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District 159 Ready to Review Bullying Policy

Following a campaign by D159 parent Heidi Yergler Herrmann, the D159 Board of Education places a review of the district's bullying policy on its July 18 meeting agenda.

Heidi Yergler Hermann got her wish—sort of.

After weeks of campaigning to step in front of the , Hermann was heard at the Wednesday, June 20, meeting of the board. Hermann, whose fourth-grade daughter was bullied for much of the previous school year, .

“I think the parents, the community presence really helped me make my point,” Yergler Hermann said. “I really do feel that things are going to change for the better.”

Although Superintendent Steve Stein and Board President John Troy were absent from the meeting, Herrmann said that just getting some time before the board was good. Even better, she said, is that the board placed a review of the district's bullying policy on its July 18 agenda.

“It shows that everybody on the board was interested to make a positive change,” Yergler Herrmann said.

During board discussion at the meeting, acting Board President Patrick Markham said that it was important to each member of the board to hear Hermann out and to make sure the policy is examined.

Although Herrmann only had a few brief words with the board during the meeting, she did spend several minutes with Principal Mike Rolinitis after the meeting. The two spoke candidly about Hermann's daughter, the current state of bullying in District 159 and what can be done.

Herrmann wasn't the only parent in attendance at the meeting concerned about bullying, as Cha Martinez expressed herself during public comments at the end of the meeting, saying she was very concerned and that bullying is a “serious problem,” in the district.

The next District 159 Board of Education meeting is at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 18.

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R.W.Voter June 21, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I have now attended two District 159 meetings. Last night's meeting was definitely better than May's, for a few reasons. Mr. Markham chaired the meeting and he and some other board members made those attending feel that their opinions were valued. Parents were there and the board listened to the concerns and assured them that the bullying would be placed on the next month agenda. At the previous meeting I attended it did not seem that prior approval of expenditures made any difference. More money was thrown at most of the items that the schools brought up. Last night those bills that were not previously approved were not paid, obviously further investigation is needed. I feel that I am going to make it a habit to attend these meetings and I think more people should also. Remember it is our money. Thank you.
C. Martinez June 21, 2012 at 05:48 PM
As members of the community we should be proactive, informed and involved. We need to attend these school board meetings and be informed about the in's and out's of what's happening in our school district and especially with the taxpayers money. We need accountability and responsibility (on all levels from administration to finances) paired with common sense and doing what's best for our children presently and for the future. I believe in order to build a progressive, innovative, positive, loving and caring community, we need to get involved, participate and get our voice heard always with the perspective of doing what's best for our community and especially our children. These kids are our future. I know everyone has different opinions and we can agree to disagree and that's okay. But let's come together as a community and be proactive about building our community up and always doing what's best for our kids. I would encourage parents and community to come to the school board meetings and make your presence known. Next school board meeting is Wednesday July 18th. It may be a sacrifice of time, but I think it's worth it. Please come out, get informed and support Heidi's initiative on anti-bullying. Please take a moment to "like" her FB PAGE: We Want An Anti-Bullying Program At Mokena School District 159.
Heidi Herrmann July 19, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Well put! Thank you for your support!!!
Heidi Herrmann July 19, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I can't thank you enough for your support and guidance Mr. Markham! :)
Heidi Herrmann July 19, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I was very impressed by Mr. Markham at this meeting as well. Being the first Board Meeting I have ever attended, I feel the same as RW Voter... I plan to be a regular fixture at more of these meetings... :)

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