Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

I'm taking an early trip to Boston to see my family, and hope that you are wrapping things up and heading out soon or already on your way to wherever you're going (including staying home). Have a great next few days.  Thanks as always for reading and following and rebutting when necessary. Much appreciated!


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  • I'm thankful for lazy CPS employees who don't take the time to thoroughly check things out. Case in point, the link on Prosser Academy High School's website to say goodbye to former principal Kenneth Leon Hunter. On the link, you'll find a goodbye in Spanish, take the time to translate it to English with GOOGLE translator, you'll LOVE IT!!!


  • well done d299r

  • In reply to rbusch:

    Bob, you might want to retract those kudos. This mental midget just busted the D299 blog with their absurdly long link.

  • For the full effect, turn on your speakers and click the little sound looking icon here:


  • Man, you are proud as hell of that little prank you pulled. That is a hell of a link- is this part of the prank? You just broke the District 299 Blog.

    Let me translate this for my friends from Chad, Niger, and Nigeria:

    Koyon yadda za cikakken amfani da internet kafin ka fara zuwa lakca wasu a kan kasancewa m da ka babban m bayan gida wurin zama licker!

  • An yi farin ganin ka daga baya zuwa dubura

  • OK I admit i am not sure what happened ?
    But I do see the link is not the same as the official web page.
    If I got had well who cares, but I do not like the idea of screwing
    around under some bodies name, or changing a web site.
    I do know Prosser just got the best principal I ever worked for
    in all my 41 years of service.If that was a joke D299r you got me .

  • Hey Genius #1 and #2 :

    The extra long link wasn't a spoof and D299 isn't broken or whatever, it was the link to GOOGLE translate to see what the Spanish version actually said about Prosser's former principal.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Waxaa ka Awoowe, aad kaftan yar en Español gudbay sida biibiile hogaanka . Dhererka link in I xusuusiyay maalmood hore ee Angelfire. Can aad duub naftaada u qalasho waxay dhabarka u ah kaftan ahaa doqon ah mar hore. Waxaad u eg jag -off ah oo shahaado badan oo aad u belabor. Gidumtan ko sa ulan sa ibabaw sa imong parada, apan dili funny. Mobiya sa comedy sa mga professionals.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Instead of breaking D299, internet savvy geniuses like myself would just cut and paste the Spanish text. That link looks sketchy as hell. Simply put, as my brothers and sisters in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllantysiliogogogoch might say:

    Pam ydych chi'n cael gerbil stwffio i fyny eich rectwm. Mae hynny'n greulon ac yn ffiaidd.

  • Ok

    I did cut and paste it.worked great, So I wondered what all the fuss was about.This page was displayed over at Second City Cop,so i hope it was Legit.Buy the way d299d you are getting very close to the edge
    with your gibberish

  • Gibberish? Our goal was to out Hunter and get him canned from Prosser at any cost, including any scandalous news about him here on this blog. We succeeded, so, is this really gibberish? The CPS IG and accountability offices were informed about his questionable and unethical behavior and they did nothing. They did nothing until our posts started being read on different blogs and CPS outsiders and 'higher-ups' questioned his actions.

    If you think I'm kidding about what kind of goof Hunter is, check out the links to his involvement with the Gulen Movement, which is tied to the 'FBI-investigated' Concept Charter Schools. The second link is him playing his guitar singing the praises of Fethullah Gulen.

    Here's the posting of Hunter and the Gulen Movement coming to Chicago. It's definitely worth seeing the videos and reading the post. This post tells you of Hunter's involvement with the Gulen Movement since 2007. It's quite possible this relationship with Gulen got Hunter axed from Prosser:


    Here's Hunter strumming his banjo and singing the praises of Fethullah Gulen:


  • In reply to district299reader:

    There is a stack of Gulen books in the Teacher's Lounge at my school. Not sure how they got there.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Alexander Russo provides a valuable service for the students, staff and parents of CPS in that he provides anonymity for posters, many of whom are afraid of retaliation form central office. It was only when Russo's blog "outed " the infamous CAO Janie Ortega, did CPS do anything to stop her unethical behavior. This blog is widely read in CPS and elsewhere and I although I really admire those like Bob Busch who have the fortitude to post under their real names it is not advisable in this current climate of "let's blame the teachers for everything" etc.

    CPS tends to do "whatever they can get away with" and I really think this blog may curb some of that especially in the area of special education, class size and nepotism/vendors.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Thank you Ann. The problem with hiding is that the Board probably knows who you are anyhow.My attitude is here I am come and get me.
    I also try very hard to tell the truth,as i see it,so whats to hide?

  • Actually I was thinking of this blog you wrote:

    district299reader said 5 hours, 53 minutes ago
    In reply to district299reader:

    Waxaa ka Awoowe, aad kaftan yar en Español gudbay sida biibiile hogaanka . Dhererka link in I xusuusiyay maalmood hore ee Angelfire. Can aad duub naftaada u qalasho waxay dhabarka u ah kaftan ahaa doqon ah mar hore. Waxaad u eg jag -off ah oo shahaado badan oo aad u belabor. Gidumtan ko sa ulan sa ibabaw sa imong parada, apan dili funny. Mobiya sa comedy sa mga professionals.

  • Hell I wish i could play a musical instrument.Who cares if he has gone gulen, or if the former principal of lane became A Jesus freak.But i do know the present principal of Prosser is the real deal.God help anyone who thinks they can just drift along,I wonder what we could find on you if you had the guts to come forward instead of hiding under the a mask .I would not take credit for things over which i have no control.

  • rbusch: See, you're part of the old way of doing things. Your thinking seems to be 'Well, it's okay to use and cheat the system as everyone is doing it and people are doing much worse than me or us." That thinking is why CPS is so screwed up as too many people have using the system for the personal good and and justified their unethical behavior by saying, "It's for the children!"

    I'm glad you and others like you are gone from CPS, maybe now things can really be done for the children. People like you are enablers and sympathizers for corrupt behavior. You enable corrupt people to continue to line their own pockets and you sympathize with them as to why it's okay for them to do so. You're so full of shit you're eyes are brown. EVERY time someone is outed on this blog for their unethical behaviors you stick up for them and call out the whistleblower.

    As for the Gulen Movement, do some research on them before spewing off the cuff rants. the Gulen Movement is getting investigated across the country and their movement is on the outs in Turkey. Do your homework Mr. Librarian.

  • Well you are right .We did do things differently.we stood up and got shot down.As for being full of shit most of us are,that's why we have intestines.But at least with shit there is substance to it,while you are a fart a stinking gas without form ,An anonymous vapor able to cut right through clothing. I am very glad I am gone too.Every day for 25 years i never knew if i would get out alive.O yes it was that bad, but since you seem to roam only on the edges of the city and comment on schools far away from the madding crowd how would you know?.
    I am never going to reply to you again until you write under you own name.In parting let me say The Children you always worry about are the offspring of the students i taught in High School.

  • We all win if you don't comment anymore on anonymous posts, which are 90% of the posts on this blog. And, if you call living at Armitage and Pulaski living on the edges of Chicago, you're nuts and directional challenged along with being full of shit. I'm right in the middle of Chicago!

  • Here Bob, see how CPS is hiding bloated ADMIN salaries, including with your Mrs. Pierzchlaski and Prosser:

    One thing which needs to be investigated at Prosser is how administrative salaries are being doled out at a school which hasn't met their state standards in the last 10+ years.

    Currently, Prosser has an acting principal (Linda Pierzchlaski, retired principal at Bogan HS) who's drawing both her $126,605 (2013) pension (plus Medicare, not included) and a principal salary of $162,760 + $46,391 in benefits for a total compensation of $209,151.

    So, city of Chicago taxpayers are on the hook for $209,151 + $126,605 (her pension) = $335,756

    $335,756 compensation to one person for her salary and pension? If this isn't double dipping I don't know what is.

    Here's Pierzchalski's pension info:


    Click on "Employee Position Roster - 09-30-2014" on the link (below) and then go to line #39558, Position #116123 and you'll see nobody listed for the principal salary and benefits, but, she's the one drawing the $162,760 salary + $46,391 in benefits.


    Now, let's add in (3) Assistant Principals' salaries/benefits for the 2014-15 school year:

    Dr. Mark Schall ($109,287)
    Mrs. Patricia Harper-Reynolds ($115,658)
    Dr. Karlen Lusbourgh ($118,991)
    = $343,936

    $343K + $93,708 (total medical and pension benefits for the three APs)

    = $437,644 (salary/benefits to THREE APs at Prosser)

    $437,644 + $335,756 (Pierzchalski's total compensation)

    = $773,400 for administrative salaries and compensation at Prosser.

    During the 2013-14 school year, Prosser has 1-Principal and 2-APs.

    And, in the 2012-13 school year, Prosser had 1-Principal and 1-AP

    The new charter school (Speer Academy HS) across the street from Prosser will be run with half of the administrative salaries of Prosser.

    BTW: Did you Hunter asked for your Mrs. Pierzchlaski to be assigned as an acting principal at Prosser? And, did you know Pierzchlaski only works 3-4 day work weeks?

    And, don't get me started on how Carlos Munoz, retired principal at Amundsen is collecting his pension after getting his unused sick day payout and is currently working as an administrator in charge and drawing an administrator salary and benefits at Infinity, Math, Science, and Technology & Multicultural Arts High Schools.


    Munoz is the brother of Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd) and the son of convicted ID forger Elias Munoz.


  • In reply to district299reader:

    I don't believe this is accurate. Didn't Principal Clark leave Richards to goto MAS in May of 2013?

    I know Charles Smith is the Principal at Infinity and Munoz and Munoz are not related.

  • You are obviously not a CPS employee/LSC member or you would know that retirees can only work 100 days a year and are paid a daily flat rate w/o benefits. Look it up on the CTPF web site.

    The school budget roster has monies alotted for positions but this doesn't mean they are paid if unfilled. The principal position is unfilled. I believe principal retiress can only make $500.00 per day for a total of 100 days. It is figured at $50.00 per hour times ten hours. Retired teachers who return to CPS due to a shortage in special education are paid $300.00 per day. Retired teachers who return to CPS as a sub are paid approximately $155.00 per day. If a retiree goes over 100 days the pension is rescinded. This does not apply to other systems. We are lucky to have people who are willing to return to CPS.


  • Annie

    Thank you for a rational explanation.

  • So, if Hunter is retired, why hasn't CPS named a 'non-retiree' principal to replace him?

    You're still looking at close to $660,000 in compensation for an acting 'retiree' principal + 3 APs.

    It would make sense to hire one of the Prosser APs as principal and go with only two APs, not three. This would save taxpayers $50,000 + medical benefits for the retired principal's compensation and somewhere in the neighborhood of $75,000.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    School based budgeting allows the principal to hire as many aps as they want.

  • Because there is a principal shortage and it will be getting worse in the next couple of years. If you have a listed principal in your building, hold on! Schools are poaching from other schools.

  • Shortage? CPS will just promote every 30 year-old twit with a type 75 and a hatred of the classroom to administration. TFAers and 3 year AUSL vets alike.

  • Let's this straight......retired principals can collect their pensions after cashing in their unused sick days for a 'one-time' payout, use their sick day payout amount to enhance their yearly pensions, and then come back work 10 days/year for $500/day as an acting principal, mentoring principal, or administrator in charge?

    And, let's not forget about the retired teachers/counselors who can make $158.24/day to be a substitute teacher/security guard/clerk/aide/etc. and retired SPED teachers who can make $300/day for 100 days after collecting their pensions.

    Where's Dave Savini, Sun-Times and the BGA at to report on this double-dipping, especially after the 'unused sick day' black eye for CPS (see below links)?

    BGA: http://www.bettergov.org/ill-gotten_gains_at_cps_unused_sick_days_pay_off/

    Sun-Times: http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/10648321-418/cps-to-revamp-sick-day-policy.html#.VHsUKGctC1s

    CBS2 & Dave Savini: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/02/02/2-investigators-big-sick-vacation-payouts-for-former-cps-employees/

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Are you totally inept or just bereft of reading comprehension skills specifically inferential? CPS is short of subs-administrative and teaching...a retired teacher cannot be a retired clerk or security guard!
    Anyone can retire from any job and get employed elsewhere.
    The private schools have hired many retired teachers and administrators from CPS and suburban systems. Some teachers retire to other states and are hired by those school systems. This is America and people are allowed to retire and start businesses, work at Target, OR continue in a education related field.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I've seen retired teachers walk out one door after retiring and walk in another door to get rehired to a Teacher Assistant II position. And, what kind of jobs do TAs do? Attedance office (Clerking) and sitting by metal detectors & handing out tardies (security).

    What's this called? It's called 'double-dipping'.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I've never haeard of this and really doubt the veracity of your claim.

    Why would a teacher retire and take a job at one third of a teachers' salary?

    If this is true then why havent any retired administrators come back as teachers?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Retired principals working as vendors or consultants is common. It is not unusual for former teachers to return to schools as vendors or consultants as well. They may do the duties of an attendance clerk, but in actuality they are working as a consultant.

  • ....it should read to come back to work 100 days/year for $500/day as an acting principal.

  • And, it's comments like that which highlight why there is a shortage. I hope you enjoy your "social" principal promotes, and they are of all ages by the way, which has been obvious for at least 30 years in CPS.

  • So, you're saying the retired principal offer what? Aren't they the ones that made the CPS system one of the worst in the nation. Okay, let's bring them back, give them more money, and let them continue to run the system into the ground. This would be like bringing back one of the Cubs old managers and let him fail again.

    Many retired principals have experience alright. experience in the highest number of dropouts and a low graduation rate in the nation. I say bring me a newbie as a principal, at least they may be successful and let's not give retirees another shot at failing.

  • Frank Cassello, a Prosser drafting teacher retired after 38 years in 2006 after making $111,393. Cassello then was hired at Prosser as a Toolroom Operator for $29,745 and worked full-time and not just 100 days. He found some loophole where he could get hired as non-certified staff member and thus could work full-time with medical benefits. He was residing in Burbank, IL when he retired and continued to live there after he was rehired as a Tool room operator, then he became a TA II. CPS said since there wasn't over a year in lapse time from when he retired to when he was hired in a new position that he could still reside outside Chicago. Cassello's nickname is 'The Mayor' for the way he manipulated the system and used his 'know how', including getting his daughter Jaclyn a job as a teacher at Prosser.

    What did Cassello do? He came in at 7:00 am, drank his coffee and read the paper until students started coming. He would supervise (BS with people) security checking students at the metal detectors and then he would handout tardies after 8:00 a.m.to students after the bell. Once that was over, he hung out in the principal's office until 10 a.m. Next, he would take an hour and a half lunch and come back to Prosser around 11:30 a.m..

    From 11:30 am until 1:30 P.M., he would hangout in the assistant principal's office and then the bookroom. And, then from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., he would hangout in the principal's office and swipe out/go home at 2:30 p.m. after getting his 6 1/2 hours in.

    'The Mayor' is so good at what he does, he found a way for his salary as a TA II to no longer be listed on any CPS Position Files, BGA website, or the 'Open the Books' website. He's now paid off Prosser's discretionary funds, which doesn't have to be made public.

    How do I know all this? I worked security at Prosser for 5 1/2 years and watched his nonsense on a daily basis.

  • This info. will prove Frank Cassello retired in 2006 and continued to work full-time as 'Toolkeeper' and "Teacher Assistant II" at Prosser. It'll also prove he was receiving his pension as a retired CPS teacher:



    PAGE 285, #16 DOWN (02-01-2009)

    Teacher Assistant II
    PAGE 219, 28TH OR SO DOWN (11-15-2010)

  • Also, Cassello wasn't part of the CTU when he worked the toolkeeper and TA II jobs. Thus, taking money away from union workers.

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