CRIMESTOPPERS SEEK INFORMATION ON MONTGOMERY COUNTY BURGLARY
Crimestoppers is seeking information concerning a residential burglary October 13 between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m., on Niemanville Trail, approximately two miles south of Litchfield. Several guns, a laptop computer, jewelry, and three digital cameras were taken from the residence.
If you have any information that would help solve this crime, or any crime, go to the Crimestoppers website or call 1-800-352-0136. All contacts may remain anonymous.
PUBLIC HEARING TO USE LIFE SAFETY FUNDS HELD PRIOR TO UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Prior to the recent Unit 2 School Board meeting, there was a public hearing concerning using Life Safety Funds for allowable expenses which would encompass areas such as hazardous paved areas of playground, parking lot, and sidewalks. The board passed the motion with a 7-0 vote.
The board approved early December graduation for several students who meet the state's requirements and several volunteers who help throughout the district and during leaves of absence.
Junior High Baseball requested permission to take the team to a tournament in Pontiac next year. The board approved the trip with the condition there would be no cost to the district. This passed with a 6-1 vote with Scott Gaffner voting against.
Board member Gaffner asked if the district should have an ambulance on standby at the varsity football games since the hospital is only a few minutes away. The cost to the district in September was $750.00. Superintendent Jeff Strieker said this procedure was started a long time ago because of the nature of the sport.
A representative from the audit firm of Mose, Yockey, Brown and Kull reviewed the district's FY2012 annual audit. The firm gave the district a clean report but did include a few items on which the district could improve.
The district received more than $430,000.00 in September for FY2012. The state still owes the district around $21,000.00, several hundred thousand less than the state owed the district this time last year.
CHANCE FOR SEVERE WEATHER TODAY, RIGHT WHEN THE CARDINALS PLAY
The Cardinals take the field at Busch Stadium at 3PM today in game three of the NLCS. According to the National Weather Service St. Louis and the entire Metro East has a chance for rain and thunderstorms during the afternoon through mid to late evening. A cold front is moving in from the west and will likely fire off thunderstorms as it travels east. The NWS also says there is a slight risk for severe storms from this system. Tune to WGEL Radio for the latest on the local weather forecast.
MULBERRY GROVE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES 2011-2012 AUDIT
At the recent Mulberry Grove Board of Education meeting, Doug Ess from the Glass & Shuffett accounting firm presented the 2011-2012 district audit. There were no warnings indicated from an Illinois State Board of Education check list and the audit shows Mulberry Grove Unit 1 is having financial concerns not unlike other schools. The board approved the audit.
Superintendent Mike Gauch reported the district received the fourth quarter categorical state aid payment of about $84,000.00 from last year. The district also received the second installment in county property taxes.
October 10, there was an all-school fire and evacuation drill. Gauch said all students were out of the building in about 45 seconds and all students, grades K-12, were evacuated from the grounds in 28 minutes.
High school history instructor Caleb Thompson reported progress on the curriculum alignment project.
The next meeting is Monday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m., with a tentative tax levy meeting at 6:45.