5:58 No picketers!
6:40 Meeting still hasn't started. Supposed to begin at 6:30
6:41 Meeting finally started
6:50 Teacher spoke regarding Harrison and Glen Oak. "Who is responsible for promising the taxpayers community schools and not delivering?"
6:52 Terry Knapp spoke regarding state baseball tournament. The IHSA baseball championship game help same day as 150 graduation. Lathan promised last June that would not happen. It was brought up last August and she did not change date. He is hoping that will not happen next year.
6:53 Mr Sierra said discipline is NUMBER issue that faces 150.
6:55 Bobby Darling states the district laying off 70 teachers...what will that do to class sizes?
7:00 Speaker asking why board meetings aren't televised live. Asking for BOE to give community opportunity to watch meetings.
7:00 Public Hearing for Dismissal of Teachers.
7:09 Public Hearing people can speak a second time.7:18 Bobby Darling asking if layoffs are really for economic reasons? Why does the District continue to buy more programs if this is truly about economic reasons?
7:19 Teacher said that she has 34 kids in her home room. "…if district is laying off teachers next year will I have 44 or 54?"7:24 Teacher said layers and layers of bureaucracy ..lots of people making 6 figures that never see the children.
7:25 So it came out that the teachers that will be dismissed tonight were not EVEN NOTIFIED!
7:40 Martha says she doesn't feel comfortable firing people without giving them notice.
7:41 Linda Butler and Dr Lathan says that Union given list.
7:43 Bobby Darling jumped up and yelled "IT'S NOT THE UNION'S JOB TO TELL PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE FIRED!!!!" Linda Butler.." Mr Darling, you are out of order! Mr. Darling you are out of order! "
7:51 Wolfmeyer.."Mr Darling, I totally I agree that it's not the Union's job to tell people that they are fired."
7:54 Martha said she will not support layoffs bc staff was not notified that they were being laid off before vote.
7:59 Does Chris Crawford speak?
8:00 Martha changed her vote 7-0 all teachers dismissed without notification.
8:04 Presentation by BOE. Patelle wants to know where the District is as far as televised meeting. Lathan said something will be in board minutes.
8:11 Meeting over.
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