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Struna: ‘Reduce the tax burden by 5 percent’

Bridging the Gap between Hall and IVCC

SPRING VALLEY — Taxpayers in Spring Valley will be paying less than expected.

At the Wednesday, Feb. 18, regular meeting of the Hall High School Board, the board adopted a resolution to abate a portion of the tax levied for the 2014 year to pay debt service on general obligation school bonds in the amount of $100,000.

Superintendent Mike Struna explained there was $160,000 in the health and life safety fund. That money was earmarked for improvements on the current school building but would not be needed. He is keeping $60,000 in the fund for emergencies.

Struna said, “I’m pleased that this resolution will reduce the tax burden by 5 percent.”

Assistant Principal Angie Carpenter and board member Betsy Sobin attended a Bridge the Gap meeting at Illinois Valley Community College. This collaboration between the two schools is important because about half of Hall’s graduates attend IVCC.

Sixty-nine percent of Hall students attending IVCC since 2010 were enrolled in remedial math classes and 29 percent in both remedial reading and remedial English classes. The percentages of students needing remedial math is a concern by all schools in the Illinois Valley.

Carpenter and Sobin met with the English chair at IVCC. They discussed the Common Core Standards and the expectations IVCC has for students in their entry level English classes.

The board approved adding two new classes for the 2015-16 school year. Vocational Technologies II will help students explore careers in digital manufacturing, material processing, robotics, alternative energy and computer aided design. Arc welding is being added to the industrial arts curriculum.

In other business:

• Struna presented the proposed calendar for next year, and it will be voted upon at next month’s meeting

• Tony Orlandi and Jason Samolinksi of Leopardo Construction provided the board with the new school project update.

• Graduation is set for May 9. May 15 will be the last day of attendance, if no more snow days are used.

• The board accepted the resignation of Robert Peterlin as English teacher at the special board meeting held on Feb. 11.

• During closed session, the board voted 6-0 to approve the request of Angie Carpenter to be reassigned as a full-time teacher for the 2015-16 school year. She will be teaching social studies courses.

• The board voted 5-1 to name the new auditorium at Hall High School in honor of Robert Manahan. Manahan is a HHS graduate, who earned a music degree from Illinois Wesleyan, and taught for many years at LaSalle-Peru High School. Upon his retirement from L-P, he came back to Hall and worked for 13 years as a consultant for the purpose of rebuilding the chorus and theater programs. He re-retired from Hall four years ago.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 in the library.

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