Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Patch will be posting profiles of retiring District 308 teachers, administration and staff up until the end of the school year. Were you a student of Julie Devine? Share your memories below!
Wednesday, May 15
The following retirement profile was provided byOswego 308. Leading up to the end of the school year, Patch will be posting these profiles for all retiring teachers, administration and staff in the district. Congratulations to all on your retirement! 10 Years in District 308, 37 Years in Education “Julie Devine has been a true mentor and leader, assisting all staff members in their professional growth. Whether giving advice to her colleagues, sharing treasures from her classroom, or selecting just the right books to teach her lessons, Julie has always strived to move everyone forward in the learning process. Julie has been a driving force in creating the climate that many of us consider to be our family at Churchill Elementary School and …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The limo driver was charged with two counts of driving under the influence and one count of reckless conduct.
Many schools and local police make sure students attending prom know not to drink and drive. But what if it's your limo driver that's drunk? A 54-year-old man was arrested Saturday after he transported over 20 Oswego East High School teens to their prom while intoxicated, police said. Richard L. Madison, of the 9900 block of Walnut Terrace, Palos Hills, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count of reckless conduct, both class A misdemeanors. Madison was driving a group of 23 Oswego East students to their May 11 prom at the Abbington Banquets in unincorporated Glen Ellyn, according to the DuPage County Sheriff's Office. The students contracted the private limousine service Limos Alive Party Bus to …
Friday, May 10, 2013
See the differences between Oswego 308 compared to Yorkville 115, Valley View 365, Plainfield 202 and more.
It's safe to say no one was very happy upon opening their 2012 property tax bill last week and seeing an increase. Oswego 308 Community School District had the largest portion of the property tax bill for both Kendall County and Will County, with a rate of 7.3488 for Kendall County and 7.3758. Oswego 308 had the highest tax rate for school districts in Will County and the second highest in Kendall County. See the chart below to see where Oswego 308 stacks up against other school districts in the counties. Newark Community High School District 18 2.5351 2.3596 All information is from the Kendall and Will County websites.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The balancing of the budget was made by cuts, delayed purchasing, audits and more.
After approving a budget for the 2012-13 school year with a $2.6 million deficit in September, the Oswego 308 School District has now reduced the deficit to zero. Superintendent Matthew Wendt announced the deficit reduction at the Monday night school board meeting, stating that the reduction came from delayed purchases and professional development, spending freezes, decreased medical and dental costs across the district, budget analysis and programming audits. “I’ve had more audits in the last 10 months than I’ve had in my career,” said Wendt. When the budget was originally presented to the board of education in August it had been cut to a $5.5 million deficit from an original $7.5 million deficit. It was cut in early September to $3.8 …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
All four administrators have been hired to the Department of Teaching and Learning.
Four new Oswego 308 district administrators have been hired to the Department of Teaching and Learning in accordance with the district's new vision of the organizational chart. The new administrators are: Lisa Smith, Ed.D. as the director of elementary education, Edsel Clark, Ed.D. as the director of secondary education, Amanda Clark as the director of special programs and Kellie Sanders, Ed.D. as the director of professional development and training. The directors will begin their positions on July 1. Lisa Smith Lisa Smith, currently the assistant superintendent for human resources in Downers Grove District 99, will serve 308 as the Director of Elementary Education. Her base salary is $106,001.98 and with a TRS contribution the total is…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
62 students from Oswego East and 90 students from Oswego High School were inducted into their respective schools National Honor Societies.
The Oswego East High School and Oswego High School chapters of the National Honor Society inducted many new members last month. 62 students from the junior and senior classes were selected for membership by the faculty council at Oswego East and were inducted on April 10. 90 students from junior and senior classes were inducted at Oswego High school on April 24. Selection for membership was based on the four core virtues of the National Honor Society: Scholarship, Character, Service and Leadership. Students with a class ranking of junior or senior who also met the 3.5 grade point average Scholastic requirement were invited to apply for membership. Eligible students completed the application process and were then evaluated based on the …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Give a shout out to a teacher who has made a difference in your or your child's life.
Monday marks the start of Teacher Appreciation Week in Oswego District 308. There are plenty of ways to go about giving your teacher some appreciation - a card, a potted flower, some fresh baked cookies or an apple (can never go wrong with an apple) - who, after all, is the individual that devotes forty plus hours a week to teaching our kids throughout the year. We want to spread some of that love on Patch. If you've ever had a teacher in the past or present who has inspired you, taught you something invaluable or has just been plain awesome, give them a shout out down below. Thank you teachers for all you do!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
All four new Oswego 308 Board of Education members will be officially inducted on Monday, May 6.
Talk about a close vote. The official canvassed election results by the Kendall County Board of Elections from the April 9, 2013 Consolidated Election are in, and Oswego 308 has officially announced the four new board members. Danielle Paul, Matthew Bauman, Gregory O'Neil and Mike McDowell will officially be sworn in Monday, May 6, at the board meeting. Only a single vote separated Michael McDowell and Bradley Schulz, 1,706 to 1,705 respectively, from obtaining the fourth open board seat. A total of 3,899 ballots were cast amongst Kendall and Will Counties and the Aurora Election Commission. Paul received 2,044 votes, Bauman received 2,352 votes and O'Neil received 1,880. Candidate Eva Renee Powers received 1,390 votes. Paul, Bauman, O'…
The chart shows a restructure of the department of teaching and learning by adding new administration areas based on priorities of the district.
Oswego 308 will be seeing some new administrative positions starting for next school year as shown in the organizational chart approved unanimously by the board of education. The chart, presented to the board members by Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt, was made to address the many challenges facing the growing district – the ninth largest in Illinois. Wendt said 308 is anticipating 20,000 students by 2020 and the chart will show centralized leadership and management, both very important factors to the district. The chart leads with residents at the top, who then elect the board of education, which is followed by the superintendent. You can view the full chart in the attached PDF (zoom by using the magnifying glass in the bottom left …
The Student Advisory Board, made up of students at both high schools, is working to promote an anonymous tip hotline.
Say you’re a student at one of Oswego 308's high schools and you witness someone taking a wallet from an unattended desk. What do you do? The Student Advisory Board would recommend that you use the Student Tip Hotline that will connect you anonymously with the Oswego Police Department. The student advisory board – made up of four students of each grade level from Oswego High School and Oswego East High School – address problems within their schools with the Oswego Police and work to find a solution. “It allows both schools direct access to the chief of police,” said Captain Jeff Burgner. “It encourages a very open dialogue and with their input it’s really taken off.” The Student Advisory Board meets at the police station twice a semester …