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Proviso Probe

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

ED, the good and bad of Bob Libka, CEO [D209]

d.r. posted the following to the Proviso Probe entry about Wednesday’s special board meeting to hire a new superintendent.
The Bickert Group, serving in the capacity of independent advisor to the process, has a reputation for doing thorough investigative work and fitting the right person to the position. It is a fact that all of their past superintendent recommendations involve folk who remain in service to this very day in their respective district assignments.

That Libka withstood the scrutiny is of no surprise to me. Anyone who has worked up close and observed him operate under fire would know that the man is imminently qualified for the position as called for at this time. District 209 is undergoing a unique transformation and part of what was required for the position presented him with a distinct advantage.

Robert Libka has been superintendent for an entire academic year.

What has he done that reflects positively on his leadership? Negatively?


  • Carl:

    You've closed, "ED, special board meeting to hire new sup't [D209]" which included a number of postings about Dr. Libka. Why not just transfer those postings to this new category you've created? Many of the former postings were germane. Also, others might wish to see d.r.'s entire posting in this thread which you've only quoted parts of.

    By Blogger Steven, at 12:57 PM, August 08, 2006  

  • Carl,

    I agree with Steven.

    By Anonymous Don't believe the hype..., at 2:36 PM, August 08, 2006  

  • Carl,

    Here's one for you...has anyone seen the recent letter from Robert Libka that was sent to the board members? In this letter, Libka is trying to intimidate the minority board as well as accusing the minority board of "lying to the feds".

    This was a rather strange letter. Libka cites the minority board as being disruptive and should be censored.

    Libka’s letter is disturbing in nature, desperate, undoubtly biased and tactless. It seems that there is a tremendous amount of unwanted attention being conducted by the feds that’s disturbing the status quo of the majority board, Welch and Libka.

    Carl, I will supply you with a copy of this letter in the next couple of days, so you can see how Libka has crossed the line.

    One should be sent to the feds also…

    By Anonymous intimidation, censorship and the feds, at 2:42 PM, August 08, 2006  

  • What's he done?

    Hovered under the radar while lining up his strategy.

    By Anonymous Usual Suspect, at 2:52 PM, August 08, 2006  

  • Nah...Libka has no strategy...the PMSA/Forest Park Police debacle is enough to prove that.

    Unless you would like to talk about his political alignment with Chris Welch and the $9000.00 check that was used to complete his education.

    Someone just resigned from the business office...

    Anybody have any insight as to why?

    By Anonymous The same culprit, at 3:49 PM, August 08, 2006  

  • Are there any new educational initiatives? No

    Has the District invested in any new viable programs? No

    Then again, he hired the schools lawyers on a "fact finding mission" to investigate Amy Relf and Keisha Coleman, which cost the taxpayers even more money.

    Oh, by the way...the incident with Keisha Coleman involved Libka's wife. A direct conflict of interest, yet he felt compelled to preside over the case.

    In my opinion...Libka is just filling a space...you know an ass in a seat. Literally!

    The posting should have been named, "the bad of Bob Libka".

    I haven't witnessed the "good".

    By Anonymous the bad of Bob Libka, at 4:03 PM, August 08, 2006  

  • I'm thinking that there were two major qualifications hinging around selection of the new superintendent: 1) intimate awareness of the District's history, combined with the ability to quickly assemble a team, then hit the ground running and, 2) connections to additonal money and other desparately needed resources.

    Libka's portfolio simply choked out the competition. The runners-up weren't even close.

    To that extent, this job and the necessary credentials for being effective, were no different than what you typically find in any traditional political circle. The execution aspects that were mentioned by a previous poster are basically realizable because the talent is indeed present and in-house.

    By Anonymous usual suspect, at 5:03 PM, August 08, 2006  

  • If you want to quote something from an earlier thread, go ahead.

    Libka got his credentials during the academic year. This either makes him an overachiever or the highest paid truant in the district.

    Libka is a Christian.

    People allege Libka is well liked.

    That seems to be it for specific claims about Libka, although Libka's supporters engaged in personal attacks against others.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 5:09 PM, August 08, 2006  

  • To Charlie Flowers and his taliban from Chris with love!

    How many times can you put me down
    Till in your heart you realize
    If you choose to criticize
    You choose your enemies
    Everything that I say and do
    In your eyes is always wrong
    Tell me where do I belong
    In this sick society
    You're no different to me
    You're no different
    No different to me
    Look at yourself instead of looking at me
    With accusation in your eyes
    Do you want me crucified
    For my profanity
    Concealing your crimes behind a grandeur of lies
    Tell me where do I begin
    If you think that you're without sin
    be the first to cast the stone
    Can't you see, can't you see
    you're no different to me
    Won't you see, won't you see
    you're no different to me
    Living my life in a way that I choose
    You say I should apologize
    Is that envy in your eyes reflecting jealousy
    Tell me the truth and I'll admit to my guilt
    If you'll try to understand
    But is that blood that's on your hand from your democracy !

    By Anonymous To Flowers from Welch, at 5:32 PM, August 08, 2006  

  • Come on people! Libka is not qualified for the supt. job. Regardless of Welch's poltical power that will soon come to an end, LIBKA IS NOT THE MAN FOR THE JOB. I hear people talking about he is a nice guy. WHAT THE HELL? People said Jeffery Dommer was a nice guy. I can't even believe he made the list! I am sure the Birkett Group is a respectable firm, BUT TO HAVE LIBKA AS A FINALIST IS RIDICULOUS! Where in the hell did they get that the teachers wanted LIBKA. The teachers laugh at Libka and make fun of his incompetencies. LIBKA IS A JOKE!

    Libka is DUMB and has sold his soul to the Devil, Welch, and the almighty dollar.

    Also, why was Welch allowed to walk around to intimidate faculty and staff during the supt. focus groups? I heard he even sat in on the focus groups. Why did the firm allow Welch to have so much hands on?

    By the way DUMB LIBKA, how can you send a letter to the board trying to scare them? They are elected officials. Remember IDIOT they are your boss. They can fire you. It is your time to go, SUCKER!

    By Blogger deja-vu2, at 6:09 PM, August 08, 2006  

  • Chris stop with the love letters! You freak of nature! You are washed up! You looked really sick at Bellwood's Family Day . EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS!

    By Blogger Everybody_hates_Chris_with_A_Passion, at 6:13 PM, August 08, 2006  

  • Bob Libka has done more for Proviso in one year then Gilchrist and Jackson did in six. If you could look up the term "a bad educational decision", Gilchrist's picture should appear next to the definition!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:25 PM, August 08, 2006  

  • Anonymous create a name and stop hiding behind LIES AND your IMAGINATION! LIBKA IS A BUM! What has Libka done in a year. He swrewed up summer school and he lets these con artist preachers take money from children. Libka has no crediability. He is a known liar and schemes with Welch to go after anyone who does not agree their DICTATORSHIP. Libka is a JOKE! If this community let's Libka become supt. then the next generation of students coming out of Proviso will be DOOMED!

    Please engage the readers of the Proviso Probe and tell us how Libka has done such a wonderful job. Even go back to his days as the directory of Auxillary Programs. OOOPPPPPS! Didn't he lose grants for district? DUMB LIBKA IS JUST A BOX OF ROCKS!

    By Blogger 209sucks, at 9:42 PM, August 08, 2006  

  • Sorry, forgot to add that Welch's picture is next to the word LUCIFER, Liar, Thief, Bald Headed BOZO, Scorn loser, and the worst board president district 209 has ever had, yes even worst than Manzo.

    Did anyone see Welch this weekend? I heard there was a Welch spotting in Bellwooda nd he was holding hands with his EVIL UGLY Godmother Lexis Wallace. Everyone ignored Welch and no one wanted to play with the JERK.

    By Blogger 209sucks, at 9:47 PM, August 08, 2006  

  • I have been a teacher in the Proviso system for a long time. I have seen superintendents come and go. The low point was the Jackson/Gilchrist years and I know I speak for the vast majority of the staff members. Though there were good points about both of these men, their overall m.o. was to run the school through fear and intimidation. All the way down the line people were afraid of this administration and completely demoralized, and that demoralization translated to lower performance by both teachers and students in the classroom. Almost anyone who could get out did during those six years. We lost a huge number of people with a great deal of Proviso experience, many telling me they had always planned on retiring at Proviso but they just couldn't take it any longer. So they left and took their many, many years of service with them. On top of that was the numerous lawsuits, the funny finances, the audits, the absolute bloating of the size of the senior administration, and the nepotism. Who did that administration benefit? Not the students.

    Then Mr. Libka was named as superintendent in late July. The district was already in a state of crisis because its new magnet school, under the old administration, was nowhere near ready to open up for school in August despite millions in cost overruns. Mr. Libka took the helm and not only got that school up and running smoothly, but did a superb job throughout the year running all three schools.

    I can tell you that when he became superintendent, I didn't meet a single individual at any Proviso campus that wasn't absolutely thrilled. Mr. Libka was and is still seen by our staff as a man of great integrity who treats people on all levels with respect, and who is also a person with great vision for what our district can become. After one year under Mr. Libka's leadership, I am still excited about being at Proviso and the road we are now on. Those I teach with are also optimistic and want to stay. There is a spirit of enthusiasm here that has been missing for a long time. Just compare how many teachers left this year compared to any other in the last five or six+ years. I guarantee you that there were far fewer this time around, and alot of the credit for that goes to Mr. Libka.

    During the spring of this past school year, teachers were asked to anonomously rate many things about Proviso, one of them being Mr. Libka. The many I saw rated him highly. In fact I didn't see even one with a negative rating.

    I hope the board truly cares about and supports its teachers and students by allowing Mr. Libka the opportunity to keep leading us forward.

    By Blogger A Proviso Teacher, at 10:05 PM, August 08, 2006  

  • Dear Proviso Teacher:

    So let me get this straight. During the Jackson/Gilchrist years, Jackson and Gilchrist had a boot squarely and firmly placed on the collective gluteus maximus of the District 209 teachers, and, as a result of this, a number of long-term teachers became demoralized and left. Now tell me this. How were the District 209 students fairing educationally while these long-term teachers were present, say within the past 15 years of their departures? Would the overall educational quality as partially reflected in relatively high or even marginally good state test scores indicate that, collectively, these teachers were performing well? I think not. If you can abandon the rather typical “draw your horses into a circle” posture that characterizes a number of teachers and their union representatives, you might see that a good fraction of these long-term teachers needed to go; that, in some cases, they were less than useless in terms of effectively educating our students because they had given up on them and were in the profession for other, self-serving reasons.

    You claim teacher moral has improved under Dr. Libka. Who wouldn’t be thrilled by going from, what some might characterize as an authoritarian leadership, to one that might be characterized as laissez-faire? So, tell me, how does this alleged increase in teacher morale measurably translate into a better education for our students? Pay attention --- I said “measurably”. Give me some concrete figures that convince me that Dr. Libka has done something significant in terms of educating our students. Oh, I know, he’s only be at the helm for a year. And after two years, he will have only been at the helm for two years. And, after three years, he will have only been at helm for three years. Don’t you think District 209 constituents are damn sick of excuses and waiting for Godot?

    Excuse my following use of hyperbole, but I think it helps to make my point. It’s no secret that many teachers would love teacher-to-student ratios of 1-15, a salary in the six figures, more ½ or full workshops such as, “The use of Multi-Colored Felt Tip Pens in the Preparation of Decorative Lesson Plans”, the ability to start and stop work at the times they desire (several East teachers seem to have this perk already), and generally greater freedom. That Dr. Libka has given teachers and other staff this freedom is not tantamount to a better education for our students as I see it.

    Let’s get someone for superintendent who wasn’t born of the incestuous system in which s/he will be working, someone with a demonstrated powerful new broom who will sweep things clean, and someone who keeps an independent perspective aimed at providing our students the absolutely best education possible.

    By Blogger Steven, at 7:51 AM, August 09, 2006  

  • A Proviso Teacher:

    Com'on. You don't even believe the story you made up.

    Again, everything you mentioned was vague and pointless.

    Name specifically and exactly what Bob Libka has done to better District 209 and the community.

    Anyone can speak in generals...Oh, he got the school up and running...it means nothing. What did he do to get the schools up and running. What events transpired? What decisions did Libka make to put these schools on the right path?

    As "a proviso teacher" surely you have the specifics...

    By Anonymous Don't believe the hype..., at 8:21 AM, August 09, 2006  

  • I have no idea about the student achievement numbers from last school year, but based on what I've seen I strongly suspect that they are better.

    In any case you have to remember the fact that the average Proviso incoming Freshman entering our doors for the first time is already behind academically (3-4 years) from their peers at other suburban schools. This is very unfortunate, and the reasons complex, but it's the reality.

    This is not and never has been Proviso's fault, but it has been something we have had to deal with and take the blame for for a long time. Do we advance these kids more than four years in the four years we have them? Absolutely. These kids are great and our teachers are hard working. Do we have great administrative teams in place at the high school and central level making this happen? As an insider, I can tell you that for the first time in a long time the answer is a resounding "yes". Does experience matter and do veteran teachers do a better job than inexperienced ones? Absolutely.

    Remember I said that many of the teachers who could get out during the Jackson years did. Once a teacher has more than a few years of experience under their belt, due to tenure laws and salary schedules, it becomes very difficult to move on unless that person is very good in the classroom. The ones we lost were all very good. That's why they were able to leave. But there were also fantastic teachers who stayed and continued on in spite of everything because they, like most of us, love those kids.

    Mr. Libka has been a long-time Maywood resident. Did the other candidate live there for over 20 years? He knows people in the community. Does the other candidate actually know anyone? He treats people with respect and has the respect of almost everyone in return. He cares about his students. He is a man of great integrity. He is a visionary who has great goals for Proviso and seeks to implement that vision, yet at the same time actually listens to other peoples' opinions too. He's done a great job this year in spite of working with a very young and inexperienced teaching staff. The feeling on the ground is that Proviso is finally on track and moving forward.

    If a new superintendent is brought in it means a whole year of inactivity as this person learns the system, positions himself politically, and brings in his/her people creating a domino effect of inactivity all the way down the line. All of that for a person who is at best an unknown quantity. Mr. Libka has proven himself already. He has done a great job and continues to do a great job. I hope the board has the wisdom to retain him and keep our district moving forward.

    By Blogger A Proviso Teacher, at 9:53 AM, August 09, 2006  

  • People, People, People, do you realize that the Proviso teacher is Mr. Libka. I can bet that the teachers at Proviso can't remember taking a survey to rate Libka. Oh, by the way the survey was administered by Libka's buddy from Concordia. Let's aks how many tenured and non tenured teachers left Proviso under Wallace's cruel leadership and Libka's truancy as CEO. Libka is just a poltical hack for Welch and everyone knows.

    Also, where is Libka's creditablity? NO WHERE because he has none. Libka has been caught in lie after lie. He doesn't care about Proviso and so what he lived in Maywood. Where does he live now? He lives at least an hour from Maywood. Libka is a known racist. He has said some very racsit comments at board meetings. Remember when he stated that low income children have behavior problems? Libka is a joke and has been lying to this community for some time.

    I bet this Proviso teacher, if they are really a teaher at Proviso, will leave at the end of the school year if Libka becomes the supt over the many over quallified candidates.

    By Blogger deja-vu2, at 10:15 AM, August 09, 2006  

  • Let's forget the back and forth debate over Libka. Carl, please post the resumes of the finalist and let's see who is more qualified to run the district.
    Also, if Libka was going back to school on the district's time, who was running the schools? ALso, who paid $9,000 for him to finish school? Welch has 9,000 invested in Libka of course he will appoint the IDIOT as supt.

    This is a request to all district 209 board members, post the candidates' resumes. To make it even better, don't put their names on them.

    I am sure Welch won't do that! It will really show how incompetent Libka is and what an IDIOT Proviso has as a CEO! Welch is a coward and Libka is his DUMB sidekick. LLibka and Integrity should not even be used in the same sentence.

    By Blogger deja-vu2, at 10:25 AM, August 09, 2006  

  • dega-vu2:

    I tend to agree with you that "a proviso teacher" is either a shill for or Dr. Libka himself. There's too much puffery about and too many superlatives used in describing Dr. Libka and/or his performance ---"great", "visionary", and "great integrity, just as a few examples. "A proviso teacher" did not, and probably could not, offer one shred, one iota, of objective and measurable evidence in support of Dr. Libka's effectiveness as superintendent. Yet, "A proviso teacher" stated that he has proven himself.

    The argument that Dr. Libka spent a long period of time as a resident of Maywood and that he knows people in the community doesn't enhance his case in the slightest for me. To me, he has had plenty of time to enhance his political underpinnings and to form alliances with certain board members and others whose practices have been described as unscrupulous, self-serving, and definitely not in the best interests of the district's students.

    By Anonymous spi9959, at 11:27 AM, August 09, 2006  

  • Perhaps Dannielle-Ashley is being paid to shill for Welch on Proviso Probe?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 11:41 AM, August 09, 2006  

  • Good things Bob Libka has accomplished:

    Due to his policies al Qaeda has not attacked any of three Proviso High Schools.

    (There was a bomb threat and this was skillfully handled as a Chris Welch media opportunity, although the perpetrator was never caught.)

    Areas where Libka probably should have done something else:

    1. At the press conference to announce the new teacher contract Libka was either unable or unwilling to tell the taxpayers the financial ramifications of the new contract.
    2. Libka circulated to board members allegations from an anonymous source (but purportedly originating from one of the board members exes) that a board member had engaged in homosexual relations.
    3. Libka received anonymous allegations that a staff member—a close political ally of Chris Welch—was a serial sexual predator against his students. Libka chose not to investigate.
    4. District 209 spends $10,000 in most months on a newsletter that often looks like it is optimized around raising Chris Welch’s name recognition.
    5. D209 signs are used to hype politicians.
    6. The planning for graduation ran up to the last minute. Rumor has it this caused some family members who booked flights in advance to miss the actual ceremony.
    7. D209 vendors gave lavishly to Welch’s state rep campaign creating the impression there was a quid pro quo of allowing the contractors to overcharge D209 in exchange for kickbacks to the Welch campaign.
    8. Libka presided over dubious charges being used to harass Ami Relf and Keisha Coleman. Relf is a political critic of Welch. Coleman is a staff member whom Libka’s wife doesn’t like.
    9. Two projects that should have been included in the construction of PMSA (the sidewalk and the sign) were given to separate contractors. I discussed with Libka going back the original contractors and making them add these things that should have been included which he agreed was a good idea. Either Libka didn’t bother or he was unable to get the original contractors to pay for their oversights.
    10. D209 violated its agreement with Forest Park about summer school. When asked about this Libka dodged the question for weeks.
    11. Libka failed to notify board members of a press conference. To compound the error he failed to take responsibility for his mistake.
    12. When test scores were released, Libka seemed not to recognize how much the test scores had improved. The improvement was significant. Of course, the improved test scores undermined Welch’s case for firing the previous superintendent. The previous superintendent was fired about the time he showed willingness to end Anthony Bruno’s role as a contractor at PMSA.
    13. One of the institute days had a speaker who trained the high school staff on elementary education techniques because she didn’t know she’d be presenting to high school teachers.

    Libka seems to be a nice guy in the sense that he’s not going to rock the boat. Libka’s going to run the district the way Welch tells him. And if Libka doesn’t know what Welch wants he’s going to avoid making a decision until he checks with Welch.

    Welch is going to run the district in a way that perpetuates the system of hiring political connected contractors and hiring loyalists for staff positions. Meanwhile, the education of the students is just an idea to be used as a lever for advancing the political interests of Welch’s political bosses.

    Basically, Libka is willing to sell-out the students (and anybody else) at D209 so he can get a few years at a higher paygrade so he can get the big bucks from Illinois’ pension system.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 11:42 AM, August 09, 2006  

  • If test scores have improved in District 209 it's almost assuredly the results of the principals and teachers, not an effort by Libka.

    As late as December Libka was still claiming he was formulating a plan for improving education.

    And how often did the school board talk about education policy this last year?

    After Charles Flowers nagged them month after month Dr. Gilchrist made two presentations.

    Gilchrist's ideas were kinda goofy.

    One was that students would be denied the title of the next higher grade level if they didn't improve standardized test scores. It seemed like creating an incentive to tank the first test to me.

    And then Gilchrist offered the idea of hassling students on residency. This was one where Welch and I were on the same page. It seemed likely to be racist in implementation. Also, it would reduce the money D209 received from the state.

    But both these presentations were with Libka as CEO, so I assume he approved them. That is, unless he's just an irrelevant figurehead.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 11:48 AM, August 09, 2006  

  • If somebody provides me the resumes, I'll post 'em with private information redacted.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 11:49 AM, August 09, 2006  

  • Yeah, Welch give up the resumes!
    What are you hidding? Thst Libka is really an incompetent, racist puppet.

    By Blogger 209sucks, at 1:03 PM, August 09, 2006  

  • Yeah, I believe Danielle and Ashley is writing this mess about Libka or Welch has hired Wallace to do it. One thing is for sure, Angela Mcgee Daniels is not intelligent enough to come up with those lies.

    By Blogger 209sucks, at 1:08 PM, August 09, 2006  

  • Steven you should run for the school board. You got my vote.

    You made some valid points against the "district 209 teacher". Who I don't believe is a teacher, but is really Libka. The majority of the teachers at Proviso could care less who the supt. is. Some of them are happy that Libka is the supt because he did not require them to do much. The teachers' nonchalant approach on teaching and educating children resembles Libka's LAZY approach on running the district. It is a free for all at West. There is no accountablitiy. Wallace is a joke and tries to be more of the homecoming queen than a principal. Well, Patch has his old skeletons haunting him from district 88. District 209 is a circus and is led by the two biggest clowns ever, Chirs Welch and holy than thou Libka.
    The teachers and administrators are a reflection of their poor leadership from Libka and Welch.

    How many teachers voluntarily left Proviso this year? I heard teachers that had been there 20 or more years got the hell out because of Wallace and Libka.

    When are the mayors and elected offical going to put an end to Welch?

    By Blogger District209Parent, at 3:18 PM, August 09, 2006  

  • Comparing Alexis Wallace and Bob Libka:

    I've met a couple independent sources whom I respect who will go to the mat for Wallace and defend her as a committed educator.

    I haven't met anyone who will defend Libka. People don't hate him, but it's he's not really that assertive. Gary Woll says Libka's a nice guy, but this isn't the same as saying he's a passionate or skilled educator.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 3:26 PM, August 09, 2006  

  • Pamela offers some answers
    1. Did Libka lose grants? I doubt it. He never was in charge of grants, Dr. Novickis was
    2. Is it good for teachers to be terrified of their boss? Look at the teacher attrition during Jackson's regime. I'll be about half the faculty left. There is a lot to be said for a happy workplace. If teachers and admin. pull together, they can get the job done. Jackson was opposed to teachers. Libka's not. Are some teacher unqualified? For sure. You find that in any business. Still, the school runs better wtih everyone on the same side.
    3. Libka's truancy? Did any of you hear of night school? I got my masters in night school and never missed a day of employment. I'll bet Libka did this too.
    4. Institutes. Libka was never in charge of institutes. A good leader relegates duties. Institutes were relegated to Val Moore who is now gone.
    5. Is Libka doing a good job. How can we tell at this point. He hit the ground running when Jackson was fired. Then Gilchrist was fired. The two people that did the worst dqamage are gone. It took them 6 years to ruin the schools and you want Libka to fix everything in one year?
    I say give Libka a chance. It's the board that needs to change. If the board actually let the super. run things without all the politics, maybe we could turn the school around. By the way, I'm not Angela, I can spell!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:27 PM, August 09, 2006  

  • Does anyone think that Proviso Township High School's most pressing problems can be solved by hiring a Sup't that merely doesn't piss-off the teachers?

    Isn't this setting the bar low?

    Don't the students deserve someone better?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 3:36 PM, August 09, 2006  

  • Specifically, what has Libka done to support the claim that he's doing a good job?

    No hate directed at Jackson or Gilchrist. No claims of "he didn't do this bad thing".

    What policy has Libka implemented that has improved the education of Proviso students?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 3:38 PM, August 09, 2006  

  • Pamela I appreciate your comment. I found the diss on Angela McGee funny, but I have some reservations about your support for Libka.

    Libka as the director of Auxillary Programs did not do a good job. HE DID NOT RENEW A VERY IMPORTANT GRANT FOR THE DISTRICT! As the Director of Auxilay programs he is repsonsible for grants for the auxillary programs. Better yet ask Libka yourself. This has been brought up in several board meetings and he continues to avoid the question. Also, Libka has proposed to the board to eliminate night school. Making it impossible for you to get your doctorate on school time. BUMMER!

    Also, how were you educating students and doing homework simultaneuosly? So, you are condoning Libka's truancy? It seems that you are just as much a problem as Libka.

    Where was Libka when summer school was chaotic. Where was Hastings? So you are saying that Jackson and Gilchrist were far worse than the MISSING IN ACTION, GHOST PAYROLLEES Libka and Hastings? Hastings is the mayor of Orland Hills. You think he can swing being an administrator for 209 and a mayor? I believe Libka was in Mexico training for his upcoming circus performance or somewhere preaching in India with his ding bat wife.

    Why should Libka be given a chance as supt. when he is a known liar and political hack for Welch. Shouldn't the board hire someone outside the district that has proven themself as a leader? Shouldn't the district find a supt that will work for all the students, teachers, and all board members. Libka seems to only follow the directions from Welch.

    Pamela it is apparent that you do not live in Proviso Township, so you would not care who become supt. I live in Proviso Township and I don't want a self serving, retard as supt of Proviso.

    By Blogger Crome_Dome, at 4:37 PM, August 09, 2006  

  • Sorry, for the spelling errors and verb usage errors. I can assure you that I am not the Director of Communications, Angela McDUMB-Daniels, for District 209. Those are just typos. I will not publish the above comments to embarass myself like MCDUMB--DANIELS has done so many times.

    By Blogger Crome_Dome, at 4:42 PM, August 09, 2006  

  • THis is a throwback comment, but is relevant to the discussion.

    Mr. Potato Head, Why do you support Welch?
    *****I am very fond of Mr. Welch. He has given me the opportunity to run a school district without having the proper certification. Welch is a wonderful man who has done so much stealing, sorry I mean great things for the community. And as a former clown for the circus I think I have moved up to a really good job thanks to Mr. Welch, I was the best clown north of the Mason Dixie Line. I had a big red nose and shiny black shoes, and I could run really fast and jump really high. Sorry, what was the question again.

    Do you even know the name of the District you work for Mr. Potato Head?
    *****Oh, yes, wait let me call Welch up and ask him if it is okay to give out that confidential information. What was the question again?

    Mr. Potato Head tell the community what are your plans to help bring up the test scores in Proviso?
    *****Well, I don't know. I think we are doing a pretty good job compared to the schools in Iraq. I think I will have to call Welch up and ask him what to say before I put my foot in my mouth again. Wait a minute, Were am I?

    One last question Mr. Potato Head before your head begins to hurt from thinking. Do you agree with the political mess Welch has continued in the schools and do you agree with the political hirings?
    *****Well, I don't think I have messed on myself.

    No, No, Mr. Potato Head. I asked you do you agree with the political mess Welch has created?
    ****Wait a minute, did Welch mess on himself? Because if he did this is the last time I am cleaning his underpants! He messed on himself at the last board meeting and I had to stay after and clean it up. I can't keep changing his DEPEND diapers.

    Mr.Potao Head I have no further questions. It seems that 209 has to start at the top and eliminate you, the MORON, before they can become a better district.
    *****I agree and thank you for the opportunity to have this educational discussion. Say it loud Students first and , I am not a crook!

    By Blogger Mister_Potato_Head, at 4:58 PM, August 09, 2006  

  • This comment will probably provoke the usual insults and name-calling I see on this site, but...

    Why aren't people more worried about who will be in charge of Curriculum and Instruction? THAT is the job that effects the students. The Superintendent of Schools' job is to focus on the finances. It is Gilchrist's old job that all of you should be talking up. That is the job where decisions are made regarding curriculum and ways to improve test scores. As of now, no one has that position, and there doesn't appear to be any action on who will take that job.

    As a teacher of the district, I am indifferent to how Libka did. I know quite a few teachers were initially excited about him at the helm. I saw him at Institutes, and he usually planned his speeches with the typical "Go Get 'em" energy, which is needed on those days. I'm not even sure if anyone can evaluate his performance this year, since it was only one year.

    I do agree with Steven about finding a new superintendent. We don't need someone from aaround here. We don't need someone who knows the people. In this district, I think that's a bad thing. I woud really like the board to choose someone who has no connections to the district, and can bring a fresh set of ideas and a new attitude. My choice would be someone from either Saturn or Neptune :)

    By Blogger KT, at 6:02 PM, August 09, 2006  

  • kt you are absolutely on point asst supt is the most important

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:46 PM, August 09, 2006  

  • Ms. Coffee you usually have some ridiculous comment. What is your take on Libka as superintendent?

    By Blogger District209Parent, at 8:32 PM, August 09, 2006  

  • Ms. Coffee says: I don't know anything that Libka has done to improve test scores or teaching and learning. I would like to see a superintendent who controls the board instead of the other way around. I'm not sure Libka can stand up to them. Why is it that at Proviso the board has so much power? Why don't they leave educational matters up to people who know education? Seems to me the only teacher I can remember on the board was Imoni Baxter. I believe she quit in frustration. Oh, I'm sorry, now they have Flowers. Wasn't he fired from Proviso for not doing his job? Heaven help us if he gets to be state superintendent. Then Proviso will be able to get away with more crap. Why did they even have a panel of teachers, residents, etc. to give input into the superintendent hiring if they already intended to hire Libka? I don't think he's an idiot. I do think he has concern for the children. I just don't think the board will let him run the place.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:06 PM, August 09, 2006  

  • So, Ms. Coffee who will control Libka? You seem to clump the board all together. You should be more specific. Who will control Libka or better yet who has been controlling Libka since August 2005? It is not fair to say that he BOARD will not let Libka do his job. What about Welch has not let Libka do his job.

    Also, Proviso has teachers that are retired and that still work for the district that should have been fired a long time ago. Your insults against Flowers are not valid. This district is doomed with Welch as the Board's president. What is your take on Welch and his posse of DUMMIES? What about when they made Farmer retire when she was caught smoking and sleeping on the job. Most of the teachers that teach at Proviso don't even live in the district. They should not have much input anyway. They would love to see Libka as supt. so the party can continue. PROVISO is a joke! The teachers love that Libka is the supt because they are not made to do their jobs. The majority of the teachers are a joke. The good teachers have left. Alexis Wallace proved that with her remarks to the cartoon that was put up in the teachers' lounge. Was she disciplined for that? No, because it is true. Proviso has a poor quality of teachers. Let's just keep it real. I am sure alot of teachers from Proviso will be upset, but if the shoe fits where it! Proviso teachers need to be made to do their job!

    By Blogger 209sucks, at 11:07 PM, August 09, 2006  

  • Does anyone know who the new supt. is at 209. The special was held tonight so it should be over. Is he or isn't he the permanent supt.?

    By Anonymous Curious, at 11:39 PM, August 09, 2006  

  • You guys are all pathetic. Carl, why don't you try teaching at Proviso for a year and then see what a "party" it is. My spouse's life has been sacrificed -- and our family's life -- for Proviso and for the community's children. I come from a family of educators, am an educator myself, and married an educator. I can tell you that Proviso teachers have it harder than the teachers from any other district I know of. How pathetic to read blogs like this that criticize and attempt to degrade, demoralize and humiliate honest, hard-working people that devote their lives to teaching children. Everyone is so busy trying to align themselves politically to get the most of the palm-greasing -- none of you care about the kids. It's all about YOU. Shame on all of you.

    I know this will mean nothing to you -- you've all sold yourselves out long ago, as evidenced by the comments here. You all need to grow up and start acting at least as mature as the freshmen at Proviso.

    NO CEO is going to be perfect. No teacher is going to be perfect. No school is going to be perfect. But let's be honest here. None of this is really about making the school better, or the admin. better, or getting "the best" CEO. It's about politics and getting what you want. It has nothing to do with really helping the kids. Or making sure the teachers are getting what they need to be able to help the kids. What is wrong with all of you?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:01 AM, August 10, 2006  

  • Just for the record I am not Bob Libka, nor am I an administrator, and I totally stand by all of my comments.

    By Blogger A Proviso Teacher, at 2:26 AM, August 10, 2006  

  • So what happened?

    By Blogger A Proviso Teacher, at 8:04 AM, August 10, 2006  

  • Farmer says: A special message to 209 sucks. Obviously, you don't have your facts straight. First, I was NEVER caught sleeping or smoking on the job. No one can force a teacher to resign. The teacher must apply and fill out mounds of paperwork. You have just lost all your credibility. Your comments about Libka, Flowers and Welch are obviously as false as your comments about me. You know nothing about the dedicated teachers at Proviso. To all: remember that this is a blog. This particular blog is about equal to a tabloid. You can read the tabloids, but don't believe everything you read. Aliens don't really run Proviso.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:27 AM, August 10, 2006  

  • Dear Anonymous:

    Your 8/10/06 blog posting is truly an example of the pot calling the kettle black. In your second sentence you quickly lost all credibility by stating, “You guys are all pathetic”. Of course, every one of the posters on this thread is pathetic, and you, anonymous, are far above us in your insights and your perspective. Far above us because, you say, that your wife and your family’s life has been sacrificed for Proviso and the community’s children. My, what martyrs you and your family are! How Christ-like in your actions you are to try save Proviso and the community! You are to be admired, exalted, and hailed as true examples of selflessness and stoicism. We genuflect before you because of your sacrifices.

    But, don’t be too quick to think that I, or any this blog’s readers, buy into your bullshit. You would have us believe that Proviso teachers have it harder “than any other teachers I know of”. What or how many Proviso teachers have it harder? Oh, let me guess … all of them, right? If in fact they do have it harder, why might that be? Could it be that a number of truly dedicated Proviso teachers may have it harder due to the incompetence and/or politicization of the Board and/or its administrators? And, could it be that another set of Proviso teachers have it harder because they’re ill-trained, ill-prepared, and/or just don’t give a hoot about the students? And, how many teachers do you know of? Oh wait, let me guess, every one of them in the Chicago area, correct? You state, in a very general way (which you seem to have a marked proclivity for doing), that it is pathetic “to read blogs like this that criticize and attempt to degrade, demoralize and humiliate honest, hard-working people {the premier example being you and your family, no doubt} that devote their lives to teaching children”. And, that “none of you care about the kids” (I’m sure that you and your family have the market cornered on that).

    Of course, as you state, none of this (what you’ve written) will mean anything to us (blog readers) because “You’ve all sold yourself out long ago, as evidenced by the comments here” (but you, Anonymous, being the open-minded, non-judgmental, and critically-thinking person that you are have not --- give me a break!). Anonymous, having a history of being an educator as you stated you do, you should be embarrassed by the quality of your thought processes that went into your posting here. If this is an illustrative example of how you taught your students to think and/or to write, then you should have been pulled by the scruff of your neck out the classroom and handed a mop and bucket to perform work more congruent with your skill set (no offense meant, custodians). I also wonder if certain of your family members, those who allegedly sacrifice so mightily for Proviso and the community, share your “mop and bucket” skill set. If so, our students would be better served by getting them out of the classroom as well. They also may be part of the problem rather part of the solution.

    Anonymous, you are the one who comes across as a buffoonish object of pity. You throw a load of generalities and bullshit around wrapped in the mixed context of a “holier-than-thou” and “poor me” attitude. If your family is having it so tough working with Proviso and the community, why don’t you pack it in and get your rear-ends out of Dodge? Of course, in doing that, you lose your self-perceived perch above us, the knaves and the sinners, and you lose the compelling reason for projecting your own deficiencies onto others --- not to mention the tenure, relative immunity to termination for even the grossest incompetence, numerous holidays and summers off, and pretty damn good pay. What a damn, damn pity.

    By Blogger Steven, at 9:15 AM, August 10, 2006  

  • Apparently things didn't quite turn out as expected, referring to last nite's meeting about the supt. selection.

    Nothing further at this time.

    By Anonymous D.R., at 11:22 AM, August 10, 2006  

  • Judging from the number of posts on this thread and all threads dealing with the school districts of Proviso, it is no wonder that mess is kept up because all of the various stakeholders are always posturing for themselves. The school district is always the hottest topic. Everyone talks that rhetoric about educating "our kids" and "students first" and whatever other cliche they can think of. But in reality, the problem is multifaceted. Everyone is in it for their own benefit. The administrators want to protect their well paid plush benefits jobs. Some of the teachers want more power so that they can have influence over the well paid administrators. The board members want to control jobs so that they can hire their allies in these well paid plush benefit jobs. The inside politics in these school districts are just unbelievable. It'll make real politics look like a fairy tale.

    By Anonymous Education is suppose to be the key, at 11:50 AM, August 10, 2006  

  • Steven you got my vote! You really kicked butt.

    Farmer they really got a jolt out of you. I thought you didn't read the blogger. You finally responded using your own name. The truth really hurts. Aliens did land in yor backyard. OUCH!

    By Blogger deja-vu2, at 11:53 AM, August 10, 2006  

  • I had respect for Rev. Saffo, but I have lost it all. Rev. Saffo is now grouped with all the other two-bit preachers. I could not believe how he spoke and took up for Libka at 209's board meeting. Where was Saffo when 209 and 88 fired over qualified black men like Jackson, Gilchrist, Dr. Mack, and Brownlee. Where was PT MAN?

    The reason why PT MAN is in support of Libka is because Libka lets them have their meetings at PMSA and gives them free food. But what angers me about Saffo and PT MAN is that they have falling victim to the evil politics that are ruining our schools.

    Where is PT MAN when students are given poor quality teachers within Proviso Township schools? Where is PT MAN when Welch and his gang steals from innocent children to make their pockets fatter. Where is PT MAN when are children are going to MOLD infested schools? Where is PT MAN when are children are falling victim to violence and gangs? You mean to tell me that PT MAN has time to come and defend a racist, incompetent Libka? PT MAN must have never witnessed Libka and his racial remarks against Blacks and Latinos.

    PT MAN must be getting some type of kick back from Proviso. What else could compell Saffo to now speak out at a board meeting. Does PT MAN even know who the candidates are and who is the best man for the job? No, they have been duked by Welch and Libka to speak out on something they have no idea about. The jack legged preachers in Proviso Township are a disgrace to Christianity.

    The preachers of PT MAN are like all the rest. It's all about money and ain't a damn thing funny. To hell with the children.

    By Blogger phony-clergy, at 12:41 PM, August 10, 2006  

  • Phony-clergy ?????

    Heck...they have to eat just like the rest of us; and wherever politics are concentrated there is always a cadre of folk looking for handouts. Think Jesse Jackson School of Influence, or the Meeks Wannabe Club. Still, on a higher level, there's even the Vatican.

    Also, it's just prudent to keep people of influence close at hand, just not too deep in your pockets. I'm afraid all this simply goes with the territory.

    But Saffo is just a lowly messenger. He was probably dispatched to the meeting by Mr. PT Man, operating on instructions that he be present and seed the room with support for his long-time buddy and close confidant.

    I can't understand why you think ministers should be different from anyone else. Wake up! This is America!

    By Anonymous mrs. dash, at 1:42 PM, August 10, 2006  

  • saffo is a fence sitter,just like his buddies! He only cries injustice when he does'nt get paid!!!1
    I guess Welch's money is green, and that's what counts!
    Beware of Saffo's friends, because there all cut from the same cloth!

    By Anonymous telling you like it is, at 7:10 PM, August 10, 2006  

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