By Alex Johannes
The West Washington County Community Unit School District #10 Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on the evening of Thursday, March 22.
The board approved the eighth grade and high school graduation dates for the spring.
Eighth grade graduation will take place on Tuesday, May 22 with the dance following and the high school graduation will take place on Sunday, May 20.
After the second reading of the 2018-2019 school year calendar, the board approved the calendar with no changes.
The 2018-2019 school year will start on August 15.
The board approved to renew the high school’s IHSA membership.
The board approved the purchases of technology for the 2018-2019 school year.
Technology that will be purchased includes thirty-eight Dell computers, one laptop for the special education department, and forty laptops for teachers.
After the discussion of purchasing a new elementary reading series for the elementary school students, the board approved the motion.
The new reading series is Pearson ReadyGen and is stated to be “more rigorous” than the current program, as said by High School Principal Keith Senior.
ReadyGen is also a program that can be accessed by students and their parents at home.
The board approved overnight trips for the yearbook and newspaper staff.
In the Principal’s Report, Grade School Principal Leon Spinka remarked on the progress of PARCC testing on the elementary side and discussed the transition between PARCC testing and the new standardized testing that will be administered next year.
Spinka also discussed the progress in reducing tardies and stated that there were 225 tardies last year in the third quarter and this year there were 89 tardies, with 57 percent of those taking place first hour.
Also in the Principal’s Report, High School Principal Keith Senior congratulated the sports teams at Okawville High School who have received the IHSA Academic Achievement Award.
• Girls’ Cross Country: 3.84 Overall GPA
• Boys’ Cross Country: 3.43 Overall GPA
• Girls’ Volleyball: 3.77 Overall GPA
• Boys’ Golf: 3.22 Overall GPA
Senior congratulated the boys’ basketball team and head coach Jon Kraus for winning the title of state champions as well as their sportsmanship shown throughout the entire journey to the state tournament.
Senior also congratulated the WYSE team for advancing to the state competition at the University of Illinois on April 18.
As the last component of the Principal’s Report, Senior remarked on the “Opportunity Talk” that he has taken on over the past few years.
Senior states that the “Opportunity Talk” is a way of inviting students who are undecided on their future plans, and their parents, to talk with representatives from Kaskaskia College to help give students an idea of a real job that they can obtain in the future.
In the Superintendent’s Report, Superintendent Scott Fuhrhop followed up on the new safety procedures for district safety.
Some of these procedures include keeping all of the doors locked and a police presence on campus.
Following closed session, the board hired Katherine Schnoeker as a high school math teacher, Reed Recker as the music director, Tom Hofmann as the bass fishing coach, and all certified teachers were rehired for the 2018-2019 school year.