School board accepts Mossville teacher’s resignation
A Mossville teacher has resigned amidst charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
The Illinois Valley Central School District 321 board accepted Kayla Trueblood’s resignation, effective immediately, at its Dec. 18 meeting.
The 22-year-old was a first year part-time teacher at Mossville Junior High and Elementary School, where she taught gifted education, was an RtI aide and coached the scholastic bowl team.
Trueblood was arrested Dec. 3 for allegedly having sexual contact with a 16-year-old boy on school grounds after hours.
As part of her bond, she is barred from having any contact with the victim or his family.
Trueblood will be back in court on Jan. 3 for a preliminary hearing.
If convicted, she could face up to seven years in prison or up to four years of probation.
In other action and discussion at the meeting, the board:
• Approved a tax levy of $11,896,198 for funds needed for the 2013-14 school year.
Assistant Superintendent Patrick Hatfield said the district will find out next spring the actual amount and it will probably end up being about $330,000 less.
Hatfield added the tax rate will be just over 4.5 percent.
In his finance committee report, board member Dave Kinney said the committee has been trying to come up with ideas on how to save money in the general fund.
Kinney said it has been a struggle with property taxes and state aid on the decline.
• Heard from Board President Mike Denzer on the progress of the superintendent search.
Denzer said the personnel committee met in executive session to screen superintendent candidates and some of those identified as qualified would be interviewed in the next several days.
• Approved the creation of new activity funds for Special Olympics and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Superintendent Dr. Nick Polyak said both new school groups have already started fundraising so it requires board approval to create activity fund accounts.
• Approved the resignation of Hannah Nichols as RtI aide at Mossville.
• Approved the hiring of Diana Reyling as a bus monitor and Rusty Richards as boys’ track coach at CEC.
• Heard from board member Nell German about four IVC students who have been selected for the honors jazz combo at the 2013 Illinois Music Educators Association concert.
Keaton Judy, Josh Rose, Michael German and Kaitlyn Farris will perform in the honors jazz combo at next year’s IMEA conference in Peoria along with IVC’s jazz choir.