The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 19
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The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois · Page 19

Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
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SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 Metropolitan Chicago DAILY HKRAI.1) SKCTION 1 PAGE 19 RICK WEST/rwcsl@(lailyhcral( Today's extreme close-up from Page 3 is the windmill at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva. The windmill is listed as a National Historic Place and was rehabbed in 2003. Kenyan elder: Garb Obama wore cultural, not religious NAIROBI, Kenya — A Kenyan elder who presented Barack Obama with a traditional outfit that fueled false rumors he was Muslim says the garb was cultural, not religious — and that had President Bush visited he could have "dressed him the same." Pictures of the Democratic presidential candidate wearing the robe and turban over his Western-style clothing spread on the Internet. The gossip and news Web site The Drudge Report said the photo was circulated by the campaign of Obama rival Hillary Rodham Clinton. But Clinton aides said the campaign had never sanctioned its distribution. Obama is a member of the United Church of Christ and says he has never been a Muslim. His late father was from western Kenya, and Obama visited the country in 2006, attracting thousands of well- wishers. He was presented the white turban and wraparound white robe by a group of elders in northeastern Kenya, including Mohammed Hassan Mumin. Mumin told a Kenyan newspaper in remarks published Saturday that he had presented gifts of similar clothing to several other leaders. If Bush came, "I could have dressed him the same as Barack Obama," Mumin told Kenya's independent daily The Nation. In recent weeks, two volunteers on the Clinton campaign have had to resign after circulating e-mails falsely saying Obama was a Muslim and a Plans for third airport get revision threat to national security. Obama's grandmother has said that her late son was a Christian. Last month, Obama said his grandfather had converted to Christianity and then converted to Islam. "My father never practiced; he was basically agnostic," Obama said. On Friday, a senior Obama aide resigned after calling Clinton a "monster" who "is stooping to anything" to get elected. Both campaigns disowned their supporters' remarks. Final staff cuts set for review St. Charles superintendent looks to trim administration, boost teachers BY JOSH STOCKINGER St. Charles schools chief Don Schlomann said he will propose Monday cutting four administrative positions from District 303 's central office in an effort to trim annual costs by about $500,000. If supported by the school board, the high- paying jobs would be eliminated in two to three years instead of immediately, he said, in an attempt to avoid layoffs. Schlomann said the plan, which will be outlined at the board's regular meeting, should be the last round of cuts proposed as part of an administrative restructuring he began almost immediately upon being hired in July. He said he's trying to save precious tax dollars — and lessen the amount of administrative bureaucracy — while shifting decision- making closer to the classroom. "Every organization is looking at flattening its organizational structure," he said. In District 303, "All of us, including myself, are going to have to pick up some of these duties to get it all done." The district already spends less on administration than most districts in Illinois, according to Illinois State Board of Education data. In fact, in 2005-06, only 22 of Illinois' 874 districts dedicated a smaller percentage to administration than the St. Charles district. Schlomann wants to eliminate two "area assistant superintendent" jobs now held by John Baird and Ron Knapik, who are collectively paid about $300,000 a year. Their responsibilities of supervising principals at all 17 schools would be added to the duties of assistant superintendents in the human "There's always the fear you're going to have too much work... but I think we can get it clone. The intent here is to do our betsjob providing the most efficient service to our community and schools." Don Schlomann, St Charles superintendent resources, learning and teaching, student services and business offices. Schlomann also proposes cutting one curriculum administrator and one business administrator, saving about $200,000 a year. The superintendent said he is asking the school board for an informal sign of support so he can begin preparing for the cuts, which he hopes will happen through attrition. "My expectation is there will be some retirements and people leaving the district in that (two- to three-year) period, so I will be able to shuffle positions without laying anyone off," he said. Knapik, who already planned to retire at the end of this school year, said he has confidence in Schlomann. "I believe in what he does and his decision-making," he said. "This is one of the things that occurs with organizational change. To put a little perspective on it though, from my eyes, it looks a litde different man if I was staying here another 10 years." Asked whether he has any concerns over the proposed cuts, Knapik alluded to the additional workload some offices will experience. "We (area assistant superintendents) spend a lot of time here. We're involved in a lot of different tilings on a lot of different levels." School board President State officials have submitted updated plans to the Federal Aviation Administration for a proposed airport in Chicago's south suburbs. The new plans move the runway about 600 feet south from what was proposed earlier for the Will County location. State officials have considered several locations for the airport, which proponents have claimed will stimulate the economy. Officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation say the airport will create about 2,000 jobs in the first year. By the fifth year of operation, they claim it will generate about 9,700 jobs. The proposal is subject to reviews by the FAA, including how the runway layout will affect the air traffic system in the U.S. Isn't it exciting? The Loyola CenterYor Children's Health at OakbrookTerrace is now open! Conveniently located in the western suburbs, this state-of-the-art facility offers a full range of pediatric specialties all under one roof. It's a kid-friendly environment where your child will feel comfortable receiving advanced care. Ask your doctor about the new Loyola Center for Children's Health at Oakbrook Terrace. To make an appointment, call (877) 216-KIDS or (877) 216-5437. Visit us online at to learn more. Loyola Center for Children's 1 leallh at Oakbrook Terrace © 2008 Loyola Univei sity Healch System i*Ronald McDonald" ^Children's Hospital LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER Kathy Hewell said she thinks the board is likely to support the proposed changes. "I think board members are on board with (Schlomann's) vision," she said. "It's consistent with his stated initiative to have more resources going to the classroom, rather than the administration." Schlomann also is looking for direction on what to do with tiie district's community relations director position. It has been vacant since the district hired a consulting firm to head up communications as part of an ongoing "community engagement" process, which is expected to wrap up this fall. Schlomann said he continues to battle the perception that St. Charles District 303 is a "big district" when he sees it as more "medium sized" with less of a need for dozens of administrators. He said removing some of the ranks between the classroom and his office should make for a more "personal" system. As an example, he said more teachers will have a say in decisions involving tilings such as curriculum development. "These are the individuals who are in the classroom and know better than anyone else the impact," he said. "We're going to be more hands-on, just with fewer people." Last month, the school board approved Schlomann's recommendation to cut all 10 "instructional coordinator" jobs at East and North high schools and replace them with "master teachers." That effort drew harsh criticism from staff, who claimed it was poorly researched and short on specifics. They also complained they were unfairly left out of the decision-making. In drafting the latest round of cuts, Schlomann said he consulted several assistant superintendents, including those who stand to lose their jobs. 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