2-22-2007

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UNIT 2 TO HIRE ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT AND NEW POCAHONTAS PRINICIPAL

Two administrative positions in the Unit 2 School District will be filled in the next month or so.  Applications have been accepted for a new Assistant Superintendent position that will also include treasurer responsibilities. Melanie Allyn commented on the reason for making this new position a combination of duties.  She said when she first was hired, there was a half-time Assistant Superintendent.  Now that Treasurer Steve Ainscough is leaving, his financial responsibilities will have to be assumed by someone else.  The district has the opportunity to add a qualified person that also holds a school background that can do other things for the district.  This will hopefully allow Unit 2 to hire one person.

Ainscough has been with the district for the last seven and half years and is still working a couple nights a week until the new position is filled.  Applications were also accepted for the Pocahontas School Principal.  The current principal, Mike O'Boyle, will be retiring at the end of this school year, with the new principal beginning the job in August.

Allyn said that the Unit 2 School Board should be in a position to fill both of these jobs at the March school board meeting.  She said that around a dozen applicants with a variety of experience applied for the Assistant Superintendent position and that the principal's position will be narrowed down to five candidates.


FIRST QUARTER BUDGET REPORTS TO BE REVIEWED BY COUNTY BOARD

Budget reports were addressed at the Bond County Board meeting Tuesday night.  February marks the end of the first quarter, to which the board will review the status reports of each department and decide if they should meet with department heads during their March 6th meeting.  A memo will be sent to each department notifying them that they should be available that morning in case the board needs to talk with them. 

Bond County State's Attorney Chris Bauer then informed the board that the lease between the county and the Humane Society on the Highway Building is almost ready to be finalized.  There are a couple of more items that need to be adjusted.  Board Chairperson Jill Franks and States Attorney Bauer were authorized by the board to execute the lease agreement once everything is in order.

The policy of releasing payments for department bills prior to the Bond County Board's approval was discussed again.  It was decided to get more information from the auditor before a final decision was made as to change the policy or keep it the same.  In other business, the board approved the re-appointment of David Lynch to the Shoal Creek Fire Protection District Board and also announced that Bradley S. Apple is requesting re-appointment to the Keyesport Fire Protection District Board.


FCI GETTING IT'S FIFTH WARDEN

The Federal Bureau of Prisons' Director Harley G. Lappin has named W. A. (Audie) Sherrod to replace Warden Sara M. Revell, at the Federal Correctional Institute Greenville.  Revell will transfer in late April to the United States Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado.  Audie Sherrod currently serves as the Warden at FCI Englewood, Colorado. 

Sherrod began his career in law enforcement in 1986 with the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons in Ft. Worth Texas, as a Correctional Officer.  He has held several positions including, Senior Officer Specialist, Lieutenant, Executive Assistant and Associate Warden. Sherrod worked at the Greenville FCI at one time and is a past ex-officio member of the Bond County Academic Foundation and the Illinois Community Policing Consortium.  He is married to his wife Shelly and they have two children.

Sherrod will be FCI Greenville's fifth warden since the facility opened in 1994. The previous wardens were Rick Seiter, Charles Gilkey and Darlene Veltri including the current warden Sara M. Revell.

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HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM GOING FOR SECTIONAL TITLE

The Highland High School girls varsity basketball team defeated East St. Louis in the O’Fallon Sectional and will now face Belleville East tonight for the Sectional title.

Matt Elledge, a six-year coach at Highland High School, told WGEL that this past year’s regular season has been very good, especially once getting out of the Salem Tournament. The team has not lost a game since they played Mater Dei.

If Highland wins tonight they will go to Jacksonville to the Illinois College Super Sectional.

The Sectional game versus Belleville East begins at 7:30pm and you can hear the live play-by-play here on WGEL.


THURSDAY SPORTS

HS BOYS BASKETBALL
The Greenville Comets were winners 64-48 over Bunker Hill and now advance to Friday night’s Regional Championship game versus Breese Central.

JR HIGH GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The Pocahontas Lady Indians 8th graders suffered their first loss of the season Tuesday 16-25, 21-25 to Ramsey.  The Indians are now 9-1 on the season.  Kelsey Kniepmann had 6 aces.  The 7th grade Lady Indians were winners over Ramsey with Courtney Skaggs recording 5 aces.

The Lady Bluejays 8th and 7th grade teams lost Tuesday to Vandalia.  In the 8th grade game, Chelsie Stewart had 20 assists, Nori Stone 5 kills, and Diamond Young 5 aces.  Alex Willey had 10 assists, Riley Langham 8 digs, and Rachel Sponsler 4 aces for the 7th graders. 

TONIGHT ON WGEL:
The Highland Lady Bulldogs take on Belleville East at 7:30pm in the O’Fallon Sectional championship




OBITUARIES

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