Thursday, May 2, 2013
Bill Robertson was elected the new D211 board president, Mucia Burke is the vice president and Anna Klimkowicz is the secretary. Bob LeFevre, Jr., Klimkowicz and Mike Scharringhausen were sworn in after winning the April 9 election.
The three newly elected members of the District 211 school board were sworn in at the Thursday night board meeting, and a new board president, vice president and secretary were approved. Anna Klimkowicz and Bob LeFevre, Jr. both were reelected in the April 9 election; newcomer Mike Scharringhausen also was victorious. Three seats were open on the board; Klimkowicz was the top vote-getter, followed by Scharringhausen. LeFevre Jr., the most recent board president, came in third place, and beat out fellow board member Edward Yung, the previous board secretary, for the final seat. New leadership for the D211 board also was approved following the swearing in ceremony. Bill Robertson and Richard Gerber both were nominated by board members to …
Friday, April 26, 2013
District 211 was one of 78 school districts, out of 866 districts in the state to receive the SchoolSearch 2013 “Bright Red Apple Award.” Only 25 of the 78 Illinois school districts serve high school students.
In recognition for academic excellence and overall positive educational institutions, Township High School District 211 recently received an award that puts it tops in state. District 211 was one of 78 school districts, out of 866 districts in the state to receive the SchoolSearch 2013 “Bright Red Apple Award.” Only 25 of the 78 Illinois school districts serve high school students. Judging criteria is based on five key factors, including academic performance, pupil/teacher ratio, expenditure per pupil, educational level of teachers, and average teacher salary. SchoolSearch, a consulting firm that publishes rankings of school systems. The firm’s data designated that District 211 was strong in all five categories. The primary concern for the…
Friday, April 12, 2013
All five District 211 schools are expected to see pool renovations in coming years.
Friday, April 12
Pool and building renovations were among five capital construction projects discussed at a Thursday District 211 board of education meeting, which are expected to be completed in the coming years, according to the Daily Herald. The projects should cost around $34.6 million and include: $3 million in pool renovations at each of the district's five schools; at Fremd High School, renovations to the tennis court and west side parking area; and upgrades to the "adult transition program locations," according to the article. The Daily Herald has more on the renovation projects in Friday's article.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Hoffman Estates, Palatine and Schaumburg police departments and D211 staff participated in active shooters drills both at Palatine High School and Schaumburg High School during Institute Day. No students were present.
While Township High School District 211 has educated and trained staff about what to do in emergency situations, staff worked with local police to practice a hard lockdown scenario as if an armed intruder entered the building, complete with sounds of gunshots. The Hoffman Estates, Palatine, and Schaumburg Police Departments coordinated efforts with District 211 to practice active shooter drills within school buildings. Schaumburg and Palatine High Schools were used as training sites while no students were present at the buildings on April 8 because of Institute Day. “Twice a year our drills include active participation from the local police departments and our school staff,” said Daniel Cates, associate superintendent of administrative …
Monday, March 11, 2013
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy guides students through all aspects of starting a business, and is sponsored by the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce and District 211.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) was started in 2004, with the goal of giving middle and high school students a real education in what it takes to become an entrepreneur. The Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce and District 211 are now in the middle of their flagship year sponsoring the academy for area high school students. To date, it has helped to produce seven new businesses between its 10 student participants from Palatine, Fremd, St. Viator and Conant high schools. “It’s a lot of work for these students, in addition to their studies and other activities they are involved in, I’m proud of the fact that they’ve put in the time to really get something out of YEA!,” said Mindy Phillips, Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce executive …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
In 2012, 42.5 percent of District 211 retirees received six-figure pension payments.
Retired educators from District 211 are taking home pensions that are much higher than most educators in other districts across the state. In 2012, 42.5 percent of District 211 retirees received over $100,000 in pension payments while the 630 total district retirees received an average pension of $86,982, according to the Daily Herald. While six-figure pensions make up seven percent of the total pension payments in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties, less than one percent of retired educators in the remaining Illinois counties bring home that amount, according to the Daily Herald.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The weather isn't letting up and District 211 is the latest school district to call off after-school activities and busing normally provided to students.
The notice on the District 211 website is as follows: Due to weather conditions, all District 211 after-school activities and athletics, including Scholastic Bowl and IHSA regional boys basketball contests, are cancelled for today. After-school practices are cancelled and there will be no activity or athletic bus runs today after school. High School District 211 Continuing Education classes, Evening High School Credit Recovery classes, Adult ESL classes, and Alternative High School classes scheduled for this evening also are cancelled. Additionally, all District 211 facility rentals for this evening have been cancelled. Please continue to check the District 211 and school websites for updates. In addition to Palatine and Fremd High Schools…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Mazin Bokhari and Yuki Koike both earned a composite score of 36 on the ACT, and they join Jack Riedy from Palatine High School, along with fellow Fremd students Soumik Biswas and Fiona Helgren.
Two students who attend Fremd High School are the latest high school students from Palatine who have achieved a composite score of 36 on the ACT exam. Mazin Bokhari and Yuki Koike recently earned the highest possible score on the exam, and join a group of other esteemed students who have achieved the same score during this school year. Soumik Biswas and Fiona Helgren, also who attend Fremd, received a score of 36 in the fall, along with Jack Riedy who attends Palatine High School. According to District 211, for many students this test serves as the gateway to making it into their first-choice for a college or university. The goal is to receive the best composite score possible in the categories of science, mathematics, reading, English, …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Five candidates will be running for three open seats on the Township High School District 211 Board of Education in the April election. Three are incumbents and two are newcomers.
Three seats will be open on the Township High School District 211 Board of Education for the April 9 consolidated election, and five candidates will be running. Incumbents Robert J. LeFevre of Palatine, who currently serves as board president, along with Schaumburg resident Anna Klimkowica and board secretary, Edward Yung of Inverness, all plan to run again. New candidates include Roman Golash of Palatine and Mike Scharringhausen of Schaumburg. Township High School District 211 has five schools, including Palatine High School and Fremd High School, Hoffman Estates and James B. Conant High Schools, both in Hoffman Estates, and Schaumburg High School in Schaumburg. District 211 has close to 12,500 students in total attending the five …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Elizabeth Tokarz, a senior at Fremd High School was one of seven District 211 students who received the Cook County Sheriff's Youth Service Medal of Honor Award.
Fremd High School senior Elizabeth Tokarz was one of only seven students, all who attend District 211 schools, to receive an award that recognizes community volunteerism. Last year, there were 300 recipients, according to the District 211 website. The Cook County Sheriff's Youth Service Medal of Honor Award was given to Tokarz, along with seniors Isha Jog and Kayle Majeske, and junior Thomas Simac from Hoffman Estates High School, senior David Lin and junior Kodey Visitacion from Conant High School and senior Su Hwang who attends Schaumburg High School. The award is meant to highlight students who consistently volunteer their time and contribute positively to their communities. In order to receive the commendation, students are required …