Local Educators Get to Schmooze at Ball

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 25, 1999 | Go to article overview

Local Educators Get to Schmooze at Ball


Byline: Jamie Sotonoff

Schaumburg was represented at Gov. George Ryan's inaugural ball.

Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 board member Donna Baiocchi and Addams Junior High School teacher Mark Caliendo were among the party guests.

Baiocchi said she wasn't planning to go, but a friend of hers in Springfield managed to scrape together an extra ticket for her.

Baiocchi was in Springfield anyway that night because Ed-Red, the educational lobbying organization she heads, co-sponsored a pre-inaugural dinner.

The inaugural party was wild, Baiocchi said, with lots of laughing, schmoozing, and great people watching.

"It was an adventure," she said.

Caliendo was in Springfield that night because he is on the board of directors for the Illinois Education Association.

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Buh-bye now?: A group of about 90 parents went ballistic after being denied a chance to speak at a District 211 board meeting last week.

In the heat of the argument, one woman likened the situation to "Nazi Germany," and one man issued a warning to school board president Martha Swierczewski, and board members Mary Wroblewski and Susan Farmer, all of whom are up for re-election in April.

"It's an election year," he shouted. "Martha, Mary and Susan, buh-bye."

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Multicultural township: It's no surprise that Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 has a culturally diverse population. But it is surprising just how culturally diverse it is.

Consider this: the district arranged for a Polish, a Russian, a Korean, a Spanish, an Arabic, an Assyrian, a Gujarati, an Urdu and a Hindi translator to be available during kindergarten registration March 4.

District officials estimate that 61 languages are spoken in homes across the district, and the district's bilingual program currently serves students from 26 different language groupings.

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Save energy, make money: Palatine Township Elementary District 15 picked up a check for $43,680 from ComEd for conserving energy during peak usage periods last summer.

"This is a rarity," Superintendent John Conyers said, holding up an oversize check. …

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