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Dr. Greg Fuerstenau, in his report to the Taylorville Community School Board, gave some sobering news as far as the economic outlook for State Funding is concerned. Even though the State has paid the remainder of the 2011 obligations, six months after the end of the fiscal year, $5.15 billion of 2012 revenues were used to pay off those bills. Also the devaluation of home prices in the northern school districts will cause a shortage of local property tax revenues, forcing the northern districts to reach into the available state aid dollars, therefore lessening the amount of available funds for the other districts. Another factor to consider, according to Fuerstenau, is the upcoming decision on pension reform. Dr. Fuerstenau felt that given the overall picture, the next couple of years won’t show much improvement in state funding.

The Superintendent informed the board of several exciting recent events. The Taylorville High School yearbook, The Drift, was awarded best overall yearbook in the State of Illinois for schools with enrollment of 500 to 1200. Also, the Tornado Wrestling squad won it’s first ever Regional title and sent 12 wrestlers, the most ever, on to the Sectionals. The eight grade Terriors Boys basketball team made it to the Elite Eight in the state tournament.

In other news, the Board accepted the resignation of Mckinzie Dempsey from her position as Jr. High Pom Pons coach. Ms. Dempsey had coached the squad for 12 years. Robert Brown and Suzanne Beckley were hired as 7th grade and 8th grade girls track coaches, respectively. Prior to adjourning, the Board heard a report from Dr. Fuerstenau on the upcoming renovations to the High School Science Wing, the High School Chimney and the Junior and High School exhaust systems. Bids will be requested once all the preliminary logistics are finished. The meeting adjourned at 7:30 pm.

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