School construction on schedule at Central

By Margaret Lemke

Staff Writer

While for many people it seems like summer just began, District 108 school administrators are already prepared for the new school year, and with the construction on the high school/middle school building expected to be done in mid-August, everything should be in place for the return of teachers and students in September.

That’s what District 108 School Board members were told at the Monday, July 23 meeting.

All three principals presented their student and faculty handbooks, which contained only a few changes, they explained. The handbooks will all be available electronically, but limited paper copies will also be available. The student-parent open house is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 29, with more details coming soon.

Board members also reviewed and approved participation fees, lunch prices, athletic worker pay schedules, admissions and other annual organizational items. The only change presented was an increase of 10 cents for lunch prices for all students. Elementary lunches will now cost $1.95 and middle and high school lunch prices will be $2.15. Superintendent Brian Corlett said this is a required change for schools that receive federal funding and the prices will continue to increase over the next few years to a maximum of $2.57.

Board members also approved a few new hires for the year, including Allison Donadio, Title I; Brian Isles, high school English; Haley Leonard, ESL/Title I; and James McCullum, middle school Special Ed.

Donadio was hired to fill a new Title I position made available with additional funding.

In other business, the board: