CEC volleyball team recognized at IVC District 321 school board meeting

Christina Smith

Illinois Valley Central District 321 school board members recognized the Chillicothe Elementary Center seventh and eighth-grade girls’ volleyball teams during the board’s April 8 meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Dave Kinney received one of the team’s state medals from coach Sara Kinney, since he was unable to attend the team’s last game of the season.

Sara Kinney said the eighth-grade team finished its season 15-9 and won the Two Rivers Conference, while the seventh-grade team placed third in state and set a new school record, with a 27-1 finish for the season.

In other CEC news, the school’s art fair has been rescheduled for from 6 to 8 p.m. April 24.

 In other business, the board:

• approved accepting a $60,000 Project Lead the Way grant, which will allow IVC High School staff to offer pre-engineering classes next fall

• approved renewing the high school and elementary schools’ Illinois High School Association and Illinois Elementary School Association memberships

• approved Laura Raatjes’ resignation as an English teacher at IVC High School

• approved hiring Sarah Goodner, an intern psychologist from Western Illinois University. Kinney said state officials will reimburse the district 100 percent for what the district pays Goodner.  

• approved the following contracts with a 5-1 vote, with an abstention from board secretary Kathy McCorkle: Megan Lundeen, speech pathologist at South School; Megan McCorkle, special education at IVC; Kelsey Power, special education and cheerleading coach at IVC; Doug Ford, percussion instructor at IVC; Matt Russell, head wrestling coach at IVC; and Shelby Harris, freshman girls’ volleyball coach at IVC

• discussed possibly including the district’s bullying/grievance policy in the school handbook and posting in on the district’s Web site, www.ivc.k12.il.us. During a policy committee meeting before the board meeting, board member Donna Uebler said a few parents attended the meeting and offered a few suggestions, which Kinney said he will investigate.

• heard Kinney offer condolences to board vice-president Sarah Williamson, whose father recently died; and to the family of Leanne Deyo, who worked at South School, who died April 7.

• and heard board member Steve Nalley say a Monical’s fundraiser for the IVC Educational Foundation was April 14-15.