Meanwhile, in Park Ridge.


Park Ridge District 64 Superintendent Dr. Laurie Heinz.

Hey Fred.

Happy 2016!

It looks like 2016 is going to be one of the more interesting years in D64.

As you know, PREA’s negotiating committee is beginning conversations with the BOE regarding our new contract.

The superintent stated at our opening meeting in August that we will have a contract in place before the 2015-2016 school year ends. Rumor has it that she doesn’t want to have a strike on her record. However, a big percentage of the membership don’t believe it.

Our current president spoke in much more guarded terms.

The big news is that the custodians and the secretaries in D64 banded together and voted to become members of a union. They have been put on a “merit” pay system, which caps a raise at 2% for excellent. Most members of this group receive a rating of proficient, which means they get a 1% raise. The custodians who have been with the district for many years are being watched like hawks. Their head custodians are taking pictures of their work and passing them along to the principals. One long time custodian was recently fired for leaving a door unlocked overnight. No one came in and nothing was stolen or damaged. In the past the custodian would have been given a warning.

The secretaries and custodians delivered the union declaration to D64 on Dec. 18. They were told that their membership won’t be recognized.

-Union, yes.

5 Replies to “Meanwhile, in Park Ridge.”

  1. Management by “gotcha” seems to be the current preferred supervision style. As technology increases its footprint, I can see motion detectors recording movement of staff in addition to cameras. (“Your break appears to have lasted longer than the prescribed ten minutes.”)

  2. We have that happening at our district too, The supe actually trawls on social media, looking to clamp down on faculty or students who don’t adhere to the Gospel as Told By the District.
    Unions – now more than ever!

  3. Will the superintendent also have a camera in her office? Let’s make sure that she doesn’t violate the district’s potty break rules.

    How much more petty can the administration get?

  4. Karl, teachers don’t have scheduled potty breaks in D64. Officially, we no longer even have scheduled recess unless we have a ratio of one teacher for every 30 students to supervise the students. On teams of 4 sections, that means 3 teachers go out, and one stays in to “tutor” students who are not meeting their expected growth in reading or math. The lunch recess is still in place, however.

    Speaking of supervision and lunch, the district has also begun to have substitutes supervise students during the lunch hour. The district doesn’t have enough lunch supervisors, and no one wants the job. Who would??? The kids are bonkers and the building administrators are nowhere to be found. The pay is insulting, $9 per hour, and the noise is deafening. Since the subs aren’t carrying the entire responsibility for the class, they get lunch during one of the teachers’ planning periods and may be asked to fill in in other classes if the teacher has more than one plan per day. That means some subs are having lunch at 9:00 or 3:00! A number of the subs, who are retired D64 teachers, have stopped subbing. Can’t say I blame them. Subbing has always been a thankless job, but now it’s even more difficult in D64. Anyone who retired in 2015 or earlier, be thankful that you got out when you did!

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