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8 | January 25, 2018 | The tinley junction News tinleyjunction.com Lincoln-Way Community High School D210 Board of Education District inches closer on deciding LW North fate T.J. Kremer III Contributing Editor The question of what to do with Lincoln-Way North, which shuttered its doors at the end of the 2015-16 school year, was addressed during the Thursday, Jan. 18, D210 Board of Education meeting; however, the answer remains murky. Superintendent Scott Tingley, during his district report to the board, brought forth for consideration a plan to put out a request for quotation among potential appraisers to estimate the value of the building. Tingley said he has received — through the district’s architects — the names of several potential appraisers that would be capable of performing the appraisal, though the cost of such a service wouldn’t be known until the RFQ process is complete. Any potential sale would have to cover in excess of $100 million remaining in bonds issued by the district for LW North. Tingley said the district spent about $300,000 last year in operating and management costs and, if the building were to be used as a school again, then the costs would increase to about $6 million per year. “We have not yet had any organization or group that has been willing to cover at least [approximately $2 million cost to operate the building in a non-school capacity] for me to come back to the board and say, ‘OK, somebody’s willing to at least cover the cost now. What would we determine the cost for depreciation and use in addition?’ We’re not to that point.” Tingley said he anticipates being able to provide the board with the results of the RFQ at its Feb. 15 meeting. Keeping a roof over their heads It was announced during the meeting that the district has accepted a bid to restore, rather than retrofit, Lincoln- Way East’s roof, potentially saving the district approximately $150,000 and adding up to an additional 30 years on the existing roof, according to Director of Buildings and Grounds Rich Wilkey. Wilkey told the board that tests of the current roof showed it was a good candidate for the cheaper restoration option. “The way we’re looking at this, once you retrofit or put another roof on top of the existing roof, your next step is a complete tear off,” Wilkey said. “To do a complete tear off on the roofs of these school buildings means upgrading the insulation to the new energy code … It becomes very very, very expensive very quickly. The longer we can keep our roofs intact, the better for the district, in terms of dollars, in the long run.” Round it up A brief recap of other items discussed during the Thursday, Jan. 18 Board of Education meeting • It is anticipated that enrollment across the district’s schools will drop by about 340 students over the next five years, according to data collected and used in a “cohort survival method,” a method that takes known elementary feeder districts’ and applying a grade progression ratio. • A request to push back to March 6 a land sale agreement for 71.9 acres at 7551 W. 191st St. was unanimously approved. A $900,000 difference in the asking price and what the buyer, Woodman’s Food Market, Inc., is willing to pay was cited as the reason for the amendment to the land sale agreement. • Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Timothy Reilly announced changes to several academic programs, including: a social sciences shift from a focus on western civilization to world history; starting all incoming freshman, with rare exceptions, in algebra I; and making environmental biology as the first year option for biology classes. LWE Science Department to host STEM night for future Griffins SUBMITTED BY LINCOLN-WAY SCHOOL DISTRICT 210 On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, the Lincoln-Way East Science Department will host their Griffins Growing STEM night for students from Frankfort School District 157-C and Summit Hill School District 161. The event is for children in kindergarten through fourth grade, and will be held from 4:45 to 7:00 p.m. Parents should enter the building through Door 1 near the front office at Lincoln-Way East, and bring their children to the cafeteria to meet. Parents are required to stay in the building as their child participates in the activities. Space for this event is limited to the first 100 students who RSVP. Parents must RSVP via email by February 5, 2018 to Lincoln-Way East Department Chair Maria Wilson (mawilson@lw210.org). There is no cost to participate. The event will be led by science department teachers along with National Honor Society students. The future Griffins will learn about biology, chemistry, physics and earth science. Cookies and juice will be served after the classes. “There is nothing better than having students love science at a younger age, and that is what we plan to instill,” says Wilson. Lincoln-Way District 210 recognizes National Merit Scholars SUBMITTED BY LINCOLN-WAY SCHOOL DISTRICT 210 Lincoln-Way District 210 recntly gathered in the Fine Arts Center lobby in order to recognize its National Merit Semi-Finalists and Commended Scholars. Thirty-five students were recognized by Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley, Board Vice President Joseph Kosteck, Board Members Ronald Lullo and Christine Glatz and members of the Lincoln-Way Pupil Personnel Services (P.P.S.) Department. “We are very proud of these fine students who have achieved the honor of being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program,” said Superintendent Tingley. “It is due to their hard work and dedication to their studies that they have been able to set themselves apart academically.” Michele Newswander, Lincoln-Way Central Director of P.P.S., then spoke of the competitive nature of the program. “Of the 1.6 million entrants, approximately 50,000 test takers with the highest PSAT/ NMSQT Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. More than two-thirds of the 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. One-third of the 50,000 high scorers are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. This is quite an accomplishment.” National Merit Scholars from District 210 include: • Kevin Beallis (National Merit Commended Student from Lincoln-Way West) • Evan Bruninga (National Merit Commended Student from Lincoln-Way East) • William Cooley (National Merit Commended Student from East) • Zachary Dundek (National Merit Commended Student from Lincoln-Way Central) • Alexander Fahey (National Merit Commended Student from Central) • Nicholas Geoppo (National Merit Commended Student and a Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program from Central) • Ciara Glancy (National Merit Commended Student from East) • Justin Hearne (National Merit Commended Student from Central) • Andrew Hunsaker (National Merit Commended Student from West) • Dua-e-Fizzah Jaffer (National Merit Commended Student from West) • Helena Jozwik (National Merit Commended Student from East) • Alexia Kubas (National Merit Commended Student from East) • Alexandria Krupske (National Merit Semifinalist from West) • Amber Lemmons (National Merit Commended Student from East) • Taylor Lenburg (National Merit Semifinalist from Central) • Alex Manka (National Merit Commended Student from Central) • Zachary Martin (National Merit Commended Student from East) Please see D210, 16

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