Pay hikes approved in District 161

Pay increases for all employees are now in place after actions were taken by the Flossmoor District 161 Board of Education at a special meeting Jan. 23.

Approved were raises for non-bargaining employees and new rates of pay for substitute teachers and lunch aides. These increases follow a new four-year agreement reached with teachers on Dec. 12.

District 161 hires firm to help with Parker principal search

Flossmoor District 161 has formally engaged BWP & Associates to conduct the search for a new principal at Parker Junior High School but a cap has been placed on the expense.
 
The Board of Education Monday unanimously approved spending $9,500 for BWP to help land a new principal but tabled the spending of an additional $800 to $1,200 for “other expenses.”

St. Baldrick’s volunteers needed

Students at Homewood-Flossmoor High School are asking community members to step up to fight pediatric cancer by volunteering to have their heads shaved as part of the 2017 St. Baldrick’s event.

Four top musicians selected for Music Educators Festival

Four outstanding musicians at Homewood-Flossmoor High School will be part of the 2017 Music Educators Association All-State Festival this weekend in Peoria.

The program will bring together the best student musicians from across the state.  The meeting is Jan. 25 through 28.

H-F residents join Women's March in Chicago to protest incoming administration

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Homewood and Flossmoor residents joined the Women's March in Chicago on Saturday to show support for women's rights and to protest the policies and past of the incoming president.

‘Tell 7’ campaign spreading the word on SSFS lack of state funding

South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS) has launched a campaign to spread the word that it needs its promised funding from the state. SSFS, an agency based in Homewood that works with victims of domestic violence, is urging supporters to join the “Tell 7” initiative by doing three things: call, give and tell.

Police seek information on Walmart gas station robbery

The Homewood Police Department is seeking information from the public about a robbery Wednesday, Jan. 18.

H-F symphonic and jazz bands raise money for trip to Greece

The Homewood-Flosmoor High School Fine and Performing Arts Parents Club held a successful auction Jan. 21 at the high school to raise money for the symphonic and jazz bands' trip to Greece over spring break.

Band students took turns at OPA! Palooza! entertaining while guests enjoyed delicious Greek food samples and bid on prizes through a silent auction and raffles, in addition to a “split the pot” cash prize.

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