Thursday, July 26, 2012

It's as if programming at Trewyn and Harrison was an after thought


The first full day of school in District 150 is August 20, 2012. At Monday night’s Board meeting the school board was prepared to vote on expanding the ELITE program, which has been highly touted as “successful” (although there is no data to prove it) into Harrison School. The founder of the ELITE Program, Carl Cannon was “caught by surprise” by this information and is not prepared to expand.

Now the vote has been tabled until the August 16, 2012, Board meeting – four (4) days before school starts. Here’s the problem with that…the programming for Trewyn, which is totally based around the ELITE program is now up in the air, because everything about the ELITE contract is now open to renegotiation. As an extension of that debacle, the programming for Harrison is now up in the air.

The Superintendent “announced” in May that she was expanding the program. Why didn’t the Board make sure that Administration was making the necessary plans in May, instead of waiting and finding out a few weeks before school starts that as a result of the ELITE snafu, they have major programming issues at two of the inner city schools that need the most planning and attention?

ELITE founder Carl Cannon says he's not ready to expand his behavioral management program to a second District 150 school this year.

Monday, the board tabled a vote to renew the one-year licensing agreement with Cannon for use of intellectual property rights for ELITE at Trewyn until the Aug. 16 board meeting. Delaying the vote gives them a chance to settle questions about who can make decisions to carry the program to other schools - Cannon or the park district.

District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan announced plans to start the program at a second school during her State of the Schools address in May. She eventually decided to expand the program to Harrison. Neither Cannon nor the park district has made public pronouncements about expanding the program this year.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am not sure Cannon is being "transparent". This issue was flying around the rumor mill the entire school year last year, especially at Trewyn. He t asa lked about it last year for crying out loud. Just another ploy

2 Anon said...

I thought the announcement was made that the second school would be Glen Oak.

Frustrated said...

The decision-making process (or lack thereof) that is surfacing around the Elite program expansion appears to give credence to information contained in Michelle Ungurait's affidavit - that is, there is not a organized processing in place for analyzing and implementing change and making key decisions within the District.

The Board is charged with oversight of the Superintendent. It would an expectation that an individual performing at this level would have the requisite leadership and planning skills to implement a program, such as Elite, without direct supervision.

This incident should give the Board pause and prompt them to look further into other processes and programs currently underway such as the IB and MYP programs and consider whether the leadership currently in place at the District is sufficient.

meanjarhead said...

The second school was going to be Glen Oak. The ELITE stuff was in the custodians office next to the library. and they had it moved out of there about three weeks ago.

Anonymous said...

Just another example of what a true bully Lathan really is: is wants her way and forget about the data.

Cameron said...

Frustrated: Good one. This is the same board that just voted a pay raise for our beloved Superintendent. THAT vote certainly didn't get tabled.

Anonymous said...

Cannon has been working on this expansion for months. The ELITE team has already worked with Harrison staff in preparation for the school year. The only thing that surprised him at the meeting is the fact that people are asking for accountability even though his close friend Mr. Cloyd is perfectly positioned on the board to help him out.

Anonymous said...

Somebody somewhere in the Elite program knew an expansion was in the works because a group of them spent the day walking around and observing classrooms in Glen Oak a few months ago.

Anonymous said...

This is the behavior teachers have been dealing with for two years "Here is something new. Go do it!" We have been trying to tell people that but we are just those complaining teachers. I am just glad she has finally run into someone whom she cannot bully and/or fire and the truth is coming into the light. It is her way or the highway.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like the district needs to hire a business person and not a former teacher to run the school district.

Vonster said...

Roger that....

Dennis in Peoria said...

Ken Hinton is an excellent choice to lead the rebirth of Carver Center. According to PJS, he himself is a product of Carver, as he remembers taking piano lessons. Olympian Charlotte Lewis started her basketball playing at Carver. Richard Pryor took to the stage as a youth. Carver has a rich history. Let's get behind it, Peoria, and get youth off the streets.

Ken II said...

Dennis in Peoria: I have to vehemently deny Ken Hinton as an excellent choice. #1 Ken Hinton is a very nice man, I get that. Ken Hinton does not possess the managerial/administrative skills necessary to be an effective leader at Carver. He would be an excellent "worker bee", like most of us. Just because he was a member at the Carver Center as a child doesn't mean he is qualified to run it. Gosh, if that were the case, then they should have interviewed THOUSANDS for the position. Really Ken, take your FAT retirement checks from Edison and District 150 and drive off into the sunset in one of your BMWs.....REALLY!

Anonymous said...

Ditto Ken II

Anonymous said...

You don't get it do you? No pay. Interim. Please get your shorts/boxers/briefs out of a bunch and stop the hating. His retirement check has nothing to do with Carver. I am wondering are you going to volunteer at Carver? If you are not, take your hating someplace else.

Ken II said...

No, I don't volunteer at Carver, but I do volunteer for SEVERAL other large charitable organizations in Peoria and surrounding area....Oh, I also give to the United Way EVERY YEAR and pay HUGE property taxes, so go shut the front door buddy. You're no saint, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

The place was closed. Ken Hinton is working to open it and get something good going there. He is not getting paid and the worst that can happen is that it closes again. Geesh, people. Have a little hope and positivity.

2 Anon said...

Ken II, Ken Hinton is responsible for Valeska Hinton being a premiere Early Childhood Center. He went to the other handful of similar state of the art centers and brought that to Peoria's south side. It is a shining example of how Ken operates. It is a shining example of something done right in Peoria. Get over yourself. This is something he stepped up to, and volunteered his services for. Those of us who truly care about all the children of Peoria are very, very glad he has accepted the challenge.

Dennis in Peoria said...

The people that complain about Ken Hinton volunteering temporarily to direct Carver Center without pay, so the Center can provide activities and positive alternatives to 'street' life....
and the same people that would complain if Carver Center didn't or couldn't reopen and complain about youth running around causing mischief because they have no place to go as an alternative.

Anonymous said...

Its amazing to me that people are continually surprized when Grenita keeps exhibiting the same behaviors over and over and over. She is fickle, changes her mind continually, people that are trusted one day aren't the next, she is fond of one program and then not the next.

At this point, the problem isn't her inconsistent fickle changeable leadership- its that Peorians continually put up with it, pay for it, and are surprized by it.

Anonymous said...

AND GIVE HER AN EXTENSION ON HER CONTRACT....WHAT A JOOOOOOKKKKKKKKKEEEEE PEORIA. WE WILL END UP PAYING HER OFF JUST LIKE ROYSTER.

Anonymous said...

Your Board can keep it up, they are jokes to other communities. We just sit and laugh and them and feel sorry for you that can't leave the district. You should have gotten rid of the board!