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VG Board of Education holds monthly meeting March 16

By Kendra Hennis 
The meeting of the Villa Grove Board of Education was called to order at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 16. 

The first order of business was a construction update from CTS. They reported that construction was going well and that they hoped to get a roof up by April 1. CTS will be at the April meeting to provide a further update.

The board then discussed athletic committee updates. The athletic committee presented to the board that their co-op meeting with Heritage has been postponed until April, but they would not recommend that the board continue the co-op. This item will be discussed further at the April or May meeting. 

Following, the board discussed calendar options for the upcoming school year. They will make a decision on a final calendar at the April meeting. 

The board also decided to end Villa Grove’s enrollment in the CEO program for the upcoming year, Sullivan will take their spot. 

In his Superintendent’s Report, Mr. Tracy announced to the board that the school received a one hundred percent on their health inspection from the Douglas County Health Department. He sent a thank you to Kathy and the rest of the staff for all of their hard work, especially with all of the changes happening right now. 

He then talked about the updates of the bridge repair. He noted that things are going well, please be careful at the bridge and to students remember what we discussed at our assembly about safety. He then said that a drain tile needed to be replaced in McCoy but it is now fixed. He also reported that the softball poles have been delivered to the school. 

Mr. Tracy is supposed to attend upcoming special meetings for Superintendents. They will be working to comply with the CDC’s regulations for these meetings. 

Mr. Tracy sent his thank you to the Villa Grove community for rallying together at this time. He said that the teachers were amazing with getting their things together before the closing and that ninety-eight percent of the district showed up to get their things before the break. He also announced that in this time of uncertainty, Villa Grove Schools would be complying with the Illinois Board of Education in regards to what to do for the rest of the semester. 

On the High School side, Principal Mrs. Jones began with a lot of congratulations. Congratulations to Mr. Cordes for being awarded a $500 grant to use with his yearbook students, to the Math Team, to Allison Kneer, Caleb Wiessing and Jackson Weissing on advancing as individuals to State and to Jackson Weissing and Sydney Eisenmenger who advanced as a two-man team to State (and a thank you to Mr. Knilands for sponsoring this). More congratulations to Jake Eversole and Logan Nohren for making 1st team LPC Conference, Kyleigh Block for placing 10th in State for the three-point competition, to Jake Eversole for advancing to Sectionals for the three-point competition, to the HS Scholastic Bowl who are State Champions in the Masonic Bowl, and the Scholastic Bowl team on a great season overall.

Jones also had a lot of thank you’s to give, the HS student council and Jody Eversole for their work on the Dance on Feb. 22, to the students and teachers who participated in the EIU Polar Plunge, Mrs. Parr and the FFA for the thank you breakfast on Feb. 27, to Stacy Welch and Shaylnn’s Hope for their presentation the dangers of vaping and drug use, and to Mr. Cordes and Mrs. Howard for taking students to the Josten’s event in Peoria. 

Mrs. Jones announced to the board that she had attended the LPC Principal’s Meeting in Arthur, the JHOC Principal’s Meeting in Arthur, Josten’s training class in Urbana with Mrs. Howard and Mr. Cordes, participated in the Polar Plunge at EIU, attended the EIU, ISU, and UIUC job fairs, participated in a Middle Level Educator Panel at EIU, and an IEP and 504 law update meeting. 

On the Junior High side, Mrs. Jones sent congratulations to the volleyball team on their great season and JHOC and Regular season Championships and to Mrs. Schweighart for being awarded $850 from DNR to use with the science club trip. 

In his Elementary Principal’s Report, Mr. Beck congratulated Teacher of the Month Lauren Douglas for everything she does for the school. Students of the Month have yet to be determined. He reported to the board that he also attended the job fairs with EIU, ISU, and UIUC. He noted that Kindergarten registration went well and 24 students signed up. 

Mr. Beck also sent a thank you to those who participated and helped with in the Polar Plunge and PTO Reading Night. He also noted that Parent Teacher Conferences were held on March 12. 

He finally presented some upcoming dates for the district, on April 8 there is a 1:20/1:30 p.m. early dismissal, April 9 – 13 is spring break, and April 14 there is a PTO meeting. 

The board also:

– Approved the minutes from the February 18 regular board meeting.

– Approved the minutes from the March 4 special board meeting. 

– Approved the closed session minutes from the February 18 meeting. 

– Approved the closed session minutes from the March 4 special board meeting.

– Authorized the payment of bills.

– Approved membership renewal with IHSA for the 2020-2021 school year. 

– Approved moving to closed session to discuss the appointment, employment, compensation, resignation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint against an employee of the public body to determine its validity. 

– Adjourned until the April board meeting.

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