District 161

Catching up on construction: D161 talks summer plans, persistent problems

February 13, 2021 - 22:35
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Construction dominated discussions at the Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education meeting held Monday, Feb. 8, with an eye toward the summer leading the way.

Associate Superintendent Fran LaBella called the work District 161 is aiming to do in summer 2021 “very minor compared to what we’ve been doing in previous years.”

D161 rescinds staff reduction, plans to bring select students back Jan. 25

January 10, 2021 - 18:03
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Flossmoor School District 161 is once again planning to have a limited number of students back inside of its walls on Jan. 25, and that was enough to save the jobs of seven district employees who were to lose their positions in a reduction-of-force that had been slated for the middle of the month.

Columbus Day, teacher recognitions, remote learning updates round out D161 discussions

October 18, 2020 - 17:15
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Columbus Day could become a thing of the past — at least in name — for Flossmoor School District 161, but officials said it deserves more discussion before making any permanent changes.

The topic was raised early during the school board's meeting Tuesday, Oct. 13, one day later than normal because of the federal holiday. Superintendent Dana Smith said the question came up in submitted public comments for the meeting.

D161 to test the waters of in-person blended model with return of some students

October 17, 2020 - 11:28
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Flossmoor School District 161 intends to move forward with bringing a limited number of students in its special education programs back into its buildings as early as Oct. 26.

Jackie Janicke, the district’s director of special education, presented a report to the school board and led a conversation about a blended model of instruction for interested families with students, giving a possible start date and a schedule for the change. 

D161 sees progress on Western Avenue, Flossmoor Hills projects

September 02, 2020 - 22:23
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Alumni may soon want to make a return trip to Western Avenue Elementary School.

“To experience Western with central air — we have been talking about that for so long,” said Michelle Hoereth, president of Flossmoor School District 161’s Board of Education.

Superintendent Dana Smith noted it “feels completely different” to walk the halls of Western Avenue on a hot day.

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