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  • District 15 officials working to solve bus driver shortage Oct 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    School District 15 informed parents through email Friday about a bus driver shortage that has persisted since the beginning of the school year. Superintendent Scott Thompson informed parents that drivers are currently in training to fill the vacancies that have occured through attrition and as a result of drivers being released for violating safety procedures

  • Step forward/step back activity illustrates marginalization Oct 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    In one U-46 diversity training exercise, participants were asked to line up and answer a series of questions, such as whether they had ever been denied a bank loan or had been stopped by police, or if someone clutches a purse tighter upon seeing them on the sidewalk. Based on their individual responses, each employee either moved a step back or a step forward.

  • Arbiter rules District 15 can dismiss students early on Fridays Oct 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    An arbiter has sided with the throngs of Palatine Township Elementary District 15 parents who pushed to have students dismissed early, instead of starting classes later, to accommodate weekly teacher professional development time.

  • Future Teachers Club members from Elgin's Larkin High School, left to right, Kailin Sepp, Nathaniel Evans, Emily Fischer and Symantha Clough read to kindergartners at Gifford Elementary School in Elgin. Officials of Elgin Area School District U-46 hope some of the diverse student population will return as teachers.

    Suburban schools aim to increase staff diversity to mirror studentsOct 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 has a 45.7 percentage point gap between the portion of minority students and that of minority teachers. It's a similar story in Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, Naperville Unit District 203, East Aurora Unit District 131, and others. “Moving forward, we must make a concerted effort to reach out to underrepresented group members," a Round Lake Area Unit District 116 official said.

  • Some on Dist. 15 board challenging administration's recommendationsOct 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board got through several discussions and votes at its meeting Wednesday, but not without some members questioning or challenging several of the administration's recommendations.

  • District 15 Superintendent Scott Thompson this week received a 2.25 percent pay increase, bringing his salary to $228,808.

    Dist. 15 board narrowly approves administrator raisesSep 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board narrowly approved raises for administrators this week, but not before a heated discussion underscored the ongoing division among its members. “Financially, we're just getting out of the hole,” Manjula Sriram said. “We can't re-dig that hole. We have to be very careful about how we spend the money.”

  • Editorial: Collaboration key in school schedule changes Sep 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial calls for community collaboration when schools consider changes in school schedules.

  • After past increases, Dist. 15 reports slight dip in enrollmentSep 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    After three consecutive years of gradual growth, enrollment in Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has dipped slightly.

  • Dist. 15 board divided on recent union contracts Sep 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board’s surprising display of unity last year to unanimously support the teachers contract hasn’t exactly carried over into more recent negotiations. The board narrowly approved the Educational Support Personnel Association’s new agreement by a 4-3 vote. The same members aligned themselves the same way in June on the transportation union’s deal.

  •  Abby Riskus, 7, has difficulty reaching the top shelf of her locker to store school supplies on the first day of school Monday at Frank C. Whiteley Elementary School in Hoffman Estates.

    District 15 students resume journey with first day back at school Aug 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    More than 12,000 students headed back to class this morning as Palatine Township Elementary District 15 kicked off another school year. Their return coincided with a brief letter Superintendent Scott Thompson emailed parents describing education as not so much a destination but rather a journey.

  •  U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth leads a panel discussion Thursday at Carl Sandburg Junior High in Rolling Meadows on the importance of early science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

    Panelists underscore need for early STEM education Aug 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    One overarching theme emerged Thursday at a panel discussion on the importance of STEM-based curriculum: Start them young. U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, and many of the 10 panelists gathered at Carl Sandburg Junior High in Rolling Meadows underscored the need to spark an early interest and the role STEM education will play in the country's future economic prosperity.

  •  The District 15 Educational Foundation created a Palatine-opoly game as a fundraiser. The game features Palatine business, landmarks and organizations.

    Dist. 15 Foundation unveiling Palatine-opoly game Aug 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    This weekend’s Downtown Palatine Street Fest will feature plenty of live music, local cuisine and family entertainment. It’s also where the District 15 Educational Foundation will unveil its very own Palatine-opoly board game.

  •  Hanna Gajek, 9, right, and her friend Samai Manzo, 9, give a big thumbs-up to the first day back to the 4th grade at Field Elementary School in Wheeling on Wednesday.

    Most primary schools in Northwest suburbs reopened today Aug 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Many of the elementary school districts in the Northwest suburbs began a new year of school on Wednesday. Among the districts where classes resumed were Wheeling Township Elementary District 21, Prospect Heights Elementary District 23, Arlington Heights Elementary District 25, River Trails Elementary District 26, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 and Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59.

  • District 15 finances better than expected Aug 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will enter the new school year with a more optimistic financial outlook than previously thought. The $153.7 million budget calls for spending to exceed revenue by about $3.2 million, which is less than half the deficit Assistant Superintendent Mike Adamczyk projected in May.

  • Dist. 15 must offer choice to students at seven schoolsAug 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Due to benchmarks many officials consider arbitrary and practically impossible to attain, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 must offer students at seven of its schools the option of transferring. Up to 55 students will be allowed to attend Frank C. Whiteley in Hoffman Estates, the district’s only school last year to make Adequate Yearly Progress, the cornerstone of the No Child Left Behind Act.

  • Give D15 parents a better seat at table Aug 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Sandy Wiles of Palatine says the emotional debate between District 15 teachers and the school board over late start/early release has convinced her that parents need more voice in the proceedings.

  • Students at Lincoln Elementary School in Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will use two mobile classrooms due to a space shortage. The unit on the left, which is in the process of being painted and updated, will house a full-time regular classroom. The unit on the right will continue to be used part-time for some subjects.

    Dist. 15 makes adjustments to cope with space shortagesAug 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Although space is at a premium throughout Palatine Townshp Elementary District 15, officials have made several moves to ease the burden at some of the more crowded schools.

  •  Jill Upadhyaya, a parent from Hoffman Estates, shows her opposition to the late start scheduling option supported by the Palatine Township Elementary District 15 teachers union.

    Parents, students rally before Dist. 15 arbitration hearingAug 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Several parents and students gathered Thursday morning outside the Palatine Township Elementary District 15 administrative offices before an arbitration hearing was set to begin on the controversial late start/early release scheduling plan. They support the board of education’s earlier vote to release students early on Fridays to accommodate weekly professional development time among teachers.

  • Dist. 15 holds arbitration hearing Thursday on late start/early release Jul 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    An arbitration hearing on the late start/early release issue in Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Joseph M. Kiszka Education Center, 580 N. First Bank Drive, Palatine. The meeting is closed but protesters are expected.

  • Dist. 15 touts progress among English-language learners Jul 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 officials have reason to believe their approach to English-language learners is working. A recent report shows more students are eligible to “exit” their second-language program in 2013 compared to the previous two years. “We were just thrilled,” Assistant Superintendent Mary Zarr said.

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