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Week in Review: School Board Member Favors Sticking to Financial Plan; Officials Oppose Proposed State Pension Funding Shift

A look back at the headlines from April 15-21.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Board Secretary Cindy Kelly offers her take on the board's discussion of the district's state-approved financial plan and the possibility of hiring more teachers to reduce class sizes.

It's always good to be caught up on state politics. Here's an easy guide to what happened this week.

Monday, April 16, 2012

A proposal by the state pension committee to shift the costs of teacher pensions from the state to local school districts could be "catastrophic" to districts 210 and 113A in Lemont, officials said.

Math teacher Ashley Good and her group, the Young Bucks, were named the winners Friday after performing "Stairway to Heaven" and "All Along the Watchtower."

Dozens of teachers and administrators took over the Performing Arts Center stage Friday during the sixth annual "Faculty Idol" competition.

A joint public hearing will be held with Northern Will County communities in Woodridge on Monday. There will also be a hearing prior to Monday's committee of the whole.

Lemont High School students will kick off prom season Sunday night at Bobak's in Woodridge.

Snapshots from Friday's talent show, which raised money for the school's Speech program.

Tuesday, April 17

Taylor, the director of operations for the Lemont-based building company, was profiled Monday for the Chicago Tribune's "Office Space" feature.

The recent transportation audit adjustment and student fees are also on the agenda for the Tuesday's school board meeting.

Students will compete in the 2012 Mock Firms Architectural Competition on Friday, May 4, at the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago.

The resolution will be introduced Tuesday during the county board meeting, according to a press release.

Wednesday, April 18

A family of bald eagles is now calling Palos home, officials believe the eaglets are the first to hatch in Cook County in about a century.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Buehrle sold his 4,000-square-foot Ruffled Feathers home for $550,000

District officials have contacted the Illinois State Board of Education about the possibility of amending the district's financial plan to hire additional teachers for the 2012-13 school year.

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The May 4 event is just one of numerous philanthropic efforts the club has planned for its 19th year.

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Seventh-and eighth-graders were recently inducted to the middle school's National Junior Honor Society.

Thursday, April 19

Britt popular WGN/CLTV show featured the deli Sunday night as part of its "Southwest 'Burbs" episode.

The village's annual spring recycling event was held April 14, along with tree planting at the Lemont Township Community Center. This Saturday, residents are invited to participate in a clean-up of the Heritage Quarries trail.

The inaugural season of the Old Quarry Middle School swim team was capped with a win at the Southeast DuPage Elementary Athletic Association on Tuesday.

Friday, April 20

One for the Kids will host their annual cocktail party April 28 in Oakbrook Terrace to raise money for 8-year-old Ellie Cuiching, who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor last year.

Only 79 of 868 Illinois school districts—less than 10 percent—earned the distinction in 2012.

Vets warn pet owners that ticks are already thriving—and thirsty—after a warmer Illinois winter. Some docs are seeing a spike in canine patients with tick-borne illnesses. Is your pooch protected?

The Michigan center is waiting for next week's NFL draft—scheduled for April 26-28—to once again prove doubters that have ranked him improperly.

Saturday, April 21

News briefs submitted to Patch by the Village of Lemont.

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