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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One thing stood out to Stephanie Hein when she started attending science classes at the University of Illinois.
All of her teachers were men.
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.
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.
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.