Flossmoor School District 161

District 161 to pay H-F teacher so three students can take advanced math class

Three Parker Junior High School students – a sixth grader and two eighth graders – will be taking junior-level honors math courses at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in the coming academic year.

Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education members Monday approved $11,414 to cover the cost of one H-F math teacher for one class so that the three students can take algebra II and trigonometry at the high school.

District 161’s new special education director ‘coming home’

Robin Latman, Flossmoor School District 161’s new director of special education, said Monday that she is excited to return to the H-F area.

Facing teacher shortage, District 161 looks for new faculty at job fairs

Flossmoor School District 161, facing a statewide teacher shortage, is traveling to two job fairs this month in search of new faculty members. Supertindent Craig Doster also announced the boys' seventh-grade basketball team will be competing in the state tournament. 

Great experience at Serena Hills School in 1970s leads to $25,000 gift

Four decades after graduating from Serena Hills School, Allan DiCastro remembers his years there as an important part of his life. “Experiences in that school made me feel I could achieve what anyone else could,” DiCastro told the H-F Chronicle this week. “And then as I went out into the world that sense of worth stuck and grounded me so often.”

Apple honors District 161 digital learning program for innovation, excellence

Apple, Inc., the world’s largest information technology company, has recognized Flossmoor School District 161 as “an exemplary learning environment for innovation, leadership and educational excellence.

PARCC exam results good but Homewood, Flossmoor schools continuing with their own testing methods

The results of the first PARCC exam taken by Homewood and Flossmoor students show good results, but administrators say they will continue to use their current testing methods for more accurate assessments of classroom success.

District 161 seeks new Heather Hill principal, special education director

Flossmoor School District 161 will be filling two key administrative positions before the start of a new academic year next summer.

Diana Rauner praises Flossmoor’s Western Avenue as state’s top school in reading challenge

Illinois’ first lady Tuesday paid tribute to Western Avenue School students for taking first place, statewide, in this summer’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

Decline in property values still a problem as District 161 prepares tax levy

In the next two years, Flossmoor District 161 expects a pair of significant financial “bumps” that both increase the total property value of the school community and provide relief to local taxpayers. Frances LaBella, the district’s assistant superintendent for business, told school board members Monday that this year’s retirement of a tax increment financing (TIF) district in Flossmoor will result in $3,585,878 being returned to the tax rolls. That amount will boost the district’s tax base in late 2016.

Enrollment in District 161 schools holds steady

Student enrollment in Flossmoor School District 161 is virtually unchanged from last year. As of Tuesday, 2,304 students are enrolled in the district’s five schools. Last year on the same date, District 161 had 2,303 students.

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