The Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Board of Education met Monday.  Superintendent Mike Gauch presented the treasurer’s report and said the district had not received the second categorical state aid payment.  The financial situation is as expected and internal loans are being made as needed.  The first tax payment is expected in August and the district should be able to function normally until the payment is received.

Following a closed session, the board approved a salary increase of $733.77 and an increase of $20.00 per month on the district paid health insurance premium for all full-time non-certified staff for the 2011-2012 school year.  Part-time non-certified employees will receive a salary increase of $386.06 and $20.00 per month on the district paid health insurance premium.  Jr./Sr. High Principal Ryan Bauer and Elementary Principal Annette Hartlieb were approved to receive a 4.4% salary increase for 2011-2012 and a 5.3% increase for 2012-2013.  Superintendent Mike Gauch will receive a 0% increase for 2011-2012 and a 5.3% salary increase for 2012-2013.  A $2,000.00 stipend was approved for Board Treasurer Deb Jaskowiak. Resignations were accepted from Tommy Barro, Kim Elam, and John Barnes as junior high girls softball and basketball coach.  The board hired Bobby Koontz junior high boys baseball coach, Becky Criner high school head cheerleading coach, Kara Skogley half-time KRP aid, and Kody Brimberry full-time special education aid.

Superintendent Gauch reported building remodeling projects are progressing on schedule.  Roof work is completed and work in the high school gym is scheduled to begin the Tuesday after graduation. Unit 1 was notified of an 18% increase in the employee health insurance premium for next year.  The board is exploring insurance options. The board is considering a computer lease program for next year.  The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m.



Michael C. Finton, age 31, of Decatur, recently pled guilty to one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction against property owned by the United States.  According to court documents, Finton admitted that on September 23, 2009, he knowingly took possession of a truck he believed to contain a bomb and parked the truck outside the Paul Findley Federal Building and Courthouse on Monroe Street in Springfield.  After parking the truck, Finton activated a timer connected to the bomb, got into a car with an undercover law enforcement agent he thought was associated with the al Qaeda terrorist organization, and attempted to remotely detonate the purported bomb using a cell phone.  Finton remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and was sentenced to 28 years imprisonment.


“1863 Events” is hosting a triathlon at Carlyle Lake Sunday, May 22.  The triathlon begins in the Dam West Day Use Area at 9:00 a.m. and consists of two groups, beginners and advanced, competing in a timed swim, run, and bike course.  Due to the number of participants and for public safety, Lake Road, adjacent to the Dam West Recreation Area, will be temporarily closed from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. from the West Spillway entrance to the entrance of Dam West Boat Ramp.  For more information, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at 618 594-2484.


Kathleen Ann “Katie” Durbin, age 49, of Greenville passed away Wednesday, May 18th at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond Heights, Illinois.  Funeral services for 49 year old Kathleen Ann “Katie” Durbin will be held Wednesday, May 25th at 11AM at Kassly Mortuary Chapel in Fairview Heights.  Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, May 24th at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Jessica Durbin Trust Fund.


Saturday: Cloudy with Showers and Thunderstorms likely, 70% of Rain High: 77 Low: 64

Sunday: Spotty Showers are possible, 30-40% of rain High: 82 Low: 65


With the wet spring much planting work is still being done.  This Sunday on Public Affairs Tom’s guest is Ron Marshal with the Illinois Farm Bureau.  They’ll discuss how to stay safe during planting season, and how best to share the road with farm equipment.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio. 

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