Tuesday, February 1, 2011
No word on whether tomorrow will be a snow day for the kiddies yet, but they can dream.
Des Plaines school districts 62 and 59 have cancelled several activities and meetings today due to inclement weather. District 62 All meetings and after school activities will be cancelled Feb. 1 except for SPARK. District 59 All after school activities will be cancelled Feb.1 In addition, all afternoon kindergarten and preschool classes have been cancelled. And all other students will be dismissed one hour early, except for Ridge Family Center students, who will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. Stay tuned for updates on other cancellations.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Food fight starts in the cafeterias of Des Plaines schools.
Nationwide, from the classroom to the cafeteria, schools are trying to combat the growing obesity rate, which has tripled in the last 30 years. It's no different in Cook County where the Department of Health rates childhood obesity as its number one problem. Despite all the challenges, the food fight against obesity has been taking place for several years at schools in Des Plaines. For the past 10 years, District 59 has participated in the National School Lunch Program, a federally funded government program designed to provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost, free lunches to children each school day. Approximately 70 percent of district students take part in the program, averaging 3,000 meals per day. District 62 also is involved in the …
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Officials say making sure that only District 59 residents attend local schools will save taxpayers money.
Community Consolidated School District 59 Board of Education unanimously voted Tuesday, Oct. 12 to hire private investigators to ensure that students who go to school actually live within the district, a move that officials say will save taxpayers thousands of dollars. "We'll have a better handle on ensuring that people that pay taxes are the people whose children attend in the district," said Board President Dr. Thomas Dowd after Tuesday's vote. Board members discussed hiring the residency investigators at their last meeting to address an influx of non-resident cases that Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Nancy Wagner previously had to sift through on her own. District Superintendent Dr. Daniel Schweers said it costs about $13,000 …
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
District 59 weighs hiring investigative firm to help root out nonresident students from schools.
Due to an increase this year in nonresident students attending schools in District 59, school board members are considering hiring private investigators to determine which students are in violation. Currently, the task of weeding out such students has been left to Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Nancy Wagner. "It shouldn't be something that one of our district employees is doing," she said. In previous years, there were few instances of students living outside the district, but this year, the amount of nonresidency cases has grown out of her control, Wagner said. "It's just too much for me to handle," she said. The district teaches thousands of children from preschool to grade 8 at its 14 schools. The reason for the increase is …