SB 2912 Relieves some pressure in hiring teachers

Recently approved legislation, Senate Bill 2912, which was signed by Governor Rauner last week, will allow for more efficient transitions for teachers from other states to earn licensure in Illinois, and relaxes some of the requirements for substitute teachers to earn licensure.

There is an enormous shortage of teaching candidates, and also substitute teachers all across Illinois.  Contact the Regional Office of Education at (309)-936-7890 if you would like more information to apply or to direct a friend or family member to research these opportunities.

Yes, it is certainly getting colder out there….

Message from Superintendent Scott Kuffel: Certainly winter weather is upon us, and despite growing rumors and conversation that a decision has been made about school closing tomorrow, as of 4:23 pm on Wednesday, we WILL be in session on December 15th. To assist you with understanding the planning and discussion that takes place when considering a school closing, this link clarifies the differences between a watch, an advisory, and a warning.
 
Assuming that road conditions are passable, we do not begin discussing a school closing unless we get to a Wind-chill WARNING. As I have said many times before, we respect that some of you may disagree with that benchmark and choose to keep your child home from school. This criteria of starting the discussion at a WARNING is consistent with other Quad Cities area school districts. We know that winters in the midwest can be challenging, and often the weather can be difficult for many weeks in a row. We hope that you do all that you can to help ensure student safety on the way to and from school by providing your child(ren) with appropriate clothing.
 
As mentioned previously, when the windchill falls below +10 degrees, we keep the children inside for recess. Thank you for working together with us, to help reinforce the importance of being well prepared and responsive to all types of challenges so that we can get to work trying to provide the best educational opportunities we can to support maximum learning, in all areas. Student safety is of the utmost importance to us, and we would not endanger children for the sake of reinforcing a strong work ethic and perseverance. But we also know how many of you count on us to provide care, comfort, and quality instruction to your children whenever it is feasible.
 
It is often much easier to live our District Mission of Teach-Learn-Care when it’s 70 and sunny and everyone’s motivated to get going, but it isn’t always about making the easy or most popular decision when the wind blows, the skies are gray and people are counting down to Christmas.
 
Thank you for your patience and your efforts to help us make this a 21st Century district– Scott Kuffel, Superintendent

Instructions to Apply for High School Principal Vacancy for 2017-18

Geneseo High School Principal Vacancy

Application Packet to Submit for Consideration

Geneseo High School will be replacing Mr. Michael Haugse, who has served with merit as high school principal for more than a decade.  The district now accepts applications for a position that officially begins on July 1, 2017.   Mr. Haugse will retire effective June 30, 2017.

Geneseo Community Unit School District #228 is seeking a principal for 2017-18 who has demonstrated building-level administrative experience of at least 3 years, who has a proven record of teacher evaluation, curriculum review and evaluation, data analysis, supervising support staff, possesses high levels of organizational skills, and can build effective relationships with students, staff, and the greater school community. The effective candidate possesses an exemplary work ethic, strong communications skills for relationship and trust building, thorough understanding of the change process, and the ability to enhance existing successes while innovating areas in need of improvement.

Any interested person who applies for the position should submit hard paper copies of the following items to the attention of :

Scott Kuffel, Superintendent

648 N. Chicago St.

Geneseo, IL 61254

The envelope should be clearly marked “High School Principal Application”

The envelope should contain the following items to ensure consideration.  Failure to submit a complete packet may disqualify a candidate.

  1. A cover letter indicating interest in the position
  2. An essay, separate from the cover letter that explains the candidate’s vision of a highly effective high school,  which then connects the candidate’s personal and professional attributes to an ability to lead such a high school.
  3. A copy of current resume emphasizing key work experiences preparing candidate for this position.
  4. A minimum of four letters of reference: with at least one coming from someone the candidate supervised in some capacity.  No reference letter should be older than three years.
  5. Copies of all post-secondary transcripts
  6. A copy of or proof of current and valid endorsement to serve as a principal in Illinois.

Timelines

  1. Applications accepted until 3:00 p.m., Monday, November 28, 2016.
  2. Candidates selected for an initial interview will be notified and scheduled by Friday, December 2, 2016.
  3. First round of interviews will be scheduled for the period between December 7-20.
  4. Second round of interviews will be conducted the week of January 9, 2017.
  5. Final recommendation will be prepared by January 23, 2017.
  6. Board of Education approves new Geneseo High School Principal at February 9, 2017 regular Board meeting.

Any questions regarding this process should be directed to Scott Kuffel, Superintendent at skuffel@geneseoschools.org or by phone at (309)-945-0450.

The “Hits” Keep Coming

The Illinois Association of School Boards has recently updated a list of mandates that the Illinois General Assembly has placed on schools — WITHOUT adequate funding to support the initiatives.  While some of these are difficult to argue against, because they are common sense safety initiatives; there are others that lead you to wonder whether or not they have a place on the floor of a statehouse for a vote.  Perhaps legislators could spend some time voting out 2 laws that are no longer as necessary before adding one.

October 19, 2016 Half-Day of Student Attendance

Just a reminder that school will be dismissed after one-half day of attendance on Wednesday, October 19th, for the purpose of teacher inservice.  Teachers will be working on aligning science curriculum and social studies curriculum to state standards.  They will be expanding lessons using Google Classroom, and reviewing 1st quarter assessments.  Other breakout sessions will also be available for teacher growth on Wednesday afternoon.