The Peoria District 150 school board approves a Human Resources Report that include the recall of 39 teachers who were victims of a Reduction in Force (RIF).
The district laid off a total of 198 employees last month, including 66 full-and-part-time teachers. The teachers recalled by Tuesday's board action are among those 66 teachers who were "pink slipped" due to financial reasons.
Superintendent Grenita Lathan tells 1470 & 100.3 WMBD this is the first time teachers have been recalled before the final day of the current school year.
"We're really excited," Lathan says, "because teachers will know before they walk out the door next Tuesday they have a job for next school year."
The last day of classes in District 150 will be next Monday, June 2. Schools will be dismissed one hour early.
Lathan says this also means District 150 will keep those teachers and they won't possibly be hired somewhere else.
"They'll be able to continue with the educational services they provided our students this past school year."
Lathan says there's still a chance more "pink slipped" teachers can be recalled during the summer.
"Once we look at enrollment and registration," Lathan explains, "we'll hopefully have additional positions we can call people back to, or have new hires."
The board held its Committee of the Whole meeting at Peoria High School Tuesday.
The board also approved a change in its board meeting structure. The meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of the month will now both be a regular meeting format with a start time of 6:30 p.m. The public comment portion of the meeting will be near the beginning of each session and speakers will be allowed 5 minutes to address the board.
The past several years the board has had a regular meeting format its first meeting of the month, with a Committee of the Whole meeting the second meeting with a start time of 6:00 p.m. The Committee of the Whole meeting was designed for the administration to make presentations on various services and curriculum with the board being able to ask questions and gather information with no action taken. The public comment portion was near the end of the Committee of the Whole meetings with speakers allowed only 2 minutes to address the board.
Board members voiced concerns that the Committee of the Whole meetings were resembling regular meetings with action items included on the agenda. Many of those actions included student discipline and bill payments that needed to be taken care of in a timely manner.
The board will continue to discuss the need for Committee of the Whole meetings and possibly schedule them as special meetings quarterly or on an "as needed" basis.
There is a bit of a change in board meeting schedules for the next two meetings. There is only one regularly scheduled board meeting next month, June 16th at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting after that will be the annual reorganization meeting Tuesday, July 1 at Noon which coincides with the start of the new fiscal year and is highlighted by the election of new board officers.