Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Young Ra-Hurka was the only Gower 62 incumbent who didn't win re-election Tuesday.
Two incumbents and two challengers won election to the Gower School District 62 Board of Education Tuesday. Current board members Joseph Schulte and Ryan Asmus, and newcomers Todd Koehler and Ramona Stephens-Zemaitis were top four finishers in the Gower 62 school board race, securing them spots on the new board. Current board member Young Ra-Hurka was on the outside looking in after finishing fifth. According to unofficial results, Schulte led all candidates with 919 votes received. Ausmus, the current board president, had 853; Koehler had 803; and Stephens-Zemaitis had 801. Ra-Hurka received 533 votes. 2013 Election Results: Find All Your Local Winners
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Three of the five, including Board President Ryan Asmus, are sitting board members seeking re-election to the Gower School District 62 Board of Education in April.
Five candidates including three sitting board members filed nominating papers to run for four open Gower School District 62 Board of Education seats and will appear on the April 9 ballot, an email from district administration said. The portion of the ballot for District 62 school board will include the following names: Asmus, who is the current board president, Ra-Hurka and Schulte are the sitting board member seeking re-election. Stephens-Zemaitis and Koehler would be first-term members. Along with those of the three incumbent candidates, the term of Jennifer Planson expires after the April election. Planson is in the middle of her first term as a District 86 board member and is not seeking re-election in District 62…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The agreement that will take the two sides through the 2014-15 school year was approved at the board's Dec. 18 meeting.
The following is a release from the Gower School District 62 Board of Education: The Gower Board of Education is pleased to announce it unanimously approved a new three-year agreement with the Gower Education Association (GEA) at its Dec. 18 board meeting. The agreement will run through the 2014-15 school year. The school board and GEA worked together and achieved three primary goals: “Despite a slow economic recovery, our teachers are receiving raises each year. This is possible and fiscally prudent, in part, because of the savings from changes to our health insurance plans and the continued retirements of a number of our veteran teachers," Board President Ryan Asmus said. "In fact, the District’s cost for staffing our classrooms in …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Victor Simon comes to Gower from Chicago Public Schools, where he is currently the chief of schools for the Pershing Elementary School Network.
Victor Simon will be the next superintendent of Gower School District 62, after the Gower Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday in support of his appointment. Gower Board of Education President Ryan Asmus sent a release to Patch that said Simon, a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) veteran, will assume his duties on July 1, 2013, after current superintendent Steve Griesbach retires. Simon impressed the board with his "energy, dedication to children, and a strong, articulate vision for the future of Gower," Asmus said in the release. "He has a proven track record of implementing great ideas around teaching and learning that will serve our students and staff well," Asmus said. Simon has spent his entire professional career working for CPS…
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Current Superintendent Steve Griesbach will retire next June.
Although he has more than a year left on his contract, Gower District 62 Superintendent Steve Griesbach is urging the Board of Education to begin the search to find his successor. “Within our general area there are at least two other superintendents in neighboring districts that will be retiring at the same time,” Griesbach said Tuesday. He recommended the board set a date this spring to interview search firms so the process can “begin in earnest.” If a firm is selected this spring, surveys of the staff and community can begin first thing in the fall, possibly allowing the board to make its appointment early. “Not because I want to become a lame duck superintendent, but really because I want you to have the best candidates available to you…
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Superintendent says the deficit was not unexpected, but expects the shortfall to be offset by existing fund balances.
Even though the $13.5 million budget for 2011-2012 shows a projected deficit of nearly $72,000, Gower School District 62 officials are not worried. “Our history has said we have not run a deficit since 2003. We build fund balances,” Superintendent Steve Griesbach said Tuesday. “So my bet is we will end the year in the black.” Griesbach presented the budget during a public hearing Tuesday night. No members of the public spoke. Later in the evening, the Board of Education unanimously approved the budget. The budget shows $13,489,778 in revenue and $13,561,564 in expenditures, leaving a difference of $71,786. The deficit is not unexpected, Griesbach said, as additional dollars were allocated for professional development, resources, software …