• Petitioning Superintendent Scott Thompson

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Superintendent Scott Thompson
Deputy Superintendent
James Garwood
CCSD15 School Board
Tim Millar
Northwest Suburban Council PTA President
Julie O'Hara
CCSD15 School Board
Manjula Sriram
CCSD15 School Board
David Seiffert
CCSD15 School Board
Richard Bokor
CTC President
Lisa Nuss
Executive Director CTC
Anne Bridges
CTC Executive Board Member
Mary Beth Landerman
CCSD15 School Board
Scott Herr
CCSD15 School Board
Gerard Iannuzzelli
CCSD15 School Board
Peggy Babcock

CCSD15 School Board: Early Release Friday: Consistent daily start time

    1. Lisa Szczupaj
    2. Petition by

      Lisa Szczupaj

      Palatine, IL

We are a community comprised of both working and at home parents. We support teacher and administrator enrichment time.  What we do not support are the days and times that have been communicated to the stakeholders.  A consistent school start time is required by all parents.  The impact of Friday afternoon is more manageable to working parents and preferable to at home parents than any other day or time of the week. We, the parents and taxpayers of District 15, understand teacher enrichment time has already been contracted.  We are insisting that this time be given at the END of the day on FRIDAY without lost instruction time.  We further understand that the Teacher's Union, School Board and Superintendent are not amenable to Friday afternoon as they feel Teacher focus for training on Friday afternoon is not optimal.  As parents, we know that student focus is not optimal on Friday afternoon.  We are confident that adults are better able to focus their effort than children thus making Friday afternoon training more impactful for teachers than Friday afternoon classes for students.  Friday afternoon is also optimal as an early release will not affect after school programming as there are no school based after school programs scheduled on Friday.  Please note that the change recommended by District 15 affects BOTH grammar and middle schools.

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge the District 15 School Board to set the day and time for the proposed District 15 Late Start/Early Dismissal program on Friday afternoon. We also require that instruction time of the students not be lost due to providing training time for the teachers and administrators.

Recent signatures


    1. Taxes too high? D15 School Board Meeting - Wed, September 10 - 7PM

      Lisa Szczupaj
      Petition Organizer

      I received this and felt it was important to pass on. We pulled our voices together before and were heard. Let's do it again... Did you know more than 2/3 of your property taxes support our schools? Of the 67.42% of my 2013 taxes that went to schools, 4% went to Harper, 28.8% went to District 211 and 34.6% went to District 15. We have fabulous schools and school staff. Why should we sit back and say nothing as uncontrolled budgets and expenditures, fiscal irresponsibility, put our schools and programming at risk? I hope to see you tomorrow at 7PM at the Board Meeting at Sundling.

      "Dear District 15 Community,
      Are you concerned about your property taxes? You should be. District 15 is, once again, heading down the slippery slope of deficit spending. This will ultimately lead to higher taxes.
      The budget for this year authorizes a $4.0 million deficit and is on the agenda for approval by the D15 School Board this Wednesday, September 10th, at 7pm.

      Putting this in perspective... to balance the budget would require only a 1.5% reduction in the District's $151 million expenditures budget. A reduction of this size would continue to fund the $1.8 million for additional capital improvement projects approved by the Board in March from our relatively small fund balance surplus.

      A balanced budget does NOT have to mean elimination of programming, teachers or services. A balanced budget can easily be accomplished through some combination of finding real savings, deferring discretionary spending, and/or adjusting the forecast if estimates are overly conservative.

      In Person: A public comment period is on the agenda at each Board Meeting before the Board takes action. Board meetings are normally held at Walter R. Sundling Junior High School.
      Email: Board Member email addresses are listed at District 15 School Board. And/or you can provide feedback to Superintendent Scott Thompson at thompsos@ccsd15.net or to me by replying to this email.

      As you may recall, the severe structural deficit we were facing in District 15 was corrected over two years ago through a collaborative effort between the board, administration, employee groups and the community.

      Unfortunately that success appears to be slipping away. This slide is apparent in the estimates for the 2014-2015 budget. The following shows how the estimated 2014-2015 deficit has gotten worse each time we received an update over the past year:
      October 2013: $1.1 million deficit
      March 2014: $1.3 million deficit
      June 2014: $3.6 million deficit
      September 2014: $4.0 million deficit
      As you can see, the District 15 Administration has long been forecasting a deficit but has not taken action to balance the budget. Nor have they presented options to the Board to help reduce or eliminate the forecasted budget deficit. On top of this, there are a number of members of the Board who are just sitting back and letting this situation happen to us."

      Be a voice for yourself, your tax rate and your community. Come to the meeting and tell the Board why they need to live within their means by balancing the budget. If you don't speak up now, your voice will only be used to complain later about your increasing tax bill.

    2. Arbitrator chooses Early Release Friday

      Lisa Szczupaj
      Petition Organizer

      The arbitrator for the Late Start / Early Release grievance filed by the Classroom Teacher's Council presented his response to District 15 last week. It is gratifying that the arbitrator listened to the facts and chose to support what our parents and stakeholders overwhelmingly supported and fought for in Friday Early Release. Please mark your calendars for the Board of Education Community Communication Forum scheduled for the 23rd of October from 7-9PM at the Joseph M. Kiszka Educational Service Center, 580 N. 1st Bank Drive, Palatine. Various topics will be covered in this Forum including Common Core Curriculum and a launch plan for the Late Start / Early Release decision.

    3. Arbitrator's Decision

      Lisa Szczupaj
      Petition Organizer

      The arbitrator for the Late Start/Early Release grievance filed by the CTC will present his decision to D15 next week. The arbitrator could choose to support what our parents and stakeholders overwhelmingly fought for in Friday Early Release. He also could choose to support an Early Release without specifying a day of the week or a Late Start either with the day indicated or without. Either way, a decision will be made and it will be up to Dr. Thompson and his team to make and execute a plan. Dr. Thompson stated at Wednesday's Board of Ed Meeting that a curriculum plan has not been set for the "Professional Development Release Time."
      Board of Ed Community Communication Forum is the 23rd of October from 7-9PM at Sundling. Various topics will be covered in this Forum including Common Core and a launch plan for the Late Start / Early Release decision allowing a few months for parents of our 12,000+ students to make work and home schedule changes as well as childcare arrangements.

    4. Arbitration Hearing - Early Release Friday

      Lisa Szczupaj
      Petition Organizer

      Arbitration Hearing - Early Release Friday
      Please join District 15 parents to show your support at the FINAL hurrah of the Late Start/Early Release Saga. Support Early Release Friday with your body (and, if you can, a sign that says Early Release or Friday or Early Release Friday or whatever!!) in front of District 15 headquarters on August 1st to greet the arbitrator and show that the community does NOT support a Late Start on Wednesday or Monday morning. The hearing begins at 9AM. Please arrive at 8:15 for a show of parents to greet the Arbitrator arriving by 8:30 and the various attorneys representing the CTC Teachers' Union in their grievance against the School Board and Parents of District 15. The issue has now become a question of overwhelming opposition as opposed to doing the right thing for the children and families of District 15. Let's show them WE OPPOSE THIS !!!

      580 N 1st Bank Dr
      Palatine, IL 60067
      near the Library

    5. Arbitration Hearing - Early Release Friday - Please come August 1st

      Lisa Szczupaj
      Petition Organizer

      I am sure you all know by now that the Classroom Teacher's Council Union filed a grievance against the District 15 Board of Education and Superintendent's Office because WE, parents of students in District 15 schools, succeeded in convincing the Board of Education that a Late Start for our kindergarten, elementary and middle school students any day of the week was not acceptable to us.

      In supporting weekly professional development of our teaching staff as requested by the Union, the parents spoke up and ovewhelmingly supported an Early Release for our children on Friday afternoon. Our teachers will have professional development time every week on Friday and be released from school on Friday afternoon at the SAME time as they are released now while our children will head home or to day care 40 minutes earlier. Placing this time on Friday afternoon will not affect tutoring or other beneficial after school programming which currently occur after school on Mondays through Thursdays.

    6. Overwhelming opposition?

      Lisa Szczupaj
      Petition Organizer

      Take a minute to post a comment and your opinion to the Palatine Patch article linked below which discussed the current status of the CTC grievance and the arbitration due to come.

    7. Early Release Friday: One more call to action?

      Lisa Szczupaj
      Petition Organizer

      As you are aware, the new Board of education made the choice to uphold their decision supporting Early Release on Friday for planned Teacher Development time. A link to a news release from District 15 can be found below. http://www.ccsd15.net/pages/CCSD15/News/Friday_early_dismissals_to_pro
      The effort to be heard by all of us has not concluded, as the CTC has filed a grievance. I know that many members of the Board of Education stated that they voted as they did due to emails received from all of you giving your opinions and showing the overwhelming resistance of parents to the Late Start concept.
      I received an email from a parent that I would like to excerpt below as I feel she has a very good point. I will be sending an email to my children’s teachers indicating the importance of them supporting a decision that is best for the children they teach and the families who support them as opposed to a decision that is only still on the table as the Union Administration shows their inf

    8. New Survey Released!!

      Lisa Szczupaj
      Petition Organizer

      Survey went live online today and hard copies came home in backpacks. The link is below. One survey response per household. Take a minute to respond and please make sure to follow the directions so your vote is counted.

    9. Community Communication Forum

      Lisa Szczupaj
      Petition Organizer

      Community Communication Forum
      TOMORROW - Saturday, January 26th
      Sundling Jr. High - 9 to 11 a.m.
      1100 North Smith Street
      Come out and share your thoughts on the proposed changes or just help fill the room and show District 15 we care about decisions that affect our children. Share your latest development here.

    10. Reached 750 signatures
    11. 200+ signatures and pass the word

      Lisa Szczupaj
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for supporting our effort to be heard in this discussion. Please take a moment to pass this link on to 5 other taxpayers. We need to get the word out so that we are afforded a voice to speak for our children, ourselves and anyone else affected by this potential change.

    12. Reached 200 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rafael Czechowski PALATINE, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      I really on consistent start time and release times. Maybe school don't understand that parents are also working to make sure that they get paid.

    • Sheila Ijams PALATINE, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      For the safety of the children for parents that work and cannot go in late during the week.

    • Jennifer Pawlak ROLLING MEADOWS, IL
      • about 1 year ago


    • Ryan Pawlak ROLLING MEADOWS, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      late start will be very difficult to manage due to work schedules. I also think the kids focus at the end of the week is much less than aerly in the week they are anxious to get out, may as well teach while the concentration is stronger

      • about 1 year ago

      Friday afternoon is the least productive time for children. This is the ideal time for the teachers to use as their development time. They have to be at school on Friday afternoon anyway, why not use this time for development.


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