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District 209 Board of Education Honors Proviso East Staff for Service

September 18, 2014 03:00 PM
The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored seven current Proviso East High School staff members, a former guidance counselor, and local police and fire departments for their service to the school at the Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, September 16, at Proviso East.

Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, commended the Maywood Fire Department for their work in putting out a fire at the school in May. The fire caused damage to classrooms and led to classes being cancelled for two days and the move of teachers and classes to other parts of the Proviso East campus for the rest of the 2013-14 school year and the first part of the current school year.

"They helped us in our time of need … to save our school," Mr. Valente said of the Maywood Fire and Police Departments.

boe-091614-2-300He also recognized Mr. L.T. Taylor, building and grounds manager at Proviso East, for his role in helping in the aftermath of the fire as well.

Also honored by the Board of Education were several staff members at Proviso East for their help in getting the school ready for the start of the school year. They were the following:
  • Paraprofessionals, Mrs. Montese Walker, Mr. Dilson Julio, Ms. Diana Johnson, and Mr. Everett Stubblefield, for their help with registration.
  • Ms. Lynne Baker, a secretary, for volunteering and assisting in the registrar’s office.
  • Mr. DeVaughn Benion, a teacher’s assistant, for helping faculty, staff, and students in the bookroom.
  • Ms. Lisa Di Silvio, a guidance counselor, for coming in before the start of school and completing students’ schedules.
The Board also honored Mr. Mark Ondracek, a former guidance counselor at Proviso East, for his help in organizing Proviso East’s first annual Sports Hall of Fame induction. Twenty-four former Proviso East greats were inducted on August 30 and September 6.

In addition, the Board recognized Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy for being named among the top high schools in the country by Newsweek magazine. According to the magazine’s rankings, PMSA ranked 230th nationally overall based on its college readiness index score. PMSA also ranked 10th among the 16 Illinois schools that made the overall top list, and 65th in the country and third among Illinois high schools, respectively, in the magazine’s "Beating the Odds" rankings, which factor in a school's college readiness ranking and its level of poverty.

Mr. Daniel Adams, president of the Board of Education, said that he was happy with the news.

"I was very pleasantly surprised, but very excited," he said. "I was very happy."

The Board later approved a contract to host the District’s graduation ceremonies for 2015, 2016, and 2017 at the UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The District hosted its graduation ceremonies at the UIC Pavilion from 2007 through 2013, but moved them to the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont in 2014.

The Class of 2015 for Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will take place at the UIC Pavilion on Saturday, May 23, 2015.


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