Saturday, May 11, 2013
Not too many changes other than new members on the Oswego 308 school board.
On Monday night four new members joined the Oswego 308 school board: Matthew Bauman, Greg O’Neil, Danielle Paul and Mike McDowell. Once all four new members were seated the board had to then elect a new president, vice president and secretary, which were being served by Bill Walsh, Alison Swanson, and departing Laurie Pasteris, respectively. The board elected Superintendent Matthew Wendt as President Pro Tempore to serve as president while a new one was elected. Board member Brent Lightfoot nominated Bill Walsh and was seconded by newly seated member Greg O’Neil. Walsh was voted unanimously to serve as president once more. Matthew Bauman then made a motion for Alison Swanson for vice-president, which was seconded by Brent Lightfoot and …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The balancing of the budget was made by cuts, delayed purchasing, audits and more.
After approving a budget for the 2012-13 school year with a $2.6 million deficit in September, the Oswego 308 School District has now reduced the deficit to zero. Superintendent Matthew Wendt announced the deficit reduction at the Monday night school board meeting, stating that the reduction came from delayed purchases and professional development, spending freezes, decreased medical and dental costs across the district, budget analysis and programming audits. “I’ve had more audits in the last 10 months than I’ve had in my career,” said Wendt. When the budget was originally presented to the board of education in August it had been cut to a $5.5 million deficit from an original $7.5 million deficit. It was cut in early September to $3.8 …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
All four administrators have been hired to the Department of Teaching and Learning.
Four new Oswego 308 district administrators have been hired to the Department of Teaching and Learning in accordance with the district's new vision of the organizational chart. The new administrators are: Lisa Smith, Ed.D. as the director of elementary education, Edsel Clark, Ed.D. as the director of secondary education, Amanda Clark as the director of special programs and Kellie Sanders, Ed.D. as the director of professional development and training. The directors will begin their positions on July 1. Lisa Smith Lisa Smith, currently the assistant superintendent for human resources in Downers Grove District 99, will serve 308 as the Director of Elementary Education. Her base salary is $106,001.98 and with a TRS contribution the total is…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Give a shout out to a teacher who has made a difference in your or your child's life.
Monday marks the start of Teacher Appreciation Week in Oswego District 308. There are plenty of ways to go about giving your teacher some appreciation - a card, a potted flower, some fresh baked cookies or an apple (can never go wrong with an apple) - who, after all, is the individual that devotes forty plus hours a week to teaching our kids throughout the year. We want to spread some of that love on Patch. If you've ever had a teacher in the past or present who has inspired you, taught you something invaluable or has just been plain awesome, give them a shout out down below. Thank you teachers for all you do!
Friday, May 3, 2013
Christine Nelson will officially start in her new position on July 1.
There's an internal change coming to the newly restructured department of Teaching and Learning of Oswego 308 on July 1. Christine Nelson, current Director of Student Services, will transfer to the position of Director of Special Education, as recommended by Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt. Nelson will report directly to the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning and will closely collaborate with the Director of the Special Education Cooperative. “As the ninth largest and one of the fastest growing Illinois public school districts, special education will benefit from central administrative leadership within our organization," said Wendt. There are approximately 2,237 special education students in Oswego in addition to the out-…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
All four new Oswego 308 Board of Education members will be officially inducted on Monday, May 6.
Talk about a close vote. The official canvassed election results by the Kendall County Board of Elections from the April 9, 2013 Consolidated Election are in, and Oswego 308 has officially announced the four new board members. Danielle Paul, Matthew Bauman, Gregory O'Neil and Mike McDowell will officially be sworn in Monday, May 6, at the board meeting. Only a single vote separated Michael McDowell and Bradley Schulz, 1,706 to 1,705 respectively, from obtaining the fourth open board seat. A total of 3,899 ballots were cast amongst Kendall and Will Counties and the Aurora Election Commission. Paul received 2,044 votes, Bauman received 2,352 votes and O'Neil received 1,880. Candidate Eva Renee Powers received 1,390 votes. Paul, Bauman, O'…
The chart shows a restructure of the department of teaching and learning by adding new administration areas based on priorities of the district.
Oswego 308 will be seeing some new administrative positions starting for next school year as shown in the organizational chart approved unanimously by the board of education. The chart, presented to the board members by Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt, was made to address the many challenges facing the growing district – the ninth largest in Illinois. Wendt said 308 is anticipating 20,000 students by 2020 and the chart will show centralized leadership and management, both very important factors to the district. The chart leads with residents at the top, who then elect the board of education, which is followed by the superintendent. You can view the full chart in the attached PDF (zoom by using the magnifying glass in the bottom left …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Plus places to pick out a prom outfit and prom deals around the area.
It's hard to believe it's almost May, which means prom and graduation are right around the corner. To make sure you don't miss out on any dates, we've put together a summary of all the important ones coming up for Oswego 308. Oswego High School: Prom for OHS students will take place on Saturday, May 4, at Ashton Place from 6 to 11 p.m. Pictures will start at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Oswego East High School: OEHS prom will be on Saturday, May 11 at The Abbington (located in Glen Ellyn, IL) from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. with pictures at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets may still be purchased on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30. Click here for more details. Looking for a prom dress or tux? Oswego has plenty of local businesses that …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Children registering for kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year must be five (5) years old by September 1, 2013.
Are your kids signed up for kindergarten yet? No? Then you'll want to attend District 308's open kindergarten registration. The open registration will be on Monday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the District 308 Central Registration Office, 4175 Route 71. View the Kindergarten Registration Page Here.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Neither Oswego high school made the annual list published by U.S. News and World Report.
U.S. News and World Report released its annual list of best Illinois high schools Tuesday. Neither of Oswego 308's two high schools were included. U.S. News and World Report ranked 69 high schools on the list. Four Chicago public schools made the top four high schools in Illinois, followed by Deerfield High School at No. 5. Nearby, Hinsdale Central was ranked No. 8, Neuqua Valley in Naperville was No. 23, Wheaton Warrenville South was No. 32, Naperville North was No. 33, Glenbard South in Glen Ellyn was No. 34 and Naperville Central was No. 35. Downers Grove North was 36 and Downers Grove South was 52. The 2013 U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools rankings are based on data collected from more than 21,000 public U.S. high schools …