Monday night’s Carthage Board of Education meeting was special for one board member in particular.
“We’re still struggling with the ramifications of those decisions”, Marchese said.
These areas are open to students of all ages and feature a range of different activities that include: cardboard construction, building blocks, robotics and sewing.
With a vote of 4 to 1, Edwards cast the only opposing vote for McIlroy but said he was here to work with the team without compromising his values.
Marc Matatia, the district’s business administrator, said no major programs were cut to achieve the reduction.
It will be a situation not unique to the local school system.
The project also will resolve elementary school space issues.
District 200 Superintendent Mike Moan said he wants to take proactive measures because of parents’ and students’ concerns after recent school shootings and walkouts. The school district also retains the right of non-renewal of contracts and can dismiss teachers under certain conditions at any time.
Woodstock North High School had 942 students in 2017, and Woodstock High School had 1,026, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.
The county has spent several years on or near the state’s failing schools list.
The staff additions, focus on fiscal stability, and plans to address long-standing overcrowding, follow the recommendations of veteran former school superintendent Jack Bierwirth.
Spivey and Meggen Sande also declined to say how they would vote.
The board reviewed the credentials of 16 applicants, narrowing down a list of eight semi-finalists, who were interviewed March 19-20. “They’re not going to be working during the school day, they’ll be in the evening”.
Rogers said even though district voters have demonstrated a willingness to pay for public education with their tax money by voting for bond packages, an increase in taxes collected doesn’t translate to an increase in revenue.
He said officials accomplished the planned reduction through increased state aid, trimming the budget line by line, benefiting from expiring debt and slicing some employee hours.
At a previous meeting, the base bid estimate for the roof was set at $523,500, while the estimate for the heating and cooling system project was $636,500.
Other board members did not return messages left by the Herald on Monday seeking comment for this story. Beatty, Auerbach, and Rick Dumont all said that they thought the district’s needs could be met with $105 million in spending.
“However, when considering high student achievement, teacher relationships with students and teacher expectations of students has a very high correlation to success”, Schley said.
But the motion carried to rescind the vote, and Pittman said it was “the will of the board”.