BOND COUNTY UNIT #2 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
The Bond County Community Unit School District #2 Board met last night in a two hour meeting. The school budget for fiscal year 2009 was extensively discussed. According to budget figures, the district showed $12,435,179 in revenues and $12,752,588 in expenditures, a deficit of over $300,000. According to Superintendent Melanie Allen, the budget reflected revenues from 2008 and expenditures from 2009, thus not showing a true balance. After some discussion, the district budget was approved. Bills for the month of September, of over $2.2 million, were approved. Art Hayhurst, of FGM Architects, was present to answer questions concerning delays on the track and football field renovations. The board repeatedly asked him why the delays occurred and who was responsible. Mr. Hayhurst finally admitted that although the weather and miscommunication from contractors played a part in the delays, he was ultimately responsible. He also said the field should be done in 3 to 4 weeks.
Bob Fogarty, of Honeywell, was present to update the board on Phase 1 of the performance contract. He said after experiencing some delays and waiting for heating season, Phase 1 will be ready for an open house by mid November. The board approved a contract to Kohnen Air Conditioning & Heating for a locker room addition, approved a contract to Blankenship Landscaping for sod work on the football field and track, approved cash for improvement of the Greenville High School baseball and softball fields, and approved monies to purchase a new fire alarm system.
Finally, Greenville High School Spanish teacher Mr. Ivan Estevez reported results of a recent trip to the Dominican Republic with several upper level Spanish students. Two students told of the history of the island and the culture shock they saw. The next meeting will be October 20th.
NINE VEHICULAR BREAK-INS WITHIN TWO DAYS
Bond County Officers and Greenville Police responded to six reports Monday, of thefts from motor vehicles. No fewer than 9 vehicles were entered sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning. $100.00 in cash and a Tom-Tom valued at $200.00 were taken from two vehicles at a residence on File Avenue in rural Pocahontas. Two vehicles were entered at a residence on Rt. 140 but nothing appeared to have been taken. 30 CD's and an unknown amount of change were taken from a car, at a residence, on City Rt. 40. Another burglary was reported from a car at a residence on Old Ripley Road. Two cars parked at a residence on Killarney Street were entered and a GPS, valued at $218.00, was taken along with some cash from the second car. Another car, parked in a residential driveway on Killarney, was entered but it is not known what was taken. All of these thefts, from motor vehicles, are under investigation by local law enforcement agencies.