JAMS eighth graders take part in STEM day at Scott AFB

Eighth grade students from Joseph Arthur Middle School received a hands on lesson in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the men and women at Scott Air Force Base on Thursday, March 28.

The students not only were able to tour a number of aircraft, but also received lessons through activities put on and organized by Scott AFB personnel. (Submitted Photos)

District 90 Board approves tech upgrade at Moye

By Angela Simmons

O’FALLON – Championship bowlers, championship volleyball and excellent staff members were celebrated at the most recent District 90 school board meeting. The board also approved new positions, discussed the idea of added electives and approved a technology refresh after a presentation from district Technology Director Grady Niles. 

The annual technology refresh will be taking place at Delores Moye Elementary School. Niles shared that Moye’s projectors are fine, their Lenovo desktops need upgrading, but their Chromebooks and iPads need a refresh. The total cost to the district is expected to be $137,450 for 280 2019 32GB iPads, 280 Griffin Survivor iPad cases, 200 HP Chromebooks, 200 Google management licenses, and six Chromebook carts. Niles presented bids for each piece from multiple companies and highlighted the lowest bids for the best possible savings. 

The annual refresh is not new, and is part of a five year plan. Hinchcliffe and Estelle Kampmeyer elementary schools have already benefited from the plan. Laverna Evans and Marie Schaefer elementary schools will be the recipients of the refresh in the 2020-2021 school year, and Carriel and Fulton junior highs will receive a refresh in the 2021-2022 school year. 

As part of a refresh, Niles also presented on the districts copier machines. The current three year contract expired in February and is in a month-to-month status until the end of the school year. The district has 21 black and white and two color copiers covered under the lease, while their 14 laser printers are not covered. The district makes over 820,000 black and white copies monthly, and over 18,000 color copies. 

He proposed changing to 15 black and white copiers, eight color copiers and seven multi-function printers. The new contract with All Pro Office Technology would be $6,559.35, and would be a monthly savings over the previous contract of $650.86, amounting to an annual savings of $7,810.32. 

The board, minus absent members Mary Baskett and Steve Springer, unanimously approved both refresh proposals. 

In Other News:

Fulton Boys Bowling team made it to fourth place and Carriel student Hannah Williams placed thirteenth individually.

• The Fulton Boys Bowling team of Chase Keen, Jared Salzman, Tyler Mueller and Nathan Bassford made it to fourth place, and Bassford placed sixth individually. Carriel student Hannah Williams was also recognized for placing thirteenth individually. 

Fulton Girls Volleyball Team placed second in the SIJHSAA state tournament.

The Fulton Girls Volleyball team was also celebrated for their second place finish in the SIJHSAA state tournament, the highest that the team has ever accomplished. 

The board continued the celebrations by naming their teacher of the month, sponsored by the O’Fallon Fraternal Order of the Police. Physical Education teacher Sara Mudd teaches at both Evans and Schaefer elementary schools. She organizes annual field events, organizes the district’s Jump Rope for Heart event that has raised thousands of dollars, and, along with her colleagues, organizes the district’s annual Read and Run event. Mudd also “creates a positive, interactive learning environment every day in her physical education classes.”

Physical Education teacher Sara Mudd was named teacher of the month.

Staff member of the month Lynn Hoffman, the secretary at Carriel Junior High, was unable to be present for the meeting due to family commitments, but board and administrative members are looking forward to celebrating her.

• The board approved a job description for a new HVAC/grounds and maintenance position. The goal is to have additional help taking care of the grounds and schools and a certified pair of hands to help the district’s existing HVAC technician. 

• Also approved was the creation of a Behavioral Specialist position that will be housed at Moye. Superintendent Carrie Hruby explained that the specialist would be housed at Moye because it holds many of the district’s special needs programs. The specialist would work with teachers and students to coach them on behavioral plans to keep students on the best possible path. They would also travel to the other schools to observe and coach teachers on possible plans. The search criteria is broad to allow the board to meet with a wide variety of candidates and select the best possible person for the position. 

• A district literacy coach position that is currently part-time was approved to be full-time. The position is funded by a Title I grant, and Hruby believes that along with a math coach and Director of Curriculum Jill Lyons will be important for continuity through the schools. 

• The board discussed the possibility of adding electives at both the junior high and elementary levels. Technology and foreign language classes were discussed for junior high, while additional PE classes and technology or art were considered for elementary. The district’s budget will allow for the hiring of seven new teachers, and the board would prefer for any elective teachers to come out of that number. However, with the growth in the district, reducing class sizes is a very immediate priority. Two teachers are needed at Fulton for class size reduction, and the board would prefer to wait and see the numbers after July registration to know where the other five teachers are needed. 

When the next budget comes around and the district has a better sense of how many classroom teachers are needed, the board will revisit the idea of additional electives. 

Shiloh 85 recognizes student award winners, discusses status of nonprofit foundation

Shiloh Elementary principal Tiana Montgomery recognized Noah Yates and Audianna Washington as Young Author award winners.(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef)

SHILOH – At the Shiloh District 85 meeting on Monday, April 15, Shiloh school administration recognized young authors, a racial harmony recipient and a finalist for the state science fair. 

Shiloh Elementary principal Tiana Montgomery recognized students Noah Yates and Audianna Washington for being Young Author winners. Student Kylie Sullivan was also recognized as a Young Author but was not in attendance at Monday’s meeting. 

Montgomery said they had the opportunity to go to this year’s Young Author Conference at Westhaven Elementary School on April 6. 

“They had a different format this year. They called each student by name — it was almost like a graduation,” Montgomery said. 

The conference theme this year was “Wild About Writing.” Each student had a book that revolved around the theme. 

“We’re very proud of their accomplishments and for being able to participate in this year’s Young Author Conference,” she said. 

SMS principal Darin Loepker recognized seventh grader Mckenzie Ballinger for her accomplishment as a Young Author winner and eighth grader Bella Durbin for being selected as the Illinois Principal Association (IPA) Middle School Student of the Year. 

Loepker said Durbin is a level headed and intelligent student. 

“I’ll always remember her leadership in the building, she leads by example,” Loepker said.  

Jalen Smith, a Shiloh Middle School student, was recognized as a Racial Harmony recipient.(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef)

Loepker then recognized student Jalen Smith as a Racial Harmony recipient. 

“Jalen is such a wonderful student and a leader in the building. He is one of the most well adjusted young men that I have ever had in school,” he said. “He is one of the most responsible boys I have ever had.”

Loepker finally recognized student William “Liam” Caraway, who is a finalist for the state science fair. 

Loepker said Caraway put a lot of time and effort into his project, which is about how age affects perception of others. 

“Liam, we are very proud of you,” Loepker said. 

Board member Ken Davis spoke at the Monday meeting on the status of District 85 becoming a fully functioning non-profit foundation. 

Davis said on April 5, Shiloh District 85 received a letter from the IRS designating the district as a public charity and non-profit. 

“All of us in this room as educators and board members, we want to provide the best educational opportunity for all of our students,” Davis said. “We do that because we love our jobs, we love what we do and we love the kids in this district.”

“This is an opportunity to reach out into the community and to really become partners in supporting education. I can sit here and talk about the budgets we get from the state and how inadequate that is — we have community members that really want to be a part of this and donate to education in our community.”

Davis said the foundation board is now in the process of setting up its first organizational meeting. After that, he said the board will get out to canvas the community and talk to businesses to gain their support. 

“I really encourage that we can make this work for every one in this system — the teachers, staff and kids in this district to be able to provide them with opportunity we all know they can have,” he said. “This was a labor of love. I’m just excited to be able to set up this foundation and have it be a generational opportunity for everyone in this system.” 

Sauer said the district will be able to save close to $10,000 in electrical lighting for the next year due to a partnership with Ameren and a federally funded grant. 

Lights in both school libraries, cafeterias, hallways and parking lots will be replaced with stronger LED lights. 

“It will be certainly be done by the next school year,” Sauer said.

OTHS students excel at SWIC academic challenge

(Photo by James Bressendorff, SWIC)

O’Fallon Township High School students recently won first place in the Unlimited Division of the Academic Challenge sectionals held at the Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus. 

O’Fallon team members include: from left, first row, Stephen Monson, Julia Gundlach, Lucas Biehn, Nick Spihlman, Hannah Caraway, Sara Rizzoli, Connor Bleisch; second row, James Kelly, David Hur, Grant George, Blaine Gittner, Milee Patel, Kathryn Kim and Jen Zhao. 

Monson won first place in Varsity Biology and second place in Varsity Physics; Rizzoli won second place in Varsity Biology and third place in Varsity Mathematics; Zhao won third place in Varsity Biology; Biehn won first place in Varsity Chemistry and Varsity Physics; Kim won second place in Varsity Chemistry; Spihlman won third place in Varsity Chemistry; Bleisch won first place in Varsity Computer Science and first place in Varsity Engineering Graphics; Gittner won second place in Varsity Mathematics; Kelly won first place in Varsity Computer Science; Hur won second place in Varsity Computer Science and third place in Varsity Physics; George won first place in Varsity English and Varsity Mathematics; and Patel won second place in Varsity English. 

Students competed in timed tests in Math, English, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering Graphics and Computer Science.  

Estelle Kampmeyer names March Character Students

(Submitted Photo)

Estelle Kampmeyer Elementary School recently named their March Character Builder students. The Character Builder trait for March was patience. The following students showed great patience. 

Front row, from left: Desean Edwards, Sofia Chelbi, Gwen Privett, Vaida Blasdel, Chloe Armstrong, Charlotte Blazier. Middle row, from left: Jordanne Summers, Tyler Privett, Nic Dercks, Selena Dalechek, Delaney Klier. Back row, from left: Lily Crader, Liya Memani, Cameron White, Micah Runswick.

Moye Elementary announces April Character Students

(Submitted Photo)

Delores Moye Elementary School recently named their Character Education Students for the month of April. The Character Education word for April is Fairness – treating everyone equally.  The following are students who are being recognized for being fair.

Reese Taylor, Arya Hefley, Emoree Johnson, Sam Cring, Emma Grace Mason, McKenzie Juenger, Ittyan Shaban, Olivia Noakes, Maria Swepson, Cruise Knaute, Cooper Baskett, Benjamin Callahan, Brodie Forcha, Samantha Espiritu, Taya Wolford, Eli Gordon, Sam Bradley, Morgan Jennings, Cash Brown, Ian Hendrick, Jacob Organ, Addison Taake , Evan Schiefelbein, Bella Mitchell, Andrew Robey,  Dylan Fitzgerald, Miracle Brewer, Robert Kukorola, Kamarion Moore, Durrell Jones, Sorin Hessler.

First National Bank of Waterloo teaches St. Clare students about saving

First National Bank of Waterloo’s Marketing Director Laura Mergelkamp discusses the importance of saving with third graders at St. Clare School. (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – As part of a national program designed to help kids develop savings habits early in life, representatives from First National Bank of Waterloo visited the third graders at St. Clare School on Wednesday, April 3.

The students learned about topics such as interest rates, debit cards and the basics of where money comes from. First National Bank of Waterloo’s Marketing Director, Laura Mergelkamp, said the most important message they are trying to teach kids is that it doesn’t matter how you save, but it’s important to start saving.  

“This is a really fun program to be a part of because, so often, kids have never thought about how the money in the ATM gets there,” said Mergelkamp. “You can see their wheels turning once we start explaining that their parents’ paychecks get deposited into the bank and then can be taken out of the ATM. It helps them realize that the money isn’t limitless.” 

Mergelkamp said the program also focuses on teaching kids to make smart financial choices on a daily basis. Mergelkamp uses a ‘money tree’ to explain how every financial decision they make requires them to make a choice between saving and spending.   

“I often use cereal as an example. Kids usually want to pick the one with the really pretty box but they don’t think about the fact that it costs $2 more than the same cereal in a different box. It’s a good visual for them to see how quickly the money goes depending on the choices they make,” said Mergelkamp.

First National Bank of Waterloo’s employees travel to ten schools throughout the Metro East speaking with kids about financial topics. The program reaches more than 800 students each year and continues to grow.  

Central 104 appoints new board member

Christina Ward takes the oath of office, becoming the newest member of the Central 104 Board of Education.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef)

O’FALLON – At the Central District 104 meeting on Monday, Christina Ward was appointed as a board member. 

Ward will be replacing former board member Brent Whipple, who retired his position. Ward was sworn during the April 8 meeting and read an oath before the Board of Education. 

Superintendent Dawn Elser said the Apptegy app will be ready within the next month. The app will be for Central District 104 students, families and staff with all school related information and news available to them. It will serve the same purpose as the school website, but more accessible and user friendly. 

Elser said after a recent survey was passed out to Central families about interest in summer camp programs through the district, the feedback was positive. 

The summer camp would be a nine- week program with lunch included and a field trip per week. The camp would cost $100 per week with a before and after “latchkey” time slot available before and after camp hours. The regular camp hours would be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

“I think the interest would be there,” Elser said. 

Ages for students participating in the camp would be five through 12- years- old. 

Elser said the camp would be open to local students around O’Fallon and not exclusive to Central District 104 students. 

Families would be able to sign up their students for whichever weeks they choose — each week would have a different theme from sports to academics. 

The board approved the the summer camp program and cost of $100 per week and the before and after camp sessions as the same price as the Central District 104 latchkey program. 

The board also approved the addition of a full day tuition preschool for the 2019-20 school year and for setting the monthly cost at $620 a month.

The hours of the pre-school program would be from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Central board discussed the name change of Central Elementary to Dawn Elser Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year. 

Board president Sarah Svoboda said the district’s attorney recommended to make the name change in the month of June so the school would have the proper amount of time to change the school sign on the elementary building and to make other necessary changes. 

The cost of the sign for the elementary school building would be the only associated cost for the district to make the name change. 

“We would still remain Central School District 104, we would just be changing the name of the elementary school,” Svoboda said. “There would be no more confusion.” 

Board member David Swaney said it was a recommendation by former board member Brent Whipple to make the name change, and not prompted by Elser herself. 

The board will move the discussion to the next board meeting in May.

Southwestern Illinois College hosts G.R.E.A.T. Event for O’Fallon students

O’Fallon – For the past couple years, Gathering Resources for Excelling Adults in Transition (GREAT) has been hosting an event for local high school students, whom of which are graduating high school and moving up in the world. The reason behind GREAT, is for students who need a little extra helping transitioning out of high school and into college, a career or independent living. The Transition Planning Committee (TPC) comes together once a month to talk about what is going on in the community and at local schools. They also reaching out to agencies and organizations that could potentially be a big help to students. They are hoping to find as many resources as they can for students. 

“To me, as a teacher, it is very exciting and important for families to get connected with services that they can use and be connected with, after students have graduated and life after graduation. It helps students, eventually transition into their futures. It lets them be as independent as possible and understand what can be provided to them,” Stephanie Copelin, Special Education Transition Teacher at OTHS, said.

So far, 26 resource organizations have stepped forward and have agreed to come out to the GREAT Event and showcase how they can help students thrive in the community. These resources can help transition to colleges, community day services, careers and much, much more. Three guest speakers will also be talking about different services during each hour of the event. The GREAT Event will be held at Southwestern Illinois College on April 11th from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.; at the Belleville Campus Gym. For more information please visit; Monroe-Randolph-stclair-tpc.weebly.com

Local districts discuss school safety and active shooters at second board academy session

O’Fallon Police Captain Jim Cavins spoke about the department’s involvement within the schools to the assembled board members at the second board academy session.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef)

O’FALLON – School board members, superintendents and board candidates from local districts gathered at the O’Fallon Public Safety building to discuss school safety and security with law enforcement. 

The second School Board Academy session took place on Tuesday, March 26 and included representatives from District 90, District 203, District 85 and District 104. The O’Fallon Police Department spoke to those gathered about the importance of school security in today’s national climate. 

Captain Jim Cavins first spoke at the session about the O’Fallon P.D. and its involvement within the community and schools. Cavins pointed out the mission statement: “The O’Fallon Police Department is dedicated to proactively solving problems and protecting life and property through education, prevention and enforcement.  In striving to accomplish this mission, service to community is our commitment; honor and integrity our mandate.” 

Cavins then gave general information on the police department and its divisions, programs and organizations. 

O’Fallon Township High School School Resource Officer (SRO) Brian Riggar then spoke to board academy attendees about school safety and intruder defense training. 

Riggar is an officer assigned full time to District 203 throughout the school year. He is responsible for promoting positive relationships between O’Fallon P.D. and the students, parents and staff of the high school.

 A SRO’s responsibility is to assist the professional staff with the safety of students and staff, and also to evaluate the security of the facilities. 

Riggar said the elements of the intruder defense training is: Educate, Evade, Escape and Engage. 

“This is what we teach to all schools — every school district in O’Fallon,” Riggar said.

The intruder defense training or — active shooter training — is necessary due to the steady incline of school shooters since the year 2000, Riggar said. 

Riggar said the instructional training is “not preventative, it’s saving lives.” “The goal is to save as many as we can.” 

The average response time from a police department to a school with an active shooter is three minutes, Riggar said. 

In an active shooter scenario, Riggar said your body will do one of three things: fight, flight or freeze.

Because of this, Riggar said the school community needs to be involved in training. 

Training in schools involves a powerpoint presentation for staff and then the police department will run drills recreating an active shooter scenario. 

While school lockdowns were mostly used in past active shooter situations, “it’s time to do something else, either flee or engage,” Riggar said. 

Riggar said active shooter training can be applied to multiple places like the movie theatre, restaurants, church and businesses. 

Riggar said if a staff member were to disarm an active shooter to place the weapon in a garbage can. 

According to Riggar, none of the four E’s: Educate, Evade, Escape and Engage— are more important than the other. 

Dr. Darcy Benway, OTHS District 203 superintendent, said she thinks it’s important for board members to participate in the active shooter training if they are able to. 

“I think it’s very important for board members to participate because you are a vulnerable population when you are sitting in front of the public — sometimes board members have to make very difficult situations,” Benway said. “The public can become very angry.”

Benway referenced the Kirkwood City Council shooting that took place approximately 10 years ago that left six people dead. 

“It’s important that you start training your frame of mind as a board member,” she said. “Where are you going to go should someone come to a board meeting with the intent to do harm.”

Naeelah Chism is Selected for Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award

(LEBANON, IL.) — McKendree University senior Naeelah Chism has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grant to be an English teaching assistant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for 10 months. The highly competitive Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange initiative. Each year, more than 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals are offered grants to study, teach English or conduct research in more than 160 countries. 

“I was first drawn to Malaysia after learning more about the Vision 2020 plan that is currently underway to help Malaysia achieve developed nation status by 2020,” said Chism. “This country hopes to develop in a variety of areas and this includes economic development, sustainability, strengthening infrastructure, improving well-being for all, and enhancing inclusiveness toward an equitable society. I found this most interesting about Malaysia.” 

Students are chosen for the Fulbright based on their academic merit and leadership qualities. Chism, of Fairview Heights, Ill., will graduate from McKendree University in May with a bachelor’s degree in political science and minors in gender and legal studies. She is a 2019 recipient of the university’s Dr. Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award, which recognizes compassion, understanding, tolerance and participation in service programs. She volunteers at the Christian Activity Center, is an assistant resident director, a leader in the United Feminists group and active in the “It’s on Us” week on campus. In 2018, she went to Washington, D.C., to advocate for sexual health education and women’s rights. 

Upon her return to the U.S., she plans to pursue a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy. 

The Fulbright Program is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries. Since its inception in 1946, it has provided more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and other professionals with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright alumni include 59 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 72 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors. 

The program is federally funded and overseen by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in more than 160 countries and the U.S. also provide direct and indirect support.

JAMS student presents charity project to Board of Education

Joseph Arthur Midde School student Lydia Betzinger presented before the Central 104 Board of Education about a charity project she is involved into provide drinking water to people in South Sudan.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef)

O’FALLON – Joseph Arthur Middle School student Lydia Betzinger presented a charitable project she is participating in to get drinkable water in South Sudan to the Central 104 Board of Education at their recent meeting. 

“South Sudan needs more wells, they are struggling to find clean water. Since you can’t live without clean water, they are also struggling to survive,” Betzinger said. 

JAMS principal Tron Young said the study of water in South Sudan began as a class project, but Betzinger “turned it from just a general assignment to a call to action.” 

“They have very few wells in South Sudan so many kids are walking hours a day just to get water from wells,” she said. “We can start by helping the program Water for South Sudan.” 

Water for South Sudan is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to create access to and monitor safe drinking water for communities located in remote rural areas of South Sudan. 

“They are helping get wells installed close to their homes,” Betzinger said. “Raising money will help.”

Betzinger said she plans on selling donuts for a dollar every Friday morning at JAMS to students and staff. 

While Betzinger has a goal to raise $2,000, which would be enough money for the nonprofit organization to begin the construction of a drinking well, she said it would be great if they raised even more. 

“I’m really excited for what she could do,” Young said. “She’s just one example of awesome things our students are doing.” 

Young said the Principal Advisory Council that was recently formed has come up with an idea to further recognize Central 104 teachers. 

Young said the council, made up of 12 fifth through eighth grade students, created the Five Start Teacher of the Month program, which recognizes a teacher every month who has a positive attitude, invests in students, builds positive teacher- student connections and engages with students. 

The Pennies for Patients program has also started at the middle school and supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

Young said 10 teachers have volunteers and then students will place pennies in their separate boxes. Whichever teacher has the money money gets a pie in the face. 

Central Elementary principal Jayson Baker said it’s been a great last month for the school. 

For the week of April 1, Baker said the Illinois Assessment of Readiness exams will take place for third and fourth grade students. 

“They have knocked it down a couple sections of what we are used to,” Baker said. 

Graduation for eighth graders is Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 at Milburn. Should there be no more snow days, the current last day of school for Central school’s is Thursday, May 30.

District 203 property tax rate to decrease next year

O’FALLON – At the O’Fallon District 203 meeting, superintendent Dr. Darcy Benway announced that the tax rate of the district will reduce. 

“We did receive an EAV from St. Clair County and our tax rate as a school district is scheduled to go down almost three and a half cents,” Benway said. “So the EAV is increasing, which will allow us to support the additional students coming into our district.”

Benway said no action needs to be taken because the tax levy – which was previously approved, will not be changed.

“It doesn’t mean peoples tax rates necessarily go down because it depends on the value of your home, it depends on all of the other taxing bodies and other things,” she said. “Our rate and portion of that as its charged against your assessed evaluation as tax payers is reduced.”

Benway said the taxable EAV figure is $969,443,656. 

During her report, OTHS Assistant Superintendent Dr. Martha Weld said the Feed the Future program, which started in January, has culminated in 186 lunch bags being given out to 62 different students. 

By grade level, 18 percent is given to freshman, 32 percent to sophomores, 27 percent to juniors and 23 percent to seniors. 

“There really isn’t a significant difference between grade level,” Weld said. 

Weld said 18 percent of students utilizing the program are not on Free and Reduced lunches. 

“Social workers have established relationships with them so that has been a real positive for us,” Weld said. 

There has been approximately $800 spent in the program. Funds are supported fully by OTHS staff and community donations. 

“We are trying to make students more aware of it, we are giving a flyer to every student — not just those who technically qualify because that would be stigmatizing.”

“We have expanded pick up locations to the nurses office and to our speech pathologist as well,” Weld said.

In other action… 

• District 203 board members approved an intergovernmental agreement with the City of O’Fallon regarding the MidAmerica St. Clair County Enterprise Zone. 

• The Board approved the Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of O’Fallon and O’Fallon Community School District No. 90 (regarding the MidAmerica St. Clair County Enterprise Zone).

• A motion was approved for the purchase agreement for land adjacent to Milburn School as presented, and to authorize the Superintendent to execute all related documents to effect the purchase of the property, subject to the review of legal counsel.

• A motion was approved for the Agreement Granting Ameren Illinois an Electric Easement

• A motion was approved for the the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Membership Renewal

District 90 and the Weekly Present the March 2019 Student Service Award Recipients

The following students have been named by their principals in recognition for their efforts to make their school and community a better place.

Hinchcliffe Elementary 
Benjamin Rogers

Benjamin Rogers is a 1st grade student who recently moved to O’Fallon from Florida after losing almost everything in the hurricane earlier this year. There is not a day that goes by where he does not have a smile on his face. He has been through a lot and you would never know it. He is eager to learn, help others, and explore new things. Benjamin loves playing with Lego’s at home and his favorite subject in school is Math. His teacher, Mrs. Doyle, says, “I am so glad to have met this young man who brings joy to my life and to his classmates.”

Evans Elementary
Michael Taborski

Michael Taborski is the example of a positive volunteer in the classroom and around the school. Michael performs tasks for teachers in the building such as tutoring, taking lunch containers to the cafeteria, and helping out around his homeroom on a daily basis. Michael takes pride in his volunteerism and he always does his work willingly. Michael is respectful, responsible, and makes wise choices consistently. 

Estelle Kampmeyer Elementary
LaChelle Ellis

The cafeteria staff nominated Shelly Ellis, a third-grade student from EK Elementary School, for this award. Shelly is a kind-hearted and well-rounded student. In the cafeteria, she frequently helps younger peers and comforts them when they need it. She is a great listener and a very positive young lady. Shelly is a wonderful role model to all students. 

Delores Moye Elementary
Charlotte Durbin

Charlotte Durbin is kind and always willing to help her friends. She is respectful and honest. She works hard to do her best and is eager to learn new things.  Moye staff are proud of her!

Marie Schaefer Elementary
Emma Noble and Reese Burton

On December 3, 2018, the school was graciously given a personalized sign made completely out of Legos. It was created by Emma Noble, Reese Burton, their families and friends. The sign took 4 months to build is made up of 110,000 LEGO pieces, weighs 850 pounds, and is 12 feet long by 5 feet wide. The message behind the sign is to dream, plan, and make it happen! These two young ladies have altruistic hearts and give daily to help others. They put smiles on others faces daily, they willingly go out of their way to help others feel comfortable and are true leaders in the first-grade team. They will do great things in life and deserve recognition for their outstanding work this year!  Link to the video of the making of the LEGO Marie Schaefer Sign: https://youtu.be/FDk0nb6_Teg

Carriel Junior High
Madelyn Fields

Madelyn Fields is a well rounded student who pays attention to detail and cares about others.   Some of her teachers commented, “She is patient, respectful, and a delight to have in class!”     She is an active participant in class, serves as a leader during group activities, and is always willing to help.  Outside of the classroom, she was a member of our girls basketball team, works diligently on the yearbook staff and is an active member of NJHS.  She commits her time weekly to tutoring elementary students at Moye.  She goes every Monday and Thursday after school and has subbed for students on other days when they cannot make it.  Mrs. Cox noted, ” Maddie has been an absolute pleasure to work with.  She is reliable, she works well with students, and she’s very personable with the staff in charge and the students.  We appreciate her flexibility in working with different students/different grade levels/ different subjects.  Our students really enjoy working with her.  She’s been a huge asset to this program.”

Fulton Junior High
Carlie Vermillion

Carlie Vermillion has gone above and beyond to support National Junior Honor Society efforts in the Layne Grace Bear Project.  Even when finished with her required minutes, Carlie continued to support and produce many, many extra bears.  It is students such as Carlie who continue to recognize the beauty of serving others, even when their personal commitment is met that make us proud. Due to her dedication, many hearts will find comfort.