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[MAY 20, 2004]  Washington-Monroe teachers 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.

Board 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.

[Ruth Halpin]

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