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What's next for Monticello school facilities?
That seemed to be the consensus of school board members Wednesday in their first meeting since voters turned down a ballot question to build a new high school.
Bement School Superintendent Sheila Greenwood told the school board on Nov. 12 that improving Elementary ISAT test scores is something she and other teachers are working on.
Greenwood said she is not pleased with the test scores over the past several years. Meetings to improve the curriculum have already begun.
John Baker has seen his share of building projects in the DeLand-Weldon school district. After being hired as an industrial arts teacher and coach 1956 and later becoming a school principal, he saw the construction of the current high school in 1959, followed by a new elementary building in 1969.
Some of those who voted ‘no’ on the ballot issue that would have funded a new Monticello High School aren’t necessarily anti-new school, but instead seem to be anti-higher taxes.
Would the Monticello building bond referendum had passed if a building site and plan were more certain?
That was one idea queried by the Students First committee, a pro-referendum group that held a post-election session Monday night at the high school.
Monticello school referendum
YES – 1,983 NO – 2,356
• Monticello 2 and Willow Branch were the only precincts that voted in favor of the building referendum.
For any high school thespian director, the decision on what type of play to present is never an easy one.
A comedy? A mystery?
Monticello High School’s Carrie Brocksmith decided to do both with “The Groom Has Cold Feet” by Martin A. Follose, which will be presented Nov. 14-15 in the high school auditorium.
The Mahomet-Seymour, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and DeLand-Weldon school districts can proudly tack their state report cards to the refrigerator this year.
Charylene Taylor has grown very passionate regarding her alma mater – DeLand-Weldon High School – to the point she spends hours each day scanning websites to catalog the fate of those who attended the schools that have served those two communities.
DeLand-Weldon schools received a $2 million update this year, and district officials will show it off at an open house and rededication ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 8.