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January Superintendent Newsletter

Winchester CUSD #1 Monthly Newsletter

January 2, 2018      

We have two new employees beginning this month.  Jacob Schumacher will be teaching vocal music at WGS after graduating from Quincy University last month.  Krysta Coon will serve as our full-time school nurse starting this month.  We are very thankful for Sheri Deeder filling in as our substitute vocal music teacher 1st semester.  We also wish Cathy Post a happy, restful retirement after serving as our school nurse the past 2.5 years.    

We had 200mb Internet speed with IREC through last month.  We still had some speed issues during high traffic times.  IREC has offered us an “open fiber” 1 gig that is 5 times faster than what we had plus they are only raising our fee $100 per month.  We will have open fiber beginning this month.

We have installed a keypad keyless entry for the Pritchett Building due to many people using our weight and exercise equipment without authorization.  The keypad code will be given to those that have contacted Adam Brockhouse,  School employees will still be able to use the building for free but other family members and former students will be charged a monthly fee.

CTS has completed our Ameren Incentive Grants for both lighting and HVAC energy efficient upgrades at WGS.

I am signed up for two training workshop this winter.  One is on the evidence based model (EBM) of funding education in Illinois.  The other is on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which is the federal legislation that replaced NCLB.  

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has reviewed the laboratory results of water samples collected at WGS and they appear to satisfy the lead testing requirements outlined in Public act 99-0922.

We have been notified of our health, life/safety code violations from the ROE & state fire marshal visit in October.  There were only a few violations and corrective action has already occurred.

PA 100-0550 allows for new substitute teachers that work at least 10 days to have a portion of their substitute license fee reimbursed.  This law is in place to help offset the substitute teacher shortage throughout Illinois.

The 96th Winchester Invitational Tournament begins Saturday in our newly renovated gymnasium.  It will be with great pride that we show off our school facilities to the thousands of fans attending games Jan. 6th-13th.   

The following motions were approved at the December 12th School Board Meeting:

  1. Renewal of West Central Co-Op Agreement with Bluffs

  2. Tax Levy for 2018

  3. Employed:  Ben Winn - JH Boys Track Coach, Tyler Devlin - WC Girls Track Coach, Krysta Coon - School Nurse