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  • District 15 opts for 3,000 newer-model tablets Jun 14, 2013 9:34 AM
    After board members expressed concerns last month about the longevity and already dated technology of the second generation iPad, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 officials opted to scrap their original plan in favor of a newer model. The board Wednesday approved paying about $1.6 million over three years for 3,000 iPad 4 tablets through a deal that's technically a lease. The district agreed to a 0.9 finance rate with Apple Inc., which amounts to about $10,500 in interest over the contract.

  • District 15 to defer schedule change until arbitrator rules Jun 6, 2013 12:04 AM
    The new school year in Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will begin with no scheduling changes, officials said. Superintendent Scott Thompson and Classroom Teachers' Council President Lisa Nuss released a joint statement Wednesday informing parents that the implementation of professional development time for teachers will be deferred until the second semester in January 2014.

  • Teachers need to keep learning, too May 20, 2013 5:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Retired teacher Joanne Bina responds to a recent letter that criticized teachers for demanding seminars and continuing education. "Schools are not static," she writes. "As specialists in our fields, we work together, learn new techniques, so our children can be taught using best practices."

  • Teachers need training to stay current May 20, 2013 5:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Bonnie Bates of Palatine responds to last week's letter, explainng why teachers very much need training time, to stay informed on current practices.

  • Teachers shouldn’t need seminar time May 13, 2013 5:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Paul Gasiorowski of Palatine thinks it's crazy for teachers to get 3 hours of professional development time every week.

  • Dist. 15 holds off on buying 3,000 iPads May 11, 2013 12:18 PM
    Faced with budget uncertainties related to the state's financial crisis and concerns over buying outdated technology, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will hold off on a major tablet purchase — for now. The board agreed it will wait a month before considering the administration's recommendation to buy nearly 3,000 iPad 2s for about $1.2 million.

  • Dist. 15 teachers file grievance about schedule change May 8, 2013 9:49 PM
    Teachers in Palatine Township Elementary District 15 have filed a labor grievance claiming the district and school board violated the terms of their contract by shifting the professional development time they're to be given during the school week.

  • Dist. 15 board elects new board leadership May 7, 2013 3:28 PM
    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board held a special meeting Monday to elect new board leadership. After the new board was sworn in, members by a 4-3 vote elected Peggy Babcock as president, Rich Bokor as vice president and newly elected James Ekeberg as secretary.

  • Lake Louise Elementary to participate in annual technology demonstration May 3, 2013 12:27 PM
    Lake Louise Elementary in Palatine is among approximately 60 schools statewide that will participate in the annual TECH 2013: Students for the Information Age event on Tuesday, May 7, at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield.

  • Divided Dist. 15 board opts for early Friday dismissal May 4, 2013 9:44 AM
    After months of controversy, the Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board made a decision — albeit a divided one — that supports the wishes of the community over those of the teachers union. More than three dozen people who gathered for the special Friday night meeting cheered when the final vote was cast in favor of dismissing about 20 schools early every Friday beginning next fall.

  • No injuries after school bus hits parked car in Palatine Apr 30, 2013 4:05 PM
    A Palatine Township Elementary District 15 school bus driver was ticketed Tuesday morning after striking a parked and unoccupied car in front of Stuart R. Paddock School at 225 W. Washington St. in Palatine. None of the 19 students on the bus were injured, the bus itself sustained no damage and the car sustained only minor damage, District 15 Transportation Director Tom Bramley said.

  • Dist. 15 to vote Friday on late start/early release issue Apr 30, 2013 1:14 PM
    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, to vote on the late start/early dismissal issue. It will take place at Sundling Junior High, 1100 N. Smith St., Palatine. Beginning this fall, every District 15 school will adjust schedules to provide teachers with time for professional development one day each week, a requirement in the union's new contract.

  • Rolling Meadows schools rally to help 8-year-old burn victim Apr 29, 2013 7:37 PM
    Students from two Rolling Meadows grade schools and their families will come together Tuesday night to help an 8-year-old classmate hospitalized since March 12 recovering from severe burns suffered a household accident. "You look at one child and you look at your child and you think, 'It could be mine,'" said Dawn McNaney, one of the fundraiser's organizers.

  • Dist. 15 bus driver resigns after alcohol detected Apr 23, 2013 7:47 PM
    A Palatine Township Elementary District 15 bus driver resigned in February after officials discovered she had alcohol in her system while she was on the job. The 35-year-old Rolling Meadows woman's school bus permit was suspended for three years as a result, according to Dave Druker, Secretary of State Jesse White's press secretary.

  • Facts show Dist. 15 drivers are safest Apr 15, 2013 5:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Steve Bramer, the husband of a District 15 driver, argues that the school district drivers are far safer for children than hiring an outside transportation company.

  • Dist. 15 board delays late start/early release vote until May Apr 11, 2013 3:52 PM
    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board won’t vote on the late start/early release proposal until its May 8 meeting. Board President Tim Millar said officials wanted to make a decision but still need clarification on an issue.

  • Dist. 15 union, bus company pitch very different busing plans Apr 11, 2013 11:51 AM
    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board members are hearing two very different pitches related to outsourcing bus service — one from the transportation company out to win a contract and one from the union trying to protect its drivers' jobs.

  • Experience prevails in Dist. 15 board race Apr 10, 2013 12:45 AM
    Experience prevailed in Palatine Township Elementary District 15, where voters re-elected all three incumbents and put a former board member back on the board. With all 76 precincts reporting, unofficial results show incumbents Peggy Babcock and David Seiffert led the crowded field with 3,605 votes and 3,545 votes, respectively. Close behind were former board member Dr. James Ekeberg with 3,307 votes and incumbent Rich Bokor with 3,169 votes.

  • Union criticizes District 15’s handling of driver firing Apr 9, 2013 1:59 PM
    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 Transportation Union issued a statement Tuesday criticizing the school district’s handling of a school bus accident Monday. “The probationary driver’s failure to report the accident is without excuse,” union President Carin Ulrich said in the emailed statement. The district superintendent disputed the union's characterization and dedended its handling of the matter.

  • Dist. 15 says bus outsourcing will save $1.3 million Apr 8, 2013 6:04 PM
    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 and its transportation union are more than $4 million apart in calculating what it will cost to outsource busing. District officials will make a presentation at a school board meeting Wednesday estimating savings of $1.3 million over three years, while the transportation union maintains it will cost the district about $2.8 million more.

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