D97 iPads theft still under investigation

47 devices removed from administration building over the summer

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By Jean Lotus


Oak Park Elementary School District 97 is still working with Oak Park police to investigate the summertime theft of 47 brand new iPad mini tablets from the D97 administration building, said Director of Policy, Planning and Communications Chris Jasculca.

The devices-- still in their boxes-- were removed from a second floor room used to store the district's computer servers, Jasculca said. The room is left open daily and staff enter and exit freely, he said. The equipment was not secured or locked in any kind of equipment closet, he said.

The theft took place sometime between June 25-Aug. 29, according to police. The devices had not been "imaged" or formatted, Jasculca said, so the district was not able to activate the built-in GPS locators on the tablets to help find their locations. Estimated loss was $14,523, he said.

 "We're fairly confident this loss is covered by insurance," Jasculca said. "The devices will all be replaced."

The devices were purchased with federal Title 1 funds and designated to be used by teachers and students participating in the Title 1 program, which serves low-income children.

These tablets were not intended for the 1:1 technology initiative approved by the D97 school board Aug. 20.

"We haven't ordered that equipment yet," Jasculca said.

The district was "incredibly dismayed and disappointed that someone made the conscious decision to put their own needs ahead of those of our students," a statement from the district said.

"We will not let [the theft] derail the comprehensive technology plan we put in place three years ago to ensure that our students have access to the resources that will help them learn, grown and achieve," the statement said.

As a result of the theft, the staff overhauled some of the protocols and procedures for storing and keeping track of equipment, the statement said.

Jasculca said the district still plans to roll out the 1:1 iPad technology initiative for students in D97 after the turn of the year. The program was delayed so the district could analyze community feedback concerning the risk of theft and damage of the tablets if they were issued to students to take home.

"We need to consider students' safety walking to and from school, and also cover the insurance aspects if the tablets are lost or damaged or destroyed," Jasculca said. "We have listened to feedback from the community regarding the children taking the devices home."

Although Oak Park police have been assisting with the investigation since Sept. 5, the incident was officially declared a theft in early October. Local news sources were not alerted to the theft because the daily media summary for Oct. 4 was inadvertently not sent, said Oak Park Commander LaDon Reynolds. 

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Amy Williams  

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 12:26 PM

I now have 18 x 24 NO D97 BLDG HERE yard signs if anyone would like one for their front yard - message me at poetgirl67@comcast.net and I can deliver to your home. Cost is $6.66 each if you are able to reimburse. We only have a few days left to spread the word about the 12/14 community forum...

The nerve! from Oak Park  

Posted: November 26th, 2013 1:19 PM

Check the emails from the admin folks after this theft was discovered....going after the teachers for "security breaches" of the pads....the best defense is an outrageous offense.


Posted: November 19th, 2013 2:55 PM

Henry-US News ranks OPRF 25th in the state, which wouldn't be too bad if the 24 higher schools weren't all in the Chicago area, which actually makes us 25th in the area. Sun Times says we're 39th. Schooldigger says 72nd, which is unfortunate since it's used a lot by prospective home buyers. None of these numbers are as dazzling as your post implies. By the way, US News also says we're 581st nationally. Not too bad, but hardly the kind of number realtors put on pamphlets.

Resident 893  

Posted: November 19th, 2013 1:59 PM

I'm not an administrator or district employee. I am a parent whose child has had both experienced and less experienced teachers. I volunteer in the classrooms and see how willing and eager the good young teachers are to try new things and to innovate in their classrooms. I've also seen how good collaborations between young and more experienced teachers have benefited my kids. So, no, cleaning house is not the answer, but neither is getting stuck in familiar patterns and routines.

OP Transplant  

Posted: November 19th, 2013 1:51 PM

893 - A lot of administrator-speak to justify the hiring of inexperienced professionals over experienced ones. But maybe you're right. Inexperienced teachers are so much better that we should clean house every few years and hire all new ones. Or are they, maybe, not that much better?

Resident 893  

Posted: November 19th, 2013 1:33 PM

Younger, inexperienced teachers are not hired by the district because they're cheaper. These teachers know how to innovate using technology, offer new ideas and creativity to lessons, are more familiar with common core standards, and are energetic and eager about the challenges they face. When they are paired with experienced teachers, both new and old teachers can learn a lot from each other.

Henry from Oak Park  

Posted: November 19th, 2013 11:38 AM

"Mired in mediocrity"? The high school is 4th %-ile on US News rankings, the elementary schools are averaging 11th %-ile and all of this with a student body as economically and ethnically diverse as the UN? I'm DELIGHTED to send my kids to these schools in this town. And, yeah, the iPad thing should cost someone a job.

OP Transplant  

Posted: November 19th, 2013 8:59 AM

Clueless - OP's schools were once very highly regarded, from K through 12. They're now mired in mediocrity, despite one of the highest real estate tax rates in the state. Administrators throw our money at unproven products, then hire only the least-experienced teachers, because they're cheaper. The current fix-it-quick plan calls for providing every kid with an expensive piece of consumer technology which even D97's own admin staff found impossible to secure (in their own headquarters.)

Clueless Oak Parker  

Posted: November 18th, 2013 7:14 PM

I dunno why we're sending kids to school at all. Let them play with cardboard boxes. Teachers! Computers! Air conditioners! Bah.

OP Transplant  

Posted: November 18th, 2013 6:49 PM

It's teaching kids to be consumers of iPads, which is good for Apple if for no one else. The problem is, my nieces and nephews could all use their parents' iPad by the time they were toddlers, so I'm not sure they will need further instruction in school. I think we're leveling the playing field so less fortunate kids can still play with the same toys. Isn't that the purpose of public education?

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: November 18th, 2013 6:40 PM

@Clancy, what are computers teaching students that teachers can't teach, and if teachers can't teach what computers teach then get rid of the teachers and buy more computers.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: November 18th, 2013 6:36 PM

Jeanine Pedersen how does anyone know if that is your real name just because you say it is. Anyone can open a facebook account and you can use any name you want.

Point of Order  

Posted: November 18th, 2013 2:58 PM

@Mad too, I am fairly certain there is a course on that stuff in the middle schools now. New this year. Can't say for sure as my kid could not get into the class.

Mad too  

Posted: November 18th, 2013 2:08 PM

Once again, folks here and the D97 administration are confusing using technology with making technology. No is ever going to hire your kid because they know how to work an iPad! On the elementary level at least, D97 has ZERO programming classes and offers nothing that will actually teach kids how to code, build, or create tech. The best preparation for tech jobs is excellent math education, which D97 has all but given up on at this point.

Amy Williams from Oak Park  

Posted: November 18th, 2013 1:21 PM

There is a D97 Board Meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 7pm -- it would be great if as many people as possible could attend


Posted: November 18th, 2013 10:44 AM

As someone who has knowledge of the first technology projects in the district 6 years ago, I can tell you there is significant pressure to ensure no one moves too quickly (lets make sure everyone is avergae - and no one excels) The blended learning model with heavyt training and development is an excellent start. Once proven then try distance learnings, one to one etc. This is all meaningless tribble (mine as well) as the board will ignore any comments.


Posted: November 18th, 2013 10:05 AM

The idea that "cutting edge schools" are eschewing technology is dubious. It may work for a few, but the trend overall is towards putting more computers in more classrooms. Not every child is getting tech at home and they need to be exposed because that's the world they're going to live in, get jobs in, and they need to know. D97 going backwards would be a major mistake.


Posted: November 18th, 2013 9:53 AM

I've posted this before, and now again. Cutting edge schools are "eschewing" technology altogether. D97 wants to make a real change would be to revert to the basic skills a child needs to develop critical thinking skills. On the upside, D97 would not be chasing technology and thefts would drop. We all know kids are plugged in at home so they'll have plenty of screen time. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/technology/at-waldorf-school-in-silicon-valley-technology-can-wait.html?_r=0


Posted: November 18th, 2013 7:01 AM

@ jeanie - really? You are more concerned about the tone and tenor of emails? he is helpful? Well as those of us who have run billion dollar coporations know, you dont get paid for efforts - you get paid for results.. and OP results are not cutting it.


Posted: November 18th, 2013 6:32 AM

Also, stop getting your undies in a bunch over $110k. Top undergrads make $110k and top b school/jd make $300k in 2013. $110,000 is not a big salaray relatve to what they could earn in private sector. ... which the relevant comparison.


Posted: November 18th, 2013 6:06 AM

PLease don't lose the forest for the trees. Chris is somewhat irrelevant - what is relevant is the overall strategy to drive improvement vis a vie technology and the people, processes and infrstructure changes required to execute. OP education is at a critical crossroads and wwe should support board. Lets face it, thanksless job, not doing particually well - easy for us to thros stones - lets hope they can have enought confidence/intelligence to listen/understand to thruth and take action.


Posted: November 17th, 2013 9:25 PM

Go ahead Jeanine. Cite your averages,. It is not about Chris. He has always been helpful, contributing here on these pages. It's a large salary for the role. D97 should not be paying top dollar corporate salaries for small scope roles. Get real.

Jeanine Pedersen from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 17th, 2013 8:50 PM

The average pay without benefits for a PR Director is close to $118,000. If anything Mr. Jasculca is underpaid. Why are people who are unwilling to post under their real names so willing to take pot shots at a public servant who has a rotten job being a spokesperson for a board that no one is happy with? How about the fact that the current board members ran unopposed because no one is willing to run. It's super easy to throw rocks, it's not so easy to show up to meetings and voice your opinion. Few people can be bothered to attend D97 Board meetings, let alone run for the board. Lay off Mr. Jasculca or have the spine to post under your own name.


Posted: November 16th, 2013 9:55 PM

Ok, maybe I have overrated the value of Chris' ability to do his job politely. But then again, compared to what I've gotten from some (not all) other members of the staff, administration and board, his ability to do what he's supposed to do without treating the public as the enemy stands out. Maybe we need to raise more than reading standards.


Posted: November 15th, 2013 8:42 PM

y do kids even need an ipad? This is a Joke. The kids should be learning history and math, not angrybirds and memes.


Posted: November 15th, 2013 5:06 PM

@ just. glad you are so clever. Perhaps you can focus a little and recall that ipads and salaries are relative to value created. If I am an exec and double stock price I am a bargain, if stock tanks, I am overpaid. _ the same is true for OP97, no one feels like the dollars spent are worth it. I am sure we coulde regress salaraies with scores (or other variable) but it will just confirmwhat we know. OP97 is not functioning well or serving kids

@Just the facts  

Posted: November 15th, 2013 4:49 PM

Because the D97 Bd and Roberts have been soooo great and easy to work with in their capacity of spending OUR money - i.e., "the children" soooo much NEED a multi-million dollar Admin Bldg/Fast Forward/I-Pads (if any remain), etc - perhaps, instead, you and they can pay me that measly $5.60 x 20,000 that they pay others to speak in their behalf? Any one else? Bueller, Bueller.....? Illinois, so much overflowing with new Lincolns!!!

Just the facts  

Posted: November 15th, 2013 4:19 PM

However, Mad Too and others, if you really believe your taxpayer dollars are being wasted on this position, raise the issue with Roberts and the board. Or, better yet, if we cut the total population of Oak Park by more than half and say 20,000 people pay taxes, each of you can go to the district and request the $5.60 your individual tax dollars go to pay his annual salary and benefits. I'm sure they'll gladly cut you a check.

Just the facts  

Posted: November 15th, 2013 4:13 PM

But, of course, everyone on this thread is probably too busy trying to come up with the next clever retort or witty response about Jasculca, Fast ForWord, new buildings, etc. to focus on the issue at hand.

Just the facts  

Posted: November 15th, 2013 4:07 PM

I'm also not quite sure how or why an article about the theft of iPads has become a personal and professional attack on a single employee who was asked by the newspaper to comment on the situation. Guess that's the Oak Park way.

Just the facts  

Posted: November 15th, 2013 4:02 PM

Mad too - if you're going to take pot shots, at least have your facts straight. Once you factor in benefits, which is where the $112,000 figure comes from, he makes less than every principal in District 97.

Chris Williams from Oak Park  

Posted: November 15th, 2013 3:22 PM

I would be happy to treat everyone with respect and get documents to people promptly - for $112,000 a year!

Mad too  

Posted: November 15th, 2013 2:33 PM

Parent, do you think Mr. Jasculca should earn as much as if not more than every D97 school principal? Why do we need to pay our school spokespeople as much as our very top educators? Our school secretary also makes copies and manages a million other tasks, is helpful to everyone, and she makes around 30K. I also like her very much as a person, but if my tax dollars were paying her over 100K I would question whether that was money well spent.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: November 15th, 2013 1:09 PM

Parent, you are correct for supporting Chris Jasculca, Director of Policy, Planning and Communications, earning 112 thousand dollars for knowing how to make copies of board recordings and locate documents without giving people the run around.

bjlanning from Oak Park  

Posted: November 15th, 2013 1:03 PM

Here is the consultant's report outlining the problems and repair costs for the D97 administration building http://bit.ly/1dzAcjU AC and accessibility reports at http://bit.ly/1dzBjjq

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: November 15th, 2013 1:01 PM

OP resident, there's nothing wrong with building a new building. It will help make their work a lot easier and their performance will increase and that means the children will have a better opportunity to make their parents proud.


Posted: November 15th, 2013 12:58 PM

While I agree that all D97 salaries/vacation days are worth looking at, I disagree with taking pot shots at Chris Jasculca. He is the spokesperson, not the one who comes up with the craziness. And, to his credit, in my experience he treats everyone with respect - even when they are disagreeing with the District. And no run around when you want to locate documents, get copies of board recordings etc.

OP resident  

Posted: November 15th, 2013 12:50 PM

The obvious solution to the iPad theft is . . . . A NEW BUILDING! I'm sure that, if they only had a new, better, bigger, more expensive, state of the art administration building, it would include a special iPad security room. Of course, that would mean the staff would have to put the iPads into the room and that would probably be asking too much - unless we give them a big pay raise to go with the building.


Posted: November 14th, 2013 11:40 PM

Wow - I tried VERY hard to get OP voters to reject the D97 referendum on the basis of "they have tons of money already" and that "their ed plans are derived from throwing mud against the wall!" I understand the emotional "it's for the children!" argument - it's always what schools say when they want more money. HOWEVER, even I am stunned that they are actively pursuing a new Adm bldg - is this also "for the children"? At least I succeeded in getting the village screaming about the OPRF surplus!

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: November 14th, 2013 6:47 PM

Amy Williams, I agree with you. The people should have the right to make decisions by voting on projects. The board can bring up all the projects they want but they aren't going to happen unless people vote on it.

Oak parked from Oak Park  

Posted: November 14th, 2013 1:19 PM

I agree with all the previous comments. We don't have anyone in school anymore, but I am appaled reading the comments about the lack of quality time and goals for the students, since we too are paying high taxes for the schools. An aside: I like and use a tablet and they are part of the future. In this situation, it seems like the definition of "common sense" ought to be Googled by D97.


Posted: November 14th, 2013 12:12 PM

Hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. I knew this was going to happen as soon as they announced the program.


Posted: November 14th, 2013 11:56 AM

High salaries are no surprise. Who gets 33 days vacation at 38 Years old. do we need this position at this salary? Sounds like 2 music teachers (at least before they get tenured and the master degree bump at 24). seriously our compensation scale is out of whack. The "we need to keep competitive" means something when we ARE competitive. Money flowed like water in 2000's and we had 5 and 8 percent annual raises year after year. That's how we get here. Stop already.

Amy Williams  

Posted: November 14th, 2013 11:11 AM

Wow, Chris Jasculca is very well paid for all his ineptitude. We have him to thank for the insulting, cavalier quotes in this article, as well as claiming on 9/13 "While we do consider this project to be among our priorities, there is no plan in place to build a new facility on the parking lot at Village Hall." when wks later we're now in a 75-day exploration period for this exact project. He's a master of semantics. Pay these people what their jobs are worth on the open market, not in lala land

A. Parent  

Posted: November 14th, 2013 11:09 AM

I just read the Trib article. What buffoons we have working at district 97. Lack of storage security is outrageous, unconscionable. Hasn't there ever been thefts of personal property from offices and cubicles in the building? Common sense says store valuable electronics in a locked vault with limited access. Two stairways to the tech storage area and the floor is open to the public! Some heads should roll...let's start with Roberts'.


Posted: November 14th, 2013 10:50 AM

Planning and Communication (Chris Jasculca) receives total compensation of $112, 070, plus 33 days PTO. (http://www.op97.org/hr/documents/AdditionalCompensationReport.pdf) D200's Director of Communications and Community Relations (KarIn Sullivan) receives $103,955 and 30 days PTO. http://www.oprfhs.org/human-resources/documents/3SalaryAndBenefitsData-2014Web.pdf No wonder they value money differently than most taxpayers do.

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: November 14th, 2013 10:42 AM

And the reason we have all these technological wonders in eduaction is because we are funding the schools through our taxes at an extremely high level. There is a lot of money that needs to be spent - and it has to be spent. Government accounting is based on the idea that if you don't spend it all, you must not need it all. Therefore, we must be constantly reminded that "we don't have enough money". No politician or trustee wants to tell their constituency "we've got enough money, thank you".

Such shame  

Posted: November 14th, 2013 10:19 AM

And you will never see the WJ honestly report the failure that is the Oak Park school system. The paper is essentially real estate boosterism, which goes hand in hand with school boosterism. When young city families find out, and when we all wake up and realize that we are paying taxes for nothing, guess what happens to our property values.


Posted: November 14th, 2013 10:15 AM

The issue is progressive intellectualism which asks "what if? and why? has been replaced with group think/social climbers - anyone who challenges the group is pushed outside the bubble. While this helps the people in the bubble feel better about themselves, it does little for great good. Tough, honest discussion needs to occur - not a popluarity contest where board members are afraid of upsetting the powers that be... it is OP long term interest. OP was a powerhouse of education - now what?

Such shame  

Posted: November 14th, 2013 10:09 AM

Talk to any OPRF science or math teacher and ask how well D97 students are prepared for college prep work. They aren't. See how many of the record low # of Natl merit scholars came from RF vs OP. Did kids suddenly get dumb, or is the virus this terrible administration and its embrace of radical shiny tech over proven teaching methods. D97 is failing our smart kids, our struggling kids, and who cares about the kids in the middle. What a waste of money and lives.

Amy Williams  

Posted: November 14th, 2013 9:29 AM

With all due respect @Q, I think you are oversimplifying a bit. I vote, go to D97 & VOP board meetings, read the minutes, and stay as informed as possible and I know I am not alone. But we can do all that and this ineptitude still happens b/c we don't get to vote on everything that happens & leaders we thought were good can over-promise, mislead, make mistakes, not take their responsibilities seriously & then have the autonomy to make some decisions we cannot control. It sucks!


Posted: November 14th, 2013 9:23 AM

We need strong leadership that will make the tough decisions. Lets be honest, the middle schools are terrible. 30-35 kids in class, teachers unaware or indifferent to student's ability, kids push ed thru with all F's. There needs to be real tough discussion and ipads are not going to matter... systemic issues.

Chris Williams from Oak Park  

Posted: November 14th, 2013 9:12 AM

Epic fail by this newspaper and by D97. The OP "press" needs to really dig into this - why is there no accountability for this incompetence? D97 puts out a statement that they regret that someone decided to steal from them? What? How did it happen? Obviously no one even thought about security. And these people want to build a new building for themselves?

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: November 14th, 2013 8:42 AM

I hope D97 or the original supplier of the Ipads has the serial numbers at hand so the Police can enter the serial numbers into the LEADS/NCIC computer system as stolen.


Posted: November 14th, 2013 8:39 AM

Kill the middle school initiative and go back to grade schools. The middle school approach is a failure. Get back to reading, writing, and math and kill all the social engineering bologna.


Posted: November 14th, 2013 8:31 AM

I love how the time of theft was narrowed down to basically the summer. These highly expensive items were left in a room unattended and apparently insufficiently secured.


Posted: November 14th, 2013 8:15 AM

STOP looking at trees and consider the forest (is burning). The cost of the ipads is irrelevant if the district can develop the people, processes and infrstructure to drive growth and innovation. There is little evidence that has occured. Further, if you read the trib there have been several not favorable reports on OP schools. Thelack of comfort around ipads is driven in part by lack of cohesive strategy. CATO was a big driver and the Board .....

Lisa from Oak Park  

Posted: November 14th, 2013 5:57 AM

This is exactly why I didn't support this decision. The village needs to stop making quick moranic decisions without thinking through the process, which includes the "realities of life". Once the iPads are disbursed to the 5th graders, and your child gets mugged on the corner, who is responsible for that loss? Another poor decision made by District97, stop plz. Stick with real educational tools, I've never heard of cases of books being stolen from a school building, have you? I thought not

Q from Oak Park   

Posted: November 14th, 2013 12:14 AM

Everyone complaining about the ipads and blaming D97 should be responsible and vote.

Amy Williams from Oak Park, IL  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 10:02 PM

The last I checked, these people are supposed to work for the people of Oak Park as responsible stewards of our resources. The cavalier attitude of "we're fairly confident this loss is covered..." is insulting to the tax payers of Oak Park. Has anyone thought if this might increase the cost of the insurance coverage, which we get stuck paying? This should become a criminal investigation at this point. If a D97 employee is the thief, that is even more insulting to Oak Parkers.

OP mom from Oak park  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 8:36 PM

Fast Forward! Are most OP tax payers away of this madness?? Few kids benefit from it, the teachers in D97 are not proponents and it's costing us a fortune. Dr. Roberts has way too much power in this school district money pit!

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 8:30 PM

Can we get face palm emoticons, pretty please?

OP mom from oak Park  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 8:28 PM

"fairly confident that the loss is covered by insurance"? What??? This happened months ago- how would they not yet know if insurance will cover the theft. And how would these expensive devices be left unsecured for a period of months? Unreal!

shocked taxpayer from oak park  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 8:27 PM

The spokespeople for our schools are out of their minds. On the one hand you have d200s Karen Sullivan saying with a straight face, of course we had to charge the library $5000 (!!!!) to watch some old used books for a fundraiser, then d97's jasculca saying here, NBD we have insurance, it was just for the poor kids who cares. Fire everyone and start over. How much are we paying these jokers?


Posted: November 13th, 2013 8:14 PM

I just looked it up and only a single board member voted against the iPad purchase. Mr. O'connor please run again. Others, please let's run and stop these rubber stamping zombies before they ruin our schools completely.


Posted: November 13th, 2013 7:40 PM

Not sure which is worse, their lack of competence in securing the iPads or the breezy "we're fairly confident this loss is covered by insurance" response.

Pete Rhiner from Oak Park  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 7:35 PM

Completely unacceptable. This is outrageous. Why are these harlequins employed? And nobody will do anything, because nobody cares.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 6:34 PM

dystOPia, If district 97 could come up with the idea of giving kids some Ipads because the old traditional way of learning is useless, and they did all that thinking in a worn out building, think how many new ideas will come out of their butts with a new building.

dystOPia from OP  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 5:59 PM

The article states that "The district was incredibly dismayed and disappointed that someone made the conscious decision to put their own needs ahead of those of our students." Is this not exactly what the D97 administration is doing by pursuing a new administration building while the schools have no air conditioning? The more I think about, is any administration building even necessary?

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 4:46 PM

The school board isn't to blame for anything they do. You are the one to be blamed because you accept what they do.

Mad Too  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 4:45 PM

@ridiculous: we have 13 year old computers in our school library, not the main library. The referendum was supposed to update technology, but instead of updating desktop computers that the kids share, D97 decided to buy these expensive toys for each student to lose or damage, without getting any input from parents. Most parents don't want their kids to be crime targets. D97 doesn't care, they are rolling them out to everyone, like it or not.

J B  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 4:39 PM

This is a TRAVESTY! How deep is the ineptitude at D97? No one thinks to secure the area that has valuable items? How many staff have access to this area? Thank god they're 'fairly confident' its covered by insurance. Who's running this asylum?

ridiculous but not surprised in the least  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 4:35 PM

All of these comments should be directed to the school board. They are responsible for disciplining and firing Dr. Roberts. The board should follow up and report to us tax payers about it and the actions that may come from the report, and there better be actions. As far as the person complaining about the 13 year old macs at the library-tell them not to redo their lobby and buy new computers instead. I'm tired of paying for that multimillion $$ homeless shelter.


Posted: November 13th, 2013 4:25 PM

Why would D97 let the teachers teach math during math time, when they can throw around the word "STEM" for everything (next time you hear Schwartz say that, ask her to define it and soak up the ignorance), then pretend consuming technology is the same thing as creating it. Now I know why people homeschool.

Friend of the Library from Oak Park  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 4:20 PM

But think of what could have been lost if the high school hadn't spent $5000 on security watching out for thieves at the BLEEPING BOOK FAIR.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 4:12 PM

No one will lose their job or be financially responsible for the loss of the equipment. Responsibility use to mean that a person accepting responsibility knew if something went wrong they would be blamed and accepted their failure and the consequences. If you were in the Military, you knew what responsibility meant. Hire a Veteran, and get the job done right.

someone ask jasculca  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 4:10 PM

if anyone is going to be fired for this. because this is a fireable offense.

Question for Jean Lotus  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 4:02 PM

Q regarding the last paragraph. You reported a number of criminal incidents which occurred on October 4. (See http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/10-8-2013/Oak-Park-River-Forest-Crime-Report:-Sept.-30_Oct.-6/) Was the theft not part of the report for Oct. 4, or did you get reports of those incidents elsewhere? If the police didn't report the theft to the media, that's obviously a concern, as it looks like one taxpayer-funded entity may have been covering for another taxpayer-funded entity.

WTF from Oak Park   

Posted: November 13th, 2013 3:53 PM

Oh jeez, Fast Forward. What a debacle. How long is "Dr. Roberts" going to collect this salary before he moves onto his third ginormous pension? Triple dipper could care less.

Mad Too  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 3:51 PM

My family worked hard to pass the referendum, only to see that our library STILL has 13 yo imacs. Does no one understand how to implement tech at D97? Was there any plan for these iPads? Why weren't they imaged for rollout in the fall? The 1:1 project is a joke. Using countless hours of MATH TIME to teach 6 year olds about e-bullying, how to use Google tools, and email etiquette when they don't even know how to write yet. WHY NOT JUST TEACH THE KIDS MATH?

RLM from Oak Park  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 3:42 PM

WOW. And they kept this low for 2 months. And delayed the 1:1 rollout without saying this is why. As a parent of a 7th grader who has had stuff stolen from her locker ON CAMERA at the school, this does not make me encouraged about the District giving my kids iPads and holding me responsible for them, when they can't even secure stuff on THEIR OWN PREMISES. I'll assume they weren't barcoded either. I'll bet a lot of people got iPads for the low low on Madison Street this summer.

Mad Too  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 3:36 PM

Yes, "Bob" is a hero. I can't believe the administration were able to cover this up for as long as they did, and that only NOW, after they are busted by a WJ comment, they act like it's really no big deal and blame and shame the thief (duh) rather than accept their own responsibility. $13K is a drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds of thousands we're STILL wasting on fast forword, and how much will be lost on future ipads. Roberts needs to accept responsibility, or he needs to go.

Village Voice  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 3:17 PM

It's revolting how quick they are to point out the the iPads were purchased with other people's money (Title I) and covered by insurance. I'm "fairly confident" this will eventually come out of Oak Park taxpayers pockets in the form of higher insurance premiums paid by the school. And yes, this will be used as a justification to spend yet more money on security measures. After all, D97 is about the flip the switch that will convert the entire district into a powerful supermagnet for thieves.

Brad from Oak Parl  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 2:50 PM

What I have difficulty with is how little precautions are taken with $14,000 of equipment, and then they don 't even know when the items were stolen? Did anyone lose a job over this mishap, and why were the iPads not tagged somehow to track them if stolen ? I'd like to know if anybody even got in trouble over this lack of concern and responsibility??

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 2:40 PM

Thank you to the oakpark.com commenter, "Bob" for leaving a comment last week on another story, about this theft. And thank you to Bill Dwyer who, as a commenter, asked follow up questions, bringing this situation to the Wednesday Journal's attention. And thank you to Jean Lotus for pursuing the story.

It Boggles the Mind from Oak Park  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 2:29 PM

Agree 100% with WTF. We are told these expensive toys are necessary to improve learning and then nobody bothers to lock the storage door or check on the items for weeks. Truly amazing.

Kelly from Oak Park  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 2:27 PM

So the ipads were stolen from a room that contains the district's servers. What physical security measures has D97 taken with respect to its servers?

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 2:20 PM

"The district was 'incredibly dismayed and disappointed that someone made the conscious decision to put their own needs ahead of those of our students,' a statement from the district said." Well this resident is incredibly dismayed and disappointed that those in charge over at D97 would be fill-in-the-blank enough to leave $14K of attractive trendy equipment, unsecured. And not know for up to two months. And not to declare it an "official theft" for another month.

WTF from Oak Park   

Posted: November 13th, 2013 2:03 PM

The more I read the more infuriated I become. This is a travesty. Maybe insured? Are you kidding me? Not secured? In what world is this okay? At no point did anyone do anything to protect this investment, from locking them up to registering them. Every single person involved should be held accountable.

OP Transplant  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 2:03 PM

I'm wondering what the accountability situation is for kids and families who lose and iPad or have it stolen. I would suggest that any family that loses 47 or fewer iPads gets a free pass. Maybe charge them for the 48th. You can't can't expect a higher level of accountability from a grade school kid than from the staff of the admin offices.

broke from oak park   

Posted: November 13th, 2013 1:50 PM

Ten bucks says they will use this as yet another reason why they need a new administration building. Good grief, what an inept administration.

Jan rubin from Oak park  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 1:47 PM

I'm dismayed and disappointed that nobody thought it was worth locking the room -why worry -its not their money-let the insurance company pay

Tired of Taxes from Oak Park  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 1:46 PM

It shouldn't be too hard to narrow down the number of people in the office during those days and question them. Who ever was in charge of the devices should have the insurance deductible come out of their next paycheck. Ever heard of locking file cabinets? This is not real complicated.

OP Transplant  

Posted: November 13th, 2013 1:13 PM

If the district can't even keep these devices safe from theft by their own employees, I don't see how they expect grade-schoolers to secure them.

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