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Orange County Sheriff's deputies conduct a bomb sweep at San Clemente High School earlier this month. | Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
David Greenberg March 28, 2014 at 11:46 am
"Virtual walls"? Geezus... GPS spoofing is but one way around the geofence. The otherRead More is simply walking up to someone and saying "HEY *(&*(^^#&*(Y($*() !!!!!" Or use a different app created with a bogus email account... *sigh*. Sticks and stones people... sticks and stones... Walk it off and move on...
Stu Pidasso March 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm
thats for sure, this country is turning into a bunch of pansies!!
Stu Pidasso March 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm
my kid tells me that his buddy who lives over in Europe has a math book that shows a drawing of anRead More obese American eating a Cheeseburger with Plumbers Ass , as if we are a bunch of slobs over here!!! Is that nice or what???
Benjamin January 22, 2014 at 01:50 pm
The "wearing shorts" comment cracked me up - made even better by the fact i actually saw aRead More kid running for the bus this morning wearing shorts. Pretty sure it was like 4 degrees out this morning. Dress your kids parents, come on.
Michelle Takesue January 22, 2014 at 02:05 pm
They should absolutely NOT be going to a bus stop, going to school, and carrying on through theRead More tedious windchills! I guess I worry more about the safety of all the kids that have no choice but to stand at a bus stop and or walk to school, and the ignorant parents that don't follow up with the proper garb! An animal won't be caught out there, human beings should not be either!
Oldreddog January 23, 2014 at 06:43 pm
Every one survived, even the brilliant young man who was wearing shorts at the bus stop on front ofRead More my house .
John Laesch addresses the Geneva School Board on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.
Gerard Schilling January 15, 2014 at 08:34 am
Who other then the school boards packed with teacher union supporters if not union members orRead More officers are against charter schools, private religious schools or god forbid home schoolers? This is nothing more then the liberal left depriving what use to be free citizens from exercising their constitutional rights of choice. You know the same thing as BO Care, using salt on your food, using fossil fuels, not having your money stolen by redistributors etc.
Michael Hunt January 16, 2014 at 08:18 am
Careful with that broad brush, Jerry. You almost knocked over your expensive vase! ...
Former Batavia School Superintendent Jack Barshinger.
JT January 16, 2014 at 04:22 pm
Great suggestion Patti. I am not really sure why the left has this war on our kids. The taxes weRead More pay should go to the kids, not continuous pay hikes for people in power and Unions who back up bad teachers, and administrators who do not give a hoot how much they spend, or how they spend. The other concern we all need to take a closer look at is "Common Core" . Just last week, my daughter was helping one of my grandchildren with math. The question was, what do you do at night? She stopped, and asked, "what does this have to do with Math? I have tried to open eyes with some of the things I have been reading, and this question on the math question goes to the data mining they are collecting from our kids in schools. This is not right. I urge all to check out stopcommoncoreillinois.org.
Nell Novak January 21, 2014 at 07:17 am
Holy cow! Leave town for a few days... I don't think people read the comments carefully. I agreeRead More 100% that the board is responsible for making sure funds are used appropriately. I think I stated that several times... What I am saying is that just slashing budgets is not the answer. Prioritizing is. Bob - I think we could do a better job with the teachers. Many are great, some are good and some are not good, not good at all. It's difficult to get rid of not good teachers once they get tenure, as we all know. As far as activity fees, you must not have kids in school! We do pay, quite a bit for sports and music extra curricular activities. We also pay for educational activities. I can't remember the actual amount and I am sure someone here knows - it is hundreds of dollars to register for school. This includes fees for labs, special textbooks, etc. But, in order to have the programs, we need the facilities and people to run them. I am a very financially conservative person - very. And nothing irritates more than the misuse of public funds - not the USE of public funds, just the misuse. Personal spending of public funds should never be tolerated. But building state of the art facilities and hiring top-notch teachers is critical to building a strong community, imo.
Bob McQuillan January 22, 2014 at 05:29 pm
Nell - not being able to terminate bad teachers only hurts good teachers. I have never understoodRead More why a union goes to such lengths to protect underperforming employee. The only answer I can come to is that teachers don't trust the administration to only terminate the bad teachers. It costs @$250 to register and about $200 per sport. That doesn't nearly cover the actual costs of some activities. Why can parents pay $3,000+ for travel soccer but aren't willing to pay a nominal fee to the school. This is true for baseball & basketball as well. Football probably pays most of the operating expenses through fan attendance but I have never heard that figure released. What percent of their operating costs do music & theater activity fees pay for? Of course the first argument will be why should parents have to pay 100% of the costs. Well, why should the taxpayers pay 100% for activities that are called "extra." If done correctly, every dollar a parent pays comes back to them in better teachers. You never answered my question of: how much is needed to run a top-notch district?
The sign that is posted on all public entrances of Oswego 308 schools.
JT January 8, 2014 at 06:29 am
Great news. Now the ones who intend harm will have no fear in walking onto and into our schools.Read More Good job Illinois.
Kurt Kasules January 8, 2014 at 09:23 am
Ya gotta be a special kind of stupid if yu thinks the sign makes your kids safer!!!!!!!!! It makeRead More the nutcase safer and more confident of their ability to create serious mayham in your "safe zone".
Nell Novak December 19, 2013 at 07:17 am
Robert - I don't believe it was the teachers who racked up the $25,000, it was the school boardRead More members at a convention or conference or something of the sort in the city. I agree there has been wasteful spending, but I do think they made the right decision. However, that money needs to be spent on education (reducing class sizes, improving technology, hiring more qualified teachers - not artificial turf or new uniforms). They need to make this right.
Dan December 19, 2013 at 07:57 am
The only place that money is going is to fund the pension and a raise. Cuts back in spending never.Read More You tax payers will have to pay more. I’m going for steak and send you the tax payers the bill. Like the saying goes only 2 things in life are Death and TAXES! The bill is in the mail you silly tax payers.
JT December 21, 2013 at 09:43 am
The only obvious conclusion is to replace the School Board. The one we have do not seem to care orRead More listen to the taxpayers. They either have a hearing problem or they think that they are above the taxpayer. I'm saying that to knock them down a peg or two by eliminating their positions of power is just what is needed. I wonder what they would do or think about paying property tax increases when their wallet was affected without the benefit of perks from the town? Shame on these scam artists.
Sylvia Keppel December 13, 2013 at 01:43 pm
btown, not everyone is in a situation where they can make the time commitment to be on the schoolRead More board. The school board is elected to represent the taxpayer, to act as a form of "checks and balances". As such, they should want to hear what the taxpayers have to say, and take those views into consideration. It is the essence of democracy that different opinions be expressed. I'm sorry you see that as a "waste of time". It is only a waste of time if the school board has no intention of listening to the people who pay their hard earned money to keep the schools running. I hope that is not the case. I know that is the case with the administration, as the superintendent has told me they will not change their recommendation to levy the maximum amount. But the administration does not represent the interests of the taxpayer; the school board does. I would hope that the school board will listen to the people. We are not asking that anything be cut. In fact, we are asking them to stick with a more than 2% increase, NOT the 13% increase in operating taxes they are requesting. This hearing is only required because of the humongous increase in their tax levy. This is not normal and not what they are used to operating under.
NEM950 December 18, 2013 at 06:29 am
I hope that all of the levy signs around town will be taken down today.
btown95 December 18, 2013 at 09:10 am
congratulations to the school board for doing the right thing last night, i hope all those levyRead More signs dissapear too
Mark Grosso at a December 2013 Geneva School Board meeting.
Mike December 12, 2013 at 06:31 pm
Grosso, to little to late. If you would have answered the question when asked, you and your boardRead More members might have saved yourself the embarrassment. Now stand up like a man and tell the Geneva tax payers who inflated the enrollment numbers.
AP Photo/Steve Ruark
JT December 9, 2013 at 07:21 am
For real information on Common Core, try www.stopcommoncoreillinois.org. The propaganda pushingRead More this new curriculum is amazing. I fear for my grandchildren and yours. Many states are now removing this from the schools. As an example, the reading material required for the 10th grade was a pure smut book, one in which an adult probably would not have read until they were in their 20's. The math is reduced to nothing. Ex: 2 + 2 = 3 (It would be OK, as long as you can explain how you got there, REALLY). There are more examples, please check this out, for the sake of our future generation. Let's remove this from Illinois.
Dan November 20, 2013 at 11:05 am
Or answering. I sent a debt plan and recorded a presentation. I asked in a board email, and theyRead More said no, we can't meet in a group (mind you, my first words were I'm clearly aware of open-meeting rules, and I was emphatic that the invitation was 1-2 at a time NOT to violate open-meeting) - the president either didn't read my note - or purposefully deflected me to staff v. board member face to face discussions. Personal emails were sent to 2 board members and they did respond - but either the other 5 didn't care, or me pleading in public comments to meet with me the previous 2 meetings, weren't enough - 3 were offended I didn't make a 4th attempt with them when they heard the 4th attempt with Dave and Leslie got actual face time meetings to discuss my plan. Once it went into the Patch and KCC stories - then they were offended again. Called me out as making intentional misstatements about the districts ratings (Mark Grosso said he didn't say my name when he made the correction, but if you watch the 10/28 were I misspoke, I'm obviously, well, me.) And... I corrected myself by standing the district's BONDS were downgraded. Then it was the accusation that it was the secondary credit provider that made the bonds get downgraded by Moody's in Jan and August. So - they don't listen. If they do respond, its with attacks on your misstatements, even if you correct them. Or your lack of trying the 4th time to beg for a face to face. For Mark Grosso to say in public, that I didn't contact him personally is technically true, but he ignored my 3 previous invites - and conveniently left that out to show in public that I was shunning him - see how that works? Politics v. integrity. Kelly and Mary pulled the same - you left me out - and omitted saying they ignored my two public invites, and the private email to the board invite. They are not listening NOR answering meeting requests. Don't be fooled in their "I am in the book" blather - its really, I'm responsive if I feel like it, our will say in public that you didn't try hard enough.