Bonds may finance Oakwood High School improvements

Bonds may finance Oakwood High School improvements

FITHIAN –Life safety bonds are being considered by the Oakwood School Board to finance future improvements at Oakwood High School.

Superintendent Keven Forney said the agricultural area of the high school needs to be remodeled and the northwest corridor of the school brought into compliance with the federal disabilities act.

The board approved Forney's recommendation to retain First Midstate, a Bloomington-based investment banking firm, to investigate the possibility of issuing bonds for as much as $310,000.

First Midstate representative Kevin Heid explained his company only invests in municipal bonds, and works to match the best type of bonds for the larger projects that the district needs.

Heid said his company would consult with the board on every phase without charging a fee, even if the board decided to seek funding from the state instead.

Also Thursday, Teacher Dawn Lee reported on the high school's special education department. She said the school has students with physical, health, visual and hearing impairments, and students with emotional and cognitive disturbances.

"Our curriculum changes year to year, or more frequently, depending on the needs of our students, and state and federal requirements change frequently," Lee said.

She said the goal is to get students into the general curriculum as much as possible, and Special Education teachers sometimes assist in the general classes to make sure this happens.

Lee said her students are given extra help for social skills, driver's ed, state testing for the Prairie State Achievement Exam, and other classes as needed. She said each Special Education student has an Individualized Education Plan.

The district has a new and improved Web site that gives everyone easy access to class information, school activities, and archived material.

"It has a lot of links. It's a lot more visually appealing than our last Web site and more user-friendly," said Sterling Montgomery, grade school assistant principal.

The Web address is still

Montgomery said staff e-mails will be listed, and the public can subscribe to have newsletters e-mailed for different subjects from any school. An events calender can also be e-mailed.

The school board accepted the resignations of Molly Gill as a teacher's aide at the junior high school, and David Cronk as the seventh-grade boys basketball coach.

Meghan Goff was hired as a personal assistant for a special education student.

Junior high secretary Janet Grove was given 12 weeks of intermittent leave. Forney said it was an extension of the Family and Medical Leave the district is required to give

She adopted a child and asked for four days off per week during that time, Forney said.

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