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 from March through June 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. The next community-wide conversation will be held on MARCH 20, 2014 at 7:00PM in the Monticello High School Auditorium. The community is invited and encouraged to attend – we are hoping for a full-house. Building tours of Monticello High School will be offered prior to the meeting at 6:00PM for anyone interested in walking through the building.
We have been out of school due to snow and/or extreme winter weather conditions for seven days so far this year. We have five Emergency Days built in to the School Calendar. The Monticello CUSD #25 Board of Education discussed options for the two snow days used after the five required emergency days and decided to apply to the ROE and ISBE for Act of God Days at this time. This means that we will not make up these two school days and we will not make any other changes to the calendar at this time. Some discussion was had on changing our Early Out Days to Full Days, on changing 4/21 to a required attendance day, and on adding days to the end of the calendar. At this time it was decided to not make those changes. If more snow days are used the Board will have additional discussion on calendar changes. Our calendar for 2013-14 places our last student day as June 3 and a Teacher Institute on June 4 after changing all five emergency days into attendance days.
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.
The Annual Education Foundation Fundraiser will be held March 8, 2014 at 6:00PM at Monticello Middle School. Each year MAEF honors Monticello High School graduates who have achieved excellence in their fields of endeavor. This year we celebrate our Eleventh Annual Gala Event by recognizing three of our accomplished graduates in the education field. The 2014 theme is, “Celebrate the Legacy of Learning - A is for Apple—Honoring Educators.” Guest Speakers will be Scott Myers, Hazel Lindsley and Sandy Borries. Classroom Teacher Grant awardees from last year will also be recognized.
Guests may enter the Middle School at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. Following dinner, honorees will offer remarks, and the program will conclude at 8:30 p.m. Guests are invited to stay to greet honorees at a reception to be held from 8:30 until 9:00 p.m.
Tickets will be available the 27th of January at First State Bank, the Unit office, online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/monticello-area-education-foundation-gala-tickets-10083529107?aff=rss or Please send the above information and return with your check payable to:
Monticello Area Education Foundation
P.O. Box 473
Monticello, Illinois 61856
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