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Taylorville School Board Rejects Richland Offer

The Board of Education for the Taylorville School District heard a report from Superintendent Fuerstenau concerning the Early College Charter School program being offered by Richland College. Each year the program would have given 2 students from the Taylorville School District the opportunity to gain early college experience in a 4 year setting. The 2 largest drawbacks according to Dr. Fuerstenau are the costs to the school district and the working relationship already in place with Lincoln Land Community College. The estimated costs to the school district would be a little over $5000 per year, with the total costs for 8 students in any 4 year period to be $43,704. The board voted down the proposal unanimously.

The meeting was called to order promptly at 7:15. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as were the approval of claims and the treasurer’s report. The board then heard letters of resignation from Mark Britton, Science teacher at the high school, Kay Stephens, cafeteria worker at North School and Seth Ventress, the high school soccer coach. It was moved to accept these resignations as well as the hiring of Jennifer Plants, 4th grade teacher at Memorial, Stephanie Ruppert, Science teacher for the high school and Don Beetem and Troy Chesser as co-assistant wresting coaches. It was noted the numbers for the wrestling program at the high school have almost doubled in the past two years.

The board also approved the bids for the Spring Sports. Superintendent Fuerstenau reported that the school was prepared for the upcoming winter as far as snow removal and the maintenance to the school were concerned. The school messenger system is also fully operational. It was reported to the board to expect major changes in the food services requirements for next year as well as the Principal Evaluation and the Teacher Evaluation process and requirements. The course offerings from LLCC were finalized for next year.

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