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SVE gets IDOC grant

SPRING VALLEY — When it comes to being energy efficient, Spring Valley Elementary (SVE) has been noticed by a state department and getting a handful of dollars because of it.

At the Wednesday, March 15, school board meeting of SVE, the board learned the school is receiving an energy efficiency grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The grant is for $193,000.

“We were fortunate to receive this grant that was based on the energy efficiencies that are part of our new addition to JFK. The money goes directly into our building and operations fund,”  Superintendent Jim Hermes said,

The budget is being amended and finalized next month. The amended budget is on display for the next 30 days.

Also at the meeting, the technology plan for next year was approved. Both the north lab and the original south lab will each have 30 iMac 21.5-inch desktops. A room in the pre-kindergarten/kindergarten wing will also be equipped with the desktops currently in the original south lab. Every sixth-grader that enters into school will have an iPad.   

A three-year technology lease with Hometown Bank was approved to finance the purchases.

The board also heard the first reading of proposed changes to the kindergarten and first grade report cards.

In other business:

• The board accepted the resignations of Melissa Actis, Erica McPheeters and John Mestemaker, effective at the end of the school year. Also the immediate resignation of teacher’s aide Kristin Saylor was accepted.

• The board approved the move of Paula Toraason to third grade and Mike Wallace to RTI.

• Several teachers were hired for the upcoming school year. Janet Roche will be teaching third grade; Cassie Villareal will be teaching junior high Life Skills; Kathleen Fiocchi was hired as district librarian; and Kathryn Sailer was hired as a pre-kindergarten teacher. Theresa Craig was hired as a teacher’s aide, effective immediately.

• The board approved three-year contracts for technology Director Greg Walder and Principal Shelly Nauman. The board also approved a two year contract for Hermes.

The next board meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, immediately following the budget hearing in the library.

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