The Monticello Board of Education approved school calendars for the next two years at the December 16 meeting.
Monticello CUSD #25
MONTICELLO (Journal-Republican) — Monticello’s Lincoln and White Heath Elementary schools have received an award for their dyslexia screening and intervention program that was put into effect in 2012. Intervention teacher Jenna Branch and special education instructor Mary Rhodes received training on how to identify those with dyslexia, and since 2012 have screened about 110 incoming elementary students per year.
The efforts have been recognized by Everyone Reading Illinois, which awarded the schools with the 2015 “It Takes a Village” award.
“The award is nice, but I think mainly I see that we’re helping kids, and bottom line that is what is most important to me,” said Rhodes, who along with Branch will be a presenter at the ERI fall conference, “Dynamics of Dyslexia” on Oct. 7 in Naperville.
On November 4th, the historic mansion of Robert Allerton will be transformed into a Las Vegas style casino for one night only from 7:00pm-11:00pm. Food, drink, raffles, and auctions will accompany our many gaming tables. Unlike Vegas, the house doesn’t always win because all proceeds will go to support the MAEF and its mission to support, enrich, and enhance the educational opportunities and initiatives in Monticello CUSD #25. A $50 dollar ticket gets you entry into the event, fun money for gambling, and complimentary appetizers; additional fun money, raffles, and live/silent auction items will also be available. This is the main fundraiser for the Monticello Schools Education Foundation!
Check out "Viva Las Sages 2016" for tickets.
The Monticello CUSD #25 total school tax rate for upcoming bills will be $3.3373 per $100 of assessed valuation in Piatt County. This is a reduction of $0.013 from last year’s tax rate. The district saw an EAV increase of 2.4%. Our tax rate continues to be the lowest of all school districts in Piatt, Macon, Champaign, DeWitt, and Ford counties as well as in the entire state of Illinois for unit school districts. Area school tax rates can be found HERE.
Public Act 98-669 and Public Act 98-801were signed into law this summer and place enhanced requirements on school districts when dealing with bullying issues among students. Our district has addressed these issues annually and we will continue to be diligent in our efforts to elimnate bullying from our hallways, playgrounds, cafeterias, and classrooms. These laws include an outline of guidelines for schools, many of which our district has been following for years, including timely report investigations, follow-up, and access to social services. Also included are criteria for dealing with cyber-bullying that may occur outside of the school day but creates a negative impact within our schools. Our Building Principals will be dicussing this information with faculty and staff, training has been made available, and information will be sent home to parents to the topic of bullying. Our School Board adopted a revised Board Policy on Bullying at our meeting in October.
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