TF South nickname options narrowed to two – and other updates from the District 215 board meeting

TF South
(Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Human Resources department recognized, students recognized for extracurricular success


LANSING, Ill. (March 27, 2022) — March’s District 215 Board of education meeting featured updates about the new TF South nickname, students excelling in team activities, and a highlight of the Human Resources department.

TF South Updates

During the building reports, Principal Jake Gourley of TF South gave an update about the new nickname for the school. There are now two finalists based on the number of votes: students will vote between the “Red Wolves” or “The Flyers.”

An in-person prom hosted at the Tinley Park Convention Center was announced, as well as an honor assembly, graduation, and senior signing day.

TF North Updates

TF North Principal Brian Rucinski congratulated the district on a successful grand opening of Lavish Cosmetology and Barber Studio. The studio is located on TF North’s campus.

“I know that it’s a district program, but North is very proud to host that program. It was an outstanding event and a great opportunity for our kids,” Rucinski said.

The school’s speech team had students who competed at the regional level. Four students qualified for the speech national finals. The National Speech & Debate Tournament 2022 will take place on June 12 through June 17 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Center for Academics and Technology & Center for Alternative Learning Updates

TF Center for Academics and Technology & Center for Alternative Learning Principal Raymond Williams shared 29 students met graduation requirements. After students complete their SATs in April, they will receive their official diplomas at graduation.

Williams also recognized two students for their athletic success. For the first time this year, students from the Center for Academics and Technology & the Center for Alternative Learning were able to participate in sports.

“Two of our DSA students have signed agreements to play sports in college,” said Williams.

One student will be on South Suburban College’s volleyball team and the other will play basketball at a junior college.

District 215 Human Resources Department

In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Sophia Jones-Redmond introduced the Human Resources Department to highlight the team and their work.

“One of the things that I want the board and the community to know are the people who are doing the work behind the scenes,” said Jones-Redmond.

The department provides operational support for the district by handling recruiting, staffing, performance management, orientation, policy development and documentation, employee relations, counseling, and other services.

The team consist of April Jerger, Executive Director of Human Resources; Cheryl Brown, Front Desk Receptionist; Melanie Mulheron, Senior Human Resources Coordinator; and Chacarie Mitchell, Human Resources Coordinator.

Other items of discussion included:

  • A second reading for the 2022-23 student handbook and school calendar.
  • Renewals for the Illinois High School Association memberships for TF North and TF South

District 215 headquarters are located at 18601 Torrence Avenue in Lansing.