OTHS Board of Education approves 2017 tax levy

As Principal Rich Bickel detailed in his report to the Board of Education, a group of O’Fallon Township High School students enjoyed a holiday shopping trip at Kohl’s in Fairview Heights on December 20 thanks to the OTHS Family for Families Fund. Members of the OTHS faculty and staff, along with community members, contributed to this annual fund. The shopping trip, organized by Mr. Daniel Cox, Mrs. Caitlin Mueller, and Mr. Dave Crouthers, allowed seventeen students to shop for and purchase new coats, gloves, warm clothes, shoes, and other necessities. The faculty-donated fund also helps provide for other basic clothing needs for students throughout the school year.
Pictured, from left: Daniel Cox, Caitlin Mueller, Melissa Stewart, Tiffany Lugge, Joelle Beck, LaTisha Smith, Beth Schroeder, Megan Spears, and Richard Barlett (Submitted Photo)

New proposed legislation could cause further budget problems for OTHS, area school districts

The OTHS District 203 School Board recently passed their 2017 tax levy, which is a requested increase of 1.85 percent for a total levy of $21,314,521, at their December meeting.

District 203 held a public hearing to go over the tax levy and explain some reasons behind the increase before the board ultimately voted to pass it. Despite budget cuts, the district will be still be in deficit spending according to Superintendent Darcy Benway.

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