Flossmoor School District 161

Proposed District 161 budget includes state, local financial boosts

September 08, 2016 - 19:39
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As Flossmoor District 161 prepares to approve its 2016-17 budget, significant financial boosts are likely from both state and local sources.

With the retirement of Flossmoor’s tax increment financing (TIF) district last December, the Flossmoor school system is expecting a 2.8 percent increase in local tax revenues in the new fiscal year. Frances LaBella, District 161’s associate superintendent for business, said the TIF retirement will bring about $300,000 in additional revenues.

District 161 board hears audience’s pitch for Pitcock at Parker

August 30, 2016 - 13:37
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Residents brought concerns over last week’s administrative shakeup at Parker Junior High School to Monday’s Flossmoor District 161 Board of Education committee meeting.

Nearly 50 people attended the sometimes heated meeting, during which a number of residents peppered board members and administrators with questions and criticism on issues ranging from the current absence of a principal at Parker to test scores to the proposed 2016-17 budget.

District 161 hires firm to look for illegally enrolled students

August 18, 2016 - 22:00
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Flossmoor School District 161 is looking for residency cheats.

As a new academic year starts – Aug. 22 is the first full day of class – as many as 12 prospective students enrolling in district schools have been “red-flagged” for residency questions, Superintendent Craig Doster said this week. That means school officials will take a second look at the students to make sure they truly live within District 161’s boundaries.

Meijer opens Flossmoor superstore with $50,000 gift to community

June 21, 2016 - 13:23
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Meijer opened its superstore in Flossmoor Tuesday with a gift to the community — two donations of $25,000 each to Flossmoor School District 161 and Park Forest School District 163. “My dad taught us that giving back is just something you do,” said Mark Meijer, a board member with the Michigan-based chain of grocery and superstores, at the grand opening ceremony.

Data shows improvements with Parker’s discipline program, principal says

May 26, 2016 - 21:35
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Parker Junior High School Principal David Kennedy made a presentation to the Flossmoor District 161 school board this week showing that the number of disciplinary referrals declined in the first year of a new program.

During the current school year, there were 43 referrals for fighting, Kennedy said. There were 77 referrals for disrespect, 57 for abusive language and one for the use of tobacco, drugs, weapons and combustibles. The numbers show the total referrals through Monday. 

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