We are working with our community to continue the conversation on the future of school facilities for Monticello CUSD #25. A series of community-wide conversations will be held this spring that will provide information and discussion about the possibilities, options, and ideas on the table for our school buildings. We have big decisions to make and we need to hear the voices of the communities that make up our school district. In the fall, the district led the effort to bring the conversation to the community through business leader meetings, faculty and staff discussions, a community-wide meeting, a district-wide survey, and by providing information on district media. From that effort emerged a set of questions that need answers this spring prior to gaining community consensus on the direction that our school district should pursue. SAGE VOICES is the name selected for the second phase of community engagement. SAGE VOICES is led by a facilitating group that includes community members, school teachers, and school administrators. The success of SAGE VOICES is only as good as the community involvement in the process. he next community-wide conversation will be held on MAY 8, 2014 at 7:00PM in the Monticello High School Auditorium. The community is invited and encouraged to attend.
Jennifer Smith, a Monticello Middle School Science Teacher, was recently chosen to receive the SCORE Grant from the Illinois Education Association. The SCORE Grant's purpose is to "encourage early career members and their local associations to collaborate and create opportunities for community service or school projects that were substantive and meaningful."
For Smith, the grant helped start a Science Club that focuses on baking and to help the students understand how science plays a role in everyday life. The food they've made has then been shared with other schools in the district and with local community organizations.
Smith has also been selected as one of the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators, which are chosen for "their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom."
Monticello School District will be offering an opportunity for students and teachers to pilot Chromebooks this next school year, 2014-2015.
Students in the grades 6th – 12th for the school year, 2014-2015, can apply to be a part of our Student Chromebook Pilot. Click on the “Student” link for more information.
There will also be a pilot for teachers to have a class set of Chromebooks for their classroom. Any teacher in the Monticello School District may apply to be a part of this pilot. For more information and an application, please click on the “Teacher” link.
The Monticello CUSD #25 hosted an informational meeting on February 13, 2014 about the County School Facility Sales Tax (CSFST). The presentation on the tax was made by Kevin Heid of Stifel Nicolas. Eighteen counties in Illinois have implemented the tax including Macon, Champaign, and Douglas Counties. DeWitt, McLean, and Shelby Counties have the tax on the ballot for the March election. Piatt County has not implemented such a tax at this time. A majority vote of the county would implement up to a 1% additional sales tax to be distributed to county school districts based on enrolled students. Dollars from the tax could only be used for facility improvements, maintenance, upgrades, new facilities, or paying off debt for these facilities. The dollars cannot be used for personnel, supplies, or textbooks. The current tax rate in Piatt County is 6.25%, while Macon and Champaign Counties rates are over 9%. The additional 1% sales tax does not apply to vehicles, farm equipment, farm inputs, prescriptions, or food from the grocery stores. If an item is not currently taxed it will not be taxed if the CSFST is adopted. Please see below for the presentation and a video on the County School Facility Sales Tax.
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