District 153

District 153 school board ready to decide referendum needs

November 10, 2015 - 13:19
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In a few days, the Homewood District 153 school board will decide what it will ask of voters in a March referendum.

 At its Monday, Nov. 16, meeting the board will announce its plan for future funding, and whether District 153 may soon have three schools. Closing Millennium School and assigning fifth graders to Churchill School and moving sixth graders to Hart School would reduce staff costs and transportation expenses.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Hart School.

District 153 administrators, board will spell out financial needs at Monday meeting

November 04, 2015 - 19:36
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The special funding pot Homewood District 153 received through a referendum seven years ago is about to run dry. The school board will explain why it needs continued financial help at a special session on Monday, Nov. 9.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the James Hart School cafetorium, 18220 Morgan Ave.

Bubble gum experiment just one of many hands-on teaching methods for science teacher Jill Vagner

November 03, 2015 - 16:26
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Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost over night? It’s likely the seventh graders at James Hart School in Homewood don’t know the 1961 Lonnie Donegan song that asks that question, but they can give you an answer thanks to an introductory science experiment using bubble gum.

Homewood residents get answers on schools, taxes at special informational meeting

October 29, 2015 - 14:49
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Residents in Homewood District 153 gathered for two hours on Monday evening to hear school board members talk about district finances, tax options and plans to consolidate schools.

If the district is unable to keep its current tax rate, it will be forced to cut teaching positions pumping class sizes from 17 to 30 or more children, Superintendent Dale Mitchell told the 100 parents and district supporters at the information session.

School board members say state actions could do additional harm to District 153

October 20, 2015 - 17:16
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Three major actions now before the Illinois legislature could do additional serious harm to Homewood schools, according to administrators and school board members, and the only way out of the financial consequences will be through local decisions.

Shelly Marks, president of the school board, said the decisions before legislators are a proposal to freeze property taxes, a change in the state aid funding formula and moving pension obligations on to local districts.

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