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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 . . .

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Summer events

Saturday, July 2

  • Roots + Fire Water grand opening, 11 a.m. at 1941 Ridge Road in Homewood.

Monday, July 4

  • Flossmoor Volunteer Fire Department kids parade, starting at 10 a.m. at Parker Junior High, ending in downtown Flossmoor.
  • Homewood 4th of July parade, staring at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church parking lot, 17951 Dixie Highway, south to Ridge Road, then east to Izaak Walton Nature Preserve, where there will be a community picnic.

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