Peoria Public Schools District 150, Illinois
|Peoria Public Schools District 150|
|Number of schools:||26|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Rick Cloyd|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Peoria Public Schools District 150
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtPeoria, Illinois, which is the county seat of Peoria County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Peoria is home to 115,021 residents. Peoria Public Schools District 150 is the 13th-largest school district in Illinois, serving 14,183 students during the 2010-11 school year.
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.
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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.
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.
|Peoria Public Schools Board of Education|
School board elections
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.
—Peoria Public Schools website, (2014), 
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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:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
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.
Schools in Peoria Public Schools District 150
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Peoria Public Schools District 150 operates 26 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|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|
|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|
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:
|Grade||Subject||Student proficiency, 2011-2012 (%)||Student proficiency, 2012-2013 (%)|
|Subject||Student proficiency, 2011-2012 (%)||Student proficiency, 2012-2013 (%)|
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. The district is currently negotiating a more comprehensive agreement with city police to provide security throughout the district.
- List of school districts in Illinois
- Peoria Public Schools District 150 elections (2014)
- School Board Elections portal
- Peoria Public Schools District 150
- City of Peoria, Illinois
- Illinois State Board of Education
- Illinois Association of School Boards
- Peoria Federation of Teachers, Local 780
- Illinois State Board of Education, "Fall Enrollment Counts," accessed February 4, 2014
- Illinois State Board of Education, "2013 Illinois State Report Card," accessed February 4, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Peoria, Illinois," accessed January 23, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 23, 2014
- Peoria County Clerk, "Election Results," accessed January 23, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Peoria Public Schools District 150, "Dr. Grenita Lathan Honored at Dare to be Great Conference," accessed February 4, 2014
- Peoria Public Schools District 150, "Policies/Section 2: Board of Education," accessed February 4, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Peoria Public Schools District 150, "2013-2014 Budget," accessed December 2, 2013
- Peoria Public Schools District 150, "2014-2015 Budget (For Approval by the Board of Education on 9/22/14)," accessed December 10, 2014
- Peoria Public Schools District 150, "Teachers Contract 2011-2011," accessed February 4, 2014
- Peoria Federation of Teachers, "Contact Us," accessed February 4, 2014
- Peoria Public Schools District 150, "Locations," accessed February 4, 2014
- Journal Star, "District 150 police in the dark about deactivation," January 6, 2014
- Peoria Public Radio, "PPD officers in District 150 High Schools," January 7, 2014