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SMALLTOWN PAlE 217 WCOTA lzr l/ SHELTON WA 98; "It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain By Mike Lakin - Theschool board election is over, and at the April meeting; Ashley Combs and Charlie Hickey took their seats on the school board. Doug Martin remains president, John Stewart is vice president, and Joe Olson is board secretary. A letter from the Logan County Board was read to the school board. On behalf of Gov. Rauner, the. county board had several questions for the school district to answer. All County Board Chairmen were making these inquiries on behalf of the govemor. Overall, the gov- emor wanted to know about the success of the current schools in each County of Illinois. He wanted to know how the schools within a county related to the overall state averages m education. The gover- nor is looking at school consoli- dation, efficiency; and economics. The board will be answering the questions submitted by the county board. Bill Rucks was unable to attend the meeting in person, but he attended on Skype - or something quite similar. Tom Martin attended the'board meeting to express his concerns concerning the Relight - Meridien Wind Farm. Tom said that with the board in conferences with Relight, he wanted the board to realize there were issues concerning this com- pany. He said background checks have been made and an attorney retained concerning the company. He wanted the board to do its "due diligence" because there were ques- tions that he found concerning the company's credibility. He said there is a question as to whether or not Relight can actually stand behind their word. He reemphasized that the board had to do "due diligence" in their dealings with the company. Superintendent Todd Harem reported the December one percent sales tax totaled $22,390.55. The district received this payment in April. I[ The second phase of the three- year phase for improvements to the grade school roof project will be underway. All of the work is being paid for from the 1% sales tax. Five roofing companies bid on this year's project and bids ranged from $247,000 down to $170,200. The lowest bid was Meyer roofing. The board unanimously approved the bid for Meyer roofing. The contract also provides of a $1500 per day penalty for each day the company goes beyond the contract finish date. The addition of breakfast at both the high .school and grade school will cost $1.50 per student. The breakfast will be offered 15 min- utes before school starts. Superin- tendent Hamm said the reimburse- ment to the school district is the same as for lunch. The requirement for serving breakfast was due to the fact that the free and reduced lunches for the school district have reached 40% of the students. Cont'd on Page 2 qr" Mt Pulaski High School Senior of the Month Maggie Olson Maggie is daughter of Joe and Angie Olson of Elkhart. She was selected for this honor based on the criteria of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Maggie is very active at school. She played Volleyball for 4 years and is a member of NHS, Student Council, and WYSE. Outside of school Maggie serves as an altar server. Maggie plans on attending DePaul University this fall and will be a pre-med major. Monthly award winners receive a $50 award paid to the college they plan to attend and compete for the Senior-of-the-Year honor in May. Senior of the Month Sponsored by Johnson's Food Center Johnson True Value Hardware f School Concerts Friday May 8 Will Pay Tribute To Abraham Lincoln Friday May 8, the Mt.-.Pulaski Junior High School Band and Choir will present a concert at 6:30 p.m. The Mt. Pulaski High School Band and Choir will present a concert at 8:00 p.m. Both concerts will be at the Mt. Pu'laski High School Gym. Each musical group will present some of their pieces to honor and remember Abraham Lincoln of the 150th anniversary of his death. All the musical groups are directed by Mr. Helm, who said, "It has been nice to discuss with our students Lincoln's significance not only in our nation's history but also his presence and influence where we live." The Junior High Choir will sing "The Battle Hymn of the Repub- lic". The Junior High Band will play "Freedom's Force." The Junior High Band, along with the Fifth Grade Band will play "Yankee Spirit March." The High School Chorus will sing "Brother, My Brother." The High School Morning Chorus will perform '~shoken Farewell." The High School Band will play the "Blue Ridge Saga" and "Gettysburg March.'~ Financial support for the Lin- coln Tribute music purchased for these concerts was given by the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse Founda- tion. The Foundation continues to invite members of the" community to visit the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse to sign the Book of Remembrance and enjoy the special displays set up during the month of mourning for Abraham Lincoln. Mount Pulaski Police Department Hosted Multi-Agency Exercise Exercise, at MPHS, consisted of training and preparedness for incidents utilizing multiple active scenarios within the school. Participating officers not only gained valuable experience in evolving situations but also becarfie familiar with the school layout for tactical purposes. The Mount Pulaski Police Department would like to thank school administration for the use of the facilities and the Illinois State Police for the use of their training equipment. Continued training has always been a priority for the Mount Pulaski Police Department. This year I have personally participated in over 50 hours of certified train- ing in the fields of crime scene investigations, sex offender law updates, and juvenile law updates. Much more training is scheduled throughout the year. In June of 2015 the Mount Pulaski Police Department will host a two-day crime scene photography training class for CSI's and arson investi- gators in central Illinois. It will be instructed by Illinois State Police Crime Scene personnel and consist of all areas of digital photography as it relates to crime scenes includ- ing night photography. I believe all police officers should be trained in multiple areas of law enforcement to better serve their communities. Police officers thrive in an environment of leaming and education, which has proved to be the case over the years for our department. Law enforcement Published Twice A Month - 24 Issues A Year May 2, 2015 has drastically changed over the years and I want our department to change with it. Officers require more annual training to be knowl- edgeable of the ever-changing laws. Currently I am working with the Illinois State Police to possibly pro- vide a presentation to educate our citizens on the hundreds of scams currently operating in our area. I would like to put this on in the summer but dates have not yet been determined. Also, I am currently working with the Federal Bureau of Investigations Cyber Task Force to possibly provide training to the Mount Pulaski Police Department and other invited agencies. The goal is to educate investigators in the cyber investigations arena, an area that law enforcement needs to be more in touch with. I will update readers on continued train- ing within the department through the coming months. Lynn E. Freer - Chief of Police Sl