Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Make the grade with these unique teacher's gift Ideas.
The school year is winding down and the last day of school is quickly approaching. There is one last homework assignment for Moms and that's the end-of-year teachers' gifts. I try to get my kids' teachers something either really unique or something they could really use, but sometimes it's hard to come up with ideas. I live in a neighborhood with a lot of teachers so a few years ago I asked them what teacher's gifts they appreciated most. You can read their answers in this post: 10 Perfect Teachers Gift Ideas. If you want want to do a little something extra and make a gift with your child for his or her teacher, check out this post on Fun Homemade Teacher's Gift Ideas. What do you normally get your kids' teachers at the end of the …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Alexander Leigh Center for Autism seeking volunteers to help paint its Crystal Lake school.
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Wednesday, April 17
The Alexander Leigh Center for Autism is seeking help from the community to paint its school at 620 N. Route 31 in Crystal Lake, according to a post on Crystal Lake-Cary Patch. ALCA is a non-profit, full day, year-round therapeutic day school approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. The day school serves children 3-15 years old with autism spectrum disorder, OHI, multiple disabilities, developmental delay and/or intellectual disability. The center also serves preschool age children, 3-5 years old in its development learning center, a half day program. ALCA is based in Crystal Lake, Illinois and serves McHenry and collar counties. Organization: Alexander Leigh Center for Autism Causes: Educational, Kids Date(s): Schedule a date …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Cary School District 26 finance committee met Tuesday night to discuss the administrative staffing levels, tasks and efficiencies.
In efforts to find cost savings, the Cary School District 26 administration conducted an administrative review to find out efficiencies of staffing levels, expenses of the administration and staff comparisons to districts with similar enrollment. Board Secretary Chris Jenner sparked the question of performing an administrative review and assured the public that a review would take place. At the district's finance committee meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent Brian Coleman presented the committee and the audience with an administrative analysis study, which covered reductions made over the past few years, staff expenses, recommendations and a staff survey from his administrative team. Jenner, who’s was not physically present at the …
Friday, September 30, 2011
Cary School District 26 discussed the abatement topic briefly at the regular board meeting on Sept. 26
Cary School District 26 has projected plans to abate bonds over the next four years to put money back into the taxpayers’ pocket. The district refinanced some bonds last for which we received revenue and that revenue is suppose to be spent over the next four years to reduce taxpayers tax bills, T. Ferrier, director of finance and operations said. "If you look at our debt and capital, you can see that million dollar use of fund balance, this is not a deficit, we’re not deficit spending," Ferrier said referring to the budget summary presented at Sept. 26 regular board meeting. "This is just our use of fund balances that we received last year to reduce taxpayers bills for FY 12," she said. Board member Chris Jenner would like to see all of …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Cary School District 26 Board of Education adopted the 2011-2012 budget at Monday's night regular board meeting.
Cary School District 26 held its' annual public hearing for their fiscal year 2012 budget and In a unanimous vote, the board adopted the budget. T. Ferrier, director of finance and operations highlighted some of the accomplishments the district has achieved, including positive fund balances for the district, balanced budgets and no reliance on short-term loans (Tax Anticipation Warrants). "Last year we had a negative $10 million in the education fund and now we’ve finally pulled ourselves out and we have positive fund balances," Ferrier said. Ferrier gave credit to the voters who passed the referendum in the November 2010 election. This year marks the second consecutive balanced budget, which is not which is not a small task, given the …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Cary School District 26 has an independent audit performed each year, in accordance to state law.
Cary School District 26 received a clean opinion on their fiscal year 2011 annual audit draft. “The objective of the audit is to render an opinion on the district’s financial statements,” T. Ferrier, director of finance and operations said. “To render an opinion or give an determination as to whether or not the district is consistent with the county standards in terms of its’ own record keeping and its’ own presentation of its own financial records.” Back in 2008, the district had eight audit findings, that means the auditors found eight “weaknesses” that the district was experiencing, Ferrier said. In 2009, the district saw a reduction to five findings and in 2010 there was one finding. “This year, for the first time in five years, the …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Late Wednesday night, the Cary School District 26 and the Cary Education Association has reached an agreement, more details to come after ratification.
After many months of negotiating on a new contract between Cary School District 26 and the Cary Education Association, both sides has reached an tentative agreement to resolve significant financial issues, a joint press release said. The board and the teachers' union are "optimistic" on coming to a full agreement on all remaining issues, the release said. A meeting has been set for next week, so both parties can address all remaining issues. The details of the tentative agreement will be made available after board and association members have ratified the documents. Check back with Cary Patch for details.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Some School District 26 classes could possibly reach 35 students per class.
Cary School District 26 is cutting 5.5 full-time positions from its staff, potentially increasing class sizes in the district. D-26 Superintendent Brian Coleman presented staffing plans to the Board of Education, which had some classrooms at the 35-student level. However, the final recommendation by the administration and eventually approved by the board, was to cut 5.5 full-time positions with class sizes not reaching the 35 level. But with the ongoing contract negotiations between the Board of Education and the Cary Education Association (CEA), the administration has prepared more reductions if an agreement is not met between the board and the CEA by the March 21 Board of Education meeting. Within those reductions, there is a cut of 16.…