It was reported to the Taylorville Community School Distric Board of Education that the Tornado Baseball team had received the IHSA Academic Achievement Award. The boys team achieved a 3.38 total cumulative team grade point average during the 2013-2014 season. The IHSA will post the schools that qualified for the award on the IHSA website as well as being listed in the 2014-2015 State Final Boys Baseball program.
Dr. Greg Feurstenau gave a review of the 2014-2015 District enrollment. The District as a whole saw the numbers decrease from last year at all levels. Grades K-4 was down 26 students with the total being 874. The junior high saw the numbers drop by 34 and the high school was down 12, with total numbers of 772 and 811 respectively. The total school enrollment for 14-15 stands at 2454. Dr. Fuerstenau then informed the board that he had the opportunity to look back to 1971 and compare the enrollment numbers from that period to this years numbers. In 1971, the elementary was grades K-6 and saw an enrollment of 1847, the junior high was grades 7-9 with 865 students and high school, grades 10-12 housed 762 students for a total of 3575. It was noted by Feurstenau that Mt Auburn and Stonington schools were not a part of the 1971 numbers and yet the enrollment was 1121 students stronger than today's numbers, which reflects the changes in the demographics of the county as a whole.
In other business the board approved a request by the FFA to attend the National FFA Convention to be held in Louisville, Kentucky. The convention begins on Wednesday, October 29 and continues through Saturday, November 1. The board also approved the 2014-2015 Annual Report and Application for Recognition of Schools and the District Administration Evaluators. A report was heard on the Taylorville Elementary Breakfast program. It was noted that the number of students participating in the breakfast program had grown from about 33% last year to around 65% this year. The numbers had increased in all areas of the program including the free, reduced and paid. Several administrators echoed the sentiment that the overall benefits of the program made the small problems experienced with the early implementation inconsequential. It was also noted that $8500 in grants had been used to fund the program and that no district dollars were needed for this project.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:15. The meeting was proceeded by a reception for the new teachers in the district.