DeKalb School District

Spencer Tritt

The DeKalb School Board is considering a “welcoming resolution” to undocumented students and families. Some board members strongly disagreed about whether the statement is necessary at all.

The resolution wouldn’t result in any major policy shifts from the district. It doesn’t change how student information is disclosed.

Photo by Spencer Tritt

Teachers with the DeKalb Classroom Teachers Association have been working without a contract since the start of the new school year. They just filed an intent to strike, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be one soon.

The union and DeKalb Board of Education have been negotiating since February. The most crucial issues for DeKalb teachers has been class sizes as well as the length of their contract.

Peter Medlin

Four new DeKalb school board members were elected in last month's consolidated elections. One of them, David Seymour, became the first black man elected to the board. In this week's Friday Forum, WNIJ's Peter Medlin spoke to Seymour about his election, the importance of representation, and how his faith influenced his run for office.

Victoria Lunacek

School buses are ubiquitous in northern Illinois. For parents, they're key to getting children to school, and for everyone, they're a significant presence on the road. Brian Scott is Terminal Manager for the buses at Rockford Public Schools. He says it's important for drivers to obey the stop sign that swings out when the buses are unloading children.

"If you are on a two-lane road and you are trailing a school bus or approaching a school bus, all traffic needs to stop when that stop sign comes out," he said.

Chase Cavanaugh/WNIJ

A DeKalb group based at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church held an informational meeting outlining its opposition to a DeKalb School Board decision to investigate whether some students live outside district boundaries.  

Flickr User Brent Hoard/ "ECU School of Education Class Room" (cc by 2.0)

A DeKalb-based church is cautioning local residents not to respond to private investigators believed to be working to verify the residency of students.

The DeKalb School District was sued in October for allegedly enrolling around 1,000 students who don’t live in the district.  The school board introduced a private-investigating firm at a previous meeting, but didn’t confirm the investigators would be used to verify residency. 

Joe Mitchell is Senior Pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. He worries use of private investigators may be an attempt at racial profiling.

DeKalb School Board To Discuss HVAC Solution

Oct 3, 2017

The DeKalb School Board will discuss an HVAC plan for Lincoln Elementary School at today’s meeting. 

Lincoln is the only school in the district without air conditioning, and it was closed twice in September due to extreme heat. The principal says classroom temperatures reached as high as 105 degrees. The Daily Chronicle reports the HVAC project would replace the boiler and add a chiller.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Passions ran high at a DeKalb School Board meeting Tuesday night. Residents packed the room to show their opposition to a proposal to hire a company that would check whether students really live in the district.

The DeKalb School Board voted 4-3 Tuesday night to approve a three-year contract for new superintendent Richard Craven. 


Two candidates for the DeKalb School District Board will remain on the ballot in April. 

The Daily Chronicle reports former board member Jim Mitchell challenged the petitions of candidates Tracy Williams and Jeremy Olson.  He alleged that several of Williams signatures didn't have valid addresses and that Williams' name wasn't provided as a circulator on one of the signature sheets (making them invalid).  


The DeKalb Community School District 428 board unanimously approved a contract for Bradley Hawk as interim superintendent.    

He was selected for the position after Supt. Doug Moeller was placed on administrative leave Sept. 21.  The suspension is the result of an order of protection filed by DeKalb High School Principal Michele Albano against Moeller. 

DeKalb School District Superintendent Doug Moeller was placed on paid leave Wednesday.  

The move comes two days after DeKalb High School Principal Michele Albano sought an order of protection against him by a Kane County judge. 

Albano claims Moeller became upset after she refused to go out with him, and then called her  three times on the night of September 11.  She says at the time, he was drunk.

Lincoln Elementary School was forced to close Tuesday due to hot weather.  Temperatures reached as high as 90 degrees, with a heat index ten degrees higher.

The building is the last in the DeKalb Community School District to lack air conditioning.  The Daily Chronicle reports some parents criticized the school for spending more on giving students Chromebook computers rather than upgrading building infrastructure. 


  The DeKalb Classroom Teachers' Association reached a tentative contract agreement with DeKalb CUSD 428. 

The Daily Chronicle reports Superintendent Doug Moeller announced the breakthrough in a letter to parents Saturday.  The tentative nature of the agreement means neither group is disclosing details of the contract.  However, negotiation sticking points have included the length of the workday and teacher salaries.  

The DCTA plans to vote on the measure Wednesday.  If approved the school board will hold a similar vote Thursday.  

DeKalb School District Chooses New Principal

Apr 21, 2016

DeKalb County School District 428 Board members just selected a new principal for DeKalb High School.  

 The group voted to hire Michelle Albano as the new principal.  She has around 20 years of experience in systems such as Elgin and Chicago Public Schools, mostly as an English teacher.  However, Albano has spent the majority of this year as interim principal for Bolingbrook High School, part of the Valley View district. 

DeKalb Elementary Principal Fired For Religious Gifts, Misconduct

Jun 16, 2015
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A DeKalb elementary school principal was fired Monday after the school board charged her with violating board policies regarding religious materials.

After a day-long closed meeting, the DeKalb School Board voted to dismiss Shahran Spears as principal of Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary School. Dozens of supporters showed up at district headquarters on her behalf: 20 of them were allowed one minute to speak to the board.