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East Peoria Times-Courier - East Peoria, IL
  • East Peoria School Board approves 2013 budget

  • The East Peoria Community High School District 309 Board of Education met Sept. 24 and voted unanimously to adopt the budget for the 2013 financial year.
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  • The East Peoria Community High School District 309 Board of Education met Sept. 24 and voted unanimously to adopt the budget for the 2013 financial year.
    "This is the last step in the approval process," superintendent Chuck Nagel said. "You always want to get it done smoothly and we did."
    Before the meeting, there was a public hearing on the budget.
    "You will see that we are still spending our money on children and on educating our children," Nagel said.
    "The tentative budget was placed before them last month and we have to leave it on the table for a month before voting on it," Nagel said. "The public meeting was for anyone to ask any questions about any concerns and there were none."
    The board also unanimously approved the Tazewell Mason County Special Education Association budget for the 2013 financial year.
    While discussing the finances, Nagel said the school has enough in the on-hand cash fund to operate for 263 days.
    The state recommends enough cash on hand for 90 days, putting the Raiders above average.
    In other board news:
    • The board unanimously approved the hire of Jennifer Williams as the frosh class adviser, Kelly Horn as the junior class adviser, Jenny normal as the junior class adviser, Karen Remmert as a cafeteria worker, Monica Siebenthal as an assistant cheerleading coach, Lindsey Crane as a teaching assistant and Jerry Jacobsen as a substitute bus driver.
    "These are people who are already employees of ours that are taking on new responsibilities," Nagel said. "We appreciate their hard work and we wouldn't be able to offer the activities if it wasn't for them."
    • Approved the resignation of Dylan Besser as a teaching assistant and Angie Brown as an assistant girls' basketball coach.
    "Dylan was someone who was only with us for a few days," Nagel said. "Angie did a great job for us but because of her growing family decided to resign."
    • Announced that the eighth-grade feeder schools no longer receive state funding to do the Explorer test, the placement test the high school uses. The board is looking into new options.
    • Congratulated the staff responsible for the homecoming festivities.
    "This is a great chance to thank everyone involved in homecoming week," Nagel said. "In my three years, this has been the best week."

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