The Monticello Board of Education approved school calendars for the next two years at the December 16 meeting.
Monticello CUSD #25
Registered voters in MCUSD #25 are invited and encouraged to take a tour of our school facilities. We would love to show you our visions for an updated high school and combined Pre-K through 5th grade campus. Please join us on one of the following dates:
- Feb. 3, at 6:00 and 6:45 pm
- Feb. 9, at 8:30 am with coffee & Danishes
- Feb. 9, at 6:30 pm during PTO meeting
- Feb. 12, at 6:45 and 7:15 pm in conjunction with boys basketball game
- Feb. 25, at 1:30 pm
For more information call 217-714-6552.
“Shall the Board of Education of Monticello Community Unit School District Number 25, Piatt, DeWitt and Champaign Counties, Illinois, acquire and improve a site for and build and equip a high school building, improve the sites of and alter, repair and equip the existing Washington Elementary and Monticello High School Buildings for elementary school purposes and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $40,900,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?”
The Monticello Board of Education has approved the placement of a ballot question to build a New HS and combine PK-5 students to the WASH/HS campus. The location of the New HS will be directly east of the current MMS. A two-campus plan for the district will be created with MHS/MMS east of town and PK-5 on the south end of town. It is hoped to include improvements to address the traffic situation during parent pick up at MMS and shared parking during large events. Improvements are being considered to the school area of Monticello Road as part of the project. A land swap understanding with the City of Monticello related to Lincoln School becoming a Park/Rec center, Wilkey Complex becoming the city-owned recreation field space and Appletree/MMS drainage acres being owned by the school to either hold, trade or sell in consideration for land in the MMS area has been approved with final details pending the referendum outcome. New athletic fields will be included at the New HS. An MHS/MMS site plan has been developed that includes the New HS rendering and provides a visual for the MHS/MMS Campus. A commitment plan addressing the future of White Heath School has also been approved. The Board carefully considered multiple options and believes that this plan is in the best long term interests of the district fiscally and facility-wise. The final site near MMS was selected after considering drainage, traffic, student counts, and property availability compared to a site near the current MHS. We are excited about the opportunities that this creates for our entire district as well as the City of Monticello and Piatt County.
Tours of the HS are being provided on Feb 9 at 8:30AM, Feb 12 at 6:30PM and 7:15PM, and Feb 25 at 1:30PM. A public forum has been scheduled for February 15 at 6:30PM at the White Heath School Gym to discuss the referendum and possibilities for the future of White Heath School.
Questions? Email the Supt
Referendum Questions and Answers (Updated 2/8/16)
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.
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