District 150

Education
11:46 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Area Peoria Stadium residents oppose commercial development proposal

The District 150 School Board heard from residents against a proposal from Wal-Mart to redevelop the historic Peoria Stadium property.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports: 

 The District owns the 80-acre stadium site, and the Peoria Park District leases about 30 acres to use for softball diamonds.  The proposal has the District selling some or all of the stadium property to Wal-Mart through the city.  District 150 Treasurer Dave Kinney says the District is looking at creative ways to generate additional revenue amid unpredictable state and federal funding:
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Education
4:38 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

District 150 Board considering new school police union contract

The District 150 School Board will consider a contract next Tuesday with the district’s police union.  Members of the Police Benevolent Protective Local 114 have been working without a contract for the last three years, and had their title changed to school resource officers in that time. Union president Monica Wilson says the last contract with the district expired in June of 2010:

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:08 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Students complete 100-mile challenge

An annual event that aims to get District 150 kids healthier culminated in a walk along the riverfront. About 250 primary and middle school students participated in a challenge to walk 100 miles and lift 10-thousand pounds throughout the school year.

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Education
11:46 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

District 150 braces for possible state funding cuts

Peoria School District 150 is bracing for a potentially bleak financial picture next school year.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the state could cut funding to the district by more than $6 million:

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Education
2:40 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Teacher evaluations, test changes in State of Schools address

Peoria School District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan delivered her third State of the Schools address.  About 300 people attended the breakfast meeting at Four Points Sheraton.  Lathan says the district is having to operate on a slim budget as it grapples with annual deficits and less state funding.  She says the recent two-year contract extension with the Peoria Federation of Teachers helps the district financially:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:12 am
Mon May 6, 2013

District 150 teachers union approves contract extension

The Peoria Federation of Teachers approved a two-year contract extension last night. The extension would run from mid-2014 through June of 2016. Each year includes a half-percent salary increase plus annual raises based on experience.

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Education
3:39 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Peoria teachers’ union president steps down

The newly-elected president of the Peoria Federation of Teachers says he's resigning the post.  Scott Donahue sent a letter to the district's 1,100 teachers saying he's stepping down as president because of health concerns. He says he has a family history of heart disease and he needs to take steps to prevent undue stress. Donahue says he will continue working at Von Steuben middle school.  He was set to take over next month as the union president.  Donahue ran unopposed and replaced outgoing president Bob Darling.

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Education
11:12 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Homeless student number jumps in District 150

The number of reported homeless students in District 150 jumped 50-percent compared to last academic year.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports:   

 District 150 gets federal and state funding to support the number of students without a regular residence.  422 students were counted as homeless last school year.  That number jumped to 635 this year.  York Powers is the District 150 Family and Community coordinator.  He says the increase is partly the result of the economy:
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Education
11:15 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

District 150 supports sales tax increase for facility upgrades

Peoria School District 150 says it wants voters to consider a one-percent sales tax increase on some retail sales.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the District says new revenues are needed amid shrinking property tax and state aid funding: 

 District 150 is expecting a $10 million decrease in general state aid next school year.  District 150 also lost nearly four-million-dollars in property tax revenues the last two years.  Officials say that means less money for roof repairs, technology upgrades and health-life safety projects.  School Board member Rick Cloyd says he supports asking Peoria County voters to consider a one-percent sales tax increase:
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Education
11:47 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

District 150 prepares for federal funding cuts

Peoria School District 150 is preparing for significant cuts to its federal funding that supports low-income students and teacher improvement efforts.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports: 

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 District 150 says it’s expecting a 10-percent cut to its Title I funding next school year.  That amounts to about $730,000 that pays for tutors, supplies and parental involvement efforts for low-income students.  District budget analyst Carla Eman says that the potential cut means choosing between what programs can be scaled back or instead paid for with dollars from the district Education fund:
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