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Davenport Education Association Offers Alternative to Balance School District Budget PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Toby W. Paone   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 14:54

The Davenport Education Association (DEA) is offering a student-focused alternative to Superintendent Art Tate's proposed budget cuts for the Davenport Community School District. The DEA alternative plan balances the budget while still delivering quality instruction to all students regardless of their zip code.

The DEA represents more than 1,300 professional educators, nurses, and other licensed personnel in the Davenport Community School District.

"We recognize the district's budget situation is serious and needs immediate attention to maximize the opportunities for student learning for the 2015-2016 school year," said Toby Paone, Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) UniServ Director. "Our alternative starts at the top of the organization where it affects kids the least. The biggest problem with the Superintendent's recommendation is that it makes too many cuts in the classroom. We approached the budget with a scalpel instead of a meat axe," added Paone.

Paone added: "Keeping budget cuts out of our classrooms and away from our students should be everyone's number one priority. We hope to work with the school district's administration and the board of education to achieve this goal."

The DEA budget-balancing plan includes:

Savings totaling $3 million.

Keeping all schools open.

No mid-year program changes.

No increase in class-sizes.

Maintaining block scheduling.

Early retirement incentive for teachers.

Eliminates redundant administrative positions.

Reductions in the Achievement Services Center (ASC).

Reduction of (2) Curriculum Specialists.

Reduction of the District Athletic Director position.

Eliminating Administrative Retirement Annuity.

The DEA Executive Board appointed five experienced teachers and DEA leaders to a special committee to develop the association's recommended alternative. Committee members include Karen Kline-Jerome, English/language arts teacher at Central High School; Dan Flaherty, social studies teacher at Central High School; Rich Adams, science teacher at Sudlow Intermediate School; Cari Johnson, District Teacher Leadership Support teacher and the DEA Vice President; and Rebecca Menard, physical education teacher at Truman Elementary and the DEA President.

There will be a news conference to discuss the DEA's budget proposal:

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Time: 4:30 PM

Place: Madison Elementary School Auditorium

116 E. Locust Street, Davenport

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Local students studying abroad PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Billingsley   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:39

PELLA, IA (11/25/2014)(readMedia)-- Central College students from the area will study abroad this spring.

Dionne Riley of Bettendorf will study in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Sarah Montgomery of Bettendorf will study in London, England.

Carla Papageorgiou of Rock Island will study in Paris, France.

Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to the education of 1,500 undergraduate students. Founded in 1853, the college is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and NCAA Division III athletics. Central is a recognized leader in study abroad as a result of its international, residential programs. The college is located in Pella, Iowa, a thriving community of 10,000 two minutes from the state's largest lake and 40 minutes southeast of Des Moines. Learn more at www.central.edu.

 
Suzanne Morris Assumes Chair of Midwestern Higher Education Compact PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary Roberson   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 15:58

Suzanne Morris assumed the position of commission chair of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), during the commission’s semi-annual meeting held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 16-17. Morris was elected last fall and served a year term as vice chair (2013-14) and a term as the Compact’s treasurer (2012-13). One of four regional higher education compacts in the United States, MHEC (www.mhec.org) is a nonprofit regional organization assisting its 12 member Midwestern states in advancing higher education through interstate cooperation and resource sharing.

The compact seeks to fulfill its interstate mission through programs that expand postsecondary opportunity and success; promote inno­vative approaches to improving institutional and system productivity; improve affordability to students and states; and enhance connectivity between higher education and the workplace. Member states are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

"It is an honor and a pleasure to serve as chair for MHEC," said Morris, of Grayslake, Illinois. “This organization provides savings and other types of services through its contract negotiating and multi-state initiatives. The cooperation with other Midwest states benefits not only the individual states, but the whole 12-state region." In FY 2014, Illinois education institutions, school districts, state and local governments, and students achieved savings of over $29.9 million.

“Suzanne’s experience as a MHEC officer for the past two years and her experiences in postsecondary education for the Illinois Community College Board will be very helpful as MHEC continues to embark on several new initiatives for interstate collaboration,” said Larry Isaak, MHEC president.

Morris was initially appointed a MHEC commissioner in 2011. She is vice-chair of the Illinois Community College Board, which oversees the community colleges in Illinois.

In addition to Morris, current Illinois MHEC Commissioners are: James L. Applegate, Executive Director, Illinois Board of Higher Education; Michael W. Frerichs, Senator, Illinois General Assembly; Naomi D. Jakobsson, Representative, Illinois General Assembly; and Addison E. Woodward, Board Member, Illinois Board of Higher Education; and MHEC Commissioner Alternate: Chad Hays, Representative, Illinois General Assembly.

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Jacob Logan wins Outstanding Attorney Award in mock trial PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Billingsley   
Monday, 24 November 2014 14:54

PELLA, IA (11/24/2014)(readMedia)-- Jacob Logan '18, a member of the Central College Mock Trial Team, won the Outstanding Attorney Award at the Creighton University BlueJay Open on Nov. 22. Logan, a first-year student, was the second highest-ranking attorney for the entire tournament.

Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to the education of 1,500 undergraduate students. Founded in 1853, the college is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and NCAA Division III athletics. Central is a recognized leader in study abroad as a result of its international, residential programs. The college is located in Pella, Iowa, a thriving community of 10,000 two minutes from the state's largest lake and 40 minutes southeast of Des Moines. Learn more at www.central.edu

 
Emma Simmons studying in Paris, France PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Billingsley   
Friday, 21 November 2014 15:36

PELLA, IA (11/21/2014)(readMedia)-- Emma Simmons of Davenport is currently studying abroad in Paris, France, through Central College. Simmons is a sophomore majoring in Spanish and cultural anthropology.

Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to the education of 1,500 undergraduate students. Founded in 1853, the college is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and NCAA Division III athletics. Central is a recognized leader in study abroad as a result of its international, residential programs. The college is located in Pella, Iowa, a thriving community of 10,000 two minutes from the state's largest lake and 40 minutes southeast of Des Moines. Learn more at www.central.edu.

 
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