Parker principal resigns, replacement named

The Flossmoor School Board approved the resignation of Parker Junior High Principal Fred Hunter and named Amabel Crawford as his replacement Monday during a special board meeting, according to a District 161 press release.

Hunter’s resignation will go into effect June 30, and Crawford will take on the role beginning July 1, according to board documents. Crawford is the district’s current director of learning and instruction.

Tax levy essential, but not always an easy decision for board members

Several local school board members have voted against district levies in recent years. Education editor Marilyn Thomas explores the issue, looking at what the levy is and what the rationales are for voting for or against this routine matter of school governance.

Mardell Parker, former District 161 superintendent, dies

Mardell Morris Parker, for whom Parker Junior High in Flossmoor is named, died Sunday, March 17, in Tierra Verde, Florida. He was 93.  “My dad was guided throughout his life by his strong belief in doing the ‘right thing,’ by his tremendous sense of duty to his family, his community and to the children of his school district,” his daughter Sally Parker-Johnson said.

Homewood marketing to millennial home buyers

Homewood is asking millennial home buyers to “Think Homewood” in a marketing campaign that will begin again later this month. The campaign will center on a series of animated ads designed to look like puzzle pieces coming together over slogans exalting the benefits of moving to Homewood. The ads will be shareable over social media.

Customers sad to see Panera closing

The usual vibe at the Panera Bread in Cherry Creek Plaza was missing Sunday as staff counted down the hours before the store closed at 4 p.m.
 
“I’ve been coming here every day the last four or five years. I think it’s terrible,” said Martin McHale of Homewood who sat by the fireplace reading a newspaper. “They said they talked to the mayor and they weren’t going to close here. I really hate to see it close.”
 

Irish tenor sings St. Patrick’s Day favorites

Gavin Coyle, a noted Irish tenor, will be giving a belated St. Patrick’s Day concert of Celtic songs and Irish ballads at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at St. Joseph Church, 17951 Dixie Highway in Homewood.

 

D-161 Board accepts resignation from teacher who alleged anti-gay harassment

A mid-year resignation from District 161 teacher Ryan Sinwelski, who alleged anti-gay harassment from a parent and students at Parker Junior High, was accepted by the Flossmoor School Board on Monday, March 11.
 

Imagination Playground is creative fun at Homewood’s Science Center

Wow! They’re super big — and blue! That’s the first reaction of kids who come to the Homewood Science Center for some creative learning using the Imagination Playground set.

Bids for H-F High arts addition come in high

The District 233 Finance Committee got unwelcome news Wednesday when Ed Wright of DLA Architects told them bids for work on the proposed Performing Arts Center came in more than $4 million over what is budgeted.
 
The school district has a plan to build new spaces at Homewood-Flossmoor High School for performing arts, band and orchestra and to redesign current spaces for fine arts. The board has budgeted $10 million for the project.
 

Nonviolence program March 30 at St. Joseph’s

“Living the Way of Nonviolence: Transforming Our Hearts, Our Minds, Our Culture” is the topic for a 9 a.m. to noon program Saturday, March 30, at the Burke Center of St. Joseph Parish, 17951 Dixie Highway in Homewood.
 

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