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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.
Wayne Foran and the late William Ayers will be inducted into the Bement High School Hall of Fame this fall. The Bement school board on May 11 approved the nominations.
Ayers (BHS Class of 1970) and Foran (BHS Class of 1943), will be honored during homecoming festivities Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in Bement.
Several handbook changes were reviewed at the Bement school board meeting May 11. Most of them revolve around state changes in discipline policies, but the district is also proposing local alterations ranging from tighter dress codes to the simple addition of the school song lyrics in the handbooks.
Amanda Geary is pleased with her first year as part of the DeLand-Weldon School District.
Geary, who is the pre-K-12 principal at D-W, joined the district this school year and says she has enjoyed interacting and communicating with all of the students.