COUNTY BOARD CONTINUES TO DISCUSS SEAGRAVES
The Bond County Board met Tuesday morning and approved county aid for two culvert replacements throughout the county. Also approved by board members were a three month extension of the Circuit Clerk's annual audit, liquor licenses for three county businesses and the reappointment of four health board members, whose terms were set to expire.
The Bond County Board then met in closed session. It was announced, after returning to open session, that work would begin to siphon the pond near Seagraves Cemetery to get the water off of the cemetery property. Board President Jill Franks said that State's Attorney Chris Bauer is still talking with the Illinois Historic Preservation Society and once the water is siphoned, they'll see what else will need to be done to keep water, from the pond, off the cemetery grounds. Board member Jack Langel said the one remaining issue is the natural waterway that runs through the affected area. More discussion of the Seagraves Cemetery is set for the next board meeting on June 17th, at 7:30PM.
UNIT 2 CREATES SPECIAL NEEDS/INSTRUCTIONAL CLASS
The Unit 2 Board of Education met in special session Tuesday afternoon. In light of kindergarten enrollment numbers for the 2008-2009 school year, board members approved the addition of a 5th Kindergarten Class to the Greenville Elementary School and the hiring of a Kindergarten teacher for that classroom. Kindergarten class size over the past year has been between 24-25 students per class.
The district also continues to evaluate programming needs and understands the necessity of creating a class to address the increasing number of students with autism and autism spectrum characteristics. Currently, the majority of these students attend Jefferson Primary Center in Vandalia. Board members approved the establishment of a special needs/instructional class at Greenville Elementary to fill the gaps of the current special education system, requiring the hiring of a special education teacher and program aide. It was agreed that the class would be an advantage to students by allowing them to become a part of the community in which they live.
The next meeting of the Unit 2 Board of Education will be Monday, June 16th,at 7PM.