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Proviso Probe

Monday, July 24, 2006

ED, Libka gives his side of summer school issue [D209]

Last week's Forest Park Review (Seth Stern) has D209's side of story on putting summer school at PMSA in Forest Park even though the zoning agreement forbid it.
Proviso High School District 209 Chief Education Officer Robert Libka said that there was "nothing slippery or underhanded" involved in the district’s decision to hold summer school at the new Proviso Math and Science Academy in Forest Park without informing the village....

"We could have done better in terms of communication in this case...if we messed up, we want to apologize," said Libka....

Previous attempts to contact Libka and other Dist. 209 representatives regarding the issue over the last few weeks have been unsuccessful.

He acknowledged that Kyle Hastings, the district’s director of auxiliary programming who oversees the summer school, had met with police officials to request a police presence only after summer school began....

Remember, Libka and Hastings make well in excess of $100,000/year.

16 Comments:

  • Lipka not ready for prime time. and political hack Hastings is simply a drain on the school budget. Continued poor planning and execution from the school board.
    Did the kids get any benefit from summer school or did this charade and disruption?

    By Anonymous ab of Bellwood, at 7:45 AM, July 25, 2006  

  • ...sorry din't finish my statement.

    Did the kids get benefit from summer school or did the disrutions distract them?

    By Anonymous ab of Bellwood, at 7:47 AM, July 25, 2006  

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    By Blogger Steven, at 8:58 AM, July 25, 2006  

  • This is just another example of high-priced incompetence. There seems to be some agreement that District 209 does an extremely poor job educating its students. Providing quality education is a complex matter in which Libka, Hastings, and other administrators and board members have failed and continue to fail miserably at. But, one would think that even these premier incompetents could work out a simple deal with Forest Park before the proverbial shit hit the fan. With apparent dunces leaving these types of loose ends, no wonder they keep tripping over themselves. It would be hilarious, sort of like laurel and Hardy, if it didn't affect directly or indirectly the quality of the education our children receive.

    By Blogger Steven, at 9:03 AM, July 25, 2006  

  • What do you expect from Welch, Moore,Libbka,Calderone,Gillian and Hastings? Do you expect them to do things well?
    I think we expect them to be proffesional,honest and intrested in the best for students and taxpayers, but off course that is wishful thinking on our parts!

    By Anonymous Has anyone seen Welch?, at 10:35 AM, July 25, 2006  

  • Het Carl, what's up with Nicole Trottie's colunm about possible harrassment from the Bellwood mayor?

    By Anonymous Say it ain't so, at 10:36 AM, July 25, 2006  

  • Libka was incompetent from day one, and summer school is just one of many examples that illustrates his lack of managerial skills. People complained about Jackson, but people worked for Jackson and there were results. Some people did not like Jackson (the 70% percent of white teachers), but I feel that was race related.

    According to a survey that Libka's friend pal from Concordia administered to 209 faculty and staff, people like Libka. Well, of course people will like a boss who does not give a SHIT, is not visible, does not demand high expectations from the students or teachers, and is dumber than a box of rocks. He has no clue on how to run a school district and is not connected to Proviso in anyway.

    He is the ideal Boss man...stupid ass hell. He does not care about this community or what happens to the students. Chris Welch, Libka, Hastings, and Welch's gang of puppets (Henry, Adams, and Madlock) should be charged with CHILD NEGLECT. They are dispiscable. Welch has stolen so much from our community and it seems that we continue to let him. I pray that the school board elections will put an end to WELCH's ARMED ROBBERY!

    What bothers me about Libka is that he has let Welch and politics change him. He has allowed the devil to come into his life and take over. Libka has become a liar and very vindictive. What happened to the deacon? What happened to the man that used to wear religious ties? I remember when Libka was a man of God. He will have to some day repent and ask for forgiveness. Another good man gone wrong under Welch!

    Side note: Welch's hiring practice of incompetent people is not new to Proviso. Hum, does Mrs. Wallace, Palm, Miller, Mrs. Mcgee-McDaniels (can't write a damn sentence), and Mr. Mcdaniels, Hastings, and Dr. Murphy ring a bell. If you can donate to his campaign fund and put 100 signs in and around town.....THEN YOU ARE HIRED!

    By Blogger deja-vu2, at 9:27 PM, July 25, 2006  

  • Lets talk school rather than politics. I worked summer school at PMSA and must say it was a great experience. Students were focused and the building is in great shape despite what some may have thought before hand. Zero tolerance policy was effective.

    By Anonymous Teacher 201, at 10:01 PM, July 25, 2006  

  • Once upon a time there was a little black boy, and his name was Little Black Sambo or Chris Welch. And his mother was called Black Mumbo or Sue Henry. And his father was called Black
    Jumbo or Eugene Moore.

    And Black Mumbo made him a beautiful little Red Coat, and a pair of beautiful little blue trousers. And Black Jumbo went to the Bazaar, and bought him a beautiful
    Green Umbrella, and a lovely little Pair of Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles and Crimson Linings.

    And then wasn't Little Black Sambo grand? So he put on all his Fine Clothes, and went out for a walk in the Jungle. And by and by he met a Tiger or Serpico. And theTiger
    said to him, "Little Black Sambo, I'm going to eat you up!"
    And Little Black Sambo said, "Oh! Please Mr. Tiger, don't eat me up, and I'll give you my beautiful little Red Coat."
    So the Tiger said, "Very well, I won't eat you this time, but you must give me your beautiful little Red Coat."

    So the Tiger got poor Little Black Sambo's beautiful little Red Coat, and went away saying, "Now I'm the grandest Tiger in the Jungle."

    And Little Black Sambo went on, and by and by he met another Tiger or Bruno, and it said to him, "Little Black Sambo, I'm going to eat you up!"

    And Little Black Sambo said, "Oh! Please Mr. Tiger, don't eat me up, and I'll give you my beautiful little BlueTrousers."
    So the Tiger said, "Very well, I won't eat you this time, but you must give me your beautiful little Blue Trousers."

    So the Tiger got poor Little Black Sambo's beautiful little Blue Trousers, and went away saying, "Now I'm the grandest Tiger in the Jungle."
    And Little Black Sambo went on, and by and by he met another Tiger or Pasqualli, and it said to him, "Little Black Sambo, I'm going to eat you up!"

    And Little Black Sambo said, "Oh! Please Mr. Tiger, don't eat me up, and I'll give you my beautiful little Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles and Crimson Linings."

    But the Tiger said, "What use would your shoes be to me? I've got four feet, and you've got only two; you haven't got enough shoes for me."

    But Little Black Sambo said, "You could wear them on your ears."

    "So I could," said the Tiger: "that's a very good idea. Give them to me, and I won't eat you this time."

    So the Tiger got poor Little Black Sambo's beautiful little Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles and Crimson Linings, and went away saying, "Now I'm the grandest
    Tiger in the Jungle." And by and by Little Black Sambo met another Tiger or Coglinese, and it said to him, "Little Black Sambo, I'm going to eat you up!"

    And Little Black Sambo said, "Oh! Please Mr. Tiger, don't eat me up, and I'll give you my beautiful Green Umbrella."

    But the Tiger said, "How can I carry an umbrella, when I need all my paws for walking with?"
    "You could tie a knot on your tail and carry it that way," said Little Black Sambo.

    "So I could,"said the Tiger. "Give it to me, and I won't eat you this time."

    So he got poor Little Black Sambo's beautiful Green Umbrella, and went away saying, "Now I'm the grandest Tiger in the Jungle."

    And poor Little Black Sambo went away crying, because the cruel Tigers had taken all his fine clothes. Presently he heard a horrible noise that sounded like
    "Gr-r-r-r-rrrrrr," and it got louder and louder.

    "Oh! dear!" said Little Black Sambo, "there are all the Tigers coming back to eat me up! What shall I do?"

    So he ran quickly to a palm-tree, and peeped round it to see what the matter was.
    And there he saw all the Tigers fighting, and disputing which of them was the grandest.

    And at last they all got so angry that they jumped up and took off all the fine clothes, and began to tear each other with their claws, and bite each other with their
    great big white teeth.

    And they came, rolling and tumbling right to the foot of the very tree where Little Black Sambo was hiding, but he jumped quickly in behind the umbrella.

    And the Tigers all caught hold of each other's tails, as they wrangled and scrambled, and so they found themselves in a ring round the tree.
    Then, when the Tigers were very wee and very far away, Little Black Sambo jumped up, and called out, "Oh! Tigers! why have you taken off all your nice clothes?
    Don't you want them any more?"

    But the Tigers only answered, "Gr-r-rrrr!"
    Then Little Black Sambo said, "If you want them, say so, or I'll take them away." But the Tigers would not let go of each other's tails, and so they could only say
    "Gr-r-r-rrrrrr!"

    So Little Black Sambo put on all his fine clothes again and walked off.

    And the Tigers were very, very angry, but still they would not let go of each other's tails.

    And they were so angry, that they ran round the tree, trying to eat each other up, and they ran faster and faster, till they were whirling round so fast that you couldn't
    see their legs at all.
    And they still ran faster and faster and faster, till they all just melted away, and there was nothing left but a great big pool of melted butter (or "ghi," as it is called in
    India) round the foot of the tree. Now Black Jumbo was just coming home from his work, with a great big brass pot in his arms, and when he saw what was left of
    all the Tigers he said, "Oh! what lovely melted butter! I'll take that home to Black Mumbo for her to cook with."

    So he put it all into the great big brass pot, and took it home to Black Mumbo to cook with.When Black Mumbo saw the melted butter, wasn't she pleased! "Now,"
    said she, "we'll all have pancakes for supper!" So she got flour and eggs and milk and sugar and butter, and she made a huge big plate of most lovely pancakes.

    And she fried them in the melted butter which the Tigers had made, and they were just as yellow and brown as littleTigers.
    And then they all sat down to supper.
    And Black Mumbo ate Twenty-seven pancakes, and Black Jumbo ate Fifty-five but Little Black Sambo ate a Hundred and Sixty-nine, because he was so hungry.

    The End

    By Anonymous seeking welch, at 11:04 PM, July 25, 2006  

  • Teacher 201 you got to kidding? What has Welch and DUMB libka promised you? I know there are alot of jobs openings at Proviso.

    By Blogger deja-vu2, at 12:02 PM, July 26, 2006  

  • To Seeking Welch:

    Great story! I hope everyone is able to understand the moral of this story!

    By Blogger deja-vu2, at 12:11 PM, July 26, 2006  

  • Ms. Coffee says: I haven't heard the little black sambo story for years. What a great rendition!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:16 PM, July 26, 2006  

  • Not annointed for this one

    Apparently this one has no meaning for me with its moral. So Dejavu2 could you and your annointing interpret this fable/parable give us a clue.

    By Anonymous Annointed, at 1:03 PM, July 28, 2006  

  • Annointed, ask the author!

    You must be a teacher or administrator that Welch hired if you can't comprehend the meaning of this short story.

    If you are so annointed, ask your God to help you with your comprehension.

    By Blogger deja-vu2, at 5:34 PM, July 28, 2006  

  • The Superintent of Schools should have an extensive background in finance and business. Their job description does not really cover making decisions on the practices in the schools. That responsibility is for the Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. Fortunately, we don't have the one who was in place. This is the job that makes or breaks the success of 209. This is the job that could be one of terrific change, or one controlled by a school board to keep doing things the same old way.

    By Blogger KT, at 10:48 AM, August 01, 2006  

  • Why shouldn't summer school be held at PMSA? The taxpayers are taxed to death for the building, so why shouldn't ALL students be able to attend during the summer.
    BTW, why was a teacher's aide (without certification) being paid $5000 for the summer. Could it be he was a friend or relative of a board member or administation. Re: Stephan Johnson. Also why were security guards being paid almost $18.00 a hour to sit most of the day doing nothing at Proviso East.

    By Blogger Meena, at 2:03 PM, August 02, 2006  

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