The best tool for surviving times of trouble and disruption? Empathy

The Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education followed through on a plan to reduce the educational support staff by seven positions as its schools have remained closed to large-scale in-person learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The school board voted 6-0 on Monday, Dec. 14, to honorably dismiss two in-house bus drivers and five custodians 30 days following the action. Officials have said they have struggled to find work for those positions when students are not in session.

Board member Stephen Paredes was absent when the vote was taken but . . .

Winter events



  • Nanny Nikki holiday music program at Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling Ave., at 11 a.m.
  • You Matter 2 Winter Wonderland from noon to 4 p.m. at Flossmoor Community Church, 2218 Hutchison Road. Holiday fun and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets are $5 to $10 at bit.ly/3VLh2m4.
  • Miracle on Martin in downtown Homewood, 3 to 6 p.m. Ice sculpture walk, horse-drawn carriage rides, s’mores and more.



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