Flossmoor School District 161

D161 reviewing traffic flow issues, particularly with Western Avenue backups

October 28, 2021 - 20:23
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A compliment about one traffic-related issue led to questions about others for Flossmoor School District 161. Board Member David Linnear commended administrators during a school board meeting held Monday, Oct. 25, on their handling of a crosswalk situation at Heather Hill Elementary School. But he asked what was being done to examine whether traffic flow issues exist at other schools because of rerouting related to COVID-19 protocols, as well as what can be done to address those concerns.

D161 enrollment up this school year despite expectation of a drop after graduation of large class

October 18, 2021 - 21:49
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Enrollment is up slightly in Flossmoor School District 161 this school year.

Superintendent Dana Smith updated the board of education on enrollment figures during a meeting held Tuesday, Oct. 12. Total enrollment in the district is 2,310 students for the 2021-2022 school year, compared with 2,245 students last year, he said.

Exit interviews give administrators a better idea of D161’s strengths, weaknesses

September 30, 2021 - 21:25
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Exit interviews recently conducted by Flossmoor School District 161 highlighted what ex-employees see as the positives and negatives of their time working for the school system.

Eric Melnyczenko, District 161’s director of human resources, compiled recent responses in a report delivered Monday, Sept. 27, to the board of education.

D161 considering COVID-19 vaccine requirement for staff, though exemptions would remain

September 15, 2021 - 22:02
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Flossmoor School District 161 is considering implementing a vaccine requirement for its unvaccinated staff members that would only allow for medical or religious exemptions.

“I would recommend it,” Superintendent Dana Smith said Monday, Sept. 13, when presenting the item for discussion during a special meeting of the board of education.

Associate Superintendent: D161 facing ‘rough, rough start’ to transportation this school year

September 07, 2021 - 21:45
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Schools nationwide are facing transportation issues to start the 2021-2022 school year, and Flossmoor School District 161 has not been immune to the trend.

“It’s been a rough, rough start,” Associate Superintendent Frances LaBella told the district’s board of education the evening of Monday, Aug. 30.

D161 hears more concerns regarding COVID-19 mitigation; talks construction near Parker

September 06, 2021 - 20:57
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Flossmoor School District 161 parents are continuing to raise COVID-19 concerns as the 2021-2022 school year progresses this fall.

Pam Jackson, a parent of twins in fourth grade and a kindergartener at Western Avenue Elementary School, was one of two parents to speak Aug. 30 during a board of education meeting about COVID-19 mitigation concerns.

“This is not an easy thing to deal with,” Jackson said. “I appreciate the changes you have made.”

D161 looking at $64K operating surplus for FY2022 but $671K total deficit with construction

September 06, 2021 - 20:30
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As Flossmoor School District 161 heads toward a Sept. 13 vote on its fiscal year 2022 budget, it is expecting an operating surplus of approximately $64,000 for the fiscal year — which runs from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022 — but an overall deficit of $671,595 with construction, according to a report delivered Monday, Aug. 30, by Associate Superintendent Fran LaBella.

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