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.
Monticello CUSD #25
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
Families in the Monticello school district may register children who will turn 5 years old on or before September 1, 2014 for Kindergarten at Lincoln School the week of March 17-March 21. Also, families with a student who will enter 1st grade in the fall who did not attend Monticello CUSD #25 schools for the 2013-2014 school year are asked to pre-register at Lincoln School as well. Registration hours are as follows:
- Monday, March 17 - 10:00 AM-3:30 PM
- Tuesday, March 18 - 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
- Wednesday, March 19 - 10:00 AM-3:30 PM
- Thursday, March 20 - 10:00 AM-3:30 PM
- Friday, March 21 - 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Please bring your child’s certified birth certificate (from the courthouse with a raised seal) with you to registration.
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.
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