Frank Mulholland

Daily Union Managing Editor

Cows, sheep and rabbits, oh my. That is what the Shelbyville High School Ag Department is hoping to provide for hands teaching to their students.

AG Instructors, John Rentfrow, and Mandy Brandenburg made a presentation to the school board requesting funds for their proposed “Learning and Storing at Shelbyville Ag Department” program.

Their proposal would build a livestock and equipment building possibly alongside the field plots to provide an area to house livestock and provide an opportunity for their students to gain hands-on experience in the Biological Science Agricultural labs.

The two instructors have already secured a grant for $10,000 and plan to use another $5,000 from the Ag fund. Then if the school board agrees the district will chip in another $5,000 to round out the $20,000 on the matching grant and estimated price tag of the building and all the other components of this program.

Brandenburg said she thought the presentation went well.

“I was impressed with the board’s questions,” said Brandenburg. “I thought the questions showed their understanding of what we are trying to do.”

Rentfrow and Brandenburg stressed how important Ag education is becoming and how this new facility could make SHS’s program one of the best in the state.

School Superintendent Robert Verdun told the board the next steps will be building permits and permission to hook on to the city’s sewers all had to be in place. Verdun said the district would start working on those necessary permits so that the construction could be possibly completed by June 2008.

In other actions the board convened a Truth-In-Taxation Hearing and a Open Levy Hearing. Then the board adopted the 2008 levy resolution. There were no comments from the audience.

The principals of the three schools, athletic director, the Special Education Director and the superintendent gave brief reports to the board.

High School Principal Kevin Ross gave a report on the proposed policy on information sharing with other governmental agencies.

“That was just the first reading of that policy. Now it will be forwarded to the State’s Attorney, the County Sheriff and the Shelbyville Police Chief for their perusal and comments,” said Ross. “Then the policy will come up for approval at the next meeting of the school board.”

There was discussion of creation of a study committee to evaluate the school lunch program and make recommendations to the Board of Education.

Board members Clay Miller and Rob Bosgraaf gave the board a report on their attendance at the Illinois Association of School Boards meeting in Chicago.

Under new business Superintendent Verdun recognized Paula Bitzer for the Fall Play and inviting the clients from Shelby County Community Service. Verdun also talked about a nice letter complimenting custodian Steve Wright for his help with a sick student.

The board approved purchase of two new school buses.

Finally the results of the Executive Session were:

Acceped the resignations of teacher aids, Dena Newton and Charlotte Hendryx and teachers Amy Braunecker and Amanda Elloitt.

Hired teacher aids, Elizabeth Grimes, Sherri Hudson, Marisa Pearcy and Sara Williams.

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