Sunday, April 21, 2013
On the day of the drill, please do not be alarmed if you see emergency responders, smoke, ambulances, and/or media on the Geneva Middle School campus.
Geneva School District 304 is keeping the specifics of the drill a secret, but in the wake of school shootings at Newtown and others, it's not hard to imagine what the drill might entail. Geneva School District 304 Superintendent Kent Mutchler sent a letter to parents notifying them of the "districtwide, full-scale emergency drill" that will take place between noon and 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the middle school campus on Viking Drive. Viking Drive and Blackman Road will be blocked off during the drill, beginning around noon. The drill "is planned to provide Geneva School District staff the invaluable opportunity to evaluate their emergency response procedures and make adjustments where necessary," Mutchler said. Students will be …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
K-12 report: "(Local school boards) would stifle the openness and global reach of digital learning in the name of district empowerment and local monopoly."
A question posed at Thursday night's candidate forum in Geneva brought an interesting comment by Geneva School Board President Mark Grosso. In response to an audience-written query about the proposed Fox Valley K-12 virtual school, Grosso said he found it curious that, for an Internet-based company with experts in the technology field, Virtual Charter Schools was slow and conventional in bringing the proposal forward to local school boards. "All their communication was by U.S. Mail," he said. Grosso said he has to vote on the virtual-school issue Monday night and couldn't comment too much, but added "I have some real concerns regarding their accountatiblity." The comment echoes some of the distrust expressed by school board members and …
Friday, February 15, 2013
The 30th year of the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Palatine, Competitors include William Fremd (Palatine), Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Glenbard North (Carol Stream), Glenbard South (Glen Ellyn), St. Cha
Friday, February 15
Geneva High School will host one of the 30 sectional tournaments for the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. The awards ceremony should be at approximately 3:15 p.m. The Masons of Illinois sponsor this annual academic achievement competition for the IHSA-member high schools throughout Illinois. Schools competing pay no entry fees, as the cost of the tournament is paid by the Masons of Illinois. This year marks the 30th year for this academic tournament. There are 303 high schools registered for this year’s tournament. "The Masons of Illinois believe in providing positive recognition for academic excellence and strive to make this tournament a positive experience for everyone involved," a Geneva School District …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Teachers union vote garners three-fifths majority it needed for ratification. The School Board votes next.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Residents, educators and School Board members breathed a sigh and smiled Wednesday, when the Kane County Chronicle and Daily Herald posted a note that the Geneva Education Association voted Wednesday to ratify the tentative contract agreed upon in the wee hours of Monday morning. The reports said more than a two-thirds majority of the GEA members voted to ratify the agreement. The Board of Education and the GEA struck a confidentiality agreement that said details of the new three-year contract would not be made public until it was ratified by both parties. School Board President Mark Grosso said after Monday's meeting that District 304 would call a special meeting for that purpose, most likely Monday or Tuesday. The GEA vote almost …
Monday, November 12, 2012
The Geneva Education Association and the Geneva Board of Education reached a tentative agreement at 12:30 a.m. Monday on a new contract.
Monday, November 12, 2012
The Geneva Education Association and the Geneva Board of Education reached a tentative agreement Monday morning at 12:30 a.m. on a new contract. The tentative three-year Agreement will be presented to the GEA membership on Tuesday, Nov. 13. A ratification vote will be taken on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Following the GEA vote, the Board of Education will vote on the Agreement. A date for this special Board meeting has not been set. The agreement will be made public upon ratification by both parties. With this tentative agreement, school will be in session on Monday, Nov. 12. SOURCE: School District 304 Click the "Keep Me Posted" button below this text.
Friday, November 9, 2012
The Geneva Education Association says Geneva teachers will go on strike Monday.
A Geneva Education Association press release says a teachers strike will happen Monday. Geneva Education Association President Carol Young says Thursday's 10-hour negotiating session was productive but did not result in an agreement. Young said the GEA offered to meet over the weekend, but the School Board task force said Tuesday would be the soonest that talks could resume. The board has a meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday. A press release from School District 304 is expected later this morning. Geneva Patch will update this post when additional information is available. Here's the GEA press release: The following statement may be attributed to Carol Young, president of the Geneva Education Association (GEA). “The GEA negotiation …
School Board President Mark Grosso said Friday morning that no deal had been reached during Thursday night's negotiations between the School Board and the Geneva Education Association.
Geneva School Board President Mark Grosso said at 7:30 a.m. Friday that last night's teachers contract negotiations went past 11 p.m. but no settlement. Grosso said he expected a press release would be distributed later this morning but could make no further comment. "We have not reached a tentative agreement," he said. The Geneva Education Association filed its notice of intent to strike on Oct. 26, and a walkout could take place as soon as today. Information about negotiations and the potential strike will be communicated through emails to families, District 304’s emergency notification system, 304Connects, local media and the School Board’s negotiations webpage. Geneva Patch will update this article as soon as additional information is …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
An eight-hour negotiating session doesn't come up with a tentative contract agreement, but both sides will meet again in hopes of an 11th-hour settlement prior to a possible Nov. 9 teachers strike.
For Genevans hoping and praying for a settlement prior to a Friday teachers-strike deadline, the initial news from Tuesday's negotiating session was mixed and a little sketchy. School District 304 issued a press release and sent an email via 304 Connects informing the community that the Board of Education and the Geneva Education Association continued negotiations Tuesday evening with the help of a federal mediator. "Proposals were exchanged, and both parties agreed to meet again on Thursday, Nov. 8," the release said. As of 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, the GEA had not issued a press release regarding the issue or posted one on its website, gea4students.com. Following the Oct. 26 negotiations session, the School Board and GEA released details and …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
School Board president calls the tactic “particularly troubling." Geneva Education Association president calls the board's account of the negotiations "disturbing." Negotiations continue Nov. 6.
Geneva School Board President Mark Grosso said in a District 304 press release Tuesday that the Geneva teachers union was filing for a strike five hours before talks ended Friday. The Geneva Education Association countered with its own press release Tuesday evening, posted on the gea4students website, calling the School Board's accusations "disturbing" and saying it had to file at that time to make a 4:30 p.m. deadline with the Kane County Regional Office of Education and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. Both sides said they made dramatic movement from their posted final offers and acknowledged that a settlement appeared to be in reach during the 12-hour Friday bargaining session. “What is particularly troubling is that, …
Friday, October 26, 2012
After a day-long negotiating session, the School Board and GEA get closer to resolution but salaries remain the sticking point.
Geneva School Board President Mark Grosso delivered the sad news in a brief telephone conversation around 10:30 p.m. Friday, after a long day of negotiations with the Geneva Education Association. "Despite progress on several of the issues, the GEA has given notice of its intent to strike," Grosso said. The soonest date that a strike could take place is Nov. 9. The next mediation session has tentatively been set for Tuesday, Nov. 6. Grosso said he felt the negotiations made tremendous progress and both sides were close to agreement on many of the major points outlined in the final offers posted by the School Board and the GEA—with one important exception. "Salary is the issue, I can tell you that," Grosso said. The board and the union have…