Wednesday, February 6, 2013
One of the six is a sitting board members seeking re-election to the board in April.
Six candidates including one sitting board members filed nominating papers to run for four open Pleasantdale School District 107 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 107 school board will include the following names: Mirabile is the only sitting board member seeking re-election. The other five would be newcomers. Barker, Gilman, Sengpiel and Violante have formed a slate they call Focus 4 the Future. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - There are plenty of ways to keep up on local news: More 2013 election news:
Friday, April 20, 2012
A debate over whether to purchase 480 laptops for the Pleasantdale School District will continue in May.
The Pleasantdale District 107 Board of Education moved forward with part of its $500,000 technology proposal late Wednesday night, but held off approving the most expensive portion of the plan - the purchase of 480 laptops. Approved was the purchase of 30 iPads and a portable cart for grades K-2 and special education students in the amount of $16,000. However, several board members raised questions about the cost, type and necessity of the laptops, which are proposed for students in the middle school, as well as third and fourth grade. The laptops, along with related equipment, software and storage, cost approximately $441,000. “We’ve been very frugal here at Pleasantdale...We’ve milked these computers that we have to every extent we can. …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Board will also question undergoing a communications audit during board meeting.
District 107 School Board members will review a 1998 transportation agreement with St. John of the Cross at their regular school board meeting Wednesday night. The district provides transportation services for students living within the boundaries of Pleasantdale School District but who attend St. John of the Cross. The provision of the route costs $15,000. Board members will also discuss whether or not to have the district undertake a communications audit. The board will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the district administrative office, 7450 S. Wolf Road.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The District 107 school board received interpretations of the results from consultants at its regular meeting Wednesday night.
The Pleasantdale School Board Wednesday night heard from consultants regarding the results of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills students took last fall. The ITBS gives a national percentile rank for students, which is standardized across the country. Beginning this school year, students transitioned from forms which were statistically normed in 2000 to forms which were statistically normed in 2011. Students in grades 3 through 8 took tests in the areas of reading, vocabulary, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, written expression, math and math computation. The data showed that students either improved or stayed the same from 2010 to 2011. According to the report, students showed impressive improvement at the middle school, particularly in …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Also, board sets 2012 tax levy.
Parents sending their children to preschool and extended-day kindergarten in the Pleasantdale school district could be paying higher tuition in the fall - about $1 a day more. At the Dec. 21 school board meeting, Superintendent Mark Fredisdorf presented members with proposed fee increases starting with the 2012-13 school year. “We think this is a prudent thing to do, given the direct costs and the subsidies the district provides continue to go up,” Fredisdorf said. “And this is a modest increase given there has not been an increase for three years.” According to the proposal, students attending the two-day Bright Beginnings Preschool program would pay $1,378 a year for tuition, which is $19.41 per day. Currently the tuition is $1,300 a …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Board members receive update on technology plan and debate electronic board communications
The rate of technological advancement seems to be constantly increasing, making it difficult for school districts to keep pace. The changing technological landscape was a recurring theme in Wednesday’s Pleasantdale School District 107 Board of Education meeting. Technology Specialist John McAtee updated the board on the status of the district’s technology plan. He noted that this is the first year for the plan, which covers three years. McAtee said the plan included several technology deployment projects for this year, including updating teacher, staff, and student computers, upgrading servers, and installing SharePoint software, which will allow remote access to district files. “It will be wonderful,” McAtee said. “Our current SharePoint …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
School officials estimate a budget deficit of $400,000
The Pleasantdale School District 107 Board of Education Wednesday approved a $12.9 million budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year without dissent. District Business Manager Catherine Chang outlined the highlights of the budget during a public hearing. She said expenses are projected to increase by 2.9 percent from the previous fiscal year. “Salaries and benefits together comprise more than half the operating expenditures,” Chang noted. The district expects to spend almost exactly $3 million on teacher salaries, a figure that does not include expenditures for special education teachers and aides, early childhood salaries, summer school teacher salaries, and a variety of other salaries related to instruction. The budget forecasts that revenues…
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
In some areas, Pleasantdale students outpace other Lyons Township students.
Pleasantdale School District students are passing standardized tests with flying colors. That is the news Superintendent Dr. Mark Fredisdorf announced at a recent Pleasantdale School District 107 Board of Education meeting. “The majority of it is very good news,” Fredisdorf said. “I hope the board and the community as well is pleased to see that things continue to go up. We have very little bad news.” Overall, 93 of 98 students met the middle school proficiency standard, and Pleasantdale eighth grade students scored on average one point higher on the EXPLORE test than the rest of Lyons Township district students did. EXPLORE includes multiple-choice tests in reading, math, English and science, and is designed to help students recognize …
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Students at Pleasantdale Middle School complete service projects as part of a yearlong personal development program.
The holiday season inspires many good-hearted people to volunteer their time, donate food, clothing and toys, and drop coins into the bell-ringer's red bucket. But for a group of middle school students volunteering at a number of places Friday, the act is part of a broader curriculum that supports their social and emotional development. The service projects are a component of a school-wide advisory program at Pleasantdale Middle School, 7450 Wolf Rd., Burr Ridge, in which groups of 10 to 12 students are lead by a staff member throughout the year in a variety of activities and discussions meant to help them learn about qualities such as responsibility and improve personal skills such as communication. On Friday, groups of seventh- and …