MULBERRY GROVE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
A truth in taxation hearing for the Mulberry Grove Board of Education was convened Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. Superintendent Mike Gauch presented the proposed tax levy amount for 2010 based upon a seven percent estimated increase in the district's estimated assessed valuation.
The regular meeting started at 7:00 p.m. Representatives from Johnson Controls presented updated costs and designs for proposed remodeling projects. The board will decide which projects to pursue before finalizing a contract. Mulberry Grove has been chosen to receive a $75,000.00 federal grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Development for thermal efficiency improvements.
Superintendent Gauch reported Illinois is approximately $95,000 behind in state funding payments to Mulberry Grove Unit 1. If funds are not released soon, the amount could double by the end of December. The cost to send students to the OKAW Vocational Center may increase next year due to its funding crunch. Negotiations with the MGEA will continue in good faith, trusting that funding will be received. However, an agreement will not be finalized until state funding amounts are known.
Following an executive session, the board instructed Mr. Gauch to investigate and develop a plan to offset a possible funding deficit from the state. Karen Clark was hired to be head junior high girls volleyball coach for 2009-2010 and Teresa Tompkins assistant junior high girls volleyball coach.
The next board meeting will be Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Jeanette M. Taylor, age 83 of Trenton passed away Tuesday, December 15th at her residence. Funeral services for 83 year-old Jeanette Taylor will be Friday at 11am at St. Jacob United church of Christ in St. Jacob. Burial will be in Keystone Cemetery in St. Jacob. Visitation will be Thursday from 4PM to 8PM at Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Friday from 10am to 11am at St. Jacob United Church of Christ.
THEDA E. DRAKE
Theda E. Drake, age 71, of rural Pocahontas, passed away Wednesday, December 16 at Aviston Countryside Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services for 71 year-old Theda Drake will be Sunday, at 2:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Greene Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday, from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Aviston Countryside Manor Nursing Home or to Greene Cemetery.
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