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Former Columbine Principal to Speak in Kankakee

The former Columbine High School Principal will be the keynote speaker at the Bourbonnais Township Park District’s Emergency Preparedness Leadership program next week.

Frank DeAngelis was serving as principal when the mass shooting occurred at Columbine on April 20, 1999. He will be talking about the event, the response, and the aftermath including the road to recovery.

The program will run from 8:30am-4:00pm on March 29th at the Kankakee Hilton Garden Inn’s conference center. Registration is required and the cost is $129 per person. For more information or to register, go to btpd.com.

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Mayoral candidates’ forum in Kankakee County

Four mayoral candidate forums were held Thursday night in Kankakee County. The Civic Auditorium in Kankakee was the setting for candidates from Bradley, Bourbonnais, Grant Park, and Momence.

The candidates addressed their respective strong points in their communities while also talking about issues that need attention too.

The city of Watseka’s mayoral candidates will each get a chance to speak next Thursday (March 23) at a noon luncheon sponsored by the Iroquois County Republican Women’s Club. The program is at Celebrations.

The Kankakee County branch of the NAACP is hosting forums at tzhe Kankakee Public Library next week. Kankakee school district #111 board candidates will talk issues at 5:15 pm Tuesday. The three Kankakee mayoral candidates step to the podium at 6:45 pm.

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Watseka #9 BOE votes to dismiss two teachers

Two Watseka Unit Nine teachers were dismissed (Thursday night) in a financial move by the Unit Nine School Board of Education.

Kris Lindquist’s teaching position at the Glenn Raymond School was eliminated in a Reduction in Force (RIF) move. Glenn Raymond P.E. teacher Dan Bleyle’s contract wasn’t renewed.
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Several teachers attending the meeting asked the Board to reconsider the action to cut costs by finding other means . The Board contends the action is the result of doing what’s best for the future of the district.

Following a 90-minute closed session, the Board voted 6-0 to make the cuts. Board member Bob Burd abstained.

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Herscher #2 teacher cuts fueled low enrollment

Herscher's Unit #2 School Board this week made three employment decisions which officials say will save the district $100,000.

The board eliminated a kindergarten teacher and high school math instructor because of a decline in enrollment. It also reduced a custodian position from full time to part time.

Superintendent Rich Decman said the district would rehire the kindergarten teacher should enrollment increase. The high school math teacher position could also be back in place if enrollment increases or another teacher moves from the district.

The numbers in the district during the past 16 years projects a few more years of decline before the student population levels off.

During the past five years, the district has cut staff and closed Reddick Elementary School to overcome a $3.6 million budget. Decman said the district likely will end this year with about a $250,000 deficit.

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Dozens taken to hospitals with nausea, headaches at Bourbonnais school

Up to four-dozen people from the LeVasseur elementary school in Bourbonnais were taken to local hospitals Thursday afternoon after complaints of nausea and headaches.

Bourbonnais Fire Protection Chief Ed St. Louis said all but just a few were students. He said the problem appeared to be a back-up generator that malfunctioned, causing increased levels of carbon monoxide.

St. Louis said a contractor will inspect the school building. Classes and other activities are resuming today (Friday) after yesterday’s evacuation.

The fire department was called just after 1 pm when a couple dozen students and three other staff members became ill. Several students complained of headaches and nausea.

Those affected were treated at Presence St. Mary’s and Riverside Hospitals in Kankakee.

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