Sunday, December 2, 2012
Do you think that the salary perks former Lake Forest superintendent Harry Griffith received were over-the-top? Or were they completely acceptable? Weigh in here!
A Chicago Tribune article published last weekend reflected on spending by the Lake Forest school board on former superintendent Harry Griffith, especially concerning the issues of large travel expenses, forgiveness of a $75,000 loan to purchase a house and his school-paid-for car being given to him upon his retirement. But how do you feel? Do you think the perks justified, or completely ridiculous? Add your opinion to our poll here!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
District 67 School Board President Julia Wold and Lake Forest High School Board President Sharon Golan respond to the recent 'Chicago Tribune' article on Lake Forest schools.
A Chicago Tribune article published last weekend reflected on questionable spending by the Lake Forest school board on former superintendent Harry Griffith, especially concerning forgiveness of a $75,000 loan to purchase a house, large travel expenses and his school-paid-for car being given to him after he retired. Lake Forest School Board Presidents — Julia Wold of District 67 and Sharon Golan of District 115 — have offered their responses to the article through a joint statement. “The Tribune article lacked comparative data from other school districts regarding compensation, retirement benefits, travel expenses, etc," Golan said in a statement released Monday. "For the past two decades countless financial reports and independent audits …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The 'Chicago Tribune' investigates spending during Harry Griffith's time as superintendent.
The Chicago Tribune reported this weekend on the questionable spending practices implemented by the Lake Forest's District 67 and District 115 school boards. While overseeing the two districts, which share administrators, former superintendent Harry Griffith was among the highest paid public school administrators in the state, with a salary of $362,000 in the 2011-12 school year alone, the Tribune reports. Besides his salary, he also reaped numerous other benefits – the school boards forgave him a $75,000 loan to buy a house, he traveled twice yearly to an educators conference at a resort in California, the district provided a car – as well as gas and maintenance – which they let him keep upon retirement. The Chicago Tribune also reported …
Sunday, May 20, 2012
The community is invited to a reception for Dr. Harry Griffith.
Lake Forest School Districts 67 and 115 invite community members to attend a reception for retiring Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Harry Griffith, from 4-6 p.m. May 21 at Lake Forest High School in the Commons area, 1285 N. McKinley Road, in Lake Forest.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sends letter to board asking Griffith to be fired; posts online petition for others to join him.
A Lake Forest resident remains vigilant in finding School District 67 Superintendent Harry Griffith culpable over the handling of former Deer Path Middle School Principal John Steinert. Steinert resigned shortly after new information in a Nov. 16 Chicago Tribune article detailed his 2009 conviction for misdemeanor harassment by electronic communication for sexually explicit text messages, voice mails and a lewd photo from his school district-issued cell phone to a 22-year-old Lake Forest College student, who was an intern with the Lake Forest Police Department working at Deer Path. On March 6, Lake Forest resident Michael Beacham e-mailed a copy of a letter sent to District 67 Board of Education president Julia Wold asking that Griffith…
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Creates electronic petition seeking signatures.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
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Thursday, March 1, 2012
Lake Forest residents took to the mic Tuesday night and raised questions about the 2009 handling of a criminally convicted principal.
After months of stringent investigation into School District 67's handling of former Deer Path Middle School Principal John Steinert, several concerned Lake Forest residents asked the attorney in charge of the investigation questions of their own. Before a full room Tuesday night at the district headquarters, attorney Ronald Safer gave his summary of an eight-page report detailing what transpired between the board and Steinert after his arrest and subsequent conviction. “I did what you asked at the inception of the assignment,” Safer said to the public, before the close of the Q&A. “The (board's) investigation was not thorough; there was no misconduct. ...” Lake Forest resident Deborah Dent, who accused Superintendent Harry Griffith of “…
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Board sought to dismiss Steinert after 2009 arrest, but superintendent asked them to reconsider.
An independent investigator hired by School District 67 told Superintendent Harry Griffith that he did not conduct a thorough investigation into the case of former Deer Path Middle School principal John Steinert at Tuesday night’s board meeting in Lake Forest. Before a full room at the district headquarters, attorney Ronald Safer also said the District 67 Board of Education did not direct Griffith to do more after Steinert was arrested for sending sexual and lewd text messages and emails in January 2009. The handling of the Steinert case eventually led to full disclosure in a Nov. 16, 2011 Chicago Tribune article that detailed his conviction for misdemeanor harassment by electronic communication for sexually explicit text messages, voice…
Monday, June 27, 2011
Event unites cancer survivors, youngsters, teens, and others Saturday night until Sunday morning at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.
Cancer survivors, youngsters, teens, fund-raisers, and others spent the night walking and sharing stories at the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Relay for Life held Saturday night until Sunday morning outside at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital's parking lot. The event included opening remarks from School District 115 and 67 Superintendent Harry Griffith, who was the relay's honorary survivor. Lake Bluff resident Joe McCue helped carry the banner to start the survivor's walk. Abbott's GPO was the top fund-raising team with more than $48,000. The combination of 22 teams and individual contributions helped raise more than $115,000 to the American Cancer Society, according to Alicia Wren, income development representative at the American Cancer …
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Lake Forest superintendent tapped as honorary survivor for Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Relay for Life.
Harry Griffith took one look at his family history and figured if there were going to be health issues, it would be with his heart. His father suffered numerous heart attacks before succumbing to one. Up and down his family tree, the same is true for others. Two years ago, family history took on a whole new meaning. When Griffith found out he had prostate cancer in the spring of 2009, his younger brother Tom was hearing the same news. “Heart attacks have always been a part of my family,” said Griffith, who has five brothers and sisters. “I wasn’t aware of anyone in the family who had cancer. For my brother and I to get it at the same time was a shock.” Griffith, who serves as superintendent for both School Districts 115 and 67 in Lake …