Shiloh District 85

District 85 is ready for the new school year

Shiloh District 85SHILOH – Shiloh District 85 is ready to go back to school.

Superintendent Dale Sauer said that 95 percent of the projects have been completed, with the exception of the special projects that the teachers have requested, all with what Sauer called a phenomenal “skeleton crew.”

The fourth grade classes have been shifted to Shiloh Middle School, and the preschool classrooms have been shifted to make way for the new tuition preschool classes. The tuition preschool currently has five open spots left, and Sauer says they hope to fill them before school begins.

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Meet Tiana Montgomery, new Shiloh Elementary School Principal

Tiana Montgomery

SHILOH – Shiloh Elementary School will begin the school year with a new principal, Tiana Montgomery. Montgomery, who was recently a principal in the Alton School District, said she is very much looking forward to beginning the new school year, what she calls “a fresh start.”

Montgomery is in her fifteenth year as an educator, having taught for three years in the East St. Louis School District before transitioning to being an administrator. She has her Master’s Degree, a superintendent’s endorsement, and is working towards her doctorate.

Born and raised in Alton, in2008 she and her husband and their soon to be seven year old daughter moved to O’Fallon, and she is looking forward to working in the area that she considers home.

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Summer Bucket List: Cool treats to eat

(O’Fallon Weekly photo by Angela Simmons)

Serious summertime heat means finding creative ways to cool down. This week’s temperatures are going to be the hottest of the year so far, so take the opportunity to keep cool with frozen treats around town.

One of the newest places to get a frozen treat in O’Fallon is TC’s Treats. Located at 506 West Highway 50, the line is often long for Philly style water ice and hand dipped premium ice cream. There are many options for the water ice, which is kind of like Italian ice. Hand made in house, the fruity options often have chunks of real fruit which adds to the texture. If your family has food allergies, keep in mind that the water ice is dairy free, soy free, and gluten free. For those wishing to get a frozen treat while watching their waistline, it’s also fat free.

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Shiloh Trustees meet EMS Explorers

Pictured here with Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier are  Darion Meeks, Tim McClain, Jeremy Sherman, Hayleigh Williams, Xander Cesa, Caris Lidisky, Sam Hendricks, Alexandra Chastain, John Boliz and Dustin Castle. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Angela Simmons)

SHILOH – Shiloh trustees received a special visit at their July board meeting from the O’Fallon-Shiloh EMS Explorers.

Paramedic Tim McClain, lead trainer for the Explorers, told the trustees about the teens in the program and what the Explorers do.

“It gives these guys the opportunity at a young age to start a career path while they’re still in high school,” McClain said. The teens, which range in ages and come from towns all over the Metro East, go out on life-saving calls with the EMS team.

“These young ladies and men are getting a chance to see this stuff first hand, and decide if that’s what they want to do as they get older for a career path,” he continued.

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Central 104 hires new teachers and coaches

O’FALLON – Central School District 104 hired multiple new staff members at their July board meeting. Teachers and coaches were hired, and an interim board secretary was approved.

Virginia Shelton resigned from her position as Board Secretary to accept a new position elsewhere. Jane Hamm was approved as the board secretary until replacement could be hired. Superintendent Dawn Elser said that she had been flooded with applications and was conducting interviews with the expectation of hiring someone by the end of the week.

Four new teachers were hired for Joseph Arthur Middle School. Andrew McCrary was hired as a Special Education teacher, Megan Mattmiller was hired as the Language Arts teacher, David Miller was hired as the Mathematics teacher, and Amanda Eschman was hired as a Sixth Grade teacher.

McCrary was also hired as the Boys Baseball Coach. McCrary was a coach at O’Fallon Township High School for the Junior Varsity Boys Baseball team.

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Shiloh Planning Commission tables two luxury apartment proposals

SHILOH – Development of two luxury apartment complexes was paused at the Shiloh Planning Commission Meeting. The Savannah and The Retreat at Shiloh both requested rezoning of property, among other variances.

The Savannah would sit on just over 26 acres at Cross Street and Tamarack and would be developed in phases beginning in 2019. A traffic light would be installed at the intersection to remove any negative traffic impact to Shiloh Middle School and to allow easier access for Savannah residents. Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen’s Principal Engineer Marsha Maller said the traffic light would be installed when construction began. The Savannah would have 335 units.

The Retreat at Shiloh would sit on 21 acres North of Frank Scott Parkway and West of Cross Street, across from Three Springs Park. The complex would have 276 units and be developed by 2020.

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Woman’s Club honors Schempp at monthly flag ceremony

Members of Boy Scout Pack 94 took part in the monthly flag raising ceremony. This month they honored Torpedoman 3rd Class Fred Edsel Schempp. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Angela Simmons)

O’FALLON – Members of the O’Fallon Woman’s Club, along with community members and Boy Scouts from Pack 94, gathered for a patriotic flag ceremony on July 1. The monthly ceremony, which took place at Memorial Corner, honored Torpedoman 3rd Class Fred Edsel Schempp.

Schempp, born in O’Fallon, enlisted in the US Navy in 1938 when he was 17 years old, and then re-enlisted in 1942. He then volunteered for submarine service, became a Torpedoman 3rd Class and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

The last time he would return to O’Fallon was on a furlough in April of 1942 after his father, Christ Schempp, a World War I veteran, passed away.

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Summer Bucket List: Getting Crafty

While it’s true that most summertime activities focus on getting outside and enjoying the warmer weather, this week’s installment of the Summer Bucket List focuses on activities that can be done indoors. Whether it’s because it’s too hot, or raining, or the mood just strikes, here are some ways to get crafty in O’Fallon and Shiloh.

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Student athletes test their skills in FAST camp triathlon

The medalists at the FAST camp triathlon are, from left, Rylie Harris, Rebecca Koenig, Mackenzie James, Eric Shackelford, Chase Hanson, and Conner Dawson. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Angela Simmons)

O’FALLON – District 90 student athletes completed the fifth annual FAST (Fitness and Sports Training) triathlon. The race puts the athletes to the ultimate test of their skills and endurance, all taking place in O’Fallon Community Park.

FAST Camp Head Coach and Carriel Junior High teacher Tracy Lauderdale explained the race. “There’s a 500 yard swim, a two mile run, and then a three mile bike ride. We have three groups beginning at each individual event, and then they all finish at one set finish line,” he said.

The first place overall finisher and earning the number one spot for boys was Eric Shackelford with a time of 42:40. Shackelford said “I’m tired, but I feel pretty good. I finished fourth last time, and I just really wanted to win.” Heading into eighth grade at Fulton Junior High, he participates in cross-country, track, soccer with Kixx, and is a Science Olympiad.

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Summer Bucket List: Park Playtime

Between O’Fallon and Shiloh, there are a dozen parks for residents to enjoy. This week in the O’Fallon Weekly Summer Bucket List, get outside for a little Park Playtime. The parks in O’Fallon and Shiloh are well maintained and chock full of a variety of activities for residents. From walking trails to playgrounds, skate parks and dog parks, they truly have it all.

Shiloh’s Community Park, located in the same lot as Shiloh Municipal Building, Shiloh Senior Center, Shiloh Elementary School and Klucker Hall, has baseball diamonds, a playground, and a small skate park area. The playground features a toddler area and a merry-go-round.

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Shiloh Trustees consider joining O’Fallon for waste management

SHILOH – Shiloh Village Trustees spoke at length during their Committee at Large meeting about whether or not to go out for bid with the city of O’Fallon for trash services. O’Fallon and Shiloh Village currently utilize different trash services and both contracts are about to end. Mayor Jim Vernier urged the trustees to consider the power of consolidated buying, and the fact that it usually brings about cheaper prices for residents.

Currently, recycling is optional under Shiloh’s contract with Republic Services.“There was an article in the Belleville News-Democrat that talked about different costs for trash services in local municipalities, and it said that Shiloh’s rate was $25.76 per month. That was inaccurate. Our rate is $10.78 per month for trash services only,” said Village Administrator John Marquardt.

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Developers hold open house to present Shiloh luxury complex

Crevo Capital President Corey Wenzel speaks to residents bout the proposed luxury apartment complex, The Savannah. (O’Fallon Weekly Photos by Angela Simmons)

SHILOH – A developer proposing a luxury apartment complex in Shiloh recently hosted an open house for residents. Crevo Capital, based in Edwardsville hosted the event, along with the construction company they would choose for the project, Impact Strategies. Residents were able to view renderings and review plans and descriptions for the proposed complex.

The Savannah would be a luxury complex on a 26.5 acre campus on Cross Street. The main entrance is proposed to be at Tamarack Lane, and it would sit adjacent to Memorial East Hospital. The complex would have 335 units with 130 units being one bedroom, 172 units being two bedroom, and 33 units being three bedroom. Units would have stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and more.

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Summer Bucket List: Summer Splashin’

(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Angela Simmons)

This week, the O’Fallon Weekly Summer Bucket List has a list of places families can go to stay cool with water! What would summer be without the ability to play in the water? Whether it’s a pool, a splash pad, or even a sprinkler, enjoy the warmer temps by getting outside and doing some summer splashing.

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Meet Darin Loepker, the new principal at Shiloh Middle School

Jeff Alt’s last day to be June 30, Loepker to take over on July 1

New Shiloh Middle School Principal Darin Loepker

SHILOH – Parents who attended registration at Shiloh Middle School this past week were able to meet the new middle school principal, Darin Loepker. Loepker is looking forward to being involved with the parents, teachers and students of Shiloh.

Current SMS Principal Jeff Alt’s last day is June 30, and Loepker will step into the role July 1. His most recent position was serving for eight years as the principal of the High Mount district in Swansea, a K-8 district. Alt is assisting Loepker to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible.

Having been a middle school teacher before stepping up into administrative roles, Loepker said he likes the idea of being able to concentrate on middle school students, among other things.

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Girl Scouts work towards Silver Award with Little Free Library project

Alyssa Harris (left) and Kate Wexell (right) stand with their completed Little Free Library installed in Shiloh’s Three Springs Park.

SHILOH – Two Shiloh Girl Scouts have found a way to make reading materials available to multiple communities as part of their Silver Award Project. Kate Wexell and Alyssa Harris, scouts with Cadette Troop 641 have created five Little Free Libraries that can be found in Shiloh and Mascoutah.

Though Mascoutah has the Mascoutah Public Library, Shiloh does not have a library of it’s own, which would require taxpayers to pay a fee based on their property taxes to join one of the nearby libraries, such as the library in Mascoutah or in the O’Fallon Public Library. This fact has been lamented by some Shiloh residents, and the girls identified the need for community access to reading materials as the issue for their award requirements.

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