Metro-east school administrators receive awards

News-DemocratSeptember 24, 2013 

The Illinois Principals Association Southwestern Region will honor metro-east educators with awards Wednesday night at Shenanigans restaurant in Belleville.

The award winners are as follows:

* Elementary Principal of the Year: Dave Deets, Ellis Elementary

* Middle School/Junior High Principal of the Year: Jeff Burkett, Wolf Branch Middle School

* Secondary Principal of the Year: Stephanie Posey, Belleville East

* Assistant Principal of the Year: Warren Fehrenz, Belleville East

* Innovative Educator Award: Angie Kuchnicki, Lovejoy Elementary in Alton

* Outstanding Board Member Award: Al Scharf, Belleville District 201

* Outstanding Superintendent Award: Jeff Dosier, Belleville District 201

* Outstanding Athletic Director Award: Jim Murphy, Grant-Illini School District

* Herman Graves Award: Ron Trelow, Whiteside Middle School

* Reaching Out and Building Bridges Award: Susan Gillott, Belleville West

The Herman Graves Award is the highest honor bestowed by the IPA as the recipient must have at least seven years of service at the regional or state level in the IPA.

The Reaching Out and Building Bridges Award is designed to recognize an IPA member that displays outstanding efforts in arranging partnerships between schools, principals, associations and organizations for the betterment of all.

The award winners were voted on by members of the Illinois Principals Association Southwestern Region, which encompasses five counties in Southwestern Illinois.


Mascoutah District 19 school board unanimously approved its fiscal 2014 budget at its meeting last week. The budget anticipates $48.6 million in revenue and $57.1 million in expenses, for a deficit of $8.5 million.

The deficit spending will be covered by the district's fund balances. At the end of fiscal year 2014, the reserves are projected to be $27.1 million. The district's entire budget is posted on the district's web site at


The annual William C. Shaw Lecture presented by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Physics Department will pair up with the 2013 season of Arts and Issues to present Dr. John C. Mather, one of the world's most prominent astrophysicists at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Morris University Center's Meridian Ballroom.

Mather is a senior astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and specializes in infrared astronomy and cosmology. He was a co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in physics. Mather currently serves as senior project scientist for the development of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Mather's presentation entitled "History of the Universe from the Beginning to End" will discuss the history of the universe in a nutshell - from the Big Bang to now and on to the future.

Tickets for the general public are $15. Tickets for SIUE faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and seniors 65 or older are $10. Admission is free for students. For ticket information, visit


Millstadt Consolidated School is putting on its annual play at 7 p.m. Thursday at the school, located at 211 W. Mill St. in Millstadt. This year's play "Over Booked" was written by teacher LuAnn Goldstein, who is also the director of the play. More than three dozen students are starring in the play or working behind the scenes. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. Admission is free to children, 5 years and younger.


The Career Center of Southern Illinois in Red Bud is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday in celebration of its newly renovated space and new name. The center, formerly known as the Beck Area Career Center, offers welding, automotive and nursing programs. It serves full-day high school, vocational and adult students. The center is located at 6137 Beck Road in Red Bud.


Southwestern Illinois College Alpha Kappa Rho chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is hosting its annual trivia night Saturday. The event, which supports the community service work of PTK, will be held in The Commons at the SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Road. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and trivia starts at 7 p.m.

The cost is $15 per person, with tables consisting of eight people. Cash prizes will be awarded. Participants can bring snacks and nonalcoholic beverages.

For more information or to register as an individual or table, contact Patricia Pou at 618-931-0600, ext. 7441. Seats and tables may be purchased at the door if available.


Eighteen high school students from across the state will get a front-row seat to state education policy work and a chance to offer their insight and perspective this school year as members of the State's Student Advisory Council. Two of the 14 new members selected to serve on the 2013-14 council are from metro-east high schools: Tyler Cozad, a senior at O'Fallon Township High School and Brandy Brown, a junior at East St. Louis Senior High School.

Tyler, 18, the son of David and Lynda Cozad of O'Fallon, has played an active role with Student Council throughout high school, serving as the executive board vice president and senior class president. Brandy, 17, the daughter of Robert and Willie Brown, was ranked No. 1 in her junior class. She serves as vice president of a Christian leadership organization.

Collinsville High School senior Sabrina Flohr is a returning member of the advisory council. Sabrina, the daughter of Eric and Carol Flohr, is involved in Latin Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Science Club, Science Olympiad, Student Council and Junior Honor Society, among others.

Members of Student Advisory Council work with the Illinois State Board of Education, voicing student concerns and providing student perspectives on the state's education policies. Applicants to the council undergo a competitive review process and those selected exhibit strong interpersonal skills, the ability to work well in groups, think creatively and come up with innovative solutions.


Lincoln Place Heritage in Granite City has awarded a $500 scholarship to Greg Garcia, a 2012 graduate of Granite City High School. Greg was recognized with the scholarship during the Heritage Festival Sept. 21 in Granite City.

To qualify for the scholarship, a student must have a connection to Lincoln Place, have a B average and will be pursuing post-secondary education. The applicants were all asked to write an essay about how Lincoln Place influenced their life.

Four generations of Greg Garcia's family have lived in Lincoln Place. His parents are Greg Garcia and Tona Townzen. Greg, 19, is attending Southwestern Illinois College and aspires to be a pharmacist.


The American Association of University Women has awarded a 2013-14 American Fellowship to Katrin E. Sjursen, an assistant professor of historical studies within SIUE's College of Arts and Sciences. American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research or finishing research for publication. She plans to use the grant to produce a book based on her research into the military obligations of medieval noblewomen.

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