News Briefs: Mundelein District 75 approves teachers contract
District 75 approves teachers contract
Mundelein Elementary School District 75 has reached a new two-year contract with its teachers’ union, the Mundelein Elementary Education Association. The new contract begins on July 1 and runs through June 30, 2014.
Under the new contract, each teacher will receive an increase in salary of .5 percent plus a 2 percent step increase based on experience for the 2012-2013 school year. In the 2013-2014 school year, each teacher will receive an increase of 1.5 percent, plus a 2 percent step increase based on experience.
The new starting salary for next year will be $34,373. The current starting salary is $34,202.
Teachers will work an additional four days before the start of the student school year, which they will use to align their lessons with new state standards and testing requirements. They will also participate in training on instructional practices to help teachers prepare for a new teacher evaluation system beginning in 2012-2013.
The board contribution for dependent insurance coverage will increase by 1 percent each year from 35 percent to a maximum of 37 percent. Future retirement benefits are reduced.
MainStreet Libertyville to present housewalk
The Main Street Libertyville Design Committee will present the 9th Annual Historic Walking Tour of Broadway Street on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Al Scott, design committee co-chair for MainStreet Libertyville, said this year’s tour will highlight an entire street of homes rather than focusing one particular style of home. “Our goal is to encapsulate each decade from 1890 to present; taking a trip down memory lane - providing a historic timeline of the homes on the street,” said Scott.
MainStreet Libertyville volunteers will be in Cook Park distributing the Historic Home Tour booklets describing the history or the style of the houses and directions to the various properties. A $10 donation to MainStreet Libertyville is requested for a home tour booklet.
Sponsors for this event are The Tranel Financial Group, Great Lakes Credit Union, Allstate/Phoenix Insurance and Financial Services and Make It Better magazine.
VHHS pool repairs pass state inspection
The Vernon Hills High School swimming pool compliance repairs have passed inspection by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
In passing IDPH inspection, the VHHS pool has now met the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. Before reopening, the VHHS pool must be completely filled with water and required chemicals added and balanced, prior to the Lake County Health Department’s required annual inspection. The county inspection is scheduled for May 29. Following successful completion of the county inspection, the VHHS pool will be available for use again.
The LHS swimming pool passed IDPH inspection on May 18 and the pool was scheduled to reopen after the county health department’s annual inspection on May 24. LHS Athletic Director Briant Kelly and VHHS Athletic Director Brian McDonald will facilitate and coordinate pool re-entry efforts with District 128 swim staff, CATS Aquatics and other pool user groups.
Author to present book in Libertyville
Claire Cook, acclaimed bestselling author of “Must Love Dogs”, will present her new book “Wallflower in Bloom” during a luncheon at noon on June 7 at the Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church Street.
The free event will be open to the public but registration is required. To register, call (847) 362-2330 or go to webres.cooklib.org. Feel free to bring your own lunch or order the optional box lunch provided by Cafe Pyrenees for $8. Lunch orders may be placed until June 1 but must be paid in advance and in person at either the Cook Park Library or the Aspen Drive Library.
Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan when she was 45. At age 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of her second novel, “Must Love Dogs”, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is the bestselling author of eight other novels and lives in Atlanta, Ga.
Books for signing will be available for purchase courtesy of Lake Forest Bookstore.
‘Cops on the Rooftop’ in Vernon Hills
On Friday, June 1, from 5:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m., patrons of the Hawthorn Hills Shopping Center will be greeted by Vernon Hills Police Officers waiting above the Dunkin Donuts in order to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics of Illinois.
Those donating money for the cause will receive a coupon for a free doughnut or coffee. Dunkin Donuts is located at 700 N. Milwaukee Ave., just south of Illinois Route 60 and 21 in Vernon Hills.
It is the fifth year for the “Cops on the Rooftop” event in Vernon Hills, which has raised over $4,500 in the last four years.