Bill Lloyd


District 211 school board member Bill Lloyd has posted School’s out for summer and an update on District 211 business issues.

As far as negotiating salaries with the teachers union, Mr. Lloyd writes:

For those who have asked and those who may be curious, the board has chosen to continue to follow its established protocol, thus the board has opted to continue to use district administration along with the board’s attorney to handle contract negotiations on behalf of the board. There will be no board member at the negotiating table or in the room as an observer.

This should be changed, in my never-to-be-humble opinion.

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District 211 school board member Bill Lloyd shows his leadership skills in a post titled the total picture.

Every person that has been fortunate enough to serve as a board member has seen and experienced first hand the Herculean efforts needed to keep the school district not only running but running and producing at a high level. They have also experienced the commitment that district employees have toward the students and families they serve. All of District 211’s employees are very deserving of gratitude and thanks.

 Sorry about the delay. Checking my visitor stats, 120 of you have already been here no doubt looking for the latest and you probably already now know that two challengers won.

The incumbents who won are Debra Strauss and Lynn Davis. The challengers who won are George Brandt and Susan Kenley-Rupnow. Kenley-Rupnow was the top vote-getter.

The way I see it: When an incumbent loses and a challenger is the top voter-getter, voters are starting to look for change.

The Daily Herald says:

District 211 victors face challenges.

The latest round of contention between the administration and teachers union is over a recent energy contract the district agreed to.

The union said the contract with the Illinois Energy Consortium should be rescinded, claiming it violates Illinois School Code.

Of course, there are plenty of folks in the District who aren’t particularly pro-union or connected to the union who are asking the same questions.

I’m thinking that Bill Lloyd might be feeling a little less lonely this morning. He writes:

Election Day 1: The Future Begins.

District 15 results are chronicled here with quite a big old dose of Daily Herald snark.

Here it is.

We are blessed to have one of the seven board members who is ready, willing and able to call it like he sees it.

My favorite part of Mr. Lloyd’s report:

Mr. Cortez and Mr. Braglia, as union leadership, presented concerns about class size and scheduling, needed funding not getting into the classroom while the district experiences significant cash surpluses, open communication as well as the energy issue. Now in my time on the Board, I have seen that whenever the Union addresses the Board we are unable to just let them say what they need to say, listen and perhaps consider following up DIRECTLY with them off line. Instead, we lose control of the meeting and allow the administration and their designated supporters to counterpoint whatever the union says in effect turning the Board meeting into a public debate.

Also:

Next, at taxpayers expense, the Board’s attorney got up and spoke about the IEC case in essence presenting their courtroom defense at the Board meeting.

Unbelievable how much time and money and mental effort this administration has spent defending a poor decision.

District 211 school board member Bill Lloyd blogs in response to a reader’s questions about the financial condition of D211.

Readers: Please be sure to read all the comments on this post. The bottom line is that our taxing entities locally, not just District 211, have legal ways to raise our taxes without a vote and get around any spending or tax limitations imposed by the legislature. We all need to understand how this works. Please add comments or ask questions in that comments thread.

Or email me. I protect your confidentiality. There’s a culture in this district where teachers, parents and others are concerned about social reprisals and being stigmatized and until that changes, at least by emailing me you can raise your questions and concerns without fear.

And thank you, Bill Lloyd, for being patient and forthcoming as we try to figure all this out.

District 211 school board member Bill Lloyd has an excellent, thoughtful post on measuring student achievement.

This type of post–and Bill’s other posts at his new blog–set a benchmark for open communication between a board member and the stakeholders of District 211. It fosters sharing and dialogue.

Speaking of which, we’re on day 6 of the six other school board members maintaining radio silence about these questions.

What are they trying to hide?