LITCHFIELD TEEN DIES IN CAR FIRE MONDAY
A 16 year-old Litchfield teen died Monday in a vehicle fire near Walshville. As previously reported by WGEL, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Old Brushy Trail Monday afternoon around 12:30PM. The original report was that the vehicle was on fire and had one person trapped inside. The Shoal Creek Fire Department, along with the Litchfield Fire and Ambulance and the Illinois State Police responded to the accident report.
Around 1:30PM, Montgomery County Coroner, Rick Broadus, pronounced 16 year-old David W. Long, of Litchfield, deceased. He was the driver and only occupant of the vehicle. The Montgomery County Sheriff's and Coroner's Office continues to investigate.
SCHOOL REACH PRESENTED TO UNIT 2 BOARD MONDAY NIGHT
The Unit 2 Board of Education met Monday night for the regular monthly meeting. Chris Skillian, a Public School Specialist with SchoolReach Instant Parent Contact, presented information regarding a parent notifying system by telephone. Many schools use the system for emergencies, school closings and school events. The information will be reviewed for further consideration.
High School Principal, Kevin Cochrane, presented a Science Lab fee proposal to assist in covering the costs for teaching materials. A few years ago, supply budgets were cut for High School Science, and even with the $1,000 to be restored to the line item, it will not be enough for a quality lab. The recommendation to pass the proposed fee for students, was sent back due to lack of a second motion by board members. The Unit 2 Board did however, pass a pay increase, with a vote of 5-2, to Junior and Senior High game officials to be in line with surrounding school districts.
In other business, tire bids were accepted based on the lowest bid for each item and a request for proposals for facility improvement was passed by the board. The Unit School Board then approved the resignations of Mike Patrick as the high school boys' and girls' Tennis Coach, Susan Kelley as the School Nurse and Wanda Blackburn as a custodian.