I-64 ACCIDENT IN WORK ZONE CLAIMS LIFE
An IDOT sub-contractor from Pocahontas was killed while working on a Metro East road project on I-64 Tuesday morning. Dennis Beard and three other workers with Briteway Striping Services where striping the interstate when, according to the Illinois State Police, a passenger car struck a truck mounted attenuator (TMA) attached to the rear of a construction vehicle parked on the inside shoulder of I-64 eastbound.
Five men were taken to area hospitals. Two construction workers were arched from the scene to St. Louis University Hospital, a third construction worker was taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and the driver and passenger in the car were taken to Memorial Hospital in Belleville. The construction worker killed in the accident is Dennis Beard of Pocahontas. The investigation into the crash continues by the ISP. All three construction workers were working on or near the TMA when it was struck around 9:38 a.m. Witnesses say the driver of the passenger car was driving erratically. No charges have yet been filed.
KASKASKIA COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO MEET
The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet Tuesday, May 29. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. at the Trenton House and the meeting is at 7:00 at the Trenton Education Center. The agenda includes administrative reports, reappointment of first year probationary faculty to second year status, acceptance of a donation for the automotive technology program, support of extension of Germantown TIF, disposition of surplus property, approval of certificates, and a closed session.
STATE STILL BEHIND MORE THAN $500,000 TO UNIT 2 SCHOOL DISTRICT
In May’s Unit 2 School Board meeting, the treasurer's report listed the state as still being more than $500,000.00 behind in their FY2012 payments. The district did receive $1,146,994.00 in April for FY2012.
A public hearing is scheduled prior to the June 25 regular board meeting to discuss the IMRF fund over-expenditure. The fund is $29,000.00 over budget.
The board approved the resignation of high school art teacher Mary Beth Kuenstler effective at the end of the 2011-2012 school year and the retirement of library clerk Judith Huff, effective at the conclusion of 2012-2013 school year.
Mike Young, high school teacher and girls soccer coach, expressed gratitude for the quick response and emergency service the GES provided when his daughter became ill on the playground a few weeks ago. Mr Young said his daughter is doing much better.
GRP of Bethalto was awarded the bid for the high school boiler and HVAC RTU replacements at a cost of $182,500.00. This is part of the Energy Efficiency Grant.