High School District 207 staff members responded appropriately to the circumstances.

  • District 207 settles former orchestra teacher's lawsuit May 8, 2013 3:37 PM
    Maine Township High School District 207 has reached a deal with a former Maine West High School orchestra teacher to drop his federal lawsuit against the school board claiming he was fired because of his gender. Without admitting to any wrongdoing, the district will pay $10,000 to Andrew Ladendorf for agreeing to dismiss the lawsuit.

  • Maine West Golden Apple winner puts students first May 1, 2013 6:51 PM
    The murals on the walls of Maine West High School bear witness to Gregory Regalado's contribution to the Des Plaines school's art program. Those contributions, along with many others, were rewarded Wednesday when Regalado was surprised in his classroom with the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, bestowed on only 10 teachers statewide. "I would venture to say that he's impacted every department of the school," said Mike Smith, the Maine West mathematics teacher who nominated Regalado for the coveted award.

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