August 23, 2011

Summer Sleuths

Mr. Dana Edie, 7th grade teacher at OLHMS, shared the success of the Summer Sleuths program with the board of education. Student representative, Alexandria Wozniak, highlighted her experience in the program as one of 23 student participants. The program is offered to the district through a partnership with Illinois Benedictine University. This year, students investigated the interaction of sound and noise pollution and how sound is produced.

Fiscal Year 2012 Tentative Budget Figures Presented

Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations, Mr. Mike Loftin, presented the tentative fiscal year 2012 budget figures to the board. Mr. Loftin noted the changes in the projected revenues and expenditures from the spring tentative figures to the present figures being proposed. Mr. Loftin shared that expenses for FY12 have been reduced by over $200,000, and revenue projections have been decreased by nearly $700,000 from the spring presentation. The change in anticipated revenues is largely due to factors such as decreases in state and federal funding, lack of growth in new property estimation, and low CPI. The new expenditure and revenue figures will result in the district deficit spending $1.9 million this school year as opposed to the spring projection of $1.4 million.  The district currently maintains a fund balance of nearly $14 million and will use these dollars to offset the FY12 deficit. Mr. Loftin will present a more detailed explanation and evaluation of the budget figures and their future implications at the September committee of the whole meeting scheduled to take place on September 13, 2011, at 7:00 PM in the OLHMS media center. This venue will provide the opportunity for the board, staff members, and the community to discuss a more comprehensive picture of the district’s financial health and approach to meeting the challenges ahead.

President Sorrentino acknowledged the difficulty the district faces with changing revenues and expenditures due to a myriad of influencing factors, and he stated in response to the fiscal challenges, “with all the great work we’ve done, and will continue to do, this is just a bump in the road. I’m confident that the board, the administration, and the staff will work together to get through this time successfully.”

To view the slides from Mr. Loftin’s presentation, please click here.

Fall Technology Implementation Update

Chief Information Officer, Mr. Ben Grey, shared the progress and timeline of the fall technology implementation. Last spring, in a focused effort to address key 21st century learning skills, the board of education approved a one-time purchase for technology that will equip each student in grades five through eight with a netbook. Students in preschool through fourth grade will also be offered increased access to technology through grade-level carts of netbooks and one primary cart of iPads at each building. The program will begin in mid-September with eighth grade students receiving their devices, followed by seventh grade students receiving their devices in late-September, and finally, sixth and fifth grade students being equipped by mid-October.

The district will hold a parent information meeting in the coming weeks to provide the full details of the program and its implications for our students. A communication piece regarding the parent meeting will be sent out in the near future, and any questions about the program can be directed to Ben Grey at [email protected]




In the news

Parental Involvement Night and Video

Tue, Jan 17, 2012

D123 students explain how parents can help support students with their learning. Click on the link to read the full story and view the video.

Representative Burke Visits with Middle School Students

Fri, Jan 20, 2012

Students experience the opportunity to learn about the Illinois law-making process from Oak Lawn's state representative.

5th Annual OLHMS Make-A-Wish Volleyball Tournament

Sat, Jan 21, 2012

We invite you to come out and support the Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School's Make-A-Wish efforts as they host the 5th annual volleyball tournament.





Sunday, Jul. 24

There are no events scheduled for this day.