Thursday, May 31, 2012

The District 150 PR machine is in over drive

The end of another contentious year for the Lathan Administration, finds the District 150 public relations machine in virtual overdrive.

The end of the year rally, which was held by the Peoria Federation of Teachers, may have left the Superintendent feeling a bit vulnerable. Since the rally, she has appeared on 1470 WMBD radio, WEEK TV 25, WMBD TV 31, and although I did not see it, I am willing to bet an appearance was made on WHOI TV.

The School District also did something else that was rather unprecedented… they took out a full page ad in the local newspaper, at a cost of $2,500. I don't take the local newspaper, so I didn't see the ad. However, I am told the ad outlined the District’s accomplishments since the 2010 advent of the Lathan Administration. The info below was found on the District's website.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

District 150 rumors picked up from the blog...

Check out some of the latest rumors I am hearing about District 150:
  • On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, substitutes came in for reading teachers, because they were scheduled for Professional Development (PD). The teachers were sitting out at board room ready for PD, but no one was there. An email went out at 9:00 a.m. that morning saying that the meeting was cancelled and rescheduled for Thursday. The teachers sat there at the board room for an hour and had no idea what was going on.
  • Some teachers are being offered dollars as part of a grievance. The District is saying they would give them money and change their rating if the teachers would agree to resign instead of being fired.
  • Principal Noly Branscumb has been moved from Roosevelt to Glen Oak.
  • Principal Jamie Brown is moving from Hines to Roosevelt.
  • Assistant Principal at Franklin has been resigned (have not heard where to).
  • ELITE will be going to Glen Oak.
  • Carolyn Nunn (Trewyn) is retiring in June but has already been told she's getting hired back. You may recall, that Nunn is the Assistant Principal who is alleged to have slapped a child.
Don't forget tonight's School Board Meeting, which is being held at the Valeska Hinton Center. I am being told A LOT of teachers and support staff will be showing up to protest against the Lathan Administration.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Evaluating Lathan

Teachers are conducting their evaluation of Lathan, teachers union President Bob Darling told District 150 board members Monday. Lathan and board members will receive the evaluation and Lathan will have 90 days to respond . The teachers' evaluation of Lathan will not be made public, Darling said, "because it's a personnel issue." Source

If the results of last week's poll question about the Superintendent of Schools and her administration is any indicator, we can pretty much guess what the teacher's evaluation will look like.

The poll reveals that 8% of respondents believe the Super has found it and a over whelming 91% believes that she has...

the results of this poll are not scientific. :)

Monday, May 7, 2012

A poll: "Has Lathan found it, or lost it?"

"… once a superintendent loses the principals, those middle managers charged with implementing the vision, it can be game over on achieving that agenda. There is a balance to be had. Has Lathan found it, or lost it?"
PJStar Editorial
Is our illustrious Superintendent of Schools on the cusp? If so, of what? Take the Emerge Peoria poll.