Mossville School project continues

Adam Larck
Birdseye view of proposed changes Mossville School

The renovations for Mossville School have been approved to move forward.

At the Sept. 13 Illinois Valley Central District 321 school board meeting, the board approved the architectural contract with PSA-Dewberry for the Mossville School project.

“The architectural contract with PSA involves the following phases of the project: schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding and construction administration,” Superintendent Dr. Nick Polyak said. “We are going to meet (Thursday) to firm up timelines, but it is our expectation that we would go out for bid around February or March and have construction beginning in April.”

The contract approved was for $343,200.

Polyak said that the demolition of the temporary building will depend on the estimated cost that PSA-Dewberry will give to the board.

In other board news, the board:

• Approved an intergovernmental agreement with Peoria County.

The agreement, which is for flashing beacons to be placed on school signs around Mossville school, has both the district and county paying $2,000. The county will be in charge of all upkeep.

“The beacon agreement will now go back to the county board for their approval,” Polyak said. “I anticipate that it will take another month or two before they are actually in place.”

The talks of putting beacons on the school signs came about after concerns of Caterpillar employees speeding by the building.

• Heard a presentation about the Illinois Standards Achievement Test results.

The presentation showed the results of reading and math in third through eighth grades, along with if they met the adequate yearly progress requirements.

All classes met AYP in mathematics, while only fifth-, sixth- and eighth-grade students met AYP in reading.

The biggest drop from last year’s results was in seventh-grade reading, which fell by 12 percent. The board said this was due to having new teachers at that grade level, although they will be focused on improving those scores this year.

Other goals this year include transitioning kindergarten through third-graders to Illinois’ new common core standards, and providing differentiation to all students learning needs in the classroom.

• Heard from a parent during public discussion about bullying.

The parent said that her son had opted out of the fifth grade after taking verbal abuse from other students.

She presented Polyak with a packet of information, which the board said he will discuss and bring information back to the board.

• Polyak announced that the administrative compensation report is now available.

The report has to be printed before Oct. 1. It can be seen at

• Various personnel contracts were approved, along with one resignation and three child care leave requests.

All hires were approved for Mossville. Eleanor Holisky was hired as the girls basketball assistant coach, while Diane Fouts, Krista Anderson, Sarah Crook and Debbie Fetters were hired as RtI aides.

Meanwhile, Lindsay Craig resigned as an assistant track coach and also put in for leave as a junior high math teacher at Mossville. Other leave requests include Stephanie Thompson as a fourth-grade teacher at Mossville, and Kelsey Breen as a special education teacher at CEC.