Uptick in District 153 kindergarten class may be an anomaly

There are more little kindergarteners in Homewood District 153 this year than there has been since 2001.
 
The 25 percent increase in the class size, from an average of 160 to today's 195 students, forced the district to add an additional kindergarten class at Willow School, where children pre-school through second grade are served.
 
Now administrators are trying to figure out if the increase is a trend or a fluke? 
 

District 153 has a long-range plan for the next five years

The board of education for Homewood District 153 officially accepted a five-year strategic plan at its March 12 meeting.
 
Superintendent Dale Mitchell offered his thanks and congratulations to the board members, district staff and community volunteers who worked on the outline and spelled out initiatives to be carried out through 2023. More than 50 people were involved in developing the plan.

Flossmoor Fire Department looking for two new full-time captains

As its department faces increased calls and market pressures, the Flossmoor Fire Department is reorganizing its staffing structure. The department is eliminating three shift commander posts, currently held by contracted personnel, and replacing them with two full-time captain positions.
 

Local women get introduction to brewing

The world of craft brewing is largely a male-dominated industry. Female brewers are few and far between. So during Women’s History Month some local women got together to learn the tricks of the trade at Homewood’s Rabid Brewing, led by a woman, Raiye Rosado, who is co-owner of the brewery with her husband, Tobias Cichon. 

District 161 board OKs staffing plan, reviews change orders

The plan for staffing Flossmoor School District 161 next school year will involve some shifting of certified positions, according to a plan adopted Monday, March 12, by the board of education.

2 marketing plans will be presented at Homewood village board meeting

Village staff will make two marketing presentations at the Homewood board of trustees meeting Tuesday.

IJP Students Revved Up at Energy Fair

On March 22, Flossmoor was host to a community event where residents could gain extensive knowledge on the development of alternative energy sources, including biomass, solar and geothermal power.

H-F High School pool will get $3.6 million in major improvements this summer

The District 233 school board agreed to update and make improvements to the Homewood-Flossmoor High School swimming pool in the South Building.
 
Major improvements were last done 25 years ago, according to Ken Parchem, H-F business manager. He told board members the project has been on the district’s list for long-term facility updates for a number of years.
 

Winds blow in Easter Egg Hunt

The temperature was more winter than spring and the winds gave a chill, but it didn’t stop the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District from hosting its 41st annual Easter Egg Hunt at Irwin Park on Saturday, March 24.
 
Dressed in winter jackets, with hats and mittens, hundreds of kids lined the perimeter of Irwin Park. The 3-2-1 countdown was given and the mad dash for the plastic eggs began. Some kids were lucky enough to get specially marked eggs to receive prizes, everything from chocolate covered Easter egg candies to stuffed toys.
 

Marching against gun violence

  H-F area young people await a train at the Homewood
  station ready to travel to Chicago on Saturday, March 24,
  to participate in the regional rally as part of the
  movement to end gun violence. Organizers

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