Flossmoor School District 161

District 161 tax levy includes ‘huge increase’ from Meijer

With this year’s opening of the Meijer superstore, Flossmoor School District 161 is getting a needed boost in property tax revenue.

According to the estimated 2016 tax levy, approved Monday by the board of education, District 161 will take in an additional $909,090 in property taxes, mostly as a result of Meijer, which opened last June in Flossmoor.

District 161 hires interim school superintendent

Board of education members in Flossmoor School District 161 have hired an interim superintendent for the remainder of the 2016-2017 academic year.

At a special meeting Wednesday, board members approved the appointment of Michael Popp as interim superintendent.

According to a press release issued Thursday by the school board, Popp will have a contract through June 30, 2017. He will take over the superintendent’s duties next week, the release says.

Search firm outlines steps in hiring new District 161 superintendent

Those calendars and planners on sale this time of year were put into early use at Monday’s Flossmoor District 161 board of education meeting.

Board members synchronized their schedules for the next three months with representatives of BWP and Associates, the firm hired by the board to assist in finding both an interim and a full-time superintendent.

District 161 approves separation agreement with superintendent

Craig Doster’s tenure as Flossmoor School District 161 superintendent has come to an end. At a special meeting Tuesday, board of education members approved a separation agreement with Doster, District 161’s superintendent for the last six years.

Change needed, residents tell District 161 school board

Flossmoor School District 161 Superintendent Craig Doster, on a leave of absence for the last two weeks, was not present at Tuesday’s Board of Education committee meeting.

Frances LaBella, the district’s assistant superintendent for business, has been coordinating operations since the start of Doster’s leave, and she represented District 161’s administration at the board table.

No state of crisis in District 161, board president says

A state of crisis does not exist in Flossmoor School District 161, board of education President Stephen Paredes said last week.

“All pistons are firing,” Paredes said in an Oct. 27 interview with the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle. “We are headed in the right direction. We are meeting our district goals.”

District 161 superintendent has been on leave since Oct. 18

Craig Doster, the superintendent of Flossmoor School District 161 for the last six years, has been on a leave of absence since Oct. 18, the day after Board of Education members received a letter from community residents demanding his immediate removal.

Letter presented to District 161 board calls for superintendent’s removal

A group of parents in Flossmoor School District 161 Monday asked the board of education to remove Superintendent Craig Doster by the beginning of November.

Flossmoor resident Reginald Williams Jr., a spokesman for the group, told the board that 400 District 161 residents signed a letter calling for the superintendent’s immediate dismissal.

District 161 board OKs resignation pact, hires interim principal

After approving a resignation agreement with former Parker Junior High School Principal David Kennedy, Flossmoor District 161 Board of Education members Monday voted to appoint an interim principal at the school.

Vickie Person will take over as Parker’s principal on Sept. 19, Superintendent Craig Doster said.

Proposed District 161 budget includes state, local financial boosts

As Flossmoor District 161 prepares to approve its 2016-17 budget, significant financial boosts are likely from both state and local sources.

With the retirement of Flossmoor’s tax increment financing (TIF) district last December, the Flossmoor school system is expecting a 2.8 percent increase in local tax revenues in the new fiscal year. Frances LaBella, District 161’s associate superintendent for business, said the TIF retirement will bring about $300,000 in additional revenues.

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