03-20-2013

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PACKED HOUSE FOR UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

It was a packed house at the March Unit 2 School Board meeting Monday night. With budget cuts looming on the horizon, a little more than a hundred people were present.  Local resident Dan Sidwell spoke on the importance of keeping athletics at the Pocahontas and Sorento Centers.  Athletics are one of the places for possible cuts.  Sidwell told the board, “I know the cuts are going to be hard and nothing has been decided yet, but please keep all options open.”  Sidwell also said many people in the community are ready and willing to help raise funds and volunteer to help keep sports programs functioning in Pocahontas and Sorento.  Superintendent Jeff Strieker said the district will be waiting for the Illinois House and Senate to pass this year's budget to a better idea of what cuts may be necessary.  As of right now, the board is only budgeting for 80% of general state aid funds to be received, but is hoping for up to 85%.  The 5% difference could mean as much as $315,000.00 in state funding to the district.  Strieker also told the board deep cuts in transportation funding are on the way from the state as well.     

In other action, the board approved summer classes for math, English, and driver’s education. The district is looking into expanding the driver's education class to include more students.  Superintendent Strieker said other districts are inquiring about their cost to send students over for this class.

Eighth grade graduation dates were set for May 20 at Greenville Jr. High, May 21 at Pocahontas and May 22 for Sorento.

In the treasurer’s report, the district received a little more than $800,000.00 for February.


SPRING WEATHER DELAYED

Today is the first official day of spring, but Jim Kramper of the National Weather Service says we may have to wait a bit to enjoy better weather. Jim said it appears Mother Nature is not ready for spring.  A strong system is finally moving out of the area but temperatures will not be very high this week and the lows will be in the 30’s.  Although the calendar says it is spring, the temperatures will remain winter-like for at least a little while longer.

 

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BOND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT MEETING

The Bond County Health Department Board met this week. There were 150 cases of flu reported, most from the hospital. Last year, at this time, there had only been 19 cases. 1,146 immunizations have been given to date.

$1,180,000.00 is still owed on the building fund. The board is pleased they have been able to pay down this debt quicker than anticipated.


CHAMBER HOSTING MEET THE CANDIDATES FORUM

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Meet the Candidates” forum Monday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m., at the Bradford Building.  The three candidates for the Greenville City Council and Mayor Alan Gaffner are invited to participate.  Everyone is invited to attend and doors open at 6:30 p.m.  For more information, call 664-9272.




OBITUARIES

David Hartzog

David L. Hartzog, age 70, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, March 19, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.  Graveside services will be Thursday, at 1:30 p.m., at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the Highland Quarterback Club.

Stephen E. Moss

Stephen E. Moss, age 65, of Edwardsville, passed away Monday, March 18, at Christian Hospital Northeast in St. Louis.  Funeral arrangements for 65 year-old Stephen E. Moss are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


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