Education Matters: Early childhood center celebrates expansion

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School seventh-grader Paden Schultz climbs in the high ropes course at Camp Wartburg.
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School seventh-grader Paden Schultz climbs in the high ropes course at Camp Wartburg. Provided photo

Flexible scheduling is part of what the Good Shepherd Lutheran School’s expanded Early Childhood Center offers now that its building has expanded.

The school at 1300 Belt Line Road in Collinsville celebrated with a dedication ceremony Sunday with tours of the $2.8 million facility. The building added seven classrooms for children ages 2 to 6, and also a muscle development room and an outdoor classroom.

The school offers two-, three-, four- and five-day a week programs as well as options for half-day, school day and extended care for children up to eighth grade.


O’Fallon District 90 Superintendent Carrie Hruby said the district has reached new contracts for non-certified and certified employees.

Salary schedules are eliminated in the new contract for non-certified employees at O’Fallon District 90. Non-certified employees will receive a 2 percent salary increase this school year, and a 2.25 percent increase for each of the next two years, Hruby said.

The new contract for certified personnel includes a 2.5 percent increase this year and next, and they will get a 2 percent increase for the 2017-18 school year, according to Hruby. Newly hired certified staff will be paid $33,000 plus additional money for years of service.


Seventh graders at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Waterloo took an overnight trip to Camp Wartburg. Instead of screen time, the teens participated in the high ropes course, rock wall climb, scavanger hunt and more. The activities were intended to promote teamwork and cooperation; Father Osang Idagbo celebrated evening Mass with the class of 2017.


Congressman John Shimkus is among those accepting applications from those interested in applying to one of four military academies. To apply, one must be at least 17 and not more than 23 on July 1, 2016; unmarried; not pregnant; have no dependents and be a legal resident of the 15th Congressional Distirct of Illinois.

Applications are due Nov. 6. For more information, go to or call 618-288-7190. Applicants must also apply at the academy as well as go through the nomination process through the Congressman’s office.

The application for nomination includes that the candidate be prepared for a lifetime of military service.

Shimkus is a graduate of West Point.


High School seniors can apply for the Elks National Foundation Scholarship at The deadline is Dec. 4. Students must be a U.S. citizen to qualify. The Elks award 500 student scholarships nationwide each year totally $2.44 million.


Students Tyler Pollard, Austin Brown and Amanda Ponce took on a “leadership role” in an assembly recently by carefully documenting a presentation at Highland High School against heroin and prescription drug abuse.

They said D.A.R.E. Officer Chris Coyne told the students that 11 people have died from heroin overdoses in Troy since 2010. He also showed them graphic photos and sores and injection sites that addicts had. Kari Karitis and Kim Crumbrick, both mothers of overdose victims, also spoke to the students. Crumbrick played the 911 recording from the day her son died next to her from a prescription drug overdose.


Regions Bank employees visited Washington Elementary School in Belleville on Monday to read to students. It was part of the bank’s Share the Good Week. Regions readers were John Keeven, Joe Rossi, Julie Fetters, Chris Finnerty, Karen Strickland, Kara Stinnett and Michaela Johnson, who visited five morning classes and another five in the afternoon. Close to 200 students were read to from books selected by the teacher, which included “Howard B. Wigglebottom” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”


An opening reception for Kathy Gomric’s drawings will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday. The reception is open to the public at the Governor French Academy at 223 West Main St. in Belleville. Gomric lives in Millstadt and specialize in animal and fanciful pencil drawings. The show will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday on school days through Sept. 25.


St. Elizabeth’s Hospital donated several laptop computers to Shiloh Village School District 85. The elementary and middle school district received seven Panasonic CF-C1 Toughbooks and 17 Panasonic Toughbook T8s.

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