A Note from the Superintendent’s Desk – An update on District 90 school safety

Carrie Hruby - Superintendent, District 90

Carrie Hruby – Superintendent, District 90

The safety of students and staff is a top priority for area school districts.  We employ a variety of security measures and safety protocols daily and ask that you help us in our efforts to ensure safe learning environments.

  • Please avoid using a cell phone in school zones.  Cell phone use is prohibited by law.
  • It is illegal to pass a bus when the stop arm is extended, even in a parking lot. Flashing lights and a stop arm are signals that students are exiting the bus. Please be patient and wait for them to exit the area safely.
  • When dropping off children at school in the morning, please remain in your car and ask children to promptly but cautiously exit from the car door nearest the school. This moves the line along more efficiently and parents then avoid pulling around one another, which is a safety risk for children still exiting cars. If you need to help your child into school, or want to say goodbye, please park your car in the parking lot rather than using the drop off lanes.

Increased Security in District 90 – At their August meeting, the District 90 Board of Education approved the addition of a Director of Safety and Security position.  The 210-day position will be funded through the Tort Fund, which is a restricted fund that may only be used for risk management purposes. We are very pleased to announce that Mr. Mark Berry has accepted the position and will become the District 90 Director of Safety and Security.  For 28 years, Captain Berry has provided excellent service to the community as part of the O’Fallon Police Department.  He will retire from the Department to join the District 90 team this Fall. Mr. Berry possesses an extensive knowledge of public safety, tactical training, law enforcement principles, investigative research and techniques, and regulatory compliance.  His comprehensive career in law enforcement makes him the ideal candidate for this position.

As the District 90 Director of Safety and Security, Mr. Berry will update policies and procedures.  He will provide vision and oversight of emergency crisis planning and building security matters. Mr. Berry will provide training for school personnel in handling crisis situations, including coordination of local authorities’ involvement in mandated drills. He will also serve as a liaison between the District and local law enforcement agencies and direct staff in best practices of safety and security.

Continued Improvement – Should the County voters agree to a one percent sales tax for school facilities, District 90 would use 30-40% of the funds to improve security measures.  Improvements to the entryways, increased surveillance cameras, and card swipe entry systems would all be prioritized and improved.  (The remaining 60-70% of District 90’s portion of the funds collected from sales across the County would be used to abate current debt and reduce the Bond & Interest levy rate of property taxes).

The safety of our students and staff is a priority.  We look forward to the addition of the Director of Safety and Security position and Mr. Berry’s service to District 90.  Thank you to our community members for your help in addressing safety issues in school zones and bus stops.

Have a question for the Superintendent?
Send your comments to CHruby@of90.net

District 90 names interim board member, hires Director of Safety

Matthew Lloyd Interim Board Member

Matthew Lloyd
Interim Board Member

O’FALLON – The District 90 Board of Education took action and appointed Matthew Lloyd as an interim board member. Chris Pulcher stepped down from the board last month due to work and family commitments.

Lloyd, who moved to O’Fallon in 2011 with his family, served 25 years in the Air Force before retiring in late 2014. He currently works at NGA in St. Louis. He has had a lot of experience with District 90 since moving here through his children.

“At that time I had two girls at Carriel and a son at Moye. Now I’ve got one in college, one at the high school, and my son is an eighth grader at Carriel. I’m originally from Michigan and my wife is from near Indianapolis, so this felt like a great place to stay. The kids were really happy in school. By the time I was retiring, I had two girls in high school and they were not going to move. We loved O’Fallon and the area. We loved the schools and the town. It seemed like a good place to stay,” said Lloyd.

Lloyd said he felt a need to serve again when he heard there was an opening on the District 90 board.

“We’ve really benefited from the schools and, after 25 years of serving, I wanted to continue to give to the community in some way and this seemed like a great way to do that. To fill that interim hole until the next election seemed like a great way to jump in with both feet and help the community,” Lloyd said..

Lloyd said he hasn’t put a lot of thought into whether or not he will run for a full term in April.

Matthew Lloyd being sworn in as a new member of the District 90 Board of Education by President John Wagnon.

Matthew Lloyd being sworn in as a new member of the District 90 Board of Education by President John Wagnon. (Submitted Photo)

“I want to get better versed with the issues and develop a working relationship with the other board members. I’m completely open to the idea, and I’m certainly leaning that way. I jumped in to help out now and I’ll decide on that as it comes,” said Lloyd.

Lloyd said he believes his military experience brings a unique perspective to the board.

“I’ve lived a lot of other places and I hope to bring some of those outside ideas. Our kids have gone to multiple different schools and we’ve seen different educational methods. I bring a different perspective. Also, O’Fallon has such a strong and vibrant military population and I believe I can give an insight into what they’re looking for. What are those folks looking for? What are they trying to get for their kids out of their schools,” Lloyd said.

One of the biggest concerns Lloyd said he has for District 90 is its finances and how state funding, and a possible lack of it, will impact the area schools.

“As a taxpayer, everyone should be concerned with economics. The statewide finances and how that affects us locally. Right when we moved here there was a budget crisis particularly driven by money from the state that didn’t come down. I think we have to be prepared for that to happen again. The prudent person would be expecting financial difficulty in the future or at least planning for it. We need to make sure we can make the necessary choices and set the necessary priorities, and be prepared for when the state hamstrings us again,” said Lloyd.

Mark Berry Director of Safety and Security

Mark Berry
Director of Safety and Security

 

The District 90 Board of Education also approved the hiring of O’Fallon Police Captain Mark Berry as the district’s new Director of Safety and Security.

Berry, who has served for the last 28 years as a member of the O’Fallon PD, has experience in a variety of positions, including Criminal Investigations, Major Case Squad, Field Training Program, Police Administration and Command, and Law Enforcement Training. Additionally, Berry has served as an instructor and adjunct professor at Lindenwood University and SWIC in their criminal justice programs.

Berry said he was intrigued by the position once he learned of it.

“Once the position was made public, it was an unique opportunity for me. I’ve been here for 28 years and I was at a point when I could retire soon. The police department has always had a great relationship with the O’Fallon schools and District 90 is such a progressive school district. I thought with my background and qualifications I thought I’d be a good fit,” said Berry.

It was important to Berry to stay in the O’Fallon area after retiring from the PD, as his children and grand-children all lived locally. Berry said working with District 90 makes a lot of sense as it will create a strong working relationship between the school district and the police department, who often have to work together on important issues.

“It’s a unique position that I’m in, being that I’m retiring from the police department, I can still maintain a good relationship between the schools and police department and act as a liaison for the school district,” Berry said.

Berry said his first priority when entering the new position is to get an understanding of District 90’s current safety and security measures.

“The immediate goal is to work with the superintendent and principals of District 90 to create and perform a safety audit. What safety practices are working well? What can we improve upon? We need to look at technology and assess procedures. That would be a good start to see where we’re at and where we need to be,” he explained.

O'Fallon Police Captain Mark Berry is recognized as the new Director of Safety and Security for District 90. Pictured, from left: Superintendent Carrie Hruby; Capt. Mark Berry; his wife, Melissa Berry; and District 90 Board of Education President John Wagnon.

O’Fallon Police Captain Mark Berry is recognized as the new Director of Safety and Security for District 90. Pictured, from left: Superintendent Carrie Hruby; Capt. Mark Berry; his wife, Melissa Berry; and District 90 Board of Education President John Wagnon. (Submitted Photo)

One of the areas Berry looks forward to is not only working to protect O’Fallon’s youth from harm, but also educating them about law enforcement and its various aspects. Berry was instrumental in executing the city’s Citizen Police Academy, which has become very popular and is currently teaching its fifth session.

“We’ve been very fortunate with our citizens police academy, which is in its fifth session now. We’ve also started a senior citizen academy. And the discussions have been what can we do for the youth. We did a youth academy several years ago. At the time, we wanted to follow up and do a second one, but the interest just wasn’t there. Hopefully with my new position, hopefully we can get some new interest at a young level and look at the junior high age young men and women. Even if they’re not interested in becoming law enforcement officers, they can learn a little something about it,” Berry said.

When asked what it feels like to close the book on a 28 year career with the O’Fallon Police Department, Berry said that while its difficult, he looks forward to the new challenges ahead.

“Everything has happened so quickly, but my initial thought is that its very bittersweet. It’s going to be very tough to walk out of the building for the last time in the next several weeks. I’ve built some great relationships here at the police department. But the sweet part is that I get to be a liaison with the police department and will still get to interact with all of the staff at the O’Fallon Police Department and other public safety. I couldn’t imagine a better position to be in, still serving the city of O’Fallon, helping the school district, and maintaining these personally important relationships,” said Berry.

Moye Elementary announces September Character Education students of the month

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The Character Education word of the month at Delores Moye Elementary School for the month of September is respect ~ treating others the way you would like to be treated, including self, property, and authority.

The following are students who are being recognized for their respect: Reagan Brueggeman, Ellie Critchley. Maddison Fearn, Jackie Edwards, Kenley Joggerst, Leah Weber, Aubrey Burrow, Taya Wolford, Kavon Wells, Mila Venne, Jackson Ferguson, Nathan Hartline, Sarah Doeden, Whitney Milner, Dawson Weeden, Owen Stoffel, Sean Sheehan, Jackson Greene, Reegan Countryman, Shaylee Ficken, Luke Musser, Jansen Scrivner, Mason Cornell, Brett Meek, Aaron Doss, Mi’Khel Foster, Julian Holloway, Gavin Underwood, Wyatt Schardan, Destiny Wren, Abby Sarten, Irene O’Connor. (Submitted Photo)

Eagle Scout builds butterfly waystation at Carriel Jr. High

Braden Gaab with his teacher, Mrs. Amanda Mellenthin, at the Monarch Waystation at Carriel Junior High School. (Photo by Scott Gaab)

Braden Gaab with his teacher, Mrs. Amanda Mellenthin, at the Monarch Waystation at Carriel Junior High School. (Photo by Scott Gaab)

Braden Gaab, a freshman at O’Fallon Township High School and an Eagle Scout, has left a lasting legacy at Amelia V. Carriel Junior High in an attempt to aid in the preservation and migration of Monarch butterflies. Gaab, under the supervision of his seventh grade science teacher, Mrs. Amanda Mellenthin, created a butterfly garden and certified Monarch Waystation.

O’Fallon Consolidated School District #90 shared the following on their Facebook page about the project, “Each fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate from the United States and Canada to overwintering areas in Mexico and California where they wait out the winter until conditions favor a return flight in the spring. The monarch migration is truly one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, yet it is threatened by habitat loss in North America – at the overwintering sites and throughout the spring and summer breeding range as well. Monarch Waystations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Without milkweeds throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America, monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall. Similarly, without nectar from flowers these fall migratory monarch butterflies would be unable to make their long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico. The need for host plants for larvae and energy sources for adults applies to all monarch and butterfly populations around the world.”

When asked where his inspiration came from, Gaab noted that Mellenthin expressed interest in butterfly waystations, but also said “I saw an article detailing the decline of the butterfly population and how serious it really was for the butterflies. I then visited the Butterfly House in St. Louis and that sealed the deal for me.”

Gaab took his ideas to Mellenthin, and the two made it a reality with help along the way. When asked about supplies, Gaab said “The majority of the supplies that I bought were from Lowe’s and Home Depot. However both stores were very generous in giving me discounts because I was doing an Eagle Scout Project. Some of the plants and seeds were donated by Monsanto and I worked with Sandy at Sandy’s Back Porch in Belleville on the selection of plants for the garden. Sandy also donated a large amount of plants and money to my project. The bench and four butterfly houses were all built by myself and fellow scouts from some designs I found online and slightly tweaked.” The butterfly houses are integral to the migration, and he noted “Monarchs and other butterflies will crawl in through the slots and hide from predators, bad weather, and even sleep! It mimics a tree because butterflies will crawl into hollowed out trees in nature.”

(Photo by Scott Gaab)

(Photo by Scott Gaab)

Mellenthin was enthusiastic about the Monarch Waystation and garden and being able to use it in her teaching, saying “I love it! The 7th grade curriculum focuses on life science, and the garden areas have been a great extension of the normal classroom experience. Carriel students have been able to observe and problem solve for real situations. They often get excited at the beginning of the school year because they get to do “real science” in a real habitat or test out their own ideas through experimentation. Not only has it lead to great and lasting experiences for students, but as teacher, it fun to watch students get excited about science! I loved working with Braden! He did such a great job of communicating his ideas and modifying them for our needs at Carriel. He was always so prepared and professional when I met with him to check on the projects status. He not only added new features to the space, but his volunteers help maintain some already existing areas of our garden. Since he was my student as a 7th grader, it was fun for me to see his ideas come together and be carried out with such success as an 8th grader. He showed great leadership throughout the whole project has continued to follow up on its progress. He is a remarkable young man!”

District 90 Superintendent Carrie Hruby also gave praise for Gaab and the project, saying “”We are proud of the work Braden Gaab put into the Monarch WayStation at Carriel. Braden researched and designed his project, presented it to the Board of Education and turned it into a reality with his hard work. His vision and dedication were impressive and the final result is an outstanding contribution to one of nature’s most beautiful species.  Braden exemplifies what we hope to see in all of our students–a well-rounded learner of strong character who enjoys providing service to his community.”

Science is Gaab’s favorite subject at school, and looking towards the future, he says “I really want to go to the Air Force Academy to serve my country and to be a pilot. I believe the values and leadership skills Boy Scouts has taught me will help me achieve that future goal.” He also talked about being an Eagle Scout, and being a member of Boy Scout Troup 46, saying “The Troop and Boy Scouts in general have positively affected my life. Scouting has given me core values to live by, leadership opportunities and skills that I can use for the rest of my life. Even though I joined the troop just to have fun, I have gotten so much more out of it in three short years. Now that I’m an Eagle Scout and have four more years of eligibility before I age out at 18, I plan on using my leadership skills to teach younger scouts.”

(Photo by Scott Gaab)

(Photo by Scott Gaab)

Gaab continues to visit the garden and contribute to the upkeep, but the bulk of that will be done by Mellenthin’s Eco Team, which has been operating since 2009. Mellenthin explained “Eco team meets on most Wednesday’s during the school year to maintain all garden areas (planning, planting, weeding, mulching, trimming, and harvesting veggies and seed) and assists with the worm composting program. The whole operation at Carriel involves a lot of student participation and extra help from staff and community volunteers. Eco team does a huge job maintaining the area and making decisions about projects to tackle.”

There are two other certified waystations in O’Fallon. One is at the O’Fallon Community Garden, and one is at the private residence of an O’Fallon Garden Club Member.

Gaab asked to express gratitude, saying “I would love to give a huge thank you to everyone who helped me with my project, including my Eagle Scout Mentor, Scoutmaster, fellow scouts, my parents, Carriel school faculty, District 90 Supervisor and Board Members, donors and Ms. Kelly Hoffman who was my link to the scientists at Monsanto. I would especially like to thank Jay Syc who patiently and skillfully helped me all the way through the building and design of the woodworking component of my project.”

District 90 seeks new board member

District 90O’FALLON – District 90 is seeking a new member for its Board of Education following the resignation of Chris Pulcher on Friday, August 12.

Pulcher, who was first elected to the board in 2013, left the board for personal and professional reasons, according to Superintendent Carrie Hruby. Pulcher had been absent from many recent meetings.

Whoever is selected to replace Pulcher on the board will have to run for election in the April 2017 election.

“Under the law, the board has 45 days to appoint a replacement member. If the board doesn’t make an appointment, the regional office has 30 days after that. And then after that point, it just stays vacant. The board has every intention to replace that position,” Hruby explained.

Applications are due by September 2 at 3 p.m. at the district office.  From there the board will hold interviews and narrow down the applicants. The board expects to announce a

replacement at their meeting on September 20.

District 90 welcomes new teachers, staff at orientation workshop

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Last week, O’Fallon School District No. 90 held New Teacher Orientation at the District office. Twelve new teachers, a school psychologist, a social worker and an assistant principal attended the workshop.

Pictured from left: Laura Vas – Special Education Teacher at Moye, Kathy Mehalko – Special Education Teacher at Carriel, Kerri Hill – Special Education Teacher at Schaefer, Kelly Hobbs – Special Education Teacher at Moye, Alaina Lukavsky – Kindergarten at Moye, Timothy Rule – Science Teacher at Carriel, Stacey Cutter – 2nd Grade Teacher at Schaefer, Alex Herrell – Assistant Principal at Fulton, Laura Shevlin – 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher at Fulton, Matt Hackmann – Special Education Teacher at Carriel, Jennifer Seely – 1st Grade Teacher at Hinchcliffe, Jennifer Ellis – 3rd Grade Teacher at Evans, Katherine Sauciuc – Special Education Teacher at Fulton, Kristina Stunkel – Social Worker at Fulton and Jessica Voirin, School Psychologist (Submitted Photo)

Thrasher gives strong showing

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

rio-1579480_1280   Ginny Thrasher, winner of the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics and former O’Fallon District 90 student, tied for 10th out of 37 shooters in the qualifying round of the 50 Meter Rifle 3 Positions shooting event on Thursday morning.

Thrasher scored a 581, an agonizing 1 point away from a tie that could have qualified the West Virginia sophomore for her second straight medal round.

Barbara Engleder of Germany would go on to capture gold with Binbin Zhang and Du Li of China taking silver and bronze, respectively. Li took silver to Thrasher’s gold in the 10 Meter Air Rifle earlier in the games.

This marks the end of the 2016 Summer Olympics for Thrasher, as the 50 Meter Rifle 3 Positions was her last event. She will return to Morgantown, West Virginia and will start her sophomore year at West Virginia University.

The future is bright for Ginny Thrasher. Olympic shooters often have long careers, and Thrasher will have a chance to one day get her name among American Olympic Shooting greats such as Kim Rhode.

Runners take part in annual Music of the Night 5K

86 runners of all ages participated in the Lifelong Music in O'Fallon Schools Music of the Night 5K Saturday evening at Carriel Junior High School (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

86 runners of all ages participated in the Lifelong Music in O’Fallon Schools Music of the Night 5K Saturday evening at Carriel Junior High School (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

 Fifteen year old Lucas Capistrant was the first racer to cross the finish line Saturday evening at the Lifelong Music in O'Fallon Schools Music of the Night 5K. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Fifteen year old Lucas Capistrant was the first racer to cross the finish line Saturday evening at the Lifelong Music in O’Fallon Schools Music of the Night 5K. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

(O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Runners were entertained by music as they departed Carriel Junior High School and as they returned to the finish line. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Runners were entertained by music as they departed Carriel Junior High School and as they returned to the finish line. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

District 90 announces where class size reduction teachers will be assigned

District 90O’FALLON – District 90 has announced where three new class-size reduction teachers will be assigned starting in August.

The teachers, which were able to be hired for the upcoming school year due to unexpected funding from the state, will be placed at the first, third, and fifth grade levels. The district reviewed enrollment data and determined those grade levels to be the highest in student to teacher ratios.

Based on available classroom space, a first grade class will be added at Hinchcliffe Elementary School, a third grade class will be added at Estelle Kampmeyer, and a fifth grade class will be added at Laverna Evans. In order to positively impact class sizes in other elementary schools, the district is in the process of transferring some of their students into the new sections as needed.

Superintendent Carrie Hruby said the class-size reduction teachers won’t solve all of the class size problems but they will be a help.

“The priority of these three positions is to focus on primary grade levels where class size has the largest impact. While this isn’t a solution that will decrease all class sizes, its a step in the right direction that also allows the District to remain fiscally conservative,” Hruby said.

The extra state funding came to District 90 when the Illinois General Assembly passed a stopgap budget on June 30 where they fully funded General State Aid for the first time in seven years. District 90 officials decided to use a portion of the funds to hire the class-size reduction teachers, while the rest will be used to replenish district funds that have been diminished over the years.

District 90 to hire three class size reduction teachers

John Wagnon Board of Education President

John Wagnon
Board of Education President

O’FALLON – The District 90 Board of Education decided to use some unexpected state funding to reduce class sizes at their recent monthly meeting.

District 90 Board of Education President John Wagnon said the district’s ability to consider hiring on three class size reduction teachers came about when the Illinois General Assembly passed a budget for schools on June 30.

“This year the state legislature passed a budget for the schools and it included the full funding amount for schools, which hasn’t happened in something like seven years. It looks like it’ll be a one time thing. What they’ve done in the past is called proration. They’re supposed to pay a certain amount for every student, but in the past the state has only given us a portion of what they’re supposed to. That proration has cost us several hundred thousand dollars a year in terms of funding we were owed,” said Wagnon. “This year, in the budget they passed, the state still allocated a prorated amount per student, but they also added a one-time ‘grant’ that brings every student up to the funding level they were supposed to be at.”

While District 90 doesn’t know exactly how much more they will receive, Wagnon said it will be a sizable amount of money and the Board wanted to use it wisely.

“We talked about what to do with this money. It looks to be a one-time good deal and so we wanted to put some away to bump up the funds we’ve had to beg, borrow, and steal from. We also wanted to hire three class size reduction teachers with the money. We expect to receive enough funding to be able to hire these teachers and still be able to back fill the funds we want to boost up,” Wagnon said.

The District felt it was important to address class sizes, as large class sizes directly impact students and their learning environments. Much like grant-funded positions, the three class size reduction teachers will be reduced in the Spring of 2017 unless the General Assembly reallocates the funds required to keep them or another funding source can be found. Wagnon said its too early to say what grades these teachers will be assigned to, but he expects it will be the lower grade levels.

“We don’t know until registration finalizes where the teachers will be assigned. We’ll probably make that call in late July or early August. We’re in the very early stages of getting those positions filled. I can say we’re probably going to target the younger grade levels just because its a more significant impact. If you have a kindergarten class with 30 kids in it and a sixth grade class with 30 kids in it, it would be better to put a new teacher in kindergarten and break up those large, younger classes,” Wagnon said.

In other business…

λ The Board approved the updated handbook for the 2016-17 school year. Wagnon said the handbook stayed mostly the same except for some required changes related to Senate Bill 100, which made changes to school districts’ disciplinary procedures.

λ The Board received a quick update on the construction at Estelle Kampmeyer Elementary School. Construction is on schedule and expected to be completed by the beginning of the school year.

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District 90 FAST Camp holds fourth annual mini-triathlon

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The District 90 Fitness and Sport Training (FAST) Camp recently held their fourth annual mini-triathlon at the O’Fallon Park. Students swam 500 yards, ran two miles, and then biked three miles.

Nick Edwards set a blistering pace for the boys as he won first place in a time of 42:01. This time was just a few seconds from breaking the record of 41:49 which is currently held by Kyle Dismukes. The second place finisher in the boys division was Jack Lloyd with a time of 47:14 and third place went to Chase Hanson with a time of 48:08.

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In the girls division, Mackenzie James was able to out sprint Ally Denton to the finish line and win by a total of seven seconds. James finished in a time of 51:27 while Denton finished right behind her with a time of 51:34. Finishing in third place was Abby Causey with a time of 52:16.

FAST Camp would like to thank all of the athletes and volunteers who participated. “It is a really awesome thing to watch these junior high athletes push themselves harder than they have ever pushed themselves before.  Plus, the parents got a bird’s eye view of how hard these kids worked for this event.”

FAST Camp would also like to thank C and C sports for donating shirts to all of the athletes who participated and to the O’Fallon Recreation Department for use of their facilities.

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District 90 Board of Education votes to place facilities sales tax on ballot

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The Board of Education thanked out-going OCFT President Rob Stoelzle and incoming President Tammy Eader for their leadership in the District. (submitted photo)

O’FALLON – The District 90 Board of Education voted to approve a resolution supporting the placement of a sales tax increase on the November ballot to help pay for facility construction and improvement.

In order for the question to be placed on the ballot, school boards representing more than 50 percent of the total student population in St. Clair County must approve similar resolutions. District 203 and 85 have also voted to place the question before the voters.

Board Member Steve Springer was the only board member to vote against the measure.

The proposed one percent sales tax increase will affect the entire county, with funds being distributed to districts based on student population. Funds can only be used for school building construction and financing and maintenance and upgrades. The funds cannot be used for salaries or other expenses. The sales tax will not impact any items that do not already have sales tax imposed on them, and will also not include cars, boats, or recreational vehicles.

In other business…

  • The Board also approved the purchase of a new tractor from Mascoutah Equipment Company, costing $34,276 before any trade in from the district’s old equipment is taken into account. The District 90 Booster Club will provide the $4,000 down payment on the tractor since it will be used to maintain some sports fields.
  • The Board voted to approve their mandated resolution adopting the Prevailing Wage.

OTHS Second Semester Honor Roll: Class of 2017

O’FALLON – O’Fallon Township High School has released the Honor Roll for the second semester of the 2015-16 school year. The following members of the class of 2017 were named to the Honor Roll.

   The O’Fallon Weekly featured the classes of 2019 and 2018 in previous editions and will list the members of the class of 2016 in next week.

OTHS

Eboni Acoff

TaVonn Adams

Michael Adkins

Brian Ahle

Grace Appel

Natalie Bak

Jordan Bala

Mackenzie Ballance

Cooper Barnhill

John Basa

Claudia Beck

Abby Becker

Victoria Birchem

Bradley Bishop

Paige Black

Ronald Black

Madelyn Blair

Sierra Blanco

Scott Blome

Cameron Bopp

Claire Bordenave

Bailey Boswell

Kobey Bosworth

Thaddeaus Breaux

Connor Breyer

Camryn Bright

Summer Brooks

Alex Brown

Hunter Brown

Nicholas Brown

Chandler Cairatti

Abigail Carney

Caleb Carriel

Kevin Chandler

Mae Chapman

Randy Chen

Alexander Christensen

Diamond Coney

Justin Cooper

Lauren Cooper

Madelyn Cooper

Erin Cornwall

Rebecca Cowin

Devin Cox

Haley Cox

Parker Crain

Connor Crane

DeAndre Crawley

Jessica Croissant

Cody Crowder

Diamon Curry

Autumn Daenzer

Jada Dawson

Madison DeBoer

Daniel Dela Cruz

Jamie Dela Cruz

Jacob DeLange

Taylor Dittmar

Marta Durk

Alexandra Eader

Jacob Earley

Jenelle Edwards

Natalie Edwards

Devin Ellis-Martin

William Farrar

Alison Fournie

Donovan Frailey

Jillian Gasser

Nolan Gavin

Gabriella Goerke

Robert Gonzalez Jr.

Brian Goodman

Laura Green

Jennifer Greene

Taylor Grout

Jordan Guethle

Joseph Guithues

Alexis Guy

Chase Hackstadt

Amanda Hair

Caitlyn Hale

Avant Hall

Austin Halverson

Kathleen Halwachs

Elisabeth Hansen

Makenzee Hansen

Emma Harris

Logan Harris

Jessica Hartmann

Blake Heimann

Madeleine Henken

Eric Henrichs

Jessica Hoffer

Brianna Honma

Claire Hoover

Emily Hopkins

Kamila Hostetter

Brittany Houston

Rachael Howey

Sierra Hughes

Ryan Hurst

Kaitlyn Jackson

Danna Jenkins

Abbey Johnson

Alley Johnson

Nathaniel Jones

Myles Josato

Bryan Kalkwarf

Lauren Kalteis

Kathryn Kampmeyer

Caitlin Kayser

Saran Khalid-Giddings

WonJun Kim

Ashley Kiner

Christian Koechner

Mackenzie Koester

Sydney Korstad

Lillian Kovich

Megan Krneta

Cassandra Krusac

Alec Kuhl

Joseph Kurrasch

Sarah Kurtz

Jonathan Ledee

Kelsey Lentz

Devin LePere

Dominik Lichota

Grace Lindsay

Christina Logan

Nicholas Longhorn

Stephanie Lopez

Hope Lovell

Joy Lovell

Noah Macias

Bayleigh Maldonado

Riley Mason

Jacob Maxey

Andrew Maxwell

Faith McCaskey

Brandon McCollom

Kenzi McCormick

Rebecca McDaniel

Parker McKee

Luke Meidel

Sophia Melzer

Logan Miles

Dylan Miller

Liana Miller

Matthew Miller

Adam Mueller

Nicholas Mueller

Karla Mulato

Colin Munie

Ryan Nelson

Madeline Noblitt

Nicholas Noblitt

Gracelynn Norgaard

Gabriel Norsigian

Natalee Nowak-Roddy

Alexandre Orr

Hayden Ourada

Jeonghu Park

Alexis Patch

Devan Patel

Jamon Peatross

Caitlyn Person

Katherine Pierce

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Austin Plymell

Mary Porath

Preston Porter

Destiny Pottin

Joshua Preston

Alexandria Proffitt

Tyler Przybysz

Hannah Radden

Octavio Ramirez-Guajardo

Steven Reaves

Taliah Reese

Lindsey Reinacher

Cassady Reno

Lukas Reuther

Taylor Reynolds

William Richards

Jordan Richardson

Natalie Richardson

Sarah Rivers

Bailey Roan

Annie Roberts

Justinanicole Roling

Trenton Rust

Mackenzie Ryan

Joseph Sanchez Jr.

Ryan Sanders

Hayden Schaefer

Lillian Schmidt

LeAnn Schmitt

Spencer Schuller

Zachary Scott

Lauren Sexauer

Margaret Sheerin

Mackenzie Shelton

Richard Shepherd

Michaela Shoemaker

Dylan Sholtes

Allison Silvestrini

Dominic Smiley

Kylie Smith

Anne Speight

Adam Spihlman

Madison Stacey

Keaton Steele

Aimee Stein

Blake Stroh

Sienna Stroud

Jayveaun Sumling

Noah Tenllado

Lauren Thomas

Kayla Thompson

Robert Tinge

Silwana Tiwari

Jacob Trebilcock

Kara Tripp

Destiny Turner

Jared Turner

Sadie Veillette

Janelle Vollmer

Kyle Walter

Justin Walters

Abigail Wangerin

Abigail Weidner

Lauren White

Elaina Whorton

Andrea Wieman

Abigail Willgohs

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Keyvon Wilson

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