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Joe Tieman stands next to all the current curriculum in place in the district.

Joe Tieman stands next to all the current curriculum in place in the district.

Assistant Superintendent Joe Tieman addressed high school teacher Mark Goldasich’s concern with school culture during the regular school board meeting on Monday, December 17. “Whether it was an opinion or an issue, it was specifically focused on curriculum and curriculum guides,” Tieman explained. He went on to say the district has spent over a decade developing curriculum guides, curriculum maps, and school improvement plans linked to assessment while walking around the room displaying curriculums from kindergarten through 12th grade.

“There was an issue about sequence in Mr. Goldasich’s presentation,” Tieman continued. He went on to explain curriculums are “indeed” sequenced throughout middle school language arts, as he used as an example. In addition to the language arts curriculum, he wanted to explain the sequence throughout and how buildings are back planning to standardized testing.

Effective local control, Tieman stated as he referred to Goldasich’s presentation. “Look around, this is pretty local control,” he explained. “Our performance levels are driven by the ISAT and PSAE tests, teachers are provided results and have access to cut scores and data is discussed, and we do have an inline and sequenced based curriculum.”

Tieman went on to explain how the high school uses data to improve grades. He referred to RTI and how the system can provide graphs that break down student improvement. Tieman went on to explain that teachers are provided interventions to put into place based on RTI testing. “So, I will argue that data has brought us together and certainly not divided us.”

Assistant Superintendent Tieman went on to allude to Goldasich’s ACT High School to College Success Report. Last month, Goldasich noted less than 12% of GHS students go to college. Tieman explained Goldasich left out private and technical colleges and 83% of respondents from the class of 2012 are attending college according to a guidance department phone contact.

Tieman also noted there is no way to determine “loss in college” based on information in the ACT High School to College Success Report. Goldasich explained last month that students at GHS have the highest GPA leaving high school, but suffer the largest loss in college. Tieman argued data collected shoes very little correlation between high GPA in high school and a low GPA in college. “I am not saying the data is the same,” Tieman closed.

In rebuttal, Goldasich was disturbed at the way Tieman overreacted to ideas opposing his own. “He has simply made a straw man argument,” Goldasich said after the meeting. “Of course we have curriculum maps.  I correctly stated that we do not have them in an enhanced form with embedded testing to check for mastery of skills early and often.”

Goldasich went on to explain the ACT High School to College Success Report showed less than 12% of GHS students as defined by the study. “The study is not about the percentage of students going to college, it is more about the 27 students’ success in college their freshman year. The report was about the success in school, not the percentage of the students that go to school. That is a straw man argument.” He explained college is defined as 2 year or 4 year public colleges, as defined in the study.

Finally, Mark Goldasich said he is not afraid to challenge ideas that have placed CUSD #7 in the bottom 20% of all schools in Illinois. “I certainly hope we have better ideas than blaming parents and poverty rates. Who will ever bring new ideas to the table if this how one is treated? After all, we are fighting for our children’s education and I believe we are better than [the bottom 20%].”


Read more from Mark Goldasich in his letter to the editor.

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Mine Subsidence Insurance
Tieman addressed mine subsidence insurance to cover undermined area of CUSD #7. It is to Tom Hyde’s knowledge parts of the middle school are undermined. “At around $130,000 a year, the district could get $50 million worth of mine subsidence coverage,”Tieman explained. After questions from board members that Tieman did not have answers for, he explained he would contact the insurance company and get back to the board.

Jill Rosentreter explains how much RTI has helped students at the middle school level.

Jill Rosentreter explains how much RTI has helped students at the middle school level.

Personnel Action
The school board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Paul Skeans. Skeans has been the superintendent of CUSD #7 since June of 2000. Skeans noted in his letter addressed to the board he will retire “no later than” the end of the school year of 2014. “It is my intent to retire of Superintendent of schools,” Mark Hayes read from Skeans’s letter, “As I look back over the thirteen years, if there is anything I would like to known as in far it is empowering people and encouraging people to work together while accomplishing goals that cannot have been accomplished alone.”

The board also accepted the resignation of elementary teacher Barbara Schmidt and high school guidance counselor Joni Paine effective at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. In addition, the board accepted resignation from Patricia Fields as cafeteria head cook effective December 31, 2012.

The school board approved maternity leaves for Catherine Plovich, elementary teacher, from January 17 through May 12, 2013 and also Christina Blevins, middle school teacher, from January 24 through February 28, 2013.

The board went on to appoint Ross Shots as volunteer basketball coach for the 7th grade boys’ basketball team and rehire middle school and high school fall coaches for the 2013-2014 fiscal school year. Coaches rehired include: Jeremy Smith (head coach) and Tim Wargo (assistant coach) for middle school baseball; Kevin Gray (head coach) and Andy Easton (assistant coach) for girls’ middle school basketball; Casey Niehaus for high school cross countr; Lana Odorizzi (head coach) and Celia Jubelt (assistant coach) as high school volleyball; Mark Hayes (head coach),  Brett Allen (assistant coach), and Todd Libbra (volunteer) for high school boys’ soccer; and Don Borgini (head coach), Jack Burns (assistant coach), George Link (assistant coach), Rusty Billburck (assistant coach), Don Dobrino (volunteer), Jordan Donaldson (volunteer), Larry Caldieraro (volunteer), and Andy Easton (volunteer) for high school football.

New Business
The school board awarded bid by S. Schaffer Excavating of Pontoon Beach to demolish the old Benld Elementary school located in Benld. The board approved the bid at the amount of $171,175, which is subject to approval by the Department of Natural Resources. The company expects to recycle over $200,000 worth of material from the school.

Middle School RTI Presentation
Jill Rosentreter, 8th grade science teacher, spoke on behalf of the middle school and how RTI is used to improve test scores and overall student success. She explained RTI is a response to intervention which is a research based practice reporting literacy and math skills. “We have implemented reading a few years ago and this year we implemented math,” she explained.

At the beginning of the year, all students are tested to see which students need intervention. Throughout the year, students are screened and progress monitored to make sure RTI is helping them expand on their skills. Upon deciding who needs RTI intervention, parent letters are sent home.

Currently, 31 sixth grades are receiving reading intervention while 16 are receiving math. 28 seventh graders are receiving reading intervention while 22 students are receiving math and 22 students in the eighth grade are receiving reading intervention while 24 students are receiving math intervention. Groups of 3-8 students meet about 3 times a week for 20 minutes giving them about 60-80 additional minutes of intervention.

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“So far, we are seeing an 85% improvement in reading while a 56% improvement in math at the sixth grade level. In the seventh grade level, 82% improvement in reading and 95% improvement in math and 77% improvement in reading and 95% improvement in math at the eighth grade level.”

Paperless Board Meetings
Joe Tieman brought up more information on paperless board meetings per request by school board members. Board members requested Tieman gather more information concerning paperless board meetings as introduced by Paul Skeans months ago. Tieman compared paper costs, mileage reimbursement, hourly wages, and also true paperless routes.

“To go truly paperless,” Tieman explained, “We would have to purchase a laptop at approximately $450 each for 7 board members.” Members of the audience questioned what is wrong with the laptop carts the district already has available. Since everything is on an online portal, there would be no need to purchase laptops. Tieman explained it is something the district can look at and will pursue information on that.

Administrator Updates
High school principal Dennis Tiburzi informed the board of the happening at the high school level. Tiburzi noted PSAE/ACT questions are continued to be presented in all classes while he attended an ACT conference and placed GHS on a list to potentially try out the new ACT assessment system. He went on to note that the FCA is collecting shoes and boots for the needy. Finally, Tiburzi noted the IHSA randomly selected athletes from GHS to participate in the Performance Enhancing Substance program. He added he will report back with the results when he receives them.

Lori Emmons, middle school principal, reported the seventh and eighth grade students will be taking semester exams this week in their core classes. She also added report cards will go out January 10, 2013. Emmons closed with her compliments to both Zach Simon and Angie Brink who put on “an outstanding” holiday concert.

Benld Elementary principal Angela Turcol updated the board on the daily 5 committee. She explained the book study to review the process of the Daily 5 and discuss the implementation in the elementary. She noted she has been shadowing the Daily 5 in Carrollton to learn how to better implement it. Turcol also explained the math curriculum committee is transition to common core and researching new math textbook series. School improvement committees are focused on Rising Star and creating a plan for BES as they are reviewing indicators and choosing which ones are most important.

Payment of December Bills
Transportation Fund: $44,411.93
Education Fund: $239,245.38
Building Fund: $8,087.24
Site and Construction Fund: $1,604,864.70
Grand Total: $1,896,609.25

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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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