HUME — A retiring Shiloh school board member was honored for 12 years of service during his final board meeting Monday, April 15, at the Unit 1 board of education meeting.
Dana Hales, who is presently the board’s president, did not seek re-election to a new term April 2. He owns the Newman Independent.
In his brief emotional remarks to his fellow board members, school administrators and those present for the meeting, Hales said he has been, “very proud to serve for 12 years as a member of this board.”
By his recollection, Hales said he has missed only two board meetings or committee meetings during his tenure.
“That is about 200 nights of board meetings,” he said.
Hales encouraged citizens to become involved with the school district and step up to serve. He noted with interim superintendent of schools Allen Hall continuing, “this district is in good shape.”
Following his remarks, Hall presented Hales with a plaque honoring his service to the school board.
In regular business, Shiloh principal Beth Harbaugh provided the board an update on the upcoming rededication of the Shiloh School building set for Saturday, May 11.
Harbaugh said an open house is planned for the entire building from 1-4 p.m. with welcoming comments set for 2 p.m. in the gym. Student ambassadors will be available to greet and walk through with individuals or groups attending. Refreshments will be served in the multipurpose room, she said, and student art featured during the day.
In preparation for the 50th anniversary, Harbaugh said a beautification program is underway on the school campus including planting flowers, trimming trees and shrubs and generally sprucing up the school and its grounds. The school trophy case has recently been reorganized, she said.
Harbaugh said May 11 was selected because it is the day after graduation and would allow those who attend commencement to also attend the 50th anniversary. Kendra Saddoris is aiding with the planning, the principal said, as well as alumni and others.
The name of the new athletic conference for the Tri-County Titans beginning in the 2019-2020 school year is Lincoln Prairie, Harbaugh announced. Tri-County (Shiloh, Oakland and Kansas) is now on the southern edge of the conference. The conference includes former Okaw Valley Conference members with the exception of Palestine-Hutsonville, Martinsville and Oblong.
In his report, Hall said the reorganization meeting for the district is Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the board meeting room. Hall asked if the board members would like to purchase a new table for meetings rather than using the four tables pushed together. The members agreed there is no need to purchase a new table — but new chairs might be nice.
Hall announced the low bidder for the home economics room cabinet project has pulled out of the project. Hall has made several calls seeking quotes from other companies and will continue to make calls and report at the next meeting.
Plans to air condition theschool gymnasium are moving forward, Hall said. Board member Brian Rhode said he has talked to Todd Terry who is working on specifications for the project. Rhode reported instead of two 25-ton units, it is likely the project will have four-12.5 ton units. Duct work will also have to be utilized.
In other business, the board:
-Approved the Student Council overnight trip to the IASC convention May 1-4 in Chicago.
-Approved the high school band and chorus out of state trip to Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind., on May 29.
-Approved the inclusion of two school improvement days in the 2019-2020 calendar.
-Accepted the resignations of Charles Cox as junior high social studies teacher, Tonya Eich as vocational agriculture teacher and FFA director and Dave Smith as high school head basketball coach.
-Employed Emily Barrow, Isabella Carroll, Brianna Bange and Emily Hall as summer student workers.
-Employed Kellie Jo Walsch, Shani Potts and Brandon Richards as adult summer workers.
-Employed Daphne Austin as agriculture teacher.
-Employed Jennifer Burch as director of discipline for the school.
-Heard the school prom is Saturday, April 27, at The Walkway in Mattoon. The theme is “Enchanted Garden.” The post prom will be hosted by the junior class at the Mattoon YMCA.
-Heard Harley Barry and Logan Richardson will represent Shiloh at the final LOVC Senior Appreciation Luncheon next week.
-Heard the Senior Awards Banquet is Tuesday, May 7, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church Parish Life Center. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony.