Thursday, September 29, 2011

Important news story covered in hyperbole

Its the END of week six of the 2011 - 2012 school year and finally the "local" newspaper is taking a look at the fact that students and teachers in District 150 STILL DON'T HAVE TEXT BOOKS. It's unfortunate that the "news report" makes light of something as important as students not having text books. The "news report" is filled with hyperbole, so I have attempted to glean some facts: 
  • It's Week 6, and some students still don't have all of their textbooks.
  • In some cases, the books haven't even arrived yet from publishers. When will they get here?
  • The books are actually here - at the district warehouse.
  • When will the textbooks get to students? 
  • "Hopefully, they'll be on the way soon," says district spokesman Chris Coplan.
  • Administrators keep filling out requests for books.
  • As of this week, students - in history and other disciplines at Peoria High - still don't have books.
  • It's the same thing with other kids and courses at other district schools: no books. 
  • What's the hold-up? There aren't enough books because there are too many books.
  • "We just ordered so many textbooks this summer," says spokesman Coplan.
  • The district underwent a wave of curriculum changes after the last academic year.
  • The district ordered a half-million dollars worth of new textbooks, a much higher sum than usual.
  • Many of those books still haven't arrived.
  • In many cases, the books came in plenty of time.
  • They're neatly stacked at the district warehouse on Lake Street.
  • There are just two employees at the warehouse.
  • There are strict rules regarding intaking requests and unpacking supplies and tracking orders and marking books and distributing texts.
  • Teachers are trying to make do with alternative teaching methods.
  • In some cases, teachers are running off copies of book pages for students.
  • In printing off copies, the district is wasting time and money in replacing books that are already here
  • "We're working daily to get them out," Coplan says
  • The process isn't working right.
  • Those still-on-order books someday might get here from publishers.
  • When that happens, fear more delays.
  • Taxpayers pick up the tab for these materials.
  • It's a waste to see these books languish without delivery.
  • It's a waste to see students languish without books.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Apparently the Homies are not fit to be District 150 bus drivers

On any given day, drive through town and you will see hundreds of people wandering the streets, out of work. Many of these people are graduates of District 150 schools. None of these people are fit to drive a school bus for District 150. Apparently the bus driver pool here in P-Town is so low, the District has to bus bus drivers into our City.

Interesting concept, will these bus drivers live in Peoria for the term of their contract (90 days)? Who will pay for their room and board? I suppose if First Student is getting $280 per day, per bus driver, they can afford to pay the drivers a decent enough salary to leave their homes (and family) and come to Peoria. Something about this is just not right...

District starts contracted bus drivers a week early
Immediate busing needs have prompted Peoria District 150 to enter into an agreement with a private contractor one week before originally announced.

First Student — based in Naperville with a facility on Airport Road — began providing drivers for District 150 buses on Sept. 20, about a week ahead of Monday’s originally agreed-upon start. According to Bob Rutkowski, area general manager for First Student, 12 drivers have come to Peoria from out of the area with more on the way.

“We are currently running 12 routes for District 150,” Rutkowski said Monday. “And they have asked us to take an additional five (routes) starting next week.”

Although no signed contract is currently in place, District 150 comptroller Dave Kinney said the District is asking First Student for a contract of 90 calendar days (58 school days). The school district has agreed to pay $280 per day per driver.

At the start of this school year, District 150 reduced its bus routes in a plan that estimated savings at more than $600,000. Source

Thursday, September 15, 2011

District 150 students recent fight videos now playing on YouTube


I saw these student fight videos over on peoria.com. The fights appear to be on and near the grounds of Glen Oak School. This fight was more than likely brewing all day inside the school building and erupted once school was let out. I am reposting them here hoping that some teachers or adminstrators might be able to identify some of these knuckleheads and pull them in to help them resolve some of their issues.

The adults in the third video should be arrested for encouraging one child to "beat" anothers "a**" and you will notice that the adult female actually knocks one of the young girls to the ground, when she got advantage of the girl the adult was supporting. Again, these adults need to be arrested - this fight will continue in the neighborhood. Now parents will be looking to get at each other. The school can help in squashing this issue.

Videos removed. The videos can be found on Youtube (search on "legacychyck)