UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD MAKES SEVERAL CUTS IN PERSONNEL
At this week’s Unit 2 School Board meeting, the board made several cuts to personnel after an executive session. The board voted to issue a notice of non-renewal of certified staff to Kari Massa. Notices of honorable dismissal of certified staff will be sent to Sarah King, Paul Thies, Tim Gusewelle, and Rachel Schumaker. Each of those motions carried 6 to 1, with board member James Jackson voting “no”.
The board also moved to issue notice for reduction from full-time to part-time employment of certified staff, including Laura Kraner, Erin Shevlin, Kedra Schuster, and Dustin Swarm. That motion passed 5-1-1, with Jackson voting “no” and Michael Timmerman abstaining.
Unit 2 Superintendent Jeff Strieker told WGEL the cuts were necessary due to a predicted reduction in funding for next year in the amount of $900,000 to $1 million. Additional cuts could be made next month, which could be followed by additional cuts to other programs, including extracurriculars or transportation, among many others.
During their meeting, Superintendent Strieker and several board members assured the packed room that if the budget cuts from the State were not as severe as predicted the staff impacted by the cuts could be brought back with no loss of time.
During the meeting, board members also urged the public to call their congressmen to voice concern on pending education cuts.
Kevin L. “George” Kehrer
Kevin L. “George” Kehrer, age 57, of Albert, passed away Monday, March 17. A funeral mass will be Friday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Albers. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in Albers. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Clin-Clair Fire Department.
He was born March 11, 1957 in Belleville, IL son of Elmer J. and Margaret (Toennies) Kehrer.
Kevin is survived by a brother, Gene (Pam) Kehrer of Aviston, IL; four sisters, Susan (Marion) Seidenstricker of Nashville, IL, Marikay (Rick) Gaertner of Belleville, IL, Geriann (Ron) Norrenberns of Albers, IL, and Diann (special friend, Ed Schallert) Kehrer of Maryville, IL; and a sister-in-law, Deb Kehrer of Albers, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dennis E. “Wheel” Kehrer and Maurice Kehrer.
Kevin worked in the family business at EJ Kehrer Farm Supply in Albers, IL. He was a member of St. Bernard Parish in Albers, IL, the Albers-Damiansville Knights of Columbus Council 9768, the Clinton County Farm Bureau, and was a former member of the Albers Jaycees. He was a 1975 graduate of Mater Dei High School and trained as a mechanic at Rankin Technical College. He enjoyed softball, bowling, soccer and horseshoes.
Dolores Jean Espenschied
Dolores Jean Espenschied, age 83 of Plano, Texas, formerly of Marine, passed away Sunday, March 17 at her residence. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Marine. Burial will be in Marine Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again Friday from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
She was born August 14, 1930, in Saint Louis, MO, the daughter of Frank and Era (nee Johnston) Wilson.
On September 17, 1949, she married Merle Espenschied, who passed away on April 23, 1999.
She was a member of US Bowling Congress.
Dolores was born at St. Louis, MO. She moved to Marine and she and her husband lived at the corner of Marine and Fruit Road; where she reared her children. She worked for SIUE in the Grants and Research Project Department. She and her husband moved to Plano, TX in the fall of 1978. She worked for University of Texas at Dallas in the Grants and Research Project Department; she retired in 1989. She enjoyed bowling, crafts, doing yard work, reading, taking long walks and bowling tournaments. She liked watching the Texas Rangers and she kept score at her son’s games. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Son – Dennis E. (Lenne) Espenschied of Atlanta, GA
Daughter – Nancy J. (Robert) Spurlock of Richardson, TX
Grandchild - Andrew (Jessica) Foederer of The Woodlands, TX
Grandchild – Whitney Foederer of Atlanta, GA
Grandchild – Erich Espenschied of Atlanta, GA
Grandchild – Leslie Espenschied of Atlanta, GA
Great Grandchild – Audrey Foederer of The Woodlands, TX
Great Grandchild – Logan Foederer of The Woodlands, TX
Great Grandchild – Clara Foederer of The Woodland, TX
Brother – Edward Wilson of Richardson, TX
She was preceded in death by:
Husband - Merle Espenschied died 4/23/1999
Father - Frank Wilson
Mother - Era Wilson nee Johnston
Twins – Infants 1951
Louellen M. Rochelle
Louellen M. Rochelle, age 85 of Pocahontas, passed away Monday, March 17 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Graveside service will be Friday, March 28 at Hug Cemetery in Millersburg, Illinois. Friends may call Thursday, March 20 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.
She was born May 23, 1928, Millersburg, IL, the daughter of Charles F. and Grace E. (nee Baldwin) Rochelle.
She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America Camp 364.
Louellen was born at Millersburg, IL; a 1946 graduate of Pocahontas High School, Pocahontas, IL. She went to school at St. John’s School of Nursing, Springfield, IL. She worked as a maternity nurse at St. Joseph Hospital, Highland, IL; later for Dr. Wilson as an office nurse for 18 years and retired in 1974 to take care of her mother. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery work and baby sitting for her cousins. She moved to Highland Health Care Center, Highland, IL in the fall of 2013 and later moved to Helia Health Care, Greenville, IL.
Cousin-Nancy E. (John) Kirkman, Greenville, IL
Cousin-Rosemary L. “Rosie” (Pat) York, Greenville, IL
Cousin-William L. “Bill” (Connie) Kircher, Pocahontas, IL
Cousin-Donald (Donna) Gramlich, Highland, IL
Cousin-Laurine Thurnau, Highland, IL
Cousin-Mary Wilkerson, Warren, IN
Cousin-Ethel Ludwig, Ashton, IL
Cousin-Peggy (Riley) Laws, MO
Cousin-Bernice Dockery, MO
Life Long Friend-Tom Brown, Highland, IL
She was preceded in death by:
Father - Charles F. Rochelle (died 03/09/1972)
Mother - Grace E. Rochelle nee Baldwin (died 03/03/1992)
Aunt - Margaret Schabus
Aunt - Ruby M. Kircher
Uncle - John Baldwin (age 17 years)
Uncle - Infants (two uncles)
Aunt - Bertha Knebel
Aunt - Cordellia Gramlich (died 12/20/1986)
Uncle - Joe Rochelle
Uncle - Clarence Rochelle
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