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|School Board Approves Contract Waivers for Churchill & Lombard
|Two of the schools in the Galesburg School District can continue to operate as they have, after some differences between how teachers work in those facilities versus what's in their contracts have again been worked out.
The Galesburg School Board Monday night voted to approve a waiver in the contracts with the Galesburg Education Association allowing Churchill Junior High and Lombard Middle Schools to continue to be operated under the middle school model, essentially allowing groups of students to be taught as teams, as opposed to being like, in Assistant Superintendent Joel Estes' words, a mini high school.
Estes tells WGIL the contract waiver essentially allows for teachers to get some more planning time to that end. "The way our current contract reads, and the way the contract language has read for some time, it allows for 45 minute plan periods for teachers, but doesn't have a provision for anything like cooperative work time, so that's why we have the waiver," Estes said.
At least 75% of the teachers in each building must approve of the waiver, and Estes says once again this year, well over that amount did.
Galesburg School Board member Mike Panther used his opportunity to make general comments Monday night to criticize the media, in one case, over what is a pretty standard journalism practice. Panther took exception to recent reports where radio and newspapers have identified a now-former Galesburg resident accused of a sexual assault here as being a former Galesburg High School standout basketball player -- a technique used to define relevancy in a story.
Panther also criticized the appearance of a newspaper photo showing a GHS student removed from the varsity girls basketball team and in the stands watching a game not long after her removal.
|02 09 09 by Newsroom
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