LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
The last day of school for the 2016-2017 school year is Thursday, May 25. This is a three-hour day for students.
Illinois has operated more than 22 months without a full state budget. While Illinois public schools have benefited from a partially-funded education budget, our schools, students, families, and communities will continue to suffer without a full state budget.
We also will continue to struggle if Mandated Categorical state payments, which support special education, bilingual education, transportation, and other important services, do not get paid this year. To date, the State of Illinois owes District 87 approximately $2 million and Unit 5 approximately $8 million, in just those Mandated Categoricals. And even though we are not receiving the funds, we are still required to provide the services.
Like any business, school districts need to know how much money they will receive so that education leaders and elected board members can make thoughtful spending decisions, from hiring staff to allocations for curriculum, maintenance and repairs, and much more for the coming school year.
Please join the effort and:
SUBSTITUTE TEACHER RATE
Unit 5 is raising the substitute teacher rate by $10 per day for the remaining Fridays this school year. The increase will apply to both teacher substitutes and paraprofessional substitutes. Now, substitute teachers will earn $90 a day on Fridays, and paraprofessionals will earn $75. For information on how to apply to become a substitute teacher, CLICK HERE.
My Stop is a web-based application available to all Unit 5 parents to access live bus GPS information using a smartphone, tablet or computer and securely view the current location of their child’s bus on routes. The system also provides the school bus’s estimated time of arrival at your child’s bus stop. For directions, CLICK HERE.