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School Board rehires all tenured teachers

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Moves Borgini and Garde to tenure

Tieman thanked Gail Niehaus for all her years of service at CUSD #7.

During a regular scheduled board meeting on March 26, the Board of Education placed Don Borgini, high school physical education instructor, and Tammy Garde, middle school special education instructor, on tenure for fiscal school year 2013.

Board member Peyton Bernot expressed his concern with placing Borgini on tenure during a discussion session after Billy Carter made the motion. “I will be voting no. I am not degrading his coaching abilities in any way. I think he is an outstanding person and coach, but to pay him the money we do is ludicrous,” Bernot explained, “I am voting no on that reason only.”

“Point well taken,” Dave Griffel responded, “He is paid according to the salary schedule for his level of teaching in this district. He is treated equally to his years of teaching, so I just wanted to clarify.” After Griffel’s comment, Borgini was placed on tenure after 5 yes votes, 1 no vote, and a present vote from Mark Hayes.

The board went on to employ all tenured teachers as presented for FSY 2013:  Holley McFarland, Mary Kirk, Rick Spencer, Beth Zehr, Jack Burns, Trudy Giaudrone, Mike Bertagnolli, Margaret Fisher, Robert Macias, Casey Sholtis, Jennifer Brown, Jeff Nehls, Connie Whitehead, Mark Goldasich, Jerry Rosentreter, Troy Barker, Joni Paine, Michelle Smith, Katie Weigand, Angela Brink, Nichole Stoecker, Deb Olson, Karen White, Jarrod Herron, Kim Henderson, Kyle Lamore, Stephanie Wilson, Casey Willmann, Jill Rosentreter, Matt Brawner, Jeremy Smith, Mike Blotna, Stephanie Bray, Barb Schmid, Susan Tiburzi, Gail Niehaus, Gayla Crites, Kellie Vesper, Tracy Petersen, Lorraine Strutner, Kimberly Link, Sharon Schwab, Jody Dunn, Gail McGowan, Leanna Sawyer, Melissa B ussmann, Tracy Hostettler, Darrick Orban, Kara Saracco, Kelly Lyons, John Wiemers, Holly Nejmanowski, Jennifer Parker, Anastasia Henderson, Cate Plovich, Amy Price, Nickie Barrett, Jessi Luketich, Mindy Savant, Casey Niehaus, Karissa Smith, Beth Sies, Valerie Barrett, Beth Rull and Donna Easton.

Tom Hyde explained that foundation work was scheduled to have started on March 29.

After employing all tenured teachers, the board employed all non-tenured teachers as well: Amy Goldasich, HS English, 4th year; Kelly Bulla, HS Resource, 3rd year; Ashlee Gibbs, HS Math, 2nd year; Zach Simon, Band, 2nd year; Daniel Edgerton, MS Math, 3rd year; Christina Blevins, MS Language Arts, 2nd year; Rachelle Prough, MS Special Education, 1st year; Marci Johns, Elementary, 4th year; Colleen Favre, Elementary, 4th year; Celia Jubelt, Elementary, 4th year; Jami Schmid, Elementary, 3rd year.

Moving down on certificated personnel, the board appointed winter coaches for FSY 2012 as presented: high school boys’ basketball, Terry Allan, head coach; Casey Sholtis, assistant coach; Matt Brawner, freshmen coach; high school girls’ basketball, Kevin Gray, head coach; Andy Easton, assistant coach; middle school volleyball, Lana Odorizzi, head coach; Celia Jubelt, assistant coach; middle school boys’ basketball, Daniel Edgerton and Tim Wargo; middle school cheerleading, Carrie Scott-Palmer and appointed Chris Rademacher as high school volunteer boys’ baseball coach. The board also appointed Casey Niehaus as middle school boys’ track coach for FSY 2012.

The board then accepted with regrets the resignation for retirement of Gail Niehaus, Pre-K Instructor at the end of the FSY 2012 and to post the Pre-K Instructor for 2013. Assistant Superintendent Joe Tieman thanked Gail, “I want to thank Gail for all her years of service at our district. She is a great person and a great instructor.”

Tieman went on to explain that the reason this job is being posted as vacant at such an early date is because it takes a special certification to teach this position. “You have to have an early childhood certificate, an elementary certificate and this position requires an early childhood certificate,” Angela Turcol, principal of Benld Elementary, clarified.

Under non-certificated personnel, the board approved the resolution authorizing honorable dismissal of educational support personnel:  Amy Baker, Cathy Barylske, Trinity Bray-Jett, Theresa Carter, Sharon Heyen, Misty Parker, Ella May Roemer, Tim Wargo, Kathy Wheeler, Nicole Zenner.”This is something we have traditionally done historically,” Tieman shed light, “We assess our need for those aids and then as an administrative team, we come before the board and ask that some or possibly all of these aids be rehired.”

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Tom Hyde then gave an update on current capital projects. “The mine grouting work has been completed,” Hyde started. Hayward-Baker has demobilized their equipment from the site. The storm water piping and manhole for connection of the District’s storm water detention area to the adjacent field tile piping has been installed.

Foundation work is scheduled to start March 29. Contegra will be on site as soon as a portion of the building is available for them to begin work. Korte and Luijhon expect 400 million feet per day in gray beam.  “There should be some visible signs shortly,” Hyde closed, “It is starting to move.”

The board approved change order #2 FBE/MBE subcontractors. “This is being required by the state,” Hyde clarified. 5% each in the total amount of $105,173, subject to final verification and approval from Capital Development Board and authorized the Superintendent to act as soon as approval is received.

In other actions, the board authorized to advertise and seek bids for Data Wiring as well as approved and adopted plans for specifications for the New Elementary School. Hyde needs these documents to  submit to the Regional Superintendent for review and issuance for a Building Permit.

School administrators then provided updates of events and programs underway in each attendance center. Mr. Dennis Tiburzi, high school principal, explained to the board that the juniors took a practice PSAE/ACT test to help prepare them for the upcoming test in April. The environment was the same as it will be in April. In other activities, the vocal ensemble group received “Best of the Day” during an IHSA Solo/Ensemble contest in Jerseyville. “This is fabulous, I can’t remember getting this award in the 15 years I have been here,” Tiburzi noted.

Tiburzi went on to say the faculty and staff were updated on the synthetic drug use in the area by Gillespie Police Chief Jared DePoppe and Litchfield Police Chief B.J. Wilkenson. He went on to close with a congratulatory spiel toward the soccer team for winning the Metro East Cup, the boys and girls track team on early accomplishments, and named members that were All-Conference members for basketball which included: Shelby Jarman, Alexis Burns, Michael Bussmann and Ellen Gray who received honorable mention.

Middle school principal Lori Emmons congratulated science fair winners and explained Stephen DeMartini and Marissa Hartke will go to the next level and attend the State Science Fair in Champaign. In other middle school news, the honors banquet will be on May 2nd and the GMS Indian Invite will be on April 7. “We had a great turnout last year and we invite everyone to join us this year again,” Emmons explained. The Indian Invite is an annual track meet for grades six through eight.

Lastly, Angela Turcol notified the board that 45 new kindergarten students attended the kindergarten preview. She then went on to say that herself and Mrs. Rull joined the advisory board at Macoupin County Maple Street School Health Center and are working on a relationship with the Health Center to become aware of the programs they offer. “Mrs. Rull is working with their education representative to build participation in the programs the Center offers to elementary and middle school students,” Turcol closed.

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The board then approved the payment of March bills in the amount of $93,439.42 and adopted the 5-year plan. The board also approved membership in the IHSA for fiscal school year 2013. “This allows us to compete in the post season,” Tiburzi clarified.

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Progressive Club to celebrate 90th anniversary

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Benld Entreprise

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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