New Catlin board members sworn in
CATLIN – Four people were sworn in to the Catlin School Board Thursday – three who were re-elected to their seats, and one who is returning to the board after a two-year absence.
Jeff Fauver, Tom Koerting and Terry Prosser all ran unopposed for their seats on the school board last month. Doug Klemme ran unopposed for the seat vacated when Toni Stone chose not to run for re-election after eight years on the board.
Fauver has served on the board since 1998, and was re-elected to serve a four-year term. Koerting was appointed to fill a vacant seat in August, and was re-elected to serve a two-year term. Prosser has served on the board since 2003, and was re-elected to serve a four-year term.
Klemme, a plumber at the University of Illinois, served on the board for eight years, but chose not to run for re-election in 2005. He said he decided to return partly because he strongly supports the proposed creation of a cooperative high school.
School officials in the Catlin, Jamaica and Oakwood districts are exploring the idea of creating a cooperative high school, while retaining their separate grade schools.
The three high schools currently have a total of about 700 students, and are hoping to build a new high school on a centrally located spot.
"I believe a cooperative high school would give students better educational opportunities," Klemme said.
Superintendent Guy Banicki said it was great to have an experienced board member return.
In other business, the board tabled action on issuing an honorary diploma to a former student who was drafted into the Vietnam War before graduation.
Raymond Collins was drafted in the summer of 1970 at the age of 19. He now wants to take advantage of a law that allows school officials to issue diplomas to honorably discharged veterans of World War II and the Korean War if they resided in the school district, left school prior to graduation in order to serve in the U.S. armed forces and had not already received a diploma.
Collins, now 56, is receiving some help in his effort from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin's office, even though he received a GED and the law in question does not include Vietnam veterans.
Banicki said that an Illinois Association of School Boards policy book allows school boards to accept military service experience as credit toward graduation, "... provided the student making the request has a recommendation from the U.S. Commission of Accreditation of Service Experience."
Banicki said he has not yet been successful in his attempts to contact or even locate that commission, but was still pursuing the matter.