Okawville School Board Member Resigns Citing Family Obligations
By Alex Johannes
The West Washington County Community Unit School District #10 Board of Education met on the evening of Thursday, October 26.
The board approved the resignation of school board member, Greg Toensing.
Toensing resigned due to a “higher family priority” that took place after his decision to run for office.
The meeting began with the presentation of the bills including AimswebPlus, the reading comprehension tool used in the district to improve reading fluency; renewal of the fire extinguishers; the repairs on the air conditioner used in the cafeteria and gym; and a new volleyball libero jersey.
The board approved the resignations of Mrs. Jane Ford and Mrs. Carol Brockmann, who both served as play directors for the past twenty-five years.
The board presented both Ford and Brockmann with their gratitude for teaching students many skills that they can use throughout their lifetime.
After reviewing the audit from last school year, the district received an excellent rating.
The district received a 3.35 rating on a 4.0 scale, with the only negative on the audit report being the long term bond.
The board was approved for $7,405,000 for bond refinancing.
Kurt Heckert was elected as the Lunch Hearing Officer, replacing the position of former board member, Greg Toensing.
In the Principal’s Report, Grade School Principal Leon Spinka reported that the initiative for reducing the number of tardies at the high school has been deemed a success at the end of the first quarter.
Last year there were 163 tardies at the end of the first quarter.
This year there was a total of 102 tardies.
Most of tardies occurred at first hour; there were 43 tardies last year which was reduced to 34 tardies this year.
In the absence of Junior/Senior High School Principal Keith Senior, Superintendent Scott Fuhrhop presented Senior’sreport for the Principal’s Report.
Senior looked into the Lions Quest curriculum, written by the Lion’s Organization, which will allow students to help deal with social and emotional issues.
The curriculum will be purchased for the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, thanks to extra funding and the Lion’s Club.
In the Superintendent’s Report, Fuhrhop addressed the issue of a damaged water heater that began to flood the band room.
As of now, the school is operating on one water heater.
As a result of closed session, the board approved the maternity leave of Mrs. Clara Dressler.