6:30 PM - 11:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
My name is Karen Ball and I am the new Principal of RA Jamieson School. I am pleased with all the changes that are going on at Jamieson. Many exciting things have been happening at RA Jamieson over the summer that will support our students’ efforts to meet their academic and social/emotional goals.
Forty years ago, Peoria Public Schools board member Robert A. Jamieson’s passion and dedication to children with special needs resulted in the establishment of the school that bears his name. Jamieson School serves students starting in Pre-K and this year, the school is helping launch The Peoria Adult Transition Program. Coordinated by teacher Cinda Garst, the program will offer functional academics and employment training to students between the ages of 18-21. Solid experience is a hallmark of much of the Jamieson staff. Interim principal Diann Duke is a 30-plus year veteran educator with degrees from Bradley University and Illinois State University. PE teacher Scott Walschaert has taught at Jamieson for 28 years. During that time he got married and raised three children. “I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Jamieson,” says Walschaert. “I have spent my entire career at Jamieson, and consider the staff my second family and the school, my second home. I have loved my time here and my many experiences. I would not trade them for the world.” The school will see three experienced teachers retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Carol Schaab has taught for 23 years, with four at Jamieson, and Barb Schacht has taught for 35 years, with ten years at Jamieson. Another pending retiree, Linda Manning, a recent recipient of the HOI Channel 19/CEFCU One Classroom At A Time $1,000 grant for a nature garden dedicated to her late father, Judge Robert E. Manning, Jr., also has taught for 35 years, with five at Jamieson. Another Jamieson teacher, Ashley Hayter, also won a One Classroom At A Time grant in 2014. One more key staff member at the school is secretary Debbie Hoffman, the public face of the school. Ms. Debbie answers phone calls and questions from students, family members and staff. She calms students having a rough day and keeps track of all school activities, including Special Olympics, homecoming, the Valentine’s Day Dance and graduation, ensuring that stude
February 15th - No school in honor of Presidents Day
February 24th - Student Improvement Day (SIP) Early Release for students
January 5th - Students return from winter break
January 18th - No School for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 27th - Student Improvement Day (SIP) Early release for students