Chappell LSC OKs buy of 30 new laptops, add’l Spec Ed teacher

The Chappell Local School Council approved the purchase of 30 new laptops for the school and filed a vacancy for a special education instructor at its December 9 meeting.

Principal Joseph Peila told the LSC there was strong support among parents for more art, with 90 percent indicating support for using 90 additional class minutes for art next year.

Peila said parents were also supportive of additional time for science and dance.

Parents indicated their support through feedback on forms, Peila said.

The school will add 90 minutes to its day starting in the fall 2012 the LSC was told.

The Principal also said he had worked with teachers to identify three students in each class to receive greater attention. Increasing academic achievement in some of these students would help the school meet its Annual Yearly Progress goals he said.

Students at the school were working with designers towards upgrading the playground, the LSC learned. Students were encouraged to consider the differences in age from class to class in choosing equipment, colors and accessibility.

“We’ll be expanding the size of the playground due to the additional length of the school day,” Peila explained.

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for ChiTownDailyNews.org as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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