Peoria Public Schools District 150, Illinois

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Peoria Public Schools District 150
Peoria, Illinois
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District Profile
Superintendent:Grenita Lathan
Enrollment:13,448[1]
Graduation rate:71.0%[2]
Number of schools:26
Budget: $202.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Rick Cloyd
Board members:7
Term length:5
Peoria Public School District 150 is a school district in Illinois that served 13,448 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. District enrollment has grown 2.2% between 2009 and 2013 though growth stalled after the 2011-2012 school year.[1]

About the district

Peoria Public Schools District 150 is located in Peoria County, Illinois
Peoria Public Schools District 150 is located in Peoria, Illinois, which is the county seat of Peoria County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Peoria is home to 115,021 residents.[3] Peoria Public Schools District 150 is the 13th-largest school district in Illinois, serving 14,183 students during the 2010-11 school year.[4]

Demographics

Peoria outperformed in comparison to the rest of Illinois in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 32.7% of Peoria residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.1% for Illinois as a whole. The median household income in Peoria was $45,772 compared to $56,853 for the state of Illinois. The poverty rate in Peoria was 22.2% compared to 13.7% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Peoria (%) Illinois (%)
White 62.4 71.5
Black or African American 26.9 14.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 4.6 4.6
Two or More Races 3.6 2.3
Hispanic or Latino 4.9 15.8

Presidential Vote, 2000-2012[5]
Election Year  % of Democratic Voters  % of Republican Voters
2012 44.2 53.7
2008 32.8 66.3
2004 46.5 52.6
2000 48.8 49.1

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[6]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Peoria Public Schools District 150 during the 2013-2014 school year was Grenita Lathan. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2010. Lathan previously served as the deputy superintendent of San Diego Unified School District.[7]

School board

The Peoria Public Schools Board of Education consists of seven members elected by district to five-year terms. Members do not receive compensation for their service on the board.[8]

Peoria Public Schools Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Rick Cloyd 2016
Debbie Wolfmeyer 2016
Linda Butler 2017
Chris Crawford 2015
Lynne Costic 2017
Laura Petelle 2014
Martha Ross 2018

School board elections

See also: Peoria Public Schools District 150 elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to five-year terms on a staggered basis. One seat was up for election in March 2014 and will be up for election in March 2015 and 2018. Two seats will be on the ballot in March 2016 and 2017.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2007:

1. The Board of Education is not a forum; it is a deliberative body. Accordingly, it receives communications, both oral and written, as a medium of information. It does not debate the contents of such communication but considers them in making decisions and in the establishment of policies.

2. The Board encourages communication with the Board in writing on any school-related subject.

3. Following the adoption of the minutes, the President of the Board will recognize members of the public and employees of the District who wish to address the Board. Each speaker shall complete a "Request to speak to the Board of Education" card. Cards will be accepted by the Board Secretary until the President calls the meeting to order. Not more than five minutes may be allotted to each speaker and no more than twenty minutes to each subject under discussion, except with the concurrence of the majority of the Board.

4. It shall be in order for Board members to interrupt a speaker at any time to ask questions or make comments as frequently as necessary to clarify the discussion.

5. The Board may attempt to answer questions regarding items on which they have reached a decision.

6. The Board will not answer questions involving litigation, possible litigation, negotiations, individual District personnel or specific student discipline cases.

7. No person less than eighteen years of age may address the Board in meeting unless accompanied by his/her parent, guardian or teacher, except with the approval of the majority of the Board.

8. Because all public meetings of the Board of Education are made a matter of public record, each speaker, when recognized by the President, shall give his or her name for the record.

9. The right of individuals to criticize or make reference to specific individuals is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by Article I, Section 4 of the constitution of the State of Illinois. While the Board must allow such comments, persons addressing the Board are reminded that this ability to criticize persons by name, or to make allegations against them, in no way protects the speaker from subsequent actions of libel or slander by the persons or parties so named. Rude or insulting language will not be tolerated. If the rude or insulting language persists after a warning the right to address the Board will be terminated.

10. It shall be the power of the Board President, or in his or her absence the presiding officer, to ensure that Board rules are followed by all participants in Board meetings and by audience members, and that an atmosphere conducive to public deliberation is maintained. The Board President shall have the authority to determine procedural matters regarding public participation not otherwise defined in Board of Education policy.

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—Peoria Public Schools website, (2014), [8]

Budget

Peoria Public Schools District 150 publishes its annual budget on its website.[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $126,586,278 62.4% $0 0% $44,236,487 21.8% $15,800,554 7.8% $16,147,040 8% $202,770,359
Averages: $126,586,278 62% $0 0% $44,236,487 22% $15,800,554 8% $16,147,040 8% $202,770,359

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Peoria Public Schools District 150 are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for Peoria Public Schools School District 150 teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 34,848.41 55,321.86
B.A. 15 36,242.35 57,534.73
MA 37,636.28 63,417.15
MA 15 39,030.23 65,765.93
MA 30 40,424.16 69,428.50
MA 45 41,818.10 73,181.67
MA 60 43,212.03 75,621.06
MA 75/Ph.D. 44,605.97 78,060.44

Unions

Teachers in Peoria Public Schools District 150 are represented during contract negotiations by the Peoria Federation of Teachers, Local 780. The president of the Peoria Federation of Teachers during the 2013-2014 school year was Jeffrey Adkins-Dutro.[12]

Schools in Peoria Public Schools District 150

Enrollment

The district served 13,448 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 2.2% increase in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009 13,149 -
2010 13,530 2.8
2011 13,559 0.2
2012 13,437 -0.8
2013 13,448 -

District schools

Peoria Public Schools District 150 operates 26 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Peoria Public Schools District 150
Calvin Coolidge Middle School
Charles A. Lindbergh Middle School
Charter Oak Primary School
Franklin Primary School
Glen Oak Community Learning Center
Harrison Community Learning Center
Hines Primary School
Kellar Primary School
Lincoln K-8 School
Manuel Academy
Mark Bills Middle School
Northmoor Primary School
Peoria High School
Quest Charter Academy (Bootz Ave.)
Quest Charter Academy (University St.)
Richwoods High School
Robert A. Jamieson School
Rolling Acres Middle School
Roosevelt Magnet School
Sterling Middle School
Thomas Jefferson Primary School
Trewyn K-8 School
Von Steuben Middle School
Washington Gifted School
Whittier Primary School
Woodrow Wilson Primary School

Academic performance

The Illinois State Board of Education facilitates standardized testing each year for school districts throughout the state. The Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) evaluates student proficiency in reading and math from grades three through eight. The ISAT also assesses proficiency in science at the fourth-grade and seventh-grade levels. The State Board of Education also administers the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE). This annual test evaluates proficiency in reading, math, science and writing among students in 11th grade. The following tables compare percentages of district students meeting or exceeding proficiency levels during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 tests:[2]

ISAT Results
Grade Subject Student proficiency, 2011-2012 (%) Student proficiency, 2012-2013 (%)
3 Reading 65.9 45.3
3 Math 76.6 37.6
4 Reading 57.8 42.7
4 Math 72.3 41.5
4 Science 59.3 59.2
5 Reading 61.7 36.1
5 Math 70.3 37.2
6 Reading 63.4 39.2
6 Math 71.5 39.1
7 Reading 64.2 36.7
7 Math 73.9 42.3
7 Science 62.5 59.7
8 Reading 77.2 43.2
8 Math 73.5 43.7
PSAE Results
Subject Student proficiency, 2011-2012 (%) Student proficiency, 2012-2013 (%)
Reading 33.8 41.4
Math 28.7 36.6
Science 29.2 33.8

Issues

Tensions with school resource officers

District officials arranged for city police officers to serve as security personnel at three high schools in early January 2014. This arrangement has created tensions with the district's 150 school resource officers, who were armed personnel responsible for school security. The district stripped resource officers of their ability to carry weapons in fall 2013. This decision led to the decertification of district resource officers as law enforcement personnel by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. Resource officers have criticized the district for failing to communicate the agreement with the Peoria Police Department. The Police Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 114, which represents resource officers, claims the switch to city police officers violates the officers' collective bargaining agreement.[14] The district is currently negotiating a more comprehensive agreement with city police to provide security throughout the district.[15]

Contact information

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Peoria Public Schools District 150
3202 N. Wisconsin Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603
Phone: (309) 672-6512

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The good

  • Board of Education members are listed, including contact information.[16]
  • Board meetings are published, including agendas and meeting minutes.[17]
  • Board Policies are published.[18]
  • Administrative members and contact information is listed.[19]
  • $25k+ contracts are published.[20]
  • ISBE Annual Financial Report (2004-2010) is published.[21]
  • Tax information is published.[22]
  • The 2010 School Report Card is published and includes academic performance records.[23]
  • FOIA information is published including a FOIA request form.[24]
  • Podcasts are published and available on the website.[25]

The bad

  • Only contracts over $25,000 are published.

See also

External links

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Illinois State Board of Education, "Fall Enrollment Counts," accessed February 4, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Illinois State Board of Education, "2013 Illinois State Report Card," accessed February 4, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Peoria, Illinois," accessed January 23, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 23, 2014
  5. Peoria County Clerk, "Election Results," accessed January 23, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Peoria Public Schools District 150, "Dr. Grenita Lathan Honored at Dare to be Great Conference," accessed February 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Peoria Public Schools District 150, "Policies/Section 2: Board of Education," accessed February 4, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Peoria Public Schools District 150, "2013-2014 Budget," accessed December 2, 2013
  11. Peoria Public Schools District 150, "Teachers Contract 2011-2011," accessed February 4, 2014
  12. Peoria Federation of Teachers, "Contact Us," accessed February 4, 2014
  13. Peoria Public Schools District 150, "Locations," accessed February 4, 2014
  14. Journal Star, "District 150 police in the dark about deactivation," January 6, 2014
  15. Peoria Public Radio, "PPD officers in District 150 High Schools," January 7, 2014
  16. Peoria Public Schools District 150, "Overview," accessed February 4, 2014
  17. Peoria Public Schools District 150, "Meeting Schedule," accessed February 4, 2014
  18. Peoria Public Schools District 150, "Policies," accessed February 4, 2014
  19. Peoria Public Schools District 150, "Administration," accessed February 4, 2014
  20. Peoria Public Schools District 150, "Contracts Over $25,000," accessed February 4, 2014
  21. Peoria Public Schools District 150, "ISBE Annual Financial Report," accessed February 4, 2014
  22. Peoria Public Schools District 150, "2010 Tax Levy," accessed February 4, 2014
  23. Peoria Public Schools District 150, "District Report Card," accessed February 4, 2014
  24. Peoria Public Schools District 150, "Freedom of Information Act," accessed February 4, 2014
  25. Peoria Public Schools District 150, "Podcasts," accessed February 4, 2014