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'…
Friday, March 1, 2013
Some changes are already happening for the upcoming April election.
Written by Natalie Stevens There has been a change in the upcoming Oswego 308 Board of Education election since ballots were filed last December. Candidate Jill Ko recently withdrew her name from the ballot. “This was an incredibly difficult decision for myself and my family. While I would like to serve and have done so in various capacities in the district for the past 14 years, I was not able to make the important 4-year time commitment to serve as a Board of Education member, due to recent changes in my commitments,” said Ko in a statement. “I most definitely intend to stay involved and support the academics in the District through my work on the District Teaching & Learning Committee, Parents And Community for Excellence parent …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Plus changes to parent/teacher conferences, institute days and early dismissals days.
The 2013-14 Oswego District 308 school year calendar may be seeing some big changes, including start date, semester end date and teacher institute days. “This calendar should truly reflect not only what was important to parents, teachers, administrators and the board, but the overarching goal to make sure calendar served the goal of teaching and learning in the district,” said superintendent Matthew Wendt at the School Board's Monday night meeting. “Is it perfect? No. Is it improved? Yes?” Want free local news in your inbox every morning? Sign up for our e-newsletter. The tentative draft of the new calendar would have students in grades 1-12 beginning school Monday, Aug. 19 rather than in the middle of the week as it has been. Kindergarten…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Parents and students spoke at length at the Monday night board meeting against the change, which will go into effect for the 2013-2014 school year.
Starting in the 2013-2014 school year, students at the Oswego high schools will be required to take six classes instead of the seven classes offered this year. The six classes will be supplemented by the option of instructional support that will function as a type of guided study hall, explained board president Bill Walsh at the Monday night board meeting. “The focus is on academic achievement and giving support where support is needed.” However, students that want to opt out of study hall can do so and take seven classes with an approved waiver from a parent or guardian, said Walsh. “Our intent was not to force them to take seven classes, but to give the option of taking six if that is what is best for their child,” said board member Mike…
Friday, January 25, 2013
John M. O’Driscoll will hold the seat until the April 2013 election.
The Oswego 308 School Board appointed Aurora resident John O'Driscoll as an interim school board member to replace the seat left vacant by Lynn Cullick late last year. O'Driscoll was the only candidate who applied for the interim position, which will end at the April 2013 election in which four new board members will be elected. Read more about O'Driscoll's biography and the schools decision on the Oswego 308 School website.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Board is required to try to fill the vacancy left by Lynn Cullick within 45 days of her last day.
The Oswego 308 Board of Education is taking applications for the vacant seat on the board starting Tuesday, Dec. 18. Lynn Cullick vacated the seat on Nov. 27 due to her appointment to the Kendall County Board District 2. The school board has a period of 45 days to attempt to fill the empty seat from Cullick’s last day, said Board President Bill Walsh. Applications requiring a cover letter and resume will be accepted through either email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by delivering a sealed envelope to Nicole Sanders, the superintendent’s assistant, at the District Administration Center. All applications are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 28. Walsh said all candidate applications will then be sent out to current board members, who will submit …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Board unanimously adopts tax levy of a 4.98 percent increase.
The Oswego 308 Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the 2012 tax levy with a 4.98 percent increase, or the amount of $93,275,900 on Monday night. In coming to this decision, Assistant Superintendent Paul O’Malley reiterated to the public and board that the Oswego school district had started the budget process earlier with a $7.4 million deficit that they were able to over several months cut down to $2.6 million. He also noted that the school district’s General State Aid was reduced by $4.1 million, which had it been available would have resulted in a much different outcome. That deficit was approved in the 2012-13 school year budget and involved cuts across many areas, but O’Malley picked out the $1.2 million cut made in the …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The decision to purchase a building rather than build a new facility at the current location could save up to $800,000 of what was previously budgeted.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Oswego School District 308 has approved the purchase of a transportation facility at a new site rather than build one at the existing location. The recommendation came from Superintendent Matthew Wendt to purchase a building to house the district’s transportation department—a move that likely will save up to $800,000 what was previously allocated to construct a new transportation facility. Last year the board allocated $2.7 million to build a new transportation facility on its current site. Vendor bids for the construction of the new facility were requested at twice by the board. At Monday night’s board meeting the school board voted 7-0 to reject the bids for the transportation facility that were opened earlier in July, due to the fact …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
An advisory committee will be put in place in upcoming months to help with financial issues.
Oswego Board of Education members voted 5-0 Monday night to approve the 2012-2013 Oswego District 308 budget containing a $2.6 million deficit. Prior to Monday night’s meeting, the budget deficit had been reported at $3.8 million, said Paul O’Malley, assistant superintendent of business. Most of the deficit is in the budget’s education fund. O’Malley wanted all present to be aware that the State’s reduction in funding of GSA had reduced District 308’s revenue by $4.1 million, which caused a negative impact on the budget resulting in a deficit of $ 2,634,724. “If we had that $4.1 million we would be having a different conversation tonight,” he said. Some of the expenditure reductions in the new budget included staff realignment, outside …
Be aware of important dates for candidates, listed at the bottom.
Four seats on the seven-member Oswego Community Unit School District (OCUSD) 308 Board of Education will be filled following the election to be held on April 9, 2013. Candidate packets, including nominating petition forms, will be available to be picked up at the District Administration Center, 4175 Route 71 on Monday, September 24, and on any business day following between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Candidates may begin circulating nominating petitions for signatures no earlier than September 25, 2012. A candidate’s nominating papers must be filed at the District Administration Center no earlier than 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 17, 2012 and no later than Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Nominating papers may be filed by the …