Sunday, March 31, 2013
Read Thomas Ruggio's candidate bio and questionnaire answers.
What is the primary reason you are running for this office? I have always felt strongly about giving back to your community. All three of my children benefited from the excellent educational opportunities they received while going through the Woodridge 68 school system. Other concerned citizens volunteered their time and efforts guiding the District during those years and now I feel it is my turn to give current students those same excellent educational opportunities. I was first elected to the Board in 2005 and have been the School Board President for the last two years. I have been a part of the planning for the District's future and I want to help the District achieve all our goals. What will be your single most important …
Read more about Jeffrey Cortez, running for school board re-election.
Jeff Cortez has been a resident of Woodridge School District 68 since 1998 and is currently serving his second term of office on the Board of Education. Cortez holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana and is currently the operations manager for FKI Logistex's midwest regional office. He has also been active in the Woodridge Soccer Association for many years both as a past board member and coach. He and his wife Deborah are parents of two children and reside in the Meadowview School attendance area. He has been a board member since 2005.
Read Brian Rychlec's candidate bio and questionnaire responses.
What is the primary reason you are running for this office? I am seeking re election to my 3rd term as board member. I believe that public education builds the foundation for our future. I moved to Woodridge in part due to the school district and the quality education our district provides. I want to be invloved in decisions that will shape the future of our school district. What will be your single most important priority if you get elected? Since the state of Illinois is in a financial crisis and the pension issues have not been resolved. I want to ensure that our district maintains it's excellent financial standing, but at the same time make sure the tax dollars from our tax payers are spent wisely. What do you think are the top 3 …
Friday, February 8, 2013
One District 68 parent says teachers shouldn't confiscate phones if they aren't going to be responsible for when they break. "A phone should never be taken away from a child. Find another way of dealing with any abuse."
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Woodridge police are investigating a report that a man approached a fifth-grade girl on her way to school Thursday morning.
A fifth-grade girl was approached by a stranger on her way to school in Woodridge on Thursday morning, police said. The girl, a student in District 68, was walking to school at 7 a.m. when a man exited a blue mini van and said to the girl, "Hey, you coming with us?" Police said the student continued to walk to school and immediately reported the incident. District officials and parents were notified, and police increased patrols around the schools. The incident occurred while the student was walking in the 7800 block of Woodridge Drive. The man who approached the student is described as a male in his 20s, with light tan skin and short dark hair, wearing a gray knit jacket and dark pants. There was also a female passenger in the van …
William Murphy and Edgewood schools were recognized for strong standardized test scores.
William F. Murphy School and Edgewood School have once again been recognized for their academic excellence by joining the Illinois Honor Roll, the state’s annual recognition program based on the previous spring’s state standardized tests and demographic information. Murphy School was one of just 15 schools in the state to receive both the Academic Excellence Award and Spotlight School Award. The Academic Excellence Award recognizes schools that have sustained high performance for at least three years, and the Spotlight School Award recognizes high-poverty, high-performing schools that are beating the odds by overcoming the achievement gap. "Receiving both of these awards for two consecutive years is an honor," Principal Susan Futterer said…
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Woodridge School District 68 board will hold a hearing Feb. 4 to discuss holding classes on various holidays, such as Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and Veterans Day.
Should students and teachers be in class on holidays? The Woodridge School District 68 board is holding a hearing to discuss that option. The Board of Education will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Thomas Jefferson Junior High School, 7200 Janes Ave. in Woodridge. District 68 officials are requesting a modification of 105 ILCS 5/24-2, which states that teachers shall not be required to work on legal school holidays. The board proposes a waiver application for an "all-purpose holiday." That could mean regular class schedules and attendance, but also include parent-teacher conferences, school improvement session, teacher in-service days or teacher institutes, according to the District 68 website. The holidays the …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The Student Council at Thomas Jefferson Junior High sponsored a Giving Tree to help local families in need this holiday season.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Woodridge students received the dictionaries that were purchased from a non-profit called The Dictionary Project.
Earlier this month, Woodridge Rotary Club President Gina Cunningham-Pick and other club members distributed student dictionaries to children in Vickiela Wright’s third grade class at Meadowview Elementary School. Every third grader in Woodridge District 68 and St. Scholastica schools each received the same dictionaries. Students said they were excited to receive their “own” dictionary and had fun finding things like a sign-language chart and the longest word in the English language in their books. Woodridge Rotary is especially committed to providing needed resources for children in Woodridge. The dictionaries have been given annually to Woodridge third graders over many years. The books are purchased from The Dictionary Project in South…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Woodridge School Board Thomas Ruggio is being recognized for his efforts in continuing education and professional development.
Woodridge School District 68 has announced that Thomas Ruggio, President of the Board of Education, is now a member of the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) LeaderShop Academy. The LeaderShop Academy promotes and recognizes board members' efforts toward continuous learning and professional development. “This achievement exemplifies the lifelong learning we hope all board members model for their students and community,” says Angie Peifer, Associate Executive Director, Board Development, Illinois Association of School Boards. This award will be presented to Mr. Ruggio at the IASB DuPage Division fall dinner meeting on October 2nd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glen Ellyn. *The above was a media announcement from District 68.