Zion-Benton News


Stories from the October 27, 2016 Issue

District 6
seeks credit for high school math

By Ginny Skweres
Zion-Benton News staff 

At Tuesdays Zion District 6 board meeting a long ongoing issue with the Zion-Benton Township High School was brought up. District 6 would like for their top-performing math students to be given high school credit for what they know.

This is something District 6 has wanted for a very long time and there have been many meetings about how it could be implemented. Even with the years of discussion and joint meetings, there has been little progress.

Board member Ruth Davis asked, “What is all of this articulation doing to help our kids?
Is there anything of value coming out of it?” The high school talks about placement structure, but there's no talking about if it could come to fruition, she said.

Craig Bennett, board president expressed his frustration with the situation. “It's a constant beat down on our kids and staff. We have staff working very hard,” he said.

“They want to dictate what we do. They don't even know our kids. She (ZBTHS Superintendent Dr. Chris Clark) has to recognize what she has to do in her own job,” he said.  More...

Beach Park District
3 approves four-year teacher’s contract

By Ginny Skweres
Zion-Benton News staff 

After more than nine months of negotiations, which both sides saw us constructive, the Beach Park Educators and the District 3 School Board came to an agreement on a four-year contract. The board approved the contract at the Oct. 19 board meeting, and the teachers approved it on Oct. 13.

The agreement links salary increases to the Consumer Price Index, which measures the change in prices that consumers pay. Raise percentages will vary as the CPI changes, and there will be a defined floor and ceiling to raises. Superintendent Dr. Nancy Wagner said this will help stabilize school finances.

When the CPI is between a negative amount and zero, teachers will be given a 1.5 percent raise. If the CPI is between zero and 1 percent, teachers will receive a 2.25 percent raise and if it is between1 to 2 percent, teachers will receive a 2.75 percent raise. If the CPI is 3 percent of higher, they will be given that percentage of a raise up to 4 percent.

District 3 does not have ‘steps’ on a salary schedule like most school districts. Instead teachers will receive their raise based on the defined percent of their salary, added to their current salary.

Last year the CPI was .7 percent, so raises were 2.25 percent of the individual’s salary. For comparison though, a beginning teacher this year will earn $500 more than a beginning teacher last year.


Photo of the Week

Voting early

Voters formed a steady line at Zion City Hall Monday as they flocked to the polls for the first day of early voting. Residents can vote early at any one of the 14 early voting sites regardless of where they live. Monday saw 457 people vote at City Hall. The steady stream of voters continued on Tuesday.

NorthPointe Resources

Thomas Diehn, a CLC Hospitality and Culinary Management student, works in the Prairie Restaurant kitchen, slicing for spit-roasted pork al pastor tostadas with refried pinto beans, cilantro and salsa verde.


Outdoor learning space. While working in North Prairie¹s new outdoor learning space, eighth grade students worked in groups solving problems involving theoretical probability and converting into percentages.  Group work allows students that understand concepts to help peers better understand material that is being reinforced. 


Zion Fire Battalion Chief Eric Troy took this photo of Wrigley Field from an airplane as he was returning home from a trip last Saturday night. It was 7:08 p.m. and the National League Championship game was about to begin. He did make it home to see most of the game and see the Cubbies win the Pennant.

Football Poll