Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The District 200 Board of Education tonight will decide on a ballot question related to plans to rebuild Jefferson Early Childhood Center.
The District 200 Board of Education tonight will vote on a referendum question asking taxpayers to support an increase to pay for a new Jefferson Early Childhood Center. The board last month reviewed two revised and less expensive concepts for a new school to replace the 1958 structure that currently houses students at 130 N. Hazelton Ave. The $17.6 million, 59,000-square-foot concept is less expensive than the originally proposed $29 million and $18.3 million projects, and eliminates plans for district administrative offices and the additional parking they would require. There are plenty of ways to keep up with Wheaton news: The board agreed last month that it wants to issue bonds for the entire project, which would result in up to $51 …
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Plan will better prepare students for college and career paths in 21st Century, D200 says.
Improving educational standards can be a daunting task, but it’s one the staff of Community Unit School District 200 is tackling with fervor. During a Wednesday night school board committee of the whole meeting Faith Dahlquist, D200 assistant superintendent of educational services, told the board they were reworking the district's curriculum in math and language arts in order to better prepare students for a career or college path. Dahlquist said new math standards are expected to be in place by 2013 and new language arts standards the following year. The new curriculum is spurred in part by the adoption of Common Core State Standards, a rigorous educational program aimed at teaching 21st Century skills that are aligned with work and …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Board to adopt FY 2012 budget, approve change order for driveway replacement, discuss sale of surplus stuff at Hubble, recognize Robert Miler and more.
The Community Unit School District 200 will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wheaton Warrenville South High School to discuss the following agenda items: Approval of surplus assets: The contents of the former Hubble Middle School are not needed. All schools have taken items they need out of the school. Maintenance staff will remove whatever is left and District 200 will sell or donate it. Approval of change order for Lincoln Elementary School: A change order must be processed in order to finish the driveway replacement project at Lincoln Elementary School. District 200 replaced the driveway at Lincoln Elementary School for $297,062.40—which is $42,027.40 more than originally contracted. The changes are due to modifications by the City of …
Friday, July 15, 2011
Board passes large consent agenda, new electives for middle school students and discusses annual goals for 2011-12.
District 200 middle school students will now have the option to take Visual Arts and Media for three years instead of two, and the choice to take Speech Communication in seventh grade. The D200 Board of Education approved the curriculum policy to add the classes Wednesday. Superintendent Brian Harris told board members that these are the first new electives the district will offer, and that administrators will continue to update all of the district’s middle school electives. The Visual Arts and Media class, previously a part of the sixth and eighth grade curriculums, will now also be a part of the district’s seventh grade curriculum. Students taking band and/or orchestra will not be able to take these classes due to the current …
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Jim Gambiani, Jim Vroman, and Rosemary Swanson won the three School Board seats on Tuesday.
Seven candidates battled for three seats on the District 200 School Board in Tuesday’s election. Rosemary Swanson, Jim Gambaiani, and Jim Vroman were the winners. Swanson was the only incumbent to make the cut, claiming the first seat with 4,581 votes. "I am honored with this opportunity to serve another four years and wish to thank the voters and my supporters,” she said. The other incumbent on the ballot, John Bomher, just barely lost the third seat to Gambaiani, with a difference of 47 votes. “It is somewhat bittersweet because I will miss working with John Bomher, who always brought wisdom to the Board table,” Swanson said of the defeated candidate. Sawnson also said that she is “confident that Jim Vroman and Jim Gambaiani will help …
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
One incumbent, Rosemary Swanson, wins and another incumbent, John Bomher, loses.
District 200 voters elected three School Board members Tuesday. The winners are incumbent and top vote-getter Rosemary Swanson and newcomers Jim Gambaiani and Jim Vroman. Incumbent John Bomher lost re-election by 47 votes. Swanson led all candidates with 4,581 votes. Behind her with 4,041 votes was Vroman. "It is so rewarding to know that so many people put their faith in me," he said. "It was a team effort, I want to thank all of my supporters. I had so many wonderful people helping me." Of the other winners, Vroman said, "I think they're both great candidates. I've known Rosemary for a while. She's a wonderful person. I got to know Jim during the election, I think he will bring a lot of good attributes to the board." Until he is sworn in…
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The following are the letters Patch received endorsing school board candidates.
Letter to the Editor: Vote for Swanson, Gambaiani and Vroman Letter to the Editor: Rosemary Swanson for School Board Letter to the Editor: District 200 Needs Rosemary Swanson Letter to the Editor: Bring Some New Blood to District 200
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Jim Vroman is running for a seat on the District 200 Board of Education. He told Patch his reasons for running, and why he's fit for the position.
Jim Vroman, a 27-year resident of Wheaton, retired from his position as partner at Jenner & Block LLP Jan. 1, and is now seeking a seat on the District 200 Board of Education. He graduated from the University of Illinois and the University of Illinois College of Law. Vroman's four children, Dan, Mike, Tom and Julie, all attended District 200 schools, and he now wants to ensure all students have the same opportunities his children had throughout their District 200 educations. He is active at Hope Presbyterian Church as a Sunday school teacher, elder, finance chair and capital fund campaign chair. He is the scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 303, cubmaster for Pack 365 and a softball coach for the Wheaton Park District. Vroman told Patch why he…
Friday, January 7, 2011
Jim Gambaiani is running for a spot on the board of education of District 200 this spring. Patch asked him about his reason for running and take on issues facing the district.
Jim Gambaiani, a Wheaton resident for 16 years, is the president and CEO of Indigo Olive Software Incorporated. He graduated from St. Joseph’s College with bachelors of science in mathematics and computer science, with a minor in education. He received his MBA from Butler University for economics and finance and attended law school at Indiana University. With a fifth grader at Longfellow Elementary, an eighth grader at Franklin Middle School and a wife involved in the PTA, he has been very active in the district over the years. Gambaiani talked with Patch about his reasons for running for the board and issues facing District 200. Wheaton Patch: Why are you running for the District 200 school board? Jim Gambaiani: I’ve been a Wheaton …
Thursday, December 9, 2010
School board officials and District 200 administrators discussed eliminating class rank to broaden students' opportunities to explore classes that interest them, and help their chances for college admission.
Community Unit School District 200 board members and administrators discussed eliminating class rank from the district's high schools during the Dec. 8 board meeting at Pleasant Hill Elementary. Jill Bullo, principal at Wheaton North, and David Claypool, principal at Wheaton Warrenville South, presented the board with reasons class rank limits students' opportunities to explore their interests and sometimes their admittance into college or scholarship eligibility. They recommended that District 200 eliminate class rank, keeping only recognition of the top five percent of the senior class, beginning with next year's incoming freshman class. Class rank is based on a weighted a student's grade point average and is used to identify where …