For High School District 211, providing transportation to all students isn’t a simple task. With a student population of more than 12,500, having an in-house transportation program helps the District oversee operations and ensure safe travel. These measures start from day one during a driver’s training, and continue on through daily routines.
Safety, the ability to hire qualified drivers, and overseeing training of each driver are some of the few benefits to having a transportation fleet that is entirely run by the District. Many school districts contract their ...
To get fifth and sixth grade girls interested in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering before they enter high school, High School District 211 hosted its annual program that teaches them about careers in those fields.
The third-annual GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) conference was held on Feb. 9 at James B. Conant High School. Approximately 160 fifth and sixth grade students participated in the hands-on learning sessions and activities that focused on engineering, science, and math.
“I really believe that if students have a teacher ...
For many high school graduates, an average day is spent going to college classes, hanging out with friends, playing sports, and staying up late doing homework. Then for some high school graduates, they spend four nights in New York staying up late to perform on the David Letterman Show with their band.
Hoffman Estates High School 2011 graduate Zach Lentino performed with his band, Lance Lapinsky and the Lovers, on the David Letterman show from Feb. 4-6. He played upright bass for Elvis tribute groups on the show.
“It was absolutely insane,” Lentino said. ...
When students are making post-graduation plans, it seems a lot of emphasis is put on the ACT exam. This test has influence on whether or not a college or university will grant a student admittance, which can be quite intimidating when one’s collegiate plans depend on it.
However, the ACT, which is part of the two-day Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), isn’t the only test that influences success after graduation. The WorkKeys Assessment, which takes place on day two of PSAE testing, is composed of three different tests — Reading for Information, Applied ...
By David Torres, Associate Superintendent for Business
Today, the Cook County Treasurer announced that the first installment tax bills (2012 taxes) will be mailed out in the next couple of days. In addition, the Treasurer stated that the tax bills will now include additional financial information for each taxing district that accounts for the apportionment of the tax bill amount. The additional information will include budget, levy and pension liability for each taxing agency. Though taxing districts have been providing copies of its annual financial statements ...
As District 211 continues its energy saving efforts into the new year, data from utility invoices showed the District saw its highest energy cost savings within an eight-year period.
With a 31 percent reduction in natural gas usage and 32 percent reduction in electricity consumption, the District has saved more than $9 million. From December 2011 through November 2012, the savings totaled more than $1.2 million.
“We rely on cooperation of everyone in the District to be mindful of shutting things down, and that counts for about 25 percent of our savings,” said ...
In an effort to help families with educational costs, District 211’s Board of Education approved motions to not raise standard school fees. These fees have been consistent for the past seven years.
The six fees the Board approved at its January 17, 2013 meeting included: Transportation, Driver’s Education, Student Parking, Textbook and Instructional Supply, School Breakfast and Lunch, and Summer School. The only fee to see a slight increase since 2007-2008 is the school breakfast and lunch fee, but the cost for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program will remain ...