Flossmoor School District 161

District 161 board hears audience’s pitch for Pitcock at Parker

Residents brought concerns over last week’s administrative shakeup at Parker Junior High School to Monday’s Flossmoor District 161 Board of Education committee meeting.

Nearly 50 people attended the sometimes heated meeting, during which a number of residents peppered board members and administrators with questions and criticism on issues ranging from the current absence of a principal at Parker to test scores to the proposed 2016-17 budget.

Parker Junior High School principal placed on administrative leave

Parker Junior High School Principal David Kennedy was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday, the second day of the 2016-17 academic year. Flossmoor School District 161 Superintendent Craig Doster announced the action in an email to Parker parents on Tuesday morning.

New assistant principal appointed at Parker Junior High School

Parker Junior High School is starting the 2016-17 academic year with a new assistant principal. Shemeka Fountain, a 16-year veteran of junior high schools in Dolton and South Holland, began her assignment at Parker on Wednesday.

District 161 hires firm to look for illegally enrolled students

Flossmoor School District 161 is looking for residency cheats.

As a new academic year starts – Aug. 22 is the first full day of class – as many as 12 prospective students enrolling in district schools have been “red-flagged” for residency questions, Superintendent Craig Doster said this week. That means school officials will take a second look at the students to make sure they truly live within District 161’s boundaries.

New chief of learning and instruction hired in District 161

Flossmoor School District 161 has hired Amabel Crawford as its new director of learning and instruction. She begins working in the district on July 1.

New Parker student handbook may allow ‘unnatural’ hair colors

Multi-colored hair may be coming to Parker Junior High School.

School officials are proposing an end to the ban on “unnaturally colored hair,” Parker Principal David Kennedy said at Monday’s Flossmoor District 161 school board committee meeting.

Meijer opens Flossmoor superstore with $50,000 gift to community

Meijer opened its superstore in Flossmoor Tuesday with a gift to the community — two donations of $25,000 each to Flossmoor School District 161 and Park Forest School District 163. “My dad taught us that giving back is just something you do,” said Mark Meijer, a board member with the Michigan-based chain of grocery and superstores, at the grand opening ceremony.

Data shows improvements with Parker’s discipline program, principal says

Parker Junior High School Principal David Kennedy made a presentation to the Flossmoor District 161 school board this week showing that the number of disciplinary referrals declined in the first year of a new program.

During the current school year, there were 43 referrals for fighting, Kennedy said. There were 77 referrals for disrespect, 57 for abusive language and one for the use of tobacco, drugs, weapons and combustibles. The numbers show the total referrals through Monday. 

Those Who Excel nominees lauded for contributions to District 161

Flossmoor School District 161 last week saluted nominees for the annual Those Who Excel awards, sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The nominees were announced and applauded at District 161’s May 9 board of education meeting.

District 161 OKs mentoring program as ‘pipeline’ for teachers to become principals

Flossmoor District 161 is looking in-house for a principal to take over at Flossmoor Hills School in 2018.

School board members Monday approved an assistant principal mentoring program to begin this fall. The program is designed to prepare a classroom teacher in District 161 to become a building principal.


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