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NCOE Board hears update on state budget uncertainty

Superintendent Matt Vollman told the NCOE Board last evening that he had recently met with Superintendents throughout Southern Illinois concerning the lack of a state budget and no funding measures in place for K-12 schools for next year.  This is an unprecedented situation and the power struggle in Springfield only hurts the students of Illinois.  Due to this Vollman says the District will limit what maintenance is done over the summer and what supplies will be ordered to begin the school year next August.

Vollman also reported he has been in negotiations with the teachers’ union concerning the contract.  The uncertainty of funding makes it difficult to reach a salary agreement but other wording in the contract is going well.

With the school year quickly winding down, the building Principals gave several dates of  upcoming activities.  NCO Kindergarten registration will be April 26.  On April 27 the Booth Book Club will have a dedication of the Enfield Free Library at Booth at 5:30.

The NCOE Golf Scramble will be May 7 at the Carmi Country Club.  May 9-14 will be the annual Senior trip to Washington D. C. and Hershey, PA.  The Ministerial Alliance will host a party for 8th and High School graduates on May 17.  Baccalaureate will be at 7 p.m. May 18; Senior Honors will begin at 10 a.m. on May 19 and High School Graduation will be at 7 p.m. on May 20 followed by the Drug-and-Alcohol Free party at 10:30 p.m.

‘We Care’ Graduation will be May 12 at NCO at 1:30.  The NCO Awards Day ceremonies will be May 18 at 9 a.m. for Grades K-4 and at 1 p.m. for Grades 5-8.  Booth awards will be given out May 23 at 9 a.m.  Graduation will be on May 24 at 6 for NCO and 7:30 for Booth.

In other business the Board—

–Renewed the Dual Credit program with SIC.

–Held the first reading of updated Board policies.

–Employed Aribi Auten as the High School Cheer Sponsor and Andy Sutter as the Grade School JV Basketball coach.

–Renewed Matt Vollman’s contract for next year.

–Were reminded that the May meeting will the Thursday, May 19.