RE-ENFORCEMENT NEEDED AT ALTON HIGH SCHOOL
Madison County Sheriff's Deputies responded earlier this week to a call of a large gathering and a student down at Alton High School. Alton Police, Jersey County Sheriff's Officers, Wood River Police Officers and the U.S. Marshal's Office responded to provide assistance. Several juveniles and one adult were taken into custody at the high school. One juvenile was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for a concussion and later released.
Michael L. Mitchell, age 19, a student at Alton High School, was arrested and charged with alleged battery. An investigation revealed that a confrontation between two juveniles might have sparked a second confrontation, which resulted in the arrest of Mitchell. Four other Alton High School juvenile students are petitioned for charges ranging from alleged disorderly conduct to battery. Another juvenile student was transported to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Facility for the offense of alleged aggravated battery. Mitchell's bond has been set at $10,000.00.
UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
The Bond County Community Unit School District #2 School Board met Monday night at Greenville High School. One of the most important items for discussion was the 2009 property tax levy. Currently, the County Assessor estimates a 5% property value increase in residential, farm residential, commercial and industrial property. Superintendent Melanie Allyn proposed the district base the levy on an increase closer to 9%. It was explained that if the district lowers their levy below the actual assessment increase in property value, then the district could lose state and federal funds. However, if they over estimate the assessment increase, there is no penalty for the district. Also, regardless of the percentage rate of assessment increase, the district will not collect more from the property tax than is available.