District 161

Students meet school officials, enjoy movie in Flossmoor Park

The second annual District 161 Back to School Meet and Greet on Friday evening marked the end of summer vacation with a family event and outdoor movie.

District 161 kids get to see a firefighter’s view

What better way to end summer school than with a chance to sit in a fireman’s truck! After six weeks of learning, the Summer Academy for District 161 ended Thursday, July 26, for more than 400 kids pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. 

Flossmoor School District 161 launches new registration process

It was cool heads and short lines throughout July as Flossmoor School District 161 launched its new registration for the 2018-19 school year.
 
“We actually started in May, as the last school year was ending,” said Superintendent Dana Smith. 
 
Teachers and administrators began working on next year’s class lists early while the previous year was still fresh in their minds. 
 

District 161 board members voice concerns about home rule plan

The Flossmoor District 161 Board of Education is still deliberating whether it will enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Homewood as the village continues its efforts to become a home rule community. A decision is expected in January but some board members are publicly stating their reservations.
 

Home rule proposal in Homewood discussed by District 161 board

Flossmoor District 161 Board of Education members made no decision on whether to endorse a proposal for home rule status in the Village of Homewood.

At the board’s Nov. 13 meeting there was no indication of what action, if any, the board will take on a possible home rule referendum. Homewood trustees are expected to approve a March referendum on home rule at their Dec. 12 meeting. 
 

Parker music students chosen for ILMEA festival

Seven Parker Junior High School students have been chosen to participate in a statewide musical festival on Nov. 4. The District 1 Music Festival, hosted by the Illinois Music Education Association Elementary and Junior High Division, is taking place at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox.

Fine-tuning bus service in District 161 reduces complaints this year

A representative of the school bus company serving Flossmoor School District 161 was on hand at Monday’s Board of Education meeting to respond to parents’ complaints even though school district and bus company officials acknowledged that things are running smoothly as the school year entered its third week. 
 

Donation of up to $200,000 for Serena Hills Smartlab announced

Serena Hills School alumnus Allan DiCastro has made another sizeable donation to the elementary school from which he graduated four decades ago.

DiCastro is donating up to $200,000 to fund a “Smartlab” at the school, one of five campuses in Flossmoor District 161. District officials announced the gift at the July 10 board of education meeting.

District 161 OKs calendar for 2017-2018 school year

 
The calendar for the 2017-2018 school year was unanimously approved Monday by the Flossmoor District 161 Board of Education. The calendar has only minor changes from recent years and is being coordinated with neighboring school districts. However, the board may later discuss how one of the holidays is labeled.
 

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.

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