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Superintendent Skeans to officially retire following sick days and vacation time

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Schmidt Foundation donates another $30,000 to CUSD #7

Rick Sedlak explained CUSD #7 will get $20 million worth of coverage for $64,633.

Rick Sedlak explained CUSD #7 will get $20 million worth of coverage for $64,633.

School board president Mark Hayes announced Monday evening, August 19, Superintendent Paul Skeans will be officially retiring from CUSD #7 following the use of his sick days and vacation time. Hayes read aloud the letter Skeans wrote to the community. Skeans thanked the board, the faculty and staff, and the entire educational community for support over his years of service.

Skeans leaves the district after serving for 14 years. “He will be here on an as-needed basis and Mr. Tieman will be in charge of all superintendent duties,” Hayes explained. Mark Hayes said Skeans will be greatly and sadly missed after doing “amazing things” for the school district compared to the state the district was in when Skeans first started. Being financial sound is something to be said of Skeans’ service, Mark closed.

Schmidt Donation

Mr. Skeans, who was absent from Monday’s meeting, wanted Assistant Superintendent Joe Tieman to report that the CUSD #7 is again a recipient of a generous gift from Mr. John Schmidt of the Schmidt Foundation. The gift of $30,000 was directed to Mr. Skeans to use in any way he sees fit in memory of John’s parents William and Florence Schmidt.

John Schmidt also congratulated the district on the opening of Ben-Gil Elementary School. Tieman, Skeans, the board of education, and the education community in general expressed thanks and gratitude to Mr. Schmidt and his foundation. “We are eternally grateful for his donations and generosity helping CUSD #7,” Tieman explained. “This continues a long tradition over the past 10+ years of the Schmidt Family Foundation donating money to the school district.”

Storm Damage Repair

Tom Hyde, district architect, said the drawings have been finished for the concession stand and Contegra is getting bids for the work now. He reported that work was being looked at on three fronts: the concession stand, the gymnasium, and the art room building. A structural engineer determined the entire west wall of the art room building has to be replaced.

“We are ready to start reconstruction of the inside, the west wall, and the roof as it has to be completely replaced,” Hyde explained. “The interior will be finished following.” Hyde explained the gym work should be completed by the end of December after Bill Carter asked how long the projects would take.

Personnel Action

After a lengthy executive session, the board approved the motion to move Angela Turcol, elementary principal, to the appropriate salary step with additional duties after a 6-1 vote with Peyton Bernot objecting. “I cannot vote for a raise for any administrator until test results have first been released,” Bernot added.

The board accepted the resignation of Ray Mansholt as part time bus driver. The board went on to post for a full time full route bus driver.

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Board member Bill Carter questioned

Board member Bill Carter questioned how long the storm repairs would take.

Under other non-certificated items, the board hired Daniel Edgerton as boys’ freshman basketball coach and appointed Kim Henderson as middle school volunteer cheerleading coach. The board posted for an 8th grade basketball coach and approved the posting for a district custodian.

Student Action

The board approved the early graduation following the second quarter for Kristin Bertolis pending graduation requirements.

Catastrophic & Mine Insurance

Following Governor Pat Quinn’s recent law he signed into action, the district was forced to purchase catastrophic insurance covering middle school and high school students. The law comes after a young man was severely injured in a football accident.

The district purchased $5 million worth of coverage over a 10 year period for $1,700 to cover every student in the district. The state only required $3 million worth of coverage. The school’s insurance would be secondary to the parent’s primary insurance, but parents cannot waive out of the insurance – it’s the law.

The board directed Asst. Superintendent Tieman to look at mine subsidence insurance. Rick Sedlak with Rick Sedlak of CIC explained the district will have $20 million coverage for a premium of $64,633. The motion to approve the earth movement insurance was approved 7-0. The insurance will cover sink holes, mine subsidence, and earth quakes. “No one likes to pay insurance premiums, but given our luck in this district I can’t see how we can leave ourselves exposed,” Dave Griffel added. “We can’t afford not to purchase this.”

Donations

Assistant Superintendent Joe Tieman recognized a couple organizations for donating money to the district in result of the tornado that destroyed the high school gym. The O’Fallon High School Band donated their $500 prize from placing in the Black Diamond Days parade back to the music program at CUSD #7. “We want to thank the O’Fallon school district and the O’Fallon high school band,” Tieman added.

The Troy Knights of Columbus also donated $250 toward the general storm repair fund. “We want to extend a thank you to them as well,” Tieman said. The donations came to the district following the damage to help with disrepair and overall damages.

August Bills

Transportation Fund: $2,335.14
Education Fund: $283,318.25
Site & Construction Fund: $64,836.23
Building Fund: $26,914.30

Grand Total: $377,403.92

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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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