Monday, March 25, 2013
Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles school administrators and board members are taking a hard look at the proposal to bring the K12 virtual charter school to our area. What are your thoughts?
Concerns about the use of public tax dollars for education to support a for-profit virtual school whose bottom line may take precedence over the education of children is just one of the issues school officials must consider in a request to establish the area’s first ever virtual charter school. And so far, that's not sitting well for most administrators and School Board members in Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles. Dr. Donald Schlomann, superintendent of St. Charles Community Unit School District 303, said early last week that while he believes there will be a time and a place for virtual schools, District 303 has a number of reasons to proceed cautiously on the request by Virtual Learning Solutions to establish a virtual charter school …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Bison Gear Chairman Ron Bullock's hefty donation for the science, technology, education and math program was made through the Greater St. Charles Education Foundation.
Bison Gear and Engineering Corporation Chairman Ron Bullock has donated $26,000 to the Greater St. Charles Education Foundation specifically to support St. Charles Community Unit School District 303’s Project Lead the Way program. Project Lead the Way is a science, technology, education and math — or STEM — program in place at the high school and middle school levels in District 303. Project Lead the Way provides rigorous and innovative STEM curricular programs used in secondary schools across the United States. “We are so pleased that Mr. Bullock has once again been generous in supporting both the students in District 303 and the mission of the Greater St. Charles Education Foundation,” said foundation President Deb Mulrooney. “Mr. …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The St. Charles Board of Education approves amendments to superintendent’s contract, including an annual 6 percent retirement incentive annuity.
Dr. Donald Schlomann will retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year, according to an amended contract for the superintendent of St. Charles Community Unit School District 303. The Board of Education approved the contract changes during a special meeting Monday night, and Dr. Schlomann signed it Tuesday morning, school officials said. Board of Education President Steven Spurling said Tuesday evening the board’s approval of the contract amendments reflect its satisfaction with Schlomann’s performance as superintendent. “We’re very happy with Dr. Schlomann’s leadership,” he said. Under the terms of the contract, Schlomann's base pay remains where it was when the district hired him as superintendent in 2009 — at $225,000. As part of the …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Ruling threatens future of St. Charles Community Unit School District 303's conversion of Richmond and Davis elementary schools into grade-level centers.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
A lawsuit filed by a group of parents to stop St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 from converting Davis and Richmond elementary schools into grade-level centers will proceed as a lawsuit to reverse the process, according to the Daily Herald. Filed last summer, the lawsuit was dismissed by a local judge. But an appellate court sent much of the complaint back to the trial court, the Daily Herald reported. The grade-level centers completed their first year of school at the end of the 2011-12 school year. Read More
Monday, June 20, 2011
Superintendent says the district is "gratified" by the decision.
A Kane County judge ruled in favor of St. Charles School District 303 Monday in a lawsuit filed by a group of parents looking to stop a school merger plan. Circuit Judge Thomas Mueller's decision, which essentially guts the parents' case, came after attorneys for the district successfully argued against the group's claim that a proposed merger of Davis and Richmond schools violated Illinois law, Superintendent Don Schlomann said Monday afternoon. "We're certainly gratified with the decision," Schlomann said. The group filed suit in March alleging the district wanted to combine the schools as a way to circumvent school improvement guidelines meant to remedy low test scores at Richmond. District 303 moved the case to federal court for …