Homewood School District 153

Homewood schools will begin work on new strategic plan

The District 153 Board of Education has agreed with a proposal from Superintendent Dale Mitchell to embark on a new strategic plan for the district.
 
The last plan was developed in 2012.
 

New administrators will welcome students for start of school

The Chronicle asked our newest school administrators questions to help introduce them to the community.  Although a few are familiar faces, they will be in new roles this school year. Others we are welcoming to the Homewood-Flossmoor community.

Schools will open on time despite state's education funding battle

Education officials in Homewood and Flossmoor pledged that schools will open on time, despite the state of Illinois’ school funding issues.

Legislators approved Senate Bill 1 (SB1) that would rewrite the funding formula for general state aid. Gov. Bruce Rauner threatens to veto the bill. Without approved legislation there is no mechanism in place to provide school districts with state dollars. 

District 153 music program offers students options in voice, band and orchestra

Homewood District 153 school board president Shelly Marks believes “students develop discipline when they practice an instrument, become team players when they are part of a band, orchestra or choir, and are able to explore something they are passionate about.”   

District 153’s long-time music program thrives with parents’ support

Homewood schools have a remarkable 65 years-plus history in the annals of music education earning recognition for its programs. Parent support has been a key to keeping the programs going for so long.

District 153 superintendent sets 2021 retirement date

Dale Mitchell, superintendent of Homewood School District 153 for the last 14 years, has announced his retirement after the 2020-21 academic year. 

District 153 and teachers agree on new contract

Homewood School District 153 and the Homewood Education Association (HEA) have reached an agreement on a five-year contract that includes salary raises for teachers and staff.
 
HEA approved the agreement on June 2. The District 153 board ratified it on June 7. 

Board President Shelly Marks characterized negotiations as positive and collegial. 

Ron Zinnerman named to District 153 school board

Glenwood resident Ron Zinnerman was appointed to the Homewood School District 153 board of education at the June 12 meeting.

 

School staff members recognized for outstanding service

As the school year ends, teachers, administrators and staff are retiring from Homewood-Flossmoor schools.
 
Whether it was giving a short term or more than 30 years of service, the work of these staff members has been greatly appreciated by all they came in contact with during the school day.
 
Homewood District 153
  • Cece Coffey, principal at Churchill School, 27 years

Principals given send-off by Homewood District 153

District 153 board members lavished praise on two retiring principals at the May 15 board meeting. Cece Coffey is retiring after 16 years as principal of Churchill School. Mary Ann Savage is retiring after 10 years as principal of Willow School. Board members lauded them for their many years of enthusiasm for and energy on behalf of Homewood students.

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