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Oswego 308 Superintendent to Employees: “We Have Great People Doing Great Things”

Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt publicly thanked Oswego 308 transportation, maintenance, custodian and grounds employees for their work during the cold-spell last week.

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School was cancelled last week on Monday, Jan. 6 and Tuesday, Jan. 7 due to the snow and extreme cold weather that saw wind chill values of -40.

But as Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt noted, not all Oswego 308 employees remained warm and cozy at home.

On Tuesday, Oswego 308 transportation, maintenance, custodian and grounds employees showed up for work to get the schools ready to go for a Wednesday return.

“We had employees out in those elements Tuesday,” said Wendt.  “I commend these folks.”

Wendt said the buses had caked on snow that he’d “never seen,” which employees had to clean off to prepare for the over 13,000 students that rode the buses daily.

Wendt said that across Chicagoland, several school districts were unable to open Wednesday because of issues that were not addressed by the aforementioned employees.

“We have great people doing great things,” said Wendt. “We know how fortunate we are.” 

John Weber January 16, 2014 at 05:55 PM
Mr. Francis, you are a fanatic! Thanks for showing your true colors so we know not to put anything into your opinions. Please let us know your business' name so we can avoid contacting you?
Mike Francis January 16, 2014 at 07:31 PM
You are in the minority if you feel that you are getting good services for the cost in this District. Must be something special to run a school district and only be able to be proud that people can brush snow off school busses. Yeah, that's what the taxpayers are just begging for, isn't it? And you are quite unusual if you would prefer to not use a business where they are reliable and show up on time. Yet you criticize me for failing to recognize that someone who shows up at work should be commended for doing so. If your only defense is to argue in favor of both sides of the argument, then you need to check your sanity. Just like Mr. Johnson who recognizes that it's OK to send your kids to school on those cold days but then says that the people getting paid to work on those days are suddenly doing some so special that they should be publicly acknowledged. None of this would matter if it weren't for the excessive taxes we pay to this District. Paying a high price for something requires extraordinary results- so don't take my money then brag that you showed up for work to brush snow off school busses. Let me know when the test scores correlate with the money that we pay into the system and I'll acknowledge excellence when that happens.
Logansdad January 16, 2014 at 08:27 PM
"I guess that I thought the job of schools was to educate the students. With outrageously high taxes and low performance in this District I think they should have the dignity to not be bragging about people doing their jobs." If you feel you could do a better job educating your own children for less money, then why don't you educate your children at home. There are many people in this village that don't even have children and we are paying for your children's education.
Lisa Udy January 17, 2014 at 08:46 AM
Are you the same Mike Francis that was Director of Finance for Oswego308 about 9-10 years ago? Just wondering.

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