District 153 first district to begin SHIELD testing for COVID

September 02, 2021 - 21:33
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District 153 set in motion a weekly testing of students against the COVID-19 disease.

Superintendent Scott McAlister said nearly all of the 700 students and staff at Willow, Churchill and James Hart Schools will be tested using the SHIELD test developed by the University of Illinois. Parents have the option of opting out of testing for their child.

Federal funding for extended benefits ending Sept. 11

September 01, 2021 - 21:59
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The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced on Friday that federal funding under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for extended benefits (EB) will end the week ending Sept. 11.

The remaining federal unemployment programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), will expire on Sept. 4.

H-F High reports budget of $61.8 million for 2021-22 school year

September 01, 2021 - 21:54
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The District 233 school board is set to pass a $61.87 million budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year at its Sept. 21 board meeting.

The overall budget of $61.87 million shows $59.4 million in revenue leaving a deficit of $2.46 million. District 233 Business Manager Lawrence Cook said that drop in revenue is due to an error when the Cook County Clerk’s Office failed to include a tax abatement on last year’s property tax bills. The abatement appears on this year’s bills.

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