Thomasboro school board seeking applicants for vacant position
THOMASBORO – Deb Simmons has resigned her seat on the Thomasboro school board after serving for 5 1/2 years. She is moving to St. Joseph.
The school board must fill the board seat within 45 days and has begun seeking applicants for the position. The appointment will run for two years until April 2009 – the date of the next school election.
Letters of interest in the board seat should be mailed to the school, to the attention of Jodi Wolken, board president.
In other matters, Superintendent Michelle Ramage told board members the school achieved adequate yearly progress on the Illinois School Report Card for 2006.
The reading score was 62 percent, while the math score was 80 percent, both exceeding the minimum required levels of 47.5 percent.
Ramage said she and teachers will establish a curriculum to improve reading scores. The required compliance level next year will increase to 65 percent.
The district has also received good news on its financial report.
The district was placed on the Financial Recognition range, the highest category, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.
Also, May 30 is the final day of school and report cards will be picked up that day.
The final calendar reflected changes due to snow days used this winter.
The board discussed the schedule for kindergarten classes beginning in July. The district operates on a year-round schedule, which means it begins classes earlier in the summer than most area districts.
For the first two days of classes, half of the kindergarten students will attend during the morning of the first day and the other half the second day.
During the afternoons of both days, parents of kindergartners will be able to meet with the kindergarten teacher, Ramage said.
Changes will be made to the school playground area, the most notable of which includes a new piece, the Infinity Loop. Some of the work will be covered by Parent Teacher Organization money.
In personnel action, the board voted to hire Dave Zanton as a social worker. Board members had voted in March to increase the position from three days a week to full time.
Stephanie Johnson was hired as fifth-grade teacher for the 2007-08 year.
The board also accepted the resignation of Amanda Bachman as cheerleading coach and approved the hiring of Laura Good for summer help.
The dates for two monthly board meetings were changed to June 26 and Aug. 14.