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Proviso West Teacher Honored By Board of Education

October 16, 2015 03:30 PM
A Proviso West High School special education teacher was honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Proviso West High School.
Mrs. Devon Harris has been designated for the Award of Recognition in the Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel education awards program. Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that she has been instrumental in making significant changes to improve the academic performance and career readiness of special education students at Proviso West.
"She connects with students on a social-emotional level and genuinely cares about their well-being,"
Mr. Hawthorne said of Mrs. Harris, who also is the sponsor of Girls Club at Proviso West and an assistant cheerleading coach. "Mrs. Harris is most deserving of the Those Who Excel Recognition Award. She brings out the best in young people embodies everything a resilient and caring teacher should be."
Mrs. Harris, along with six other District 209 educators, will be honored at the Those Who Excel awards banquet in Normal on Saturday, October 17.
Later in the meeting, Mrs. Theresa Kelly, Board president, said in her Board President’s report that the District is moving in the right direction.
She said that the switch to Board committees have allowed for "all stakeholders to have a voice," and that other programs have had success. This included the recent Parent University at Proviso East High School on October 3, for which she thanked Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209, and staff members, and this year’s summer school and credit recovery programs, for which she thanked Mrs. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for District 209.
"Let’s keep moving toward the open door of success," Mrs. Kelly said.
The Board also approved the second reading for several updates to the Board Policy Manual. Updates to the following policies were approved:
  • Board Attorney (2:160)
  • Uniform Grievance Procedure (2:260)
  • Superintendent (3:40)
  • Administrative Responsibility of the Building Principal (3:60)
  • Insufficient Fund Checks and Debt Recovery (4:45)
  • Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease (5:40)
  • Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace; Tobacco Prohibition (5:50) 
  • Copyright (5:170)
  • Family and Medical Leave (5:185)
  • Employment At-Will, Compensation, and Assignment (5:270)


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