Effort allows students to give back at holidays

It may seem a little early to be putting up Christmas trees, but it’s never too early to start enjoying the season of giving.

That’s the idea behind the Sages Giving Tree, which each year allows Monticello elementary and middle school students the opportunity to purchase gifts anonymously for local families in need.

New entry added to high school renovation options

There is a new entry in the Monticello school board’s search for a high school building renovation plan.

Action on Bement cell tower tabled

The Bement school board last week tabled consideration of a contract with Verizon that would place a 110 to 150-foot-highcell phone tower on school property.

Cerro Gordo school facilities public meeting

The Cerro Gordo School District will hold a public forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 in the junior high school gymnasium. The purpose of the meeting is to seek input on renovations being considered for the junior/senior high school campus.

No more testing of MMS HVAC for now

Further testing of the heating and air conditioning system at Monticello Middle School has been put on hold by the Monticello school board.

With potential fixes ranging from $300,000 to $900,000, board members opted on Oct. 19 not to go ahead with water tests that would hone in on the extent of work to be done.

D-W school chief on leave, could return

DeLand-Weldon school superintendent Jeff Asmus is officially on a paid leave of absence, but there is a chance he could return to run the day-to-day operations of the district, according to the school board president.

Cerro Gordo narrowing high school renovation options

The Cerro Gordo school board will likely move forward with two different design concepts for a remodeled high school and addition if it approves the finalized $3 million and $7 million plans at a special meeting November 2, tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m.

Gym, auditorium decisions could drive MHS renovation plans

The direction the Monticello school board will take regarding renovation of the high school building could boil down to a few components: Extent of work done to the auditorium and to the gymnasium, and where those two spaces will eventually be located.

D-W superintendent no longer on the job

DeLand-Weldon School District’s recently hired superintendent has left the district, causing the school board to hire an interim superintendent to run its daily operations. Although no longer serving as the district’s chief administrator, a school official said Jeff Asmus, hired on July 1 as superintendent, was still officially employed by DeLand-Weldon.

'Fairy Tale Courtroom' this weekend at MHS

One of the most unique aspects of Monticello High School’s fall play is that the actors don’t even know how it will end. The audience makes that determination, acting as the jury in “Fairy Tale Courtroom: The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf and the Wicked Witch,” which features three showings this Friday and Saturday (Oct. 28-29).

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