District 90 board to vote on new boundaries in February

At the January District 90 Board meeting, Lex White of CSX Corporation presented the Early Childhood Development Foundation NFP of O’Fallon with a $4,000 check representing a 2016 grant award. CSX has been an ongoing major supporter of this Foundation, which gives scholarships to preschoolers in order to benefit from a quality education. Pictured left to right are: Dr Cindy Doil, ECD Foundation member; Debbie Yaeger, ECD Foundation president; Lex White Jr and Lex White; and Mary Basket, ECD Foundation member. (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – After months of discussion and adjusting, the District 90 is preparing to vote on a new plan relating to elementary school boundary lines.

The board heard additional comments related to the three options currently on the table at their January 17 meeting. Option A creates a fifth grade center at Marie Schaefer. Option B redraws the current grade level configurations and boundaries but keeps the same grade levels at the various grade schools. Option C creates an early learning center at Evans, effectively turning it into a pre-school center.

Superintendent Carrie Hruby said the board decided in December to begin to wrap up the process and make a decision.

“The board had said in December that they wanted to give one more opportunity for the community to speak on behalf of some of the options being proposed at the January meeting and then they plan to vote in February,” Hruby said.

While all three options have their supporters and objectors, Hruby said a process like what District 90 is dealing with will never be perfect and will always need to be revisited every so often.

“There are pros and cons to every option. There are opportunities and there are obstacles. So the board is going to have to decide which is the best option for right now for the district. Knowing we’re going to change over time because of development, this is going to be an ongoing concern.”

The board of education does plan to vote on a plan at the February meeting, to be held on Tuesday, February 21.

In other business…

  • Hruby reported the district is watching mandated categorical payments from the state of Illinois. However, she reports that its a concern whether they will receive any from the state this year given the state’s financial condition.

“One of those payments is for transportation. One of the concerns you always have is what if we don’t get that revenue because that is all you have. When it comes short, you have to find ways using working cash or another fund and it can be difficult,” Hruby said.

During the financial report it was stated that the district is running as expected as far as revenue and expenses and is on budget.

  • The District honored its first Teacher of the Month and Employee of the Month at the meeting. The teacher named was Alicia Schur, who teaches as Moye Elementary, while the employee named was Cathy Hamm, who is an instructional aide at Carriel. The two received complementary gift cards to 1818 Chophouse, courtesy of the restaurant.

“It’s nice for the board to be able to do this. One of their goals was to recognize staff achievements and for them to be able to give an award every month will be a nice way to do so,” Hruby said.