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[MAY 20, 2004]
have once again been approved for a grant from the Illinois Reading
Council. "Sombreros, Sunflowers, and Stories," submitted by Mark
Clark and several other teachers at the school, was approved for
$1,500.00. This is about the fourth or fifth year that the school
has received a grant from the council, Superintendent Robert Kidd
reported at the District 27 board meeting Wednesday evening.
Court Coles, a representative from S.M.
Wilson, and Dave Leonatti, the architect for the junior high
building project, were on hand at the meeting to update the board on
progress with the construction. They said the stair towers and
floors are almost complete, and metal studs are in the process of
being erected. Brick work should begin soon, but no date is
available. Within the next few weeks, the roof should be erected on
the three-story classroom section. So far, the project is very close
to the budgeted amount.
Leonatti and Coles recommended that the
board accept the bid for phone service and computer connections from
Ryan Electric Company out of Springfield. Leonatti said he has had
very good experience with this company in the past, and the packages
they offered for the price were well worth the added investment. The
bid is actually a little higher than the placeholder amount in the
budget, but the amount is on hand in the contingency fund.
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Superintendent Kidd presented the tax
information for the fiscal year and stated that the school will be
getting approximately $56,000 more in revenue for the next school
year. Property taxes for schools in the district were raised by only
about 1 cent, so taxpayers won't really notice the difference.
President Bruce Carmitchel appointed a committee, to be headed by
Joe Brewer and Marilyn Montgomery, to find a new superintendent to
replace Dr. Kidd when he steps down at the end of the 2004-2005
school year. Carmitchel asked for a hire by winter so that the new
superintendent would be able to work with Dr. Kidd in some hiring
issues for the following school year.