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Scholarship Mt. Pulaski Women in Busi- ness has scholarship applica- tions available for Mt. Pulaski Women in Business - local scholarships. Graduating seniors and stu- dents now enrolled in college are eligible to apply. Applications are available at the high school or by contacting Patsy Garlits (792-5816). Pancake & Sausage Breakfast The Phoenix Fire Department of Mt. Pulaski is having a Pancake & Sausage Breakfast Sunday, April 11 from 7am - lpm. Cost is a donation. Location: Mt. Pulaski Rural Fire Protec- tion District Firehouse, 612 East DeKalb, Mt. Pulaski. Carryout available. VFW Election Meeting Mt. Pulaski VFW will elect Post Officers Tuesday, April 12. A dinner is at 6Pm. Meeting starts at 7Pm. Census Workers at City Hall The U.S. Census Bureau will be providing assistance to people who need help filling out the 2010 Census survey. Until Friday April 16 those who need help with~li~ng out the 2010 Census Survey, or those Who have lost theirs and need another one, or those who did not receive a survey at all, can come to City Hall, 113 S. Lafayette St., on the following days and times for help or to pick up another survey: Until April 16 Weekdays only M-W-F from 8am -llam Tu & Th from 1-4pm Mt. Pulaski's City Hall will be a Questionnaire Assistance Center for the Census Bureau. This service is free, and the survey is available in 6 differ- ent languages, English, Span- ish, Veitnamese, Russian, Chi- nese Simplified, and Korean. Heart of Illinois Workcamp Homeowner Update Thanks to all of the home- owners who submitted applica- tions to the Heart of Illinois Workcamp. Without you, there couldn't be a wonderful pro- gram like this taking place in Mt. Pulaski this summer. Applications are no longer being accepted. The final paper- work will soon be sent to Group Workcamp headquarters where jobs will be evaluated and approved. Please keep in mind that just because you submitted an application and received a visit from us, there are no guar- antees that workwill be done. No homes have yet been selected. There are many factors involved in selecting workcamp homes. Budget and volunteer limitations weigh heavily on the program. Look for a letter in May to see whether your home will be part of the program. Thanks again for opening your homes to US. Pl r "It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain Published Twice A Month - 24 Issues A Year Week of April 5, 2010 125 By Mike Lakin The above sign at Mt. Pulaski Grade School says it all. The State of Illinois owes the school district $712,575 and that forced the district to make cuts at the March School Board Meeting. Superintendent Phil Shelton told the Board - and the Teach- ers and Supporters that attended the meeting - the Illinois Leg- islature is not acting to fund school districts the length and breadth of this state. He added the Illinois Legislature is also looking to cut state funding in 2011. Shelton made a strong statement, "There is a lack of state financial responsibility; we have to be financially responsi- ble." Superintendent Shelton said the cuts being made that night were forced on the district. He said that the Illinois Legislature has shown its lack of commit- ment to the schools of Illinois by not finaffffi'~/ll~r-s~-pporting pro- grams that it - the Illinois Legis- lature - started. The PreKindergarten program, intended to be financed with funds from the Illinois Legisla- ture, costs $105,000. To date, the Legislature has provided $2,400 of what is owed. The Board voted to cut the Pre-Kindergarten pro- gram. The Reading Improvement pro- gram, intended to be financed with funds from the Illinois Leg- islature, has not been funded. The Board voted to cut the Read- ing Improvement program. Textbook Replacement program is done at a cost of $15,000. The Board voted to suspend the pro- gram. The Junior High Softball pro- gram was cut by a vote of the Board. The Assistant Baseball Coach- ing position at the high school was cut by a vote of the Board. Attendance by the Board at State Board Convention was cut by a vote of the Board. Participation in the Salt Creek Academy was cut by a vote of the Board. School field trips were cut by a vote of the Board. It should be noted the cut in field trips did not include FFA and FCCLA. Both groups raise money to pay for mileage for their trips. Purchase of technology sup- plies and equipment was sus- pended by a vote of the Board. The above was done to save $169,005. The following teaching and non-teaching staffcuts were made by a vote of the Board. Teachers not re-employed... Kristin Rucks - Elementary Jim Peck- Elementary Jason Gill - HS Ag Sandy Remmert - Elementary Sp Ed Aide Cindy Stoll - HS Sp Ed Aide Betty Phillips - Pre-K Aide Jason Beard - Jr. High Sp Ed Aide Amy Dyer - Pre-K Parent Coordinator Jill Siebert - Elementary Library Clerk In talking about the Reading Impi-o~,en~ent program, Superin- tendent Shelton said the pro- gram was very important for stu- dents. But. over time. the amount of funding provided by the Illi- nois Legislature fell while the cost of the program increased. It was also noted that if tax- payers look at individual fund balances they could argue that some funds could be moved to meet some expenses. Superin- tendent Shelton told the Board that the monies in these individ- ual funds are "fall back funds". He gave an example of transpor- tation costs. When the state fails to promptly pay school transpor- tation costs, these funds are tem- porarily "tapped" to meet the financial shortfall until the slate funds come in. If these funds were shifted there would not he a financial safety net for the dis- trict. Superintendent Shelton con- cluded this part of the meeting with the following point- the district has a budget of $6.5 mil- lion and the Illinois Legislature is to provide $650,000 in General State Aid. The district is fortu- nate not to be as dependant on the Illinois Legislature's funds as other Illinois school districts. If it were, the cuts being made tonight would go even deeper. In Other Business - Kathy Miller resigned as National Honor society Spon- sor. Superintendent Shelton will meet with other Logan County Superintendents to discuss the School Sales tax idea. He will report to the Board at the April meeting. The high school will be the location for the Heart of Illinois Workcamp volunteers in June. Local school property taxes are expected to increase one-cent. The district anticipates prop- erty tax revenues to be down $32,000. Start Anderson presented the board with a list of girls inter- ested in softball. Start noted his understanding of the district's financial problem. This year's graduation dates are June 4 at the grade school and June 5 at the highschool. The district's property-casu- alty insurance was renewed at a cost of $31,509. The Board approved continu- ing the high school golf team practice at Lincoln. Board Mem- bers Olson and Haley voted no on the motion. The high school anticipates a freshmen class of 40 students. Brian Alexander- HS Sp Ed was granted tenure by the Board. The following were re-hired for the 2010-2011 school year... Terry Morgan, High School Principal. Gone Newton. Grade School Principal. Kendra Updegraff- HS Math Julie Wubben - HS Spanish Jean Beccue - Jr. High Sp Ed Brooke Eeten - Elementary Brandy Westen - Elementary P.E David Helm - District Music Craig Erlenbush- HS P.E. Heather Fricke - District Technology Michael West- HS English Michele Clark - HS Science Lake Fork Dinner The Center's Appreciation Dinner will be Saturday, April 17 at 6:30Pm. It's a potluck - bring dish to pass. Everyone is welcome. Preschool Screening Mt. Pulaski Community Unit District #23 will conduct a free preschool screening for all chil- dren ages 2-5. If your child will be 3 (or older) by September 1, you may reg- ister your child by calling the Grade School (792-7220) between 8- 3for a convenient appoint- ment. The free preschool list will be made from qualifying screening participants. Birth To 2-Screening - Amy Dyer (792-7239), our playgroup teacher, is available appoint- ment to screen your young child. Call for an appointment. Music Contest The Mt. Pulaski Jr. High music students participated in the annual Logan County Solo and Ensemble Contest, The event was hosted by Lincoln Zio]i Lutheran School, and was held on the campus of Lincoln College. The results: Miranda Hilliard - Vocal Solo - 1~ Flute Choir - (Emma Stewart, HannahBoward, Breanna Lock, Jordan Taylor, Molly Williams, Elizabeth Allen. Sammy Morris, Katie Fairchild, Tiffany Stewart. Hannah Freer, Kamryn Aylesworth) - i~ Aaron Durchholz - Vocal Solo - 1~~ Jordan Taylor - Flute Solo - Is~ Samantha McCarty - Snare Drum Solo - 1~ Brady Coppinger/Aaron Durch- holz - Trumpet Duet - Is~ Miranda Hilliard - Clarinet Solo - 1st Julia Beccue - Vocal Solo - U Derek Baunach - Snare Drum Solo Dustin Dierker': Trombone Solo - Max Coppinger, Morgan Hayes, Maddy Davis - Woodwind Trio - 1~ Andrew Moody - Alto Sax Solo - Julia Beccue - Piano Solo - 1~ Molly Williams - Piano Solo - 1.~ Emaleigh Berry/Katy Reynolds - Clarinet Duet - 1~' Zach Fanning - Trumpet Solo - 1"~ Brianna Stewart - Clarinet Solo - Clayton Lindley - Alto Sax Solo - Liam Davis - Alto Sax Solo - 1= Angel Reno - Vocal Solo - 1~ Aaron Durchholz - Trumpet Solo - i~, Molly Williams - Flute Solo - 2'~ Morgan Hayes - Alto Sax Solo - 1~ Ch]cis Hegland, Zach Fanning, Julia Beccue, Dustin Dierker, ~Iichael Ho, Max Van Rheeden - Brags Sextet - 1" Samantha McCarty- Vocal Solo - ]st Morgan Hayes - Piano Solo - 1." Andrew Moody/Clayton Lindley - Alto Sax Duet - 1~' Chris Hegland - Trumpet Solo - 1" Justin Dunakey - Vocal Solo - 1~ Andrew Moody * Piano Solo - ]~ Derek Baunach - Vocal Solo - 1" Molly Williams - Vocal Solo - 1= Max Coppinger - Alto Sax Solo - Morgan McIntyre - Vocal Solo - 1~ Submitted B9 - Becky Kunken _] 1 -i --':.'.; ,- |,l:'Jilll ,.;Ubll ii ]IUII ;,id,IEE]IiII.UI 1 iilill :.