Pat Watkins, 59, of Swansea, was elected to the Belleville District 201 School Board in the April 4, 2017, election. He's been a student, teacher, coach, assistant athletic director, parent and taxpayer in District 201. This is his first time serving in elected office.
St. Clair County IL and Madison County IL voters in the April 4, 2017, election reject proposed sales tax increases on ballots that would have given new revenue to schools based on student population to use on construction, renovation, expansion, repairs, upgrades and toward paying debt from previous work. School leaders from Belleville IL, Smithton IL, Granite City IL, Highland IL and Alton IL, in Southern Illinois, near St. Louis MO, say they will rely on property taxes for those costs.
With one campus in good shape and the other sinking, Southern Illinois University administrators were considering loaning funds from the Edwardsville IL college campus reserves to the SIU Carbondale IL campus, which needs $30 million in cuts. The deal is now on hold. SIUE and SIUC are located in Southern Illinois, near St. Louis MO.
On April 4, voters in St. Clair County IL and Madison County IL in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO will decide whether they support a 1 percent, or penny per dollar, sales tax increase for school facilities. How would metro-east school districts use the new tax revenue?
O’Fallon District 203 called an emergency meeting for Thursday in O’Fallon IL in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO after the school board voted this week to cut $1 million from next year’s budget. Students are protesting the cuts, which would eliminate the equivalent of several full-time teaching positions.
Mike Day, the O'Fallon teachers union president, spoke before the District 203 School Board during its special meeting Tuesday night. O’Fallon IL District 203 School Board is voting on deficit-reduction plan for fiscal 2017-18 to address its financial crisis. Options that have been discussed include cuts to administrative and teaching staff and the elimination of the lacrosse and swimming programs.
Belle Valley School District 119 Superintendent Lou Obernuefemann will retire from the Belleville, IL school in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO at the end of the 2016-2017 school year and be replaced by Bartelso Elementary School District 57 Superintendent R.Dane Gale from Bartelso, IL in Clinton County, IL.
During the Belleville, IL, District 118 School Board meeting, Kelly Harter was chosen to be Westhaven Elementary School's new principal starting July 1. Harter is currently the dean of students at West Junior High School in Belleville, IL, in Southern Illinois, near St. Louis, MO. Some of her students were in the audience during Tuesday's meeting and each gave Harter a hug after the board voted on her new position.
Douglas Elementary School Principal Teresa Case is retiring, and her replacement is Westhaven Elementary School Principal Geoff Schwalenberg. The Belleville IL District 118 School Board is expected to appoint a replacement for Westhaven's principal at its Tuesday meeting in Belleville IL in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO.
O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon IL in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO is projecting a $2.3 million deficit that puts it in a “financial crisis,” according to Superintendent Darcy Benway. The District 203 School Board is looking at options like cutting lacrosse and swimming, reducing administrative and teaching staff, increasing fees and more.
O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon IL, in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO, hopes to cut $1 million from its budget as it plans for the 2017-18 school year because it faces a $2.3 million deficit. That could mean the end of the school’s swimming and lacrosse programs as the District 203 School Board discusses budget cuts. OTHS girls swim coach Suzanne Gibson talks about the proposed cuts at the school.