The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from long-time Taylorville school superintendent Doctor Gregg Fuerstenau, at their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
The Taylorville superintendent gave an overview of many of the good things happening in the Taylorville School District, then discussed the future of state funding of schools.
Fuerstenau told the Kiwanis members that increased enrollment in the Christian County C-E-O program by Taylorville High School students, and the high school sending students next year to the Capital Career Center in Springfield to take vocational dual-credit classes, are 2 examples of what the district is doing to assist students prepare for a career. He added the Capital Career Center will help those who may not be going to a 4-year college.
Fuerstenau also said that the district is advancing in technology both in the classroom and with students. Seventh grade students starting next year, will be provided Google Chromebooks, with the parents paying for the new device over a 3-year period, then the student will own it. He added that textbooks will soon be a thing of the past.
Finally, the Taylorville superintendent asked Kiwanis members to contact local legislators to support Senate Bill One, introduced by local State Senator Andy Manar, to make the school aid formula more equitable to downstate districts. The Illinois Senate is taking up the bill, but it hasn't been called in the Illinois House.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.