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School Begins this Week: CUSD #7 Board Meeting August 15

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As the clock struck 7:00pm, CUSD #7 returned to open session. First on the agenda, under personnel certificated, was to approve maternity leave for Benld Elementary instructor Marci Johns. Motion made by Dobrino, seconded by Griffel, the council voted 7-0 to approve maternity leave from September 26, 2011 to December 15, 2011 for Mrs. Johns.

With no open action under legal and students, the council moved to the consent agenda. With a motion made by Carter, seconded by Schmidt, the council voted 7-0 to approve regular and executive session minutes dated from July 25, 2011 and special meeting minutes dated from July 20, 2011. In further action, all August bills were approved for payment on a motion made by Bernot, seconded by Dobrino.”In that $296,000 of the educational fund, $274,000 goes to special education,” Dobrino stated. Skeans went on to clarify that those figures are just from one quarter, there will be three more quarters to come.

Superintendent Paul Skeans then addressed the council. Skeans advised the council to schedule another meeting to discuss the 5 year plan. “It does take a bit of time to work through it,” Skeans mentioned. The 5 year plan meeting will be an open meeting, for planning purposes only. The meeting is strictly for discussion. With that slated, there will be no action taken. “I would like to get another plan in case, it is our vision to where our district will go in 5 years,” Skeans went on to say. The last three 5 year plans have only lasted 2 or 3 years at the most because they have been completed so quickly. Skeans then turned it over to the Administrators to update the council on school action:

1. Mr. Tiburzi gave insight on the high school:

  • The band meet and great was very well attended by parents and students. Simon, the new band director, discussed his plans for the upcoming school year.
  • Numerous faculty members finalized plans for “8th period” August 8-11.
  • Freshmen orientation was a popular event, well attended by students and parents.
  • Mr. Barker, high school math teacher, obtained algebra II and pre-calculus textbooks from SIUE to use as instruments in class.
  • All fall sports began practice on August 10, initial numbers are as follows: Football – 60, Volleyball – 24, Cross County – 12, and Soccer – 11.
  • The high school football soap scrimmage is set for this Friday, August 19.

2. Lori Emmons updated the council on Gillespie Middle School:

  • 6th grade orientation was held and 30 students attended with a parent. Overall, a successful event.
  • Most students registered on time, but there are a few still signing up late. As of today, 14 students are new to the district and 8 moved out of the district. These number will continue to fluctuate.
  • Boys baseball has started and they won their first game August 15, against Southwestern.

3. Angela Turcol gave news on Benld Elemtary:

  • 25 staff members attened the Michael Heggerty writing workshop. The workshop is free to the district. The focus point is develop the writing program over the past year and change it to core standards.
  • All Pre-K classes are filled and a waiting list has been started. Classes are set to begin August 26.
  • iPad training for teacher in grades 4-6 is scheduled for August 16. 16 teachers are scheduled to attend as the workshop will focus on how to operate the iPad.

Assistant Superintendent Joe Tieman updated the council on the food service and senate bill #7. The school has received information that is 40% or more of the population receive free lunch, then the school is able to apply for a grant to provide free lunch to all the students. This plan would feed all students for free and maybe gain funds in the process. The middle school and elementary school in CUSD #7 were high enough to apply for this grant, but the high school was not. Tieman applied for this grant on August 15, but it is just in the application process now. “It is possible in the future for students K-8, regardless of economic status, may eat for nothing,” Tieman said, “This will be no charge to parents, at all.” CUSD #7 is approaching 70% district wide with students who receive a free lunch. Senate bill #7 pertains to the teacher evaluation and principal evaluation. Both plans must have student growth on them. The bill plays a big roll on the RIF process. The teachers will be grouped in ratings and that rating will dictate how the teacher is called back. This bill will make the teacher evaluations more powerful as well as become the focal point for employment.

Moving on to old business, Hyde updated the board on the upcoming school. Ranger is about 40% done, with one small hiccup – the soil is more damp than what he would like it to be. Ranger’s work is set to be complete by the end of August and then the mine grouting work will proceed. Bids will go out for structural steel and foundation work in mid-September. The foundation work should begin as soon as the mine-grouting is complete. In other business, Bernot motioned to approve 2nd reading and adopt press plus policy issue #76.

In new business, Alepra motioned to place FSY 2012 budget on review in the district administrative office for 30 days.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:35pm.

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Progressive Club to celebrate 90th anniversary

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The Wilsonville Progressive Club will celebrate and host a 90 year Anniversary Party on Saturday, May 11. The party will include a catered dinner, a live band, and fireworks.

Doors will open at 2 pm with a catered dinner being served at 4 pm.  The Shane Kessinger Experience (live band) will play at 5 pm, and a grand fireworks display will be held at dusk.

The Progressive Club was originally established in 1934 by the Progressive Miners and was located on the northwest side of Wilsonville’s main street. The Club moved to their new building in January of 1949 and today this is still the current location at 212 Wilson Street in Wilsonville.

Wilsonville was founded in 1917 when Superior Coal Co. Mine No. 4 was sunk and this was the most modern mine in the Superior field. At that time, the little settlement which grew up around the mine was called Wilson. One day a worker paused and asked, “What are we going to name this town?” President Wilson was in office, thus the town was then and there named Wilson until 1919 when it was incorporated and the name expanded to Wilsonville.

The Wilsonville Progressive Club is operated and maintained by an elected panel of trustees and loyal members.  The Club is open to the public and membership is always welcome.  The large outdoor covered pavilion and manicured grassy side lot offer an attractive and convenient venue for any event along with inside facilities. 

If you are interested in renting for any kind of event, call 217-835-3122 during open hours which are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 4 pm to close, and Sunday doors open at 2 pm.  Every Sunday afternoon at 4 pm is the Queen of Hearts drawing and the Club is on Facebook as well.

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Gillespie Police Report: April 14-20, 2024

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SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Oak Street in reference to a dog bite.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street to pick up a found item.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Chestnut Street in reference to a burglary.

An officer was out in the 200 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a motorist assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Schmidt Street in reference to a 911 call.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South 1st Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Broadway Street in reference to a medical call.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Illinois Street in Benld in reference to illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 5th Street in Benld in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Horizon Street in reference to a 911 call.

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2024

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to a theft in the 100 block of South Main Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Osie Street in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

Nicholas O. Landolt, 36, of Gillespie was arrested on multiple warrants including one out of St. Clair County for possession for methamphetamine, a second one out of Montgomery County for failure to appear for driving while license was revoked, and a third out of Macoupin County for failure to appear for methamphetamine.

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An officer was dispatched to East Walnut Street in reference to a suspicious noise.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Broadway Street in reference to a medical alarm.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft in the 200 block of West Oak Street.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to criminal damage to her property.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to identity theft.

An officer spoke with a female in the 100 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a neighbor dispute.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Southern Street in reference to a suspicious person.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass to property. Melissa J. Hughes, 49, of Benld was arrested on a Montgomery County warrant for theft/larceny.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Francis Street in reference to a traffic crash.

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An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a civil issue in the 700 block of Rose Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 5th Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Pine Street to assist the Department of Children and Family Services.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Broadway Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a 911 call.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2024

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to fraud in the 200 block of South Macoupin.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 500 block of East Elm Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

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An officer was dispatched to Route 4 and Staunton Road in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Gillespie Street in reference to unwanted solicitors.

An officer was dispatched to High Street and Gillespie Street in reference to a suspicious noise.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of High Street in reference to unwanted solicitors.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a civil standby.

An officer was flagged down at Elm Street and Clinton Street and spoke with an individual in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Mt. Olive Road in Eagarville in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a suspicious circumstance.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2024

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 400 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a panic alarm sounding.

An officer was dispatched to the 1300 block of South Second Street in reference to a civil standby.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Osie Street in reference to a dog bite.  Heather L. Kimberlin, 47, of Gillespie was issued a citation for dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Baker Street in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was out with a suspicious vehicle in the alley in the 500 block of Park Avenue.

An officer was dispatched to East Walnut and South Main Street in Benld in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the Veterans Memorial Park in Benld in reference to a suspicious vehicle that had been parked there for a couple of days.

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Gillespie Police Department was requested for traffic control by the Gillespie Fire Department for a fire on Eagarville Road.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut Street in reference to a traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Street in Gillespie in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Litchfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a suspicious person at the storage units. Kathy J. Henderson, 49, of Sawyerville was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear for bad checks

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Maple Street and Macoupin Street. Kenny L. Fults, 18, of Belleville was issued a citation for possession of cannabis.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Mt. Olive Road in Eagarville in reference to civil standby.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Burton Street in reference to an animal complaint.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespassing. Timothy J. Dalpozzo, 57, of Benld was arrested for criminal trespassing to residence and a Macoupin County warrant for criminal trespassing to a residence.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at South Street and Chestnut Street and charges are pending crime lab results.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to Macoupin Street and Elm Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Osie Street in reference to a dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to medical assist.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Spruce Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Baker Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Street in Benld in reference to a medical call.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to an ordinance issue.

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HSHS St. Francis Hospital offers volunteer opportunities for feens

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LITCHFIELD, Ill. — HSHS St. Francis Hospital is offering service opportunities to area teens this summer through the 2024 Junior Volunteer Program. Applications are being accepted now through May 1.

Applicants must be high school students maintaining at least a “C” average, be a minimum of 14 years of age by June 1 and be willing to volunteer at least two hours per week during the summer program. Junior volunteers will perform a variety of duties in various hospital departments. 

Registration materials are available on the hospital’s website volunteer page at https://www.hshs.org/st-francis/community/volunteer.

All participants in the program will be required to present proof of immunizations for MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), and Varicella (chicken pox). An additional requirement includes attendance at a hospital orientation.

A limited number of positions will be available. For more information, contact HSHS St. Francis Hospital at 217-324-8200.

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