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Why God Made Mom From Chuck Cannon Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions: What did mom need to know about dad before she married him? 1. His last name. 2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer? 3, Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores? Why did your mom marry your dad? 1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my morn eats a lot. 2. She got too old to do anything else with him. 3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on. income at retirement? A tax benefit today, plus retirement income you can't outlive. Let's talk about the FUTURE INCOME PLUS deferred annuity from State Farm. 11 lasmaaco AW Inc Deron Powetl, Mt Pulaski. IL 62548 Bin: 217-792-3371 Toll Free:. 877-782-3371 statefarm,com i ver mrs xpenence General Contracting Professional mce - Home Town Commitment Licensed Fully Insured - Bonded Ray lnman 454.3090 License # 104 - 008527 6 Receives safety awards Menard Electric Cooperative employees recently received two safety honors during the Safety/Supervisory Technical Conference held in Springfield. The awards were given to coop- eratives with outstanding "no lost time" and "illness/injury" safety records for 2010. The Association of Illinois Electric Coopera- fives (AIEC) sponsors the conference annually. The theme of the conference was "Don't Pass on Safety -- Make it Your Goal." Attendees learned seven principles to help their organizations work toward a common vision for world-class safety performance. They also heard about the dangers of distracted driv- hag and how new technology and social media can help them do their jobs more efficiently. Menard Electric Cooperative'serves more than 10,488 members over 2,582 miles of line in -parts of CaBs, Logan, Macon, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon and Tazewell counties. February Board of Education Meeting Ralph Allen was transferred to the Ag/FFA position for 2011-2012 school year. Board accepted resignation of Doug Nelson as Ag/FFA teacher. Board accepted resignation of Kendra Upde- graft. Board accepted resignation of Mike West. Board re-employed Gene Newton as Grade "School principal for the 20112012 school year. Board re-employed Terry Morgan as High School principal for the 2011-2012 school year. Superintendent Shelton, along with several Board members, attended committee meetings for the past six weeks ha Lincoln concerning the 1% School Sales Tax question on the April 5 ballot. David Meister related the 1% School Sales Tax to the tram fundraiser saying that is a way to bring money into our district from people who do not live here. He also noted that the question has passed ha Macon County, and when people shop there now they are helping to fund facility improvements for schools ha Macon County. FY 12 budget projection is centered on the funding by the State of Illinois. The school dis- trict will lose a substantial amount of money for transportation reimbursement. Superintendent Shelton cautioned everyone about the news stories regarding teacher retirement system, pensions and school district consolidation. Gale Clark and Linda Schilling were present. to give an update on the High School Social Studies program. Mrs. Schilling was also one of 25 teachers in the State of Illinois chosen for the Teaching American History Grant. On this trip, they went from Philadelphia to Boston in one week. She also applied for the same gant for this summer, which is from Nashville to Atlanta, June 13-June 20,2011, and she was accepted. Mr. Clark stated that both he and Mrs. Schil- ling do incorporate writing skills in their classes by having the students do writing analogies and essay questions and answers, as well as oral essays. The recommendation for the March Board meeting is to move the regular meeting to March 28 and have a special-meeting for nego- tiations, coaching evaluations, and the Logan County 1% Sales Tax. The School Board will meet March 15 at 6 pm and moved the March 21 meeting to March 28 at 6 pm. Board approved the Agreement Resolution for the Lincolnland Technical Education Center - with Lincoln High School. Superintendent Shelton stated that one major emphasis for next year would be regular student attendance. The Board approved the High School Soccer Co-op Renewal with Buffalo Tri-City, Tri-City is agreeable to continuing the co-op. This is a two-year contract. The agreement with Quality Network Solu- tions Service (QNS) shows a decrease of about $4500 from the current contract and extends it to June 3, 2016. QNSis rolling back the annual contract amount to $33,000 due to the fact that we now have a tech coordinator who is very knowledgeable. The Board approved the agree- ment. Mrs. Gross took 15 students to a Science Olympiad competition at SIDE. Elise McCor- mick and Rachel Allen placed 1 st in Ornithol- ogy. Allison Haley finished 4th in the State three point contest and girls basketball finished 2nd in the Regional. Eight FFA students competed in the Section 14 Record Book Competition. Six were winners and will compete at District March 16 in Jacksonville. Kindergarten/ECE screenings are March 31 and April 1. Summer baseballsoftball sign-ups are sched- uled for March 13 from 1-4 and March 19 from 10-2 pm. Summary of Minutes reported by - Shelly M. Pearson, Board Recording Secretary "Don't pick a fight with an old man. 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