CALUMET CITY | Three longtime educators who are retiring this year were recognized by the Calumet City Elementary District 155 School Board on Monday.
Paula Stolk, director of special education, has worked for the district for 17 years. Karen Walski and Jean Wood, both second-grade teachers at Woodrow Wilson School, have served the district for 24 and 25 years, respectively.
Wood attended Monday's School Board meeting and was presented with a gift from the district.
"This has been my home away from home for 25 years," Wood said. "I've made many lifelong friends."
The board also accepted the resignation of James Clark, who had been a fourth-grade learning disabilities resource teacher at Wentworth Intermediate School.
In other district news:
• Students will pay 5 cents more for lunch next school year.
The cost for lunch will be $2.05 for students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School and Wentworth Intermediate School and $2.15 for Wentworth Junior High School students.
The district's contract with Preferred Meal Systems to provide the lunches also went up almost 5 cents.
• The board approved unanimously a resolution to transfer $124,805.79 from the district's education fund to its operations and maintenance fund.
Superintendent Troy Paraday said the transfer was needed in part to to cover the expense of repairing a chiller and also for tile work at Wentworth Junior High.
• The board also unanimously approved a resolution to transfer all interest earned in other district funds to its Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.
"Presently, we have about $47,675 in interest that's been generated by some of the different funds," Paraday said.
It is anticipated the total interest will be about $60,000 when the fiscal year ends June 30, Paraday said.