D159 Turns to Outside Help in Search for New Superintendent

Mokena School District 159 Board of Education wants an outside firm to head-up the search for a new superintendent. The sticking point for the board is whether or not the whole board or a committee has oversight of the process.

The Mokena School District 159 Board of Education met Dec. 5 to discuss the process of selecting the right search firm to do the leg work in regard to the selection of a new superintendent. .

According to a Dec. 6 SunTimes Media story, board members during a Committee of the Whole meeting disagreed over the two-man committee appointed by Board President Patrick Markham who asked the board to approve up to $15,000 to pay for the search. Read more by clicking here.   

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R.W.Voter December 10, 2012 at 02:09 PM
I went to school with at least 60 children in the classroom, taught by one Catholic Nun, who many times was working on their degree. There were no teachers aides and no building aides. You were taught and if you passed the tests you were promoted to the next grade. I have never heard of a child in these public schools failing, but I have seen that they can't do basic arithmetic without some electronic device. The schools fail no matter how much money is thrown at them, and the reason they fail is the system and what they teach. The Education System is gone because of the Teachers Union, get rid of that, things will improve for the children. Thank you.
R.W.Voter December 10, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I will repeat this, as my original post from this morning was removed. I was taught by Catholic nuns, they did not all have degrees yet. They taught 60 children in a classroom, without aides, if you passed, you were promoted. If you failed, you did the grade again. I have yet to hear of a child in this school system failing, as far as I can see, most can't do basic arithmetic without an electronic device. The teachers union has doomed the education system, Look at thanksgiving, went from Thurs, Fri. off to and entire week, another week off for poor underpaid teachers. Thank you
Conserned Mokena resident December 11, 2012 at 02:47 AM
It was different when you grew up as there were not children that require special help in your classrooms. Things are different now than they were before you need to move on and change with the times... what kind of work will these kids do if they can not use a computer... good luck to you
R.W.Voter December 11, 2012 at 03:30 AM
It is true, it was different, but education basically remains the same. I don't know the reason, but it 1955 we never heard of autistic children, Now if a child stutters occasionally, he is singled out and delivered on his own bus to an from. The more they make these special classes, the more they diagnose as needing them. We had childen with polio, we had slower children, they learned from and being with the other children their own age. They didn't learn from having more time on the test than the others. Those Catholic nuns didn't help those children because they got paid more and had a different degree, they did it because it was a child who needed help. That is what the union kills. Many of these people are in teaching because of union protection and pay and benefits. My next suggestion would be a dress code. They should come to school to learn, not only to have fun. Years ago, not a lot of money but you came to school neat and clean and properly dressed, That teaches a child more than learning the other cultures, and diversity. That is my little speal for now, Thank you
REAGANRAISEDTAXES December 11, 2012 at 08:56 PM
R.W.Voter, Stuck in the 70's are we? You must have loved Nixon! It's 2012, women vote, blacks are free, and life is more complicated. Get over it.


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