Monticello Girls' Softball Team wins 3rd Place at Class 2A State Finals. Video courtesy of IllinoisHomepage.net.
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“Shall the Board of Education of Monticello Community Unit School District No. 25, in Piatt, DeWitt and Champaign Counties, Illinois, acquire, construct and install a project to acquire the site for and construct a new high school, construct renovations to the existing high school and Washington elementary school and close out White Heath and Lincoln elementary buildings, and related fixtures, equipment, facilities, improvements and costs, and issue bonds of such School District to the amount of $40,000,000 for such purpose?”
A full bond sale is estimated to cost the owner of a property with a market value of $100,000 at most $190 in new taxes. If approved a New Monticello High School would be constructed, elementary students would be combined onto one campus, and Lincoln and White Heath Schools would be closed out and re-purposed. The Board has four priorities for this project going forward (1) enhance/maintain current programming at all grade levels, (2) build on a school site close to town, (3) retain the elements of traditional school construction, and (4) enhance the efficiency and sustainability of the district through green technologies.
The 2014-15 SAGES School Pocket Calendars are available in all school offices. Please note an error in the last day of school as printed in these calendars. The last day of school without snow days will be May 28 (not May 27 as indicated). This means MHS final exams will be scheduled for May 26, 27, and 28. There is no end of year Teacher's Institute Day. If five snow days are used our last student attendance day will be June 4. The online printable calendar has been corrected. We apologize for this confusion.
Monticello Schools and the Piatt County Service Company have partnered to invite you to Fuel the Sages. This program creates a unique opportunity that the entire community can participate in to help raise money to help offset the expense of purchasing iPads for the school district. All that is needed in the Fuel the Sages program is purchases of gas or diesel fuel with an FS FUEL 24 card from the FAST STOP located at 427 West Marion or other FAST STOP sites throughout IL, IA and WI. For more details click on the following links.
“Shall a retailers’ occupation tax and a service occupation tax (commonly referred to as a “sales tax”) be imposed in The County of Piatt, Illinois, at a rate of 1% to be used exclusively for school facility purposes?”
The Monticello CUSD #25 approved the Sales Tax question for the November 4 election. School districts in Bement, Cerro Gordo, Blue Ridge, and Atwood-Hammond-Arthur-Lovington also approved resolutions in support of the sales tax for school facilities. Approval of a sales tax for Piatt County School Facilities would generate an estimated $400,000 annually for Monticello Schools and would be used to reduce the impact of the property increase from the New High School by $40-$50. An informational meeting was hosted in February 2014 about the County School Facility Sales Tax (CSFST). The presentation on the tax was made by Kevin Heid of Stifel Nicolas. Twenty-one counties in Illinois have implemented the tax including Macon, Champaign, Shelby, and Douglas Counties. A majority vote of the county would implement 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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