Homewood School District 153

Churchill administrators sent to the roof by students

This school year ended with three Churchill School administrators spending Monday, June 3, on the school roof playing catch with students.
 
The strange sight was the culmination of a kindness challenge during May. When the 675 students surpassed the 3,000-point kindness target, Principal Nikki Kerr and Assistant Principals Mary Kay Gardiner and Alison Lincoln came through and spent the day on the roof.

School districts searching near and far for top candidates

Finding good teachers is becoming more difficult. Districts 153, 161 and 233 are all willing to go outside of Illinois and the Midwest on candidate searches. The districts participated in a schools job fair March 16 that drew 29 districts from South Cook and Will counties who are looking for staff.

Voters Guide: Homewood School District 153

The Chronicle's 2019 Consolidated Election Voters Guide: One District 153 candidate, Jim Schmidt, responded to our questionnaire.

District 153’s Mitchell named ‘Superintendent of Distinction’

Dale Mitchell got a Superman cape Monday to recognize him as a "super superintendent" as part of the Homewood District 153 celebration marking his selection as the 2019 Superintendent of Distinction from the South Suburbs. His peers in the Illinois Association of School Administrators voted for Mitchell to receive the honor for his leadership, professionalism, communication and community involvement. 

Lisa Rost earns national certification as District 153 teacher

Lisa Rost loves teaching so much, she spent four years examining her teaching methods at Homewood’s Willow School so she could become a better teacher.
 
Rost is the third District 153 teacher to earn a certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, in addition to Laura Kozel and Marisa Alborn from Churchill School. Teachers with the certificate have improved their teaching practices, helped students learn more and demonstrated a commitment to excellence, according to the national board.

District 153 taxpayers helping to meet expenses through high tax payments

Homewood School District 153's tax collection rate is near perfect, according to the district's auditors. 
 
Taxpayers paid their property taxes at a rate of 98 percent in 2015 and 2016, according to Tim Fagan of Legacy Professionals, who presented the district’s latest audit report at its Jan. 7 meeting.
 

District 153’s superintendent becomes ‘Undercover Boss’ to mingle with staff

It was a full day for District 153 Superintendent Dale Mitchell, who conducted another of his “Undercover Boss” days recently. Though he’s not actually hiding from district workers, he is visiting with employees to learn what it takes to do their jobs.

 

District 153 schools earn commendable ranking

The Illinois State Board of Education issued commendable rankings for Willow, Churchill and James Hart Schools in Homewood District 153.

 

“We’re very proud of the work our staff does in working with the students, and collaborating with the parents and all our teams,” said Superintendent Dale Mitchell. 

School, village, library candidates file for April election ballots

(Updated Dec. 29)
In the April 2 election, voters will be selecting new members to serve on school boards, the Homewood and Flossmoor Village Boards, Flossmoor and Homewood libraries, Homewood-Flossmoor Park District and Prairie State College.

District 153 to raise cash via $4.5 million in GO bonds

The Homewood District 153 school board voted Monday to arrange for the sale of $4.5 million in General Obligation bonds in January. The sale will raise money for the district’s Working Cash Fund. Voters agreed in a 2016 referendum to give the school board permission to raise property taxes to cover the sale of $9 million in bonds to help keep school finances solvent.
 

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