Education

Second floor addition not likely for high school

It wouldn’t be impossible to add a second floor to a portion of Monticello High School, but it looks highly improbable. In a report presented to the school board on July 13, BLDD architects cite new building codes and poor soil as major reasons why going up on the 1966 portion of MHS is not feasible.


Sheppard appointed to Monticello school board

Marc Sheppard was sworn in as the newest Monticello school board member on July 13. Sheppard, of Monticello, will fill the unexpired term previously held by Dr. Jim Dahl, who recently resigned his seat. The term runs through April of 2017.


Second kindergarten teacher added at Bement

Projected numbers for Bement’s kindergarten class could more than double this fall, prompting the school board to hire a second teacher and section for that grade.


Dahl presides over his last school board session

In some ways, it was an easy decision for Jim Dahl to resign from the Monticello school board after 13 years. His main reason was to avoid any possible conflict of interest once his wife Marlise becomes an official employee of the school district.


Second floor option for high school could be costly

Although a formal structural study has not been completed, a preliminary report is not giving positive indicators towards the possibility of adding a second story to the 1966 portion of Monticello High School; nor does gutting and remodeling the 1924 section look like an ideal option.


Bement board approves dress code changes

With a few tweaks, the Bement school board has approved student handbooks that include a beefed up dress code policy.

The dress code proposal prompted the most talk in handbook discussion last month, mostly over a call for shorts to be at least mid-thigh in length.


MakerGirl steering girls toward the sciences

One thing stood out to Stephanie Hein when she started attending science classes at the University of Illinois.

All of her teachers were men.


Applications being taken for school board opening

Monticello Community Unit School District #25 will have a vacancy on the school board effective June 30. Dr. Jim Dahl has submitted a letter of resignation as board member. Dr. Dahl first became a Board member in 2003, was on the board for 13 years, and has served as board president since September of 2013.


Second story addition to MHS being researched

Determining whether the 1966 portion of Monticello High School could support a second story will be the next step in determining the direction of potential facilities upgrades at the school.


Dahl resigns from school board

Monticello is looking for a new school board member with the resignation of 13-year board member and current president Jim Dahl, who will step down June 30.


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