New design renderings have been unveiled for the Mossville Junior High renovation project.

School board members got a first look at the architects' final drawings for the school at the Feb. 12 meeting of the Illinois Valley Central School District 321.

Last May, the board put the Mossville project on hold after all bids came in over budget by more than $1 million.

Since then, the board has been meeting with the architects for the last several months making changes to the design renderings, floor plan and finances in order to come up with a new version of the construction plans.

Last October, the board approved a contract with Dewberry Architects for $97,089.

Dewberry has been helping the facilities and transportation committee prioritize and reorganize to decide what the junior high's needs are and what the project should be enhancing.

Superintendent Dr. Nick Polyak said construction is expected to begin soon and should be completed around the end of 2013.

In other action and discussion, the board:

• Learned the district has been invited to join the Corn Belt athletic conference in 2014-15.

Corn Belt athletic directors and principals voted Feb. 7 to formally invite IVC into the conference.

IVC will hold the third largest enrollment of the eight conference teams.

Other Corn Belt Conference schools include Mahomet-Seymour, Pontiac, Eureka, University High, Prairie Central, Olympia and Central Catholic.

Rantoul will vacate the conference after next year, leaving room for IVC to occupy the spot.

The school board will possibly vote on the Corn Belt invite at its Feb. 26 meeting.

• Recognized the eighth-grade boys' basketball team at CEC for making it to state competition.

• Heard a presentation from Chillicothe Elementary Center & Junior High Principal Kelli Brabson and assistant principal Jennifer Freeman about what is happening at the CEC building this school year.

The board approved a school improvement plan for CEC last month.

• Approved the school calendar for 2013-14.

The first day of attendance will be Aug. 14 and without any snow days, school will end on May 22.

• Discussed the Illinois 5Essentials survey that is intended for students in grades six through 12 and their parents and teachers to participate in across the state.

The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research came up with the 5Essentials system after 20 years of research and the survey's results are intended to help drive improvement in schools.

The 5Essentials system focuses on effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environment and ambitious instruction.

There is a link to the brief online survey on the district's website at

• Approved two overnight trips — a summer trip to Germany in June/July and a trip to Rolling Meadows for the band later this month.