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Proviso Probe

Monday, November 20, 2006

GOV, tonight's board meeting [D209]

Proviso Township High Schools has a board meeting tonight. See agenda (pdf).

Of course the details are in the tabs and District 209 isn't posting those online.


  • Uh, Carl:

    I went to the district website and could access all the documents for the board meeting just fine.


    Click on:
    "Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:34 PM, November 20, 2006  

  • Anyone have a rundown on what happened at the meeting?

    By Anonymous mrs Dash, at 5:52 AM, November 21, 2006  

  • Whoa! Based on the meeting last night, Chris Welch has run District 209 to the ground and as expected, has been misleading the public and the state by inflating the attendance numbers.

    Per the consultants research, District 209 ranked 90th out of 90 high school districts for average Prairie State scores and ACT composite average in the 7 Chicago area counties (2004-2005). Per this report, there has been a steady decline across the board in our district.

    This abysmal ranking is solely attributed to the tenure of our current board president Chris Welch whose position is supposed to be that of a leader.

    This consultants report is hard evidence which is a total assault on Welch's record. This report leaves no doubt in the state of our District. This report should be required reading for the citizens that make up our District.

    By Anonymous Let's see who Chris blames now!, at 9:58 AM, November 21, 2006  

  • Hey wise guy, It's not chris who takes the tests for the students. It's not Chris who made Jackson superintendent. It was'nt chris who wanted him, but Theresa Kelly who stated he was a great superindentendt!
    Chris never lied about the poor test scores or attnendance records. Now you know why Welch supported a Magnet School, to give all the children a chance to succeed.Welch did'nt hand out lap top computers to his political allies, as Jackson and Kelly did.I'd take a closer look at those reports and put the blame soly on the parents, along with administartion and with Thersa Kelly and Greg Jackson!
    I still don't understand how Dr. Flowers and Karen Yarbrough can continue to support Theresa Kelly?

    By Anonymous Kelly's and Jackson's Mess, at 10:57 AM, November 21, 2006  

  • I totally believe Greg Jackson should come back because he promised me a new laptop computer and if he's back he'll give me one to work on Theresa Kelly's campaign!
    Also I can't believe anyone would run for re-election after such a dismal and disgusting report on our schools have come out! I totally blame the parents,and Administrators for this mess, but most importantly the local politicians who have used 209 for there political wars and gains!
    That said,Theresa Kelly must go, as well as all the board members! They must do the honorable thing and resign right now!!!
    Karen Yarbrough and Kim Lightford should demand that the State Board of Education immediately intervene and investigate what has occured and replace the high school board with non-elelcted schhol proffessionals, who will run the school and it's finances until the school disitrict can reach acceptable goals!
    Enough of the Gene Moore's making $150,000 on Insurance deals as a middle man, enough of the political hiring of Janitors,enough of 209 being a"county like" job factory for Maywood,Melrose Park and Bellwood,enough of this crazyness!!!!
    The entire school board should resign, and if not no one from this current board should be running for election and if they dare do, vote these bums out! I am tired of hearing Theresa Kelly and her blame games,"It's Welch","It's Fields",It's the boogie man", enough Kelly! Kelly has the audacity to go to shool board meetings in downtown chicago and demanded the school pay for a hotel room for her and taxi service plus restuarant money and he repsonse is "I'm a senior citizen"! The audacity of Aunt Jemima to say she's to old to know better, hey kelly why don't you instead go to Villa Scalabrina retirement home and leave the education to parents who have children attending our schools !!!

    By Anonymous 209 board must all resign, at 11:14 AM, November 21, 2006  

  • You’re delusional! The attendance records were fine under Theresa Kelly's tenure as evident in the report. As usual, there was no impropriety there. Check the records and the reports. You're talking out the side of your neck.

    At the meeting last night, Chris was trying his hardest to pull Theresa Kelly into his mess, but the consultant wouldn't budge and wouldn't allow it. Trust me, if Jackson and Kelly had anything to do with the decline of District 209, it would have been stated last night. Instead, Chris Welch went into a tirade because he was caught in the cross-hairs of this report. Theresa Kelly said it best last night when she stated, "We need new leadership." So now you want to blame the parents for the poor leadership in our District? Well...you may be right...they did make a grave mistake by electing Chris Welch to our school board. His leadership, or lack there of, is the reason we are ranked 90th out of 90 school districts. Chris should be proud!

    This report from the consultants is a Welch killer. It is required reading for all! This report attacks his hiring practice, promotions, job descriptions, nepotism, test scores, attendance reports, financial records, teacher morale, student education levels, politics and several related issues. This report is sad...really sad, but it gives the community the chance to see the incompetence of our school board president and the deficiencies in our District.

    The only thing that Chris Welch does well on a consistent basis is author the “Proviso Insider”, mislead the public, inflate attendance records and point fingers to attempt to deflect blame. Looks like the buck stops here buddy!

    We have no remorse for your deceit. And for the record, Chris Welch created the magnet school to give his contractor friends a chance to succeed. That's in the report too! Your contractors can't help you out of this mess.

    By Anonymous We see who Chris is blaming now!, at 11:33 AM, November 21, 2006  

  • Chris,

    Save your sick views and your incoherent ramblings for your own blog...the proviso insider. We know your game...

    By Anonymous When scared attack Theresa Kelly, at 11:37 AM, November 21, 2006  

  • Support the 209 ticket for April 2007
    1.Tony Williams
    2.Ruben Lomelli
    3.Don Sloan

    These three men have proven records of successfully balancing budgets and making appropiate recommendations.No more political hirings,and failing schools with these three outstanding leaders of our Proviso Community!
    Neither of these men play politics and are not afraid to tell the politicians to ,mind there own bussiness.

    By Anonymous New ticket for 209, at 11:40 AM, November 21, 2006  

  • I'm voting for the other ticket of
    1.Tony Luciano
    2.Arnie Bryant
    3.Janilla Coombs

    for 209!
    But either ticket or split of the ticket would be better than the crap we have now, or if any of these board mebers run again!

    By Anonymous Bryant,Coombs,Luciano a winning ticketwoxya, at 11:46 AM, November 21, 2006  

  • Why did Theresa Kelly and Flowers last night tell a reporter that it's because of Gene Moore,Melrose Park,Kimbelry Lightford,Frank Pasquale and some other mayors that Proviso 209 has failed, but she refuses to look at herself and her actions?
    Kelly and Flowers also attacked the poor test results on hispanic students?
    Kelly and Flowers I have one thing to say to you, F--k Off!Stop blaming others for your mistakes!

    By Anonymous Kelly and Flowers don't get it!, at 11:52 AM, November 21, 2006  

  • Ooooohhhhh...Chris is mad and running scared now! Have you seen his website the Proviso Insider?

    Pretty Bitchy is what they call him...and you can read why.

    Trust me, if Theresa Kelly's sons wanted to beat the living shit out of Chris Welch...Stan Fields would sit back and watch. He would have no reason to protect or fight for Chris. Lucky for Chris Welch, Theresa Kelly's sons are not low-lifes like himself and his family. They are much more civilized...then again, everyone has their breaking point. Weather it be the defamatory and disrespectful statements Chris utters regularly on his blog or his constant board meeting tirades. There's only so much a man will take when it comes to his mother.

    There is a such thing called "fighting words"...no wonder Chris is nervous...I would be too if I constantly disrespected someone's mother.

    Do you think Chris Welch's "Proviso Insider" ramblings is a front to cover up his abysmal record at District 209? Also, being that the report from the consultant shows serious declines and inefficiencies in Chris Welch's record, should he step down? Don't you think the District would be a better place without his corruption and constant finger-pointing? Chris Welch seems to be highly nervous about the prospect of facing Theresa Kelly's sons in battle? Is Chris Welch afraid of a beat down that only a son can administer in the name of his mother?

    By Anonymous I see tears trickiling down your cheeks, at 12:02 PM, November 21, 2006  

  • I can see how Kelly's Taliban group of frequent flyers and free laptop carriers,thanks to greg jackson, are bothered by the truth.
    Instead of taking responsiblity for her aweful dispaly of leadership,cronyism and total disregard for educators trying to do there jobs, should viciously attacks and threatens others to deflect crtiiscm towards herself and her actions.
    It was Kelly who kept on Manzo's and Cogliniese's puppet Greg Jackson!In regards to Welch, he followed the state of Illinois of Education rules that school board members should hire the suerintendent and let them run the schools.Well, his fault was in believing Kelly and others thinking Jackson knew what he was doing, I guess now we know that all he did was take care of himself,his friends,and Theresa Kelly!
    Let's have an honest discussion on the failure of the 209 board on the failure of Greg Jackson and where and how to improve.One things for certain, Theresa Kelly failed for her poor judgemnt and her belief that Jackson knew what he was doing.Makes me wonder, has Kelly worked for Manzo and Cogliniese all this time?

    By Anonymous Act your age Theresa Kelly, at 12:21 PM, November 21, 2006  

  • Nice try Chris...no one believes you.

    Make the report available for the participants of this blog and we'll make our own decision based on that report, not your constant dishonest ramblings.

    Look, you have lied to the public, you have been totaly dishonest in your dealing with the State regarding your attendance policies and financial dealings. It's all in the report.

    So you can tell everyone you roll with whatever you want, but you and I know what's going on.

    By Anonymous I see tears trickiling down your cheeks, at 12:27 PM, November 21, 2006  

  • I can't believe it.I just can't believe it! I totally admire Chris Welch,Dan Adams,Shirely matlock and Sue Henry for finally,once and for all, for standing up for the school children,parents and taxpayers of Proviso and getting a honest assessment of 209 from proffessional officials. The Board and Welch, fought the powers that be,Yarbrough's,Flowers and Kelly and Marine to get this done, not caring where the chits may fall.
    Outstanding dispaly of Leadership by this board, and hopefully they can do what is needed to fix thise serious problem~!
    I am totally amazed by Krelly 's behavior, but not surprised considering that this audit,will be used by FEDS to investigate Greg Jackson,her ally, and will destroy her political handler Danny Cogliniese

    By Anonymous Welch and Board looking for the children, at 12:36 PM, November 21, 2006  

  • I read the audit report and was amazed to find out that over that last 8 years Theresa Kelly has been on the board,that during the reign of Greg Jackson, she would always recieve two free turkeys during the Thanksgiving Holiday. I also was appalled to learn that during that time during the Christmas holidays Theresa Kelly recieved free Christmas gifts that was used with 209 money in the area of $1,000.
    This is not only appalling but illegal and the state's attorney should be called to investigate this obvious disregard for our taxpayers money!Also her good friend Della Patterson also recieved these same gifts!

    By Anonymous Kelly must resign immediately, at 1:09 PM, November 21, 2006  

  • To Let's see who chris blames now!,
    I read the audit report and am amzed to see how you can possibly defend Theresa Kelly's actions and Greg Jackson's role in this massive conspiracy and fraud on the taxpayers of 209!
    Makes me wonder why you are defending her? Is'nt Kelly the one out there antagonizing voters in Bellwood,along with Patterson and Flowers and others to go against Pasquale?Now when she gets exposed you and your four friends come out in anger and try to blame welch and others, but can't seem to face your own music that Kelly and her group of proffesional agitators are corrupt thieves trying to steal from our children and seniors and are willing to defame anyone who gets in your ways!You can't have it both ways, so what is it, is she responsible or what?

    By Anonymous Is Kelly Corrupt?, at 1:16 PM, November 21, 2006  

  • Yea, yea, yea...tell that bullshit to the judge!

    As I stated earlier, make this report available to the participants of this blog and they can judge for themselves. Matter of fact, I'll make this information available in the next couple of days. When I make this report available you will seee that the dates in question are current. They make no reference of a 10 or 8 year decline. This is just another fabrication by Chris "the Proviso Insider" Welch.

    Chris Welch can run, but he cannot hide from this report. If you are happy with District 209 ranked 90th out of 90, then of course you support Chris Welch. based on this report, he has totaly run our school disrtict to the bottom of the barrel.

    He lied to us, he lied to the State and he will continue to lie. See, Chris Welch was hoping that he won his election so that he could distance himself from the repurcussion of his dismal record. But he lost and he's stuck!

    If Chris Welch wasn't complely dishonest, I would feel sorry for him.

    By Anonymous I see tears trickiling down your cheeks, at 1:25 PM, November 21, 2006  

  • You're caught Chris.

    The consultant made no reference to Greg Jackson or Theresa Kelly in last night's meeting.

    You must be receiving your information from your alter ego, the Proviso Insider.

    By Anonymous When scared attack Theresa Kelly, at 1:32 PM, November 21, 2006  

  • Read the report, the report stated that during Jackson's tenure,along with Kelly and Manzo's all hell broke loose in and at 209. Attnedance figures were faked,money missing,teast scores bottoming out and widely expensive parties being paid for by the 209 taxpayers for Kelly's birthday at a downtoen nightclub(Cotton Club) all paid for by our taxes, and you wonder why are children can't read or write!!!

    By Anonymous Kelly and Jackson took the money, at 1:38 PM, November 21, 2006  

  • I'm voting for school board at 209 the following inidividualos'
    1.Arnie Bryant
    2.Mary Herrell
    3.Tony Williams
    this is the winning ticket, and it will make sure neither Welch or Kelly will have control!

    By Anonymous 209 voter, at 1:44 PM, November 21, 2006  

  • Right...Welch! You don't even believe the bullshit you're spewing.

    You read like a desperate man. I mean com'on, do you really expect people to believe that the consultant wrote all of that, yet didn't mention any of it at last night's meeting. Wait...let me guess, he forgot!

    He forgot about the "teast scores" and the "downtoen" night club.

    "And you wonder why are children can't read or write!!!" it's because our school board president can't write. I mean, look at all the spelling mistakes in his ramblings.

    You're a sick puppy Mr. Welch...who can't spell. No wonder we came up 90th out of 90... Per the look on Stan Field's face last night, he was highly embarrassed by you. Once he understands that this embarrassment will be common place, he'll take it better in the future.

    By Anonymous When scared attack Theresa Kelly, at 1:59 PM, November 21, 2006  

  • Based on Chris Welch's Proviso Insider website, he has shrunk to a new low level of immaturity.

    Who in their right mind can support this guy?

    By Anonymous I see tears trickiling down your cheeks, at 2:06 PM, November 21, 2006  

  • I totally agree with mrs dash said... Chris Welch is a coward, self-serving, a pathological liar and thief!!
    He was so desperate last night that he shifted the responsibilty from himself and blamed Susie Crain(school secretary) and others for the dismal academic and financial failure in the district. This is a person who arrogantly disregarded the board policy and bogarted himself into the board presidency for 4 years. Can anyone be anymore transparent and vain!! Chris continued to play the blame game by arguing with board member Theresa Kelly regarding who was responsible for the deficit spending and lowest student achievement scores recorded in the 90 year history of District 209.

    One thing we did find out at the board of education meeting last night, under the 5 year leadership of Chris Welch, District 209 has recorded the lowest test scores, graduation rates, drop out rates, and attendances rates, in it's 90 year history!!

    Haven't our children had enough of Chris Welch and his his muppets/puppets(Shirely Madlock, Sue Henry and Dan Adams)!!

    The sad part is that Chris Welch brought all the incompetent people to District 209 in return for campaign favors for his re-election to the board. Now he is claiming that he just discovered that Robert Libka, Melvin Berry, Rick Bryant, and countless others were misfits. Why would you want to keep a Monday morning quarterback that refuses to accept responsiblity for the academic damage that has been afflicted on our students?

    Chris Welch is a modern day version of Amos and Andy. He is nothing more than a court gesture that has been puppeted by Ron Serpico of Melrose Park to rape and rob our Black and Hispanic communities and people. How can you begin to talk about students being first and the outcome of your actions result in them being rated last (90 out of 90 high schools)!!

    Let's send a clear message in April 2007 to Chris Welch, Ron Serpico and Pasquale that the days of plantation style politics are over!! Be leary of any tickets that are supported by these imposters!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:11 PM, November 21, 2006  

  • Another one bites the dust. Welch punk bitch ass is at it again. Damn, did the gerbil bite him in the ass last night or was it the ferret?

    Welch does need an ass kicking! I would definitely vote for that to be put on April's referendum, but I am sure it wouldn't take three young men to beat the dog shit out of Welch. Now that is just unfair. I got $50 dollars on a blind 60 year old crippled midget with one arm to beat Welch's ass. Welch swings and fights like a bitch, ask his boy Al.

    But didn't Welch get his ass whooped last March? I heard while he was exiting the polling place in Hillside over 70% of the people in Proviso Township bitch slapped, kicked, punched, bit, spat, raped, body slammed, tap danced and did the Casper slide on Welch's punk bitch ass. Reverse, Reverse...NOW EVERYBODY CLAP YOUR HANDS!

    Chris is like a battered woman that will not leave her abuser; he likes getting the shit beat out of him. Welch gets pleasure from being a PUNK BITCH pillow bitter.

    The more he loses the bigger his head gets. Speaking of head, Welch's hairline is so far back ...how far back is it? It is so far back it is on someone elses head. (Not Shirley Madlock's head; her hair is courtesy of John's Beauty Supply on Madison or that poor bald shivering horse in a Kentucky stable.

    By Blogger welch_is_an_ass, at 4:16 PM, November 21, 2006  

  • Save your kids,get them out of 209 said...
    Oh Brother, what big news! Who does'nt know that Proviso is aweful and that they are crappy schools thanks to the bums who attend the schools and the 209 board.Let's see,Maywood has the highest crime rate in Cook County,that's why it's called Murderwood and they can't even find the murder of there own police officer.Maywood has more crack houses than actual single family homes.209 produces more state and federal inmates than graduates, they(209) produce more drug dealers and prositutes than graduates.You might just admit the fact that Proviso 209 and Maywood and Bellwood are the worst of the worst and for closing,let's just change the name of First Ave. to Martin Luther King St., befitting of it's heritage and current status!

    By Anonymous No hope for Proviso 209, at 8:17 PM, November 21, 2006  

  • Imagine a village,with five county and state officials,along with numerous others in township wide postions, and yet have the worst schools in the state,highest crime rate in the state and the worst roads and infrastructure in the state.This village is also known for having more crack babies, more crack houses than single family homes,highest teenage pregnancy rate in the state,more murder than any other village and more percent wise than Chicago,with the most unsolved murder cases in the NATION,also has one church on every block in the village,so as not to pay taxes,and no bussiness district or bussinesses, but yet the entire village is one hugh TIF district,but yet none of there elected officials do nothing about it.If you guessed Maywood you are right.
    Let's count all these elected officials,
    1.Gene Moore,Cook County Recorder of Deeds and ex-state rep. and ex- state Senator and ex-Proviso Democratic committeeman.
    2.Karen Yarbrough,State Rep. and current Proviso Democratic committeewomen,
    3.Kim Lightford,Senator and chair of education for the Illinois Senate,
    4.Charles Flowers,current Proviso 209 board meber and recently elected Regional Superintendent of Schools in Cook County
    5.Wanda Sharpe,currently trustee in Maywood,lobbyist for Casinos and COMED, and ex-state rep.
    Incredible. All these inidivuduals with so much clout, but yet there village is bankrupt,corrupted,falling apart,worst schools in Illinois, and under siege by Gangs!!!
    Now Maywood officials are planning to and demanding too continue to run our schools,especially 209 and 89, and they are also trying to muscle there way in to control of District 88 in Bellwood and take control of Bellwood, as well as controlling Broadview the village and schools and Hillside, as well as Provios Township goverment and Memorial Park!!
    I believe that this village,Maywood should be elminated from Proviso and left to go on there own.They are not just happy destroying there own village and schools , now they want more and more.With all those elected officials in one town, they should be the richest village in Illinois with the best schools,most bussinesses and best police force, but yet look at them and see if we allow our selves to be taken over by these hooligans, we'll end up like them.
    Say NO to Yarbrough,Flowers,Moore,Lightford and Sharp, and Kelly!

    By Anonymous Get Maywood out of Proviso!, at 9:58 PM, November 21, 2006  

  • Say what you want to say Chris, but April (2007) will tell it all. It wont even matter what you post, havent you realized that yet? The people are sick and tired of playing games with you, Chris! The people want answers, and you cant provide them. You are on your last leg, and if you think that the "Proviso Insider" or "Pasquale" can save you, guess again!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:16 AM, November 22, 2006  

  • I like Welch and Pasquale said...
    To anon, say what you want the people are sick and tired of you and Kelly, and Flowers and Yarbrough trying to tell people who they should hate and who they should like!
    I believe that the voters are fed up with your name calling, false rumors and distorsions of others who have governed and tried there hardest to help there community and have spent time working with there communities!You attack Welch, well conitue doing it, because Welch is a man and can take it, but remember,if Welch was'nt there who would the blame?
    Your group,Kelly,Yarbrough,Flowers,Patterson,Bryant,Woll,Wicks,Dorris,Manzo and Cogliniese are all about dividing our community for your gains.No of you have governed or done anything positive for our Community. Not one of you have an innovative idea or a freash perspective or the courage to run on ideas and on your records. All your gang does is create rumors,decieve,lie,threaten,fear monger, but in the end the voters will decide if they believe Welch and Pasquale and there vision of a shiny town on top of a hill, or your vision of destruction and divisivness and hate!!!
    I'll take my chances!

    By Anonymous I like Welch and Pasquale, at 10:48 AM, November 22, 2006  

  • Kelly needs help,send her to Madden! said...
    The Irony that Theresa Kelly won an award for there contributions to excellence for schools. What excellence? She sure can take all the accolades, but can't take the criticism!
    Imagine of Welch was'nt on the board, do you think the audit report would be different? I doubt it, it seems to me, that Jackson and Cogliniese and Manzo and Kelly destroyed our alma mater and are pride and joy which was the Proviso High schools East and West!
    I recall how Kelly bragged how she brought grant money to Proviso and how she bragged about hiring prinicipals and teachers and janitors and if she would continue doing this our schools would be successfull.Well, look at the results! 90 out of 90 schools and at the bottom!Highest level of drop outs in the state and unexplained missing monies from 209!
    Theresa Kelly hates Welch for two reasons only,because Welch was picked to be board president and because Welch and the board majority had the guts to fire her enmour,Gilchrist and her partner in crime and Della Patterson'e enmour Greg Jackson.! That's it folks, that is the only reson Kelly dislikes Welch. I'm putting it out in the open! No other reasons, because prior to Welch becoming Board President , Kelly always worked with Welch,like hand and glove!My gosh, Chris helped her get elected! Prior to not becoming Board President,she totally disliked Charles Flowers and worked against Flowers in his election!
    Kelly is just a bitter,old woman, who wants to exact revenge on Chris Welch for her not being board president and because Chris got rid of her man,Gilchrist and Della's man and Kelly's partner in crime Greg Jackson.That's it in a nutshell!
    My concern now is for Mrs. Kelly's sanity. She appears totally dishelved,at the board meetings her wig appears to be crooked, her jeans are to tight, and her lip stick goes across her lips and on to her cheek and her chin.I also noticed her eyes are darting to the side, back and forth,she flutters her fake eyelashes numerous times trying to flirt with Welch and Fields and Marine and Flowers and Adams,seeing if she can be allowed back in to the group, and she appears to be suffering from a nervous tic disorder,by constantly licking her lips and jolting her neck from side to side.I also noticed Kelly struggling to open up her purse and take pills out of a bottle and swinging it with brown liquid. I also noticed that a small 22 handgun was in her purse and that her palms were sweating. My gosh, Mrs. Kelly is losing it and needs help, but for safety concerns I believe security should be at every meeting and her purse searched along with her best friend and gossip and rumor monger Della Patterson.I'm concerned, Kelly needs help!

    By Anonymous Kelly is in need of help, at 10:50 AM, November 22, 2006  

  • The Yarbroughs are destroying our community.I blame the citizens who voted these IMPOSTORS in office to destroy our community. The roads are horrible, stores are horrible, extra-curricular activities for our children (none), police protection (none). I can not understand why we pay high taxes in Yarbroughwood but it seems like we living in Compton. Sometimes I think we are in Iraq with the gunfire constantly sounding off throughout the night. The yarbroughs have destroyed our community. They are only interested in their insurance and real estate companies. They profit off Maywood citizens. I can not believe they gave a $100,000 check to a Pastor and we have pot holes all over our streets that is tearing up our cars.

    Why is this happening to us? Why can't we have a Jewel or Dominicks in our community?Why can't we have a starbucks? Why can't we have a Chase, Fifth Third, or TCF bank in our community? Why can't we have a 7 Eleven, White Hen Pantry in our community? Why can't we have a Shell or Mobile gas station? Why can't we have a Walmart in our community? Why can't we have a nice sit down restaurant in our community?

    WHY? WHY DID WE VOTE THESE ASSES IN? I wonder where the Yarbroughs shop. Do they buy their clothing on 5th and madison. I wonder where they bank, Chase or Park National Bank on 5th and Madison. I wonder where they do their grocery shopping, Maywood food mart on 9th and madison or Jewel?Do you think they have their family dinners at Al's hot dog across the street from Proviso East or Morton's Steakhouse in Westchester.

    We allow these ASSES to come in to run our town and they don't patronage the businesses in our community.


    By Anonymous shattered dreams, at 11:21 AM, November 22, 2006  

  • To shattered dreams, AMEN! Bother,AMEN! Your preaching to the choir. Only now are we waking up from our deep slumber and realizing that all that BS they talked about others, about there opponents were all lies. Imagine we voted for these two and given them full reign of Maywood and look, two high profile murders occur and yet no word or conviction on either one. Under there reign the first Maywood police officer was murdered and no clues.I bet they'll railroad that parolee they have in custody to tell the community there on top of crime! What about that High school senior from East who was found murdered in an alley? No clue?
    Disgustingly bad schools, houses,and roads and infrastructure. They refuse to place cop cameras in Maywood, because they don't want there gang members arrested when commiting crimes!!! Bellwood has Wal-Mart,Benedictine College and Washington Commons and Maywood has the Yarbrough's and nothing else!!!

    By Anonymous Yarbourghwood, at 11:37 AM, November 22, 2006  

  • Chris Welch is sad!

    According to the article in the Forest Park Review, the consultant stated that from 2003 to 2006 the attendance was exaggerated by 20%. Who should be held responsible? That’s a no-brainer, the school board president Chris "The Proviso Insider" Welch. This exaggeration did not happen under Theresa Kelly's watch, so to suggest so shows a blatant disregard for the true dates in the consultants report. Chris Welch has been president for 4 years. During these 4 years District 209 has been on an undeniable steady decline. Chris has nobody to blame but himself for this dismal state of the District.

    Theresa Kelly received her award from the Illinois State Board of Education due to her educational initiatives, the grants she helped attain, and the positive national exposure she brought to our district. In the end, these grants and initiatives contributed to over 7.5 million dollars in programs and grant money. Theresa Kelly's work led to significant rises in daily attendance, test scores and graduation rates. This information was reported in the Pioneer Press and can be referred to in the consultants report.

    Speaking of irony, Chris Welch is quoted in this same Pioneer Press paper stating that Theresa Kelly’s initiatives are working. Go figure…

    Chris Welch is a desperate man who will write anything about anybody. Chris was hoping to pin his dismal record on Mike Manzo, Kelly, Dr. Gilchrist and Greg Jackson...he's even tried to pin it on teachers, but to no avail. His tasteless and mean comments are a cover up for a sad and lost soul. For the life of me, I can't understand how someone like Nicole Trottie, who seems to be successful and logical, can befriend someone who's soul is so devoid of spirit. I guess there is a real man shortage in our area that will cause some one like her to turn a blind eye to his mindless improprieties.

    Chris Welch’s immature behavior comes to life in his constant erratic postings about Theresa Kelly, Greg Jackson, Dr.Gilchrist, Karen Yarbrough, Henderson Yarbrough, Gary Woll, Nichelle Rivers (breath), Della Paterson, Ami Relf, Arnie Bryant, John Wicks, Tony Doris, Carl Nyberg, Charles Flowers, Imoni Baxter, Chuck Baxter, Gary Marine, Pam Marine, Sarah Millon etc. This is a pretty long list and I’m positive Chris Welch can help me add to this list in the near future.

    Is it normal for a person to hate so many people? Nah…just sad!

    By Anonymous I see tears trickiling down your cheeks, at 1:04 PM, November 22, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:05 PM, November 22, 2006  


    I visited the Insider for my first time yesterday, and WHO ever is behind that blogger is CRAZY. I don't mean funny crazy, I mean demented, really mentally crazy. Like this person needs to be hospitalized CRAZY, medicated CRAZY! The lies that spew from this person is just simply CRAZY. I have been trying to stay focused and not stoop to Welch's petty, imature level, but enough is enough! People need to unite and go gansta on this PUNK BITCH! Straight GUTTER on this bald headed tight suit wearing bastard! This back and forth on the blogger is useless and time consuming; it ain't solving jack! It seems like Welch's PUNK BITCH ASS gets more stupid and ignorant as the comments multiply. It's like we feeding the BEAST! This BITCH PUNK likes the attention he gets from it. Welch is fucked up in the head; he ain't normal.

    I suggest Kelly, Flowers, the Yarbroughs, Wicks, Dorris, Jackson, Gilchrist, Patterson, Relf, the Baxters, Leggins, Bryant, Rivers, Nyberg, Berry, the Marines, Woll, the students in district 209, and damn near everybody in Proviso Township and abroad that this PUNK BITCH ASS bastard has attacked, in some form or another, get a restraining order and work extremely hard to destroy his politcal career FOREVER!

    1-800-FEDS! Hello, may I help you?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:07 PM, November 22, 2006  

  • Lies from the Insider:

    LIE #1
    The Insider claimed that Flowers and Kelly were leaking information to Nyberg about closed session meetings and that they were being investigated by the state's attorney was a BIG LIE, but the killing part is that the Insider claims to have information about a complaint Mrs. Kelly has against Stan Fields. Was this letter given out in open session? I was there and didn't hear any mention of a complaint. So, when and where did Mrs. Kelly address this issue? If it was in closed session, then someone like Chris Welch (PUNK BITCH ASS) leaked this information to the Insider or he didn't get any sleep that night because his PUNK BITCH ASS was up all night typing and masterminding that BULLSHIT!

    LIE #2
    The Maywood Board meeting. Where in the hell does the Insider come up with this garbage. Does the Insider really think people are that stupid. Remember they were smart enough to not elect Welch and re-elect sorry ass "stepping in the name of love" Gene Moore. The Insider needs to report the exchange of words Gene and Chris had after their failed election. Who blamed who? But everything is gravy now; they kissed and made up. It was just a lovers' quarrel.

    LIE #3
    Carl Nyberg being arrested. Does Welch acknowledge that his brothers have been arrested numerous times for drug possession? Or what about when the police was called to his home in Hillside for domestic assault and battery. Or what about Ron "dope man" Anderson being arrested for drug charges. This is a guy who is on #88's school board! Welch can't point the finger at anyone! His shit is fucked up!

    LIE #4
    The many attacks against the supt. from District 88. Welch was once praising her when she was hired. Even dumb ass Ron Anderson said some kind words about her appointment. I didn't understand everything Anderson was saying through all of the stuttering, but he had a smile on his face and Anderson stated he went to Minnesota to observe Rivers and she was the best candidate.

    LIE #5
    The Insider claims that Mrs. Kelly had luch with Jackson and Reynolds at a conference and they plan to takeover #209. Kelly didn't even attend that conference. And takeover #209 from who, Welch? Welch should learn a few things from watching the news. Patronage bosses go to jail and snitches get lesser jail time. Ask Stan Fields, didn't the report mention something about too much patronge job hiring, the board is too political. Who has had control of the board for the last four years? Yes, Mr. Welch. Welcb's plan back fired, the report told the truth. Stan Fields is not so bad of a guy after all. Inch by inch he is discovering that Welch is not what he is all cracked up to be.

    The Insider is consumed with lies and the writers of those comments are just as CRAZY as the myterious person behind the Insider....BUT IT's OKAY because they make Welch look even more worse that the lying coward he is. As long as the Insider is unknown Welch will have that burden strapped to his fat ass.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:24 PM, November 22, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:24 AM, November 24, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Relf and kelly need love, at 12:05 PM, November 24, 2006  

  • Welch is a ugly fat ass BIATCH!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:55 AM, November 25, 2006  

  • What's going on in Westchester ? Why are'nt there elected officials complaining about the sad state of schools in Proviso? Why is the Westchester bog dead? I heard there Mayor told there trustee,Fox to stop writing , or lese they were going to impeach his dumb looking ass!
    I also heard that Fox got his ass whipped by a few locals for talking crap. I heard the mayor from westchester and a township trustee and another park trustee slapped him silly and the coppers did'nt do a thing. Sweet, can't wait for that to happen at 209!

    By Anonymous Who got slapped,Fox did,had it coming?, at 6:40 PM, November 26, 2006  

  • What! Are you waiting for Welch bitch slap? He got his last March! He has another one coming real soon. Pay Per View will have the rights to the ass whooping Welch is going to get. Stay tuned for the latest SMACK DOWN: Welch vs. the citizens of Proviso Township.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:15 PM, November 26, 2006  

  • I got to give props to Dr. Fields for getting it all out in the open. The report just confirms what we all were thinking but didn't know for sure as fact. Its good the board and us in the community gets to hear from a non-political expert that the board is a problem and the kids aren't learning and the lies we all have been fed. But now OK so what do we do? I just hope now that Fields has a clear picture of the state of our schools he quickly puts together a plan of attack using more experts and not hire those on the friends and family program of cronies.

    By Anonymous 1st Ave Walker, at 12:45 PM, November 27, 2006  

  • To: 1st Ave Walker

    It's all fluff unless Dr. Fields makes a real change. I'm sure he has to be thoroughly discouraged to know that the political faction that he has aligned himself with is the cause of our districts disarray.

    Yes, I said aligned because Dr. Fields has been seen at strategy meetings with Chris Welch(Students first party and board president), Angela McGee (PR for District 209 and Students First party contributor, currently number 2 in command in District 209 administrators) and the Students First candidates. This situation is convoluted to say the least.

    If Dr. Fields doesn't look into why Angela McGee is paid $75,000 a year for a position originally budgeted at $45,000. If he doesn't look into why the attendance numbers were inflated by 20% from 2003 to present. If he doesn't look into why President Welch has the lowest academic scores in the history of District 209. And finally if he doesn't look into why District 209 has so many baseless law settlements, then I will conclude that he is merely there as an empty suit with no real desire to make change, because making real change will cause him to butt heads with Chris Welch.

    A real man searching for real change is comfortable standing alone and fighting the good, respectable fight.

    A coward is as a coward does...hides behind a blog and posts recklessly untruthful information in order to mislead and deceive.

    My advice to Fields, you are only as good and as honest as the company you keep. So, where does that leave you if your company is Welch?

    By Anonymous Wearing my Welch Jersey #90, at 1:24 PM, November 27, 2006  

  • If Fields continues to act as a hack for Welch, then his future at Proviso will be short lived. Fields needs to wake up and smell the shit that Welch has been brewing for the last six years.

    Also, I heard Dr Murphy was apart of the deal between Pasquele and Welch. She such a whore. She makes educated black women look dumb and spineless. They need to ship her ass out with Libka, but A little birdie said that she will be gone before the end of the year. The district has her on credit card fraud. I wonder did she purchase that last wig with schools fund. The casino cameras are watching.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:30 PM, November 27, 2006  

  • Why are a few upset about Welch? Why did Welch start raising his sd88 bills along with holding several meetings with the Bellwood Mayor to promise a real estate deal in turn for political support for a ticket against the people who fully supported his ass for sd88 lawyer. Welch is a very bright young black man but poorly misguided. I guess if he had been mentored by the right polititian, he may have been ok. now he is facing inditments and court proceedings due to his semi-criminal actions and affiliations. He has used and lied to almost everyone in Proviso politics and he is working his way to County politics via proviso township. Chris you have a rude awakening my brotha. you have burned all of your bridges and the new ones that you are trying to form have already heard of your track record and will shut doors in your face. you true season of suffering is here and you need to prepare mentally for it. you have destroyed good respectful relationships between Mayors and State officials with your back door lies and unsuccessfull real estate deals . you promise false deals for political support and not even that is in your favor in these days to come.Welch you need to start to mend the fences. you need to publicly pull away from the corupt demons that you lay with for trades and false support. It wont get you much further than you are now but just maybe your concience will begin to clear up so you can make peace with yourself. not all of us have a price. you have the ones that do and they are the scum of what we all despise. I dont see how they can look thier families in the face knowing that they have abandoned all self morality and dignity to work the jobs of the man who is falsly identified as a shadow like yourself. i feel sorry for you welch.sd88 should have left you in the gutter where they found you. you mean them no good and certainly no good for the decissions they are trying to make for children. you are only concerned about jobs, contracts, and real estate deals.We sell education not bricks and mortor.

    God bless you anyhow.

    By Anonymous why? why? why?..........., at 12:57 AM, November 28, 2006  

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    By Blogger Steven, at 7:50 AM, November 28, 2006  

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    By Blogger Steven, at 8:04 AM, November 28, 2006  

  • Chris Welch needs to dig a hole and bury his bitch ass. Dig a hole PUNK BITCH Chris, fat 3rd grade education Gene Moore, DITZZY Drunken Henry, BUST DOWN HOE Madlock, Wannabe Soprano Adams, fake ass doctorate degree Professor Clump Murphy, Slim Spa addicted lap band Jamie Hixson, bounce checks writing and molester Miller and wife, 3 finger low self esteem Walton,dope man Anderson, funky white boy Cross with his retarded ass, pig face Sloan, and hillbilly Fields DIG A HOLE! Its gone get real dirty as it gets closer to April! There is a militia working against Welch and his fake ass Mafiaso! DIG A HOLE!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:51 AM, November 28, 2006  

  • Niclole Trottie needs Dr Phill says, I guess those comments about Nicole Trottie and Welch really pinched a nerve. The writers of the Insider aka Welch, Bryan Cross, Trottie, and their PR flunky from Proviso are coming up with more outlandish lies. Touchy Touchy! Their skin needs to get tougher, especially sexual harrassment accuser Trottie. Does anyone read her bullshit paper besides her and her daddy?
    Did Trottie call Nyberg and beg him to remove the previous comments about her pill popping?
    She is as pitiful as she looks. If anyone needs to place an ad in a paper seeking a man it would be her. Because she is in love with a BITCH ASS PUNK that likes gerbils up his ass while Gene Moore looks on in delight ready for his turn.

    I know Trottie will call Nyberg and have him erase it but she can't stop people from talking about her and her bitch ass face licker Welch.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:47 AM, November 28, 2006  

  • Dig a hole Welch! You are getting really grimmy. Watch your front and back.

    Dig a hole btich and bury yourself!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:36 AM, November 28, 2006  

  • What happened to anonymous posts, or is this place total fucking anarachy now?

    Just wanna Know?

    By Anonymous Just wanna know?, at 12:00 PM, November 28, 2006  

  • To: Just wanna know

    Ummm...find something real to gripe about...

    By Anonymous Petty, at 12:06 PM, November 28, 2006  

  • And Who in the Fuck are you to tell me what to do asshole?


    Your'e Just some Punk Ass Bitch, who hangs out on a blog in his mommy's basement

    By Anonymous Just wanna know?, at 12:09 PM, November 28, 2006  

  • To Just Wanna Know:

    Okay so what does that make you a stalker of the Proviso Probe. Everyone knows that Welch has carpal tunnel and a broken wrist from writing bullshit all day on his bullshit blogger. I hope somebody catches him and beat the dog shit out of him for lying and keeping up BITCH gossip. A bitch is a bitch is a bitch.

    His day is coming. Speak nice and clear Chrissy during your deposition. Put that on the Insider! BIATCH!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:40 PM, November 28, 2006  

  • To: Just wanna know

    I totally admire your intelligence and your extensive vocabulary!

    For being such a great sport...I'm going to buy you the new District 209 "Chris Welch" # 90 Jersey!

    Please wear it with pride!

    By Anonymous Petty, at 1:42 PM, November 28, 2006  

  • Welch did not wear the number in high school that punk bald headed BITCH BASTARD wore the number 00 for LOSER.

    When his Bitch FAGGOT ass goes to jail for stealing and patronage hiring he will has a six digit number 403403: the numberaic code for HOE!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:15 PM, November 28, 2006  

  • Chris Welch did a ditch and bury your punk bitch ass!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:17 PM, November 28, 2006  

  • Well, I like the Welch #90 jersey better...

    It represents District 209's rank under his presidency.

    I should make them and distribute them at the next East vs. West game. That way we can all share the same pride that Chris Welch has in his miserably embarrassing record...

    By Anonymous The Proviso Outsider, at 3:22 PM, November 28, 2006  

  • Okay I get your point. I like that idea I will purchase one of those tshirts during the school board election.
    Great Idea!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:00 PM, November 28, 2006  

  • I like the term: Welch GO BURY YOUR BITCH ASS! Dig A HOLE BITCH!

    But why just dig one...Dig a big enough one for all your low life supporters! DIG A HOLE BITCH!

    By Blogger welch_is_an_ass, at 8:38 PM, November 28, 2006  

  • Millie Jackson says:

    Does Phyllistine Murphy look like Millie Jackson? Or Little Richard?

    Nyberg start a thread and pose this question to your reading audience.

    Murphy is a BIG JOKE to district 209. get rid of her credit card fraud ass!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:50 PM, November 28, 2006  

  • Dig a HOLE BITCH before your deposition.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:52 PM, November 28, 2006  

  • Welch needs to dig a hole real soon and bury his pink bitch ass!

    Dig a hole Welch!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:52 AM, November 29, 2006  

  • Welch does not need to dig his own hole. To know ones surprise, the Italian mayors have already dug it for him, Welch is just to stupid to realize it. Sad but true!

    Welch is done in Proviso! He just refuses to accept it. Pasquele will not help Welch; Welch has done to much dirt against Pasquele. Pasquele has been in this game long enough to know a snake when he sees one and he is just using Welch long enough to get what he wants and will turn around and bury Welch. Welch wants a comeback bigger than Whitney Houston and it is not going to happen.

    By Blogger wackowelcho, at 1:02 PM, November 29, 2006  

  • wackowelch is either krazykelly or apeami or donkeyfacedella. Women get a life!

    By Anonymous stop hating, at 1:13 PM, November 29, 2006  

  • To: Stop Hating

    Keep going...Chris "Wacko" Welch has plenty of enemies.

    Nobody likes this guy...not even his own mother! Can't say that I blame her...

    Ok, Ok...maybe Nicole Trottie likes him...but that's about it.

    By Anonymous and you thought it was safe, at 2:25 PM, November 29, 2006  

  • I think you like him and he didn't give you a play. There's plenty of men out there. Go find somebody else.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:48 PM, November 29, 2006  

  • I have one question, what has happened to Nyberg and the probe?
    What was once a beacon of light and investigative work throughout Proviso has turned into an ols blog, not worthy to be read. No longer are people and the media of proviso turning to the probe for insider news and what is really happening in proviso, they have turned there eyes to the Insider.

    By Anonymous What's happened to Nyberg and the probe?, at 9:08 PM, November 29, 2006  

  • To Welch,Sloan,Cross,Moore,Pasquale and Calderone,
    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
    To the last syllable of recorded time,
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

    Macbeth (Act V, Scene 5)

    By Anonymous Karen Yarbrough and Dr.Flowers, at 9:25 PM, November 29, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:00 AM, November 30, 2006  

  • The Proviso Insider is funny!

    He claims to be a journalist, but he's not.

    Journalists do not use three question marks after a question.

    A real journalist would not have written or posted comments about Rev. Wiley's health. That's a personal matter that should be kept that way. If a clergy member is really concerned, they will check with the church in question, not on some random blogg.

    A real journalist wouldn't post and comment about a personal ad because it's petty and childish. This is done by someone who is not concerned with the truth or "real news". This is done by someone with an ill mind whose sole purpose is to maliciously malign.

    Also, if Nicole Trottie copies another "dishonest" posting from the Proviso Insider to use in her newsletter, then I will question her journalistic integrity and her competency.

    The Proviso Insider is not a journalist...he's more like a jilted soul with malicious and defamatory intent.

    Pretty cut and dry.

    By Anonymous ???, at 11:57 AM, November 30, 2006  

  • West Suburban Journal used stuff from Proviso Insider? What did Nicole use?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 12:19 PM, November 30, 2006  

  • Hi Carl,

    The 2 links are listed below to the article in question. The West Suburban Journal changed the first sentence and left the rest as is.

    It was disguised as a "letter to the editor" but I think it's a really piss poor way to attain a letter to use as a political tool. Especially being that the Proviso Insider is unbalanced and extremely bias.

    This really makes me question The legitamacy and the integrity of the West Suburban Journal.

    In my opinion, a letter to the editor should not be some recycled "blogg" posting from a self-proclaimed journalist with a political agenda. This leads me to believe that there is a more intimate relationship between the 2 parties than meets the eye...but you be the judge.



    There’s the link. It was posted on 11/16/2006


    currently on the website

    By Anonymous ???, at 1:01 PM, November 30, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:47 PM, November 30, 2006  

  • Like the Insider, who reads that bullshit paper the West Surburban Journal. Trottie's paper only useful purpose is picking up dog shit. No one reads that damn paper. Trottie needs to have a kid and get married to her beau Welch and become a house wife. The newspaper business is not her forte.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:23 PM, November 30, 2006  

  • When I seen Trottie I thought she was Stephanie Mills. They kind of resemble. Anyway, she does not look like Welch's type...she ain't White, blonde hair, blue eyed and a man.
    Now I think about it, her and Welch look alike. Spooky!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:13 PM, November 30, 2006  

  • Dr. Fields made the right move in procuring an independent audit. Any reasonable expenditure on it seems to have been worthwhile. It somewhat quantifies the incompetence, neglect, and possible criminal activity of those who had been elected or appointed to administer Proviso District 209. The results are no surprise to those of us who have suspected for quite some time that the quality of education of our students was being sacrificed at the alter of greed, political expediency, cronyism, favoritism, and the profound incompetence of those running the district.

    Yes, these people were running the district --- running it into the ground where it now finds itself buried deep in debt and even deeper in a fractured and fractious community base which has lost most, if not all, of its faith in our school district’s “leaders”. These leaders, who I liken to the worst kind of criminals, have literally stolen the quality education out from under our students. They have done so by, in part, appointing political hacks, friends, or relatives with little or no relevant credentials to key positions, by draining the budget for self-serving purposes, and by engaging in ill-conceived and poorly-executed endeavors such as PMSA --- which was breathed into life despite the fact that any realistic assessments of budgetary limitations and projections in regard to future budgetary deficits would have clearly shown that Proviso District 209 would be left gasping for air if the project moved forward. Well, it moved forward and now the district is close to, if not actually, needing life support. Only a short-sighted, narcissistic, and thoroughly incompetent board, led by an individual whose unrealistic political and career aspirations, in my opinion, do not come close to matching his limited skill set and whose major goals in life appear to be to enhance his resume and achieve higher political office despite what has been alleged to be a plethora of characterological, ethical, and intellectual shortcomings, could have thrown the vast majority of the district’s students into educational turmoil to promote such an endeavor.

    Despite Mr. Welch’s repeated attempts to put this load of feces on others’ doorsteps, it is he, as board president, who, in my opinion, stinks to high heaven and who should take the brunt of the blame. It is under his helm that Proviso District 209 scored 90th out of 90 schools in terms of academic performance. It is he who pushed through the construction of PMSA with its cost-overruns, and, in some peoples’ opinions, suspicious contractual arrangements. What was he thinking? About the district’s students? About their overall education? If so, his thinking seems severely flawed as is so glaringly manifested in the statistics pointing at the miseducation of the students of Proviso District 209. 90th out of 90 schools. Doesn’t that say it all? Doesn’t that tell you that Mr. Welch and other seeming self-serving and incompetent members of the board should be booted out on their asses? Recall campaigns have been initiated for lesser reasons. The guilty should be held accountable. Of course, guilty board members will quickly point to the ineptitude and mismanagement of previous superintendents and others to account for the current problems. But, who interviewed the superintendents when they were candidates for the position? Who hired them? Who was charged with their oversight? The buck stops with the board and more specifically with Mr. Welch. Apparently, Mr. Welch has some trouble keeping it from slipping out of his greasy hands.

    As for Dr. Fields, he’s in a good situation. If he does little or nothing, how much worse can the school district get? Maybe a state take-over? He can always point to the fact that he walked into an untenable situation. He can point to a board in disarray with a track record of historically poor decision-making. If there’s any improvement at all, of course, Dr. Fields can (and likely will) take credit for it. I’ve been critical of him because of, what I perceived to be, a degree of duplicity and unjustified arrogance on his behalf. I’ve also questioned his ability to effectively deal with the tornadic situation he has found himself in. Now that these irregularities have been unearthed, let’s see what he does to effectively rectify the situation and turn the district around. The proof of the pudding is in the tasting. Let’s see if, as one previous poster on this blog wrote, he puts the education of our children above politics.

    By Blogger Steven, at 9:11 AM, December 01, 2006  

  • Proviso East is in meltdown mode. The place is so much worse than previous years. Teacher morale is very low in the building b/c admin. keep blaming everything on the teachers. They had ineligible players playing football (hello, Ofc. Peppers), kids running the halls all day thanks to AJ's new tardy policy (kids must be allowed into class at any point in the period. They will be marked absent after 25 minutes), and dean's and security who don't do their job. Keep promoting the incompetent, Proviso. It seems to really be working for you. 90th out of 90 schools. That is just fantastic. Good work administrators and board members!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:57 AM, December 02, 2006  

  • I just gotta say something says:

    To anon @ 9:57:

    I agree with you concerning a lot of the things you have said. The level of teacher apathy is disgusting at a school where we already have a challenge in fighting some of the students' apathy towards learning. As a seasoned teacher, I always keep my level of enthusiasm up because I know my mood has a direct effect on whether my students come in excited to learn. I am finding it harder and harder to stay motivated. When the students question unplanned activities and announcements, or why their home is getting automated calls saying they are not attending their 4th period class (lunch), they see my frustration.

    One thing I must clarify, however. There are some security men and women that are new this year AND that are trying to keep our hallways clear during class time. Unfortunately, they are running into the same crap we have dealt with. They know the students we see in the hall all the time are swept up and taking somewhere only to be released at the end of the period with no consequence. It is disheartening when they tell you they know the way things are played.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:06 PM, December 02, 2006  

  • I agree with Steven. The proof of the pudding with Dr. Fields will be to see if he puts the kids' education above the politics. But I certainly applaud what he's done so far in his brief time, and if he does turn things around he is deserving of whatever praise may come his way. We all will benefit and worrying about who may or may not get the credit is petty.

    We all have probably been in politically charged organizations. It's extremely difficult (if not downright dangerous to one's career) to try and change the culture. Proviso has a long, storied history of politics with deep roots. We all know that politics is business as usual here. I wouldn't expect it to change overnight here, and frankly I'm pleasantly surprised Dr. Fields has come out of box swinging. The man at least appears to see the problems and is willing to attack them head on. Realistically I don't think any of us believed he'd be able to get the school board to hold hands and sing together. And so far I don't see where he gives a damn whether or not they do. He sounds like he just wants the straight dope on what's going on, so he can start Proviso on the long, steep road to recovery.

    The news reported the consultant saying we all can be be a part of a makeover of historic proportions. Amen to that, and praise to anyone who steps up to lend a hand to pull Proviso out of last place.

    By Anonymous 1st Ave Walker, at 5:25 PM, December 04, 2006  

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