Paris High School attendance rising

By Nancy Zeman nzeman@prairiepress.net
Posted 2/17/20

Great things are happening at Paris High School — and it’s just not in athletics, interim co-principal Lorraine Bailey reported to the Paris Cooperative High School board of directors …

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Great things are happening at Paris High School — and it’s just not in athletics, interim co-principal Lorraine Bailey reported to the Paris Cooperative High School board of directors during their February meeting Monday, Feb. 10, at PHS.

Bailey and co-principal Carol Jones reported school attendance is at 95.9 percent for the entire school, “something we’re very proud of,” Bailey said. The students have an incentive to keep attendance at 95 percent or higher, she said. “We told them if we end the school year a 95 percent or higher, we’ll have a party on the lawn in May.”

Bailey also noted that the number of Illinois State Scholars increased from three to 12. “It’s always a challenge for us because we are a cooperative high school and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission doesn’t have a way to handle two districts into one high school.”

The complete list of PHS students honored is Jessica Augustus, Matthew Brouwer, Drew Cearlock, Kelsie Crampton, Dustin Creech, Jordyn David, Sydney Fox, Nathan Minnis, Mallory Pine, Elizabeth Rouse, Carlei Sapp and Sarah Wells.

The school’s WYSE academic team swept the recent competition at Lake Land College, taking first place in their division and qualifying as a team for the sectional at Eastern Illinois University in March. Eight students took individual awards, she said.

The PHS Winter Guard, directed by Zach Casad and Haleigh Mari, are competing today (Feb. 15) at the IDTA state finals in Springfield. The Paris team — competing in Class 2A — won first in the class at the Highland regional competition, their fifth win of the season in regionals.

The school’s scholastic bowl team is also on a roll, Bailey noted, with a 41-3 record as well as champions of the Little Illini Conference. Regionals will be coming up soon, she said.

The Lady Tiger basketball team established a new school record for wins in girls basketball, finishing the regular season 31-0, regular season LIC champions, champions of the LIC tourney, champions of the NAL Thanksgiving Tourney and champions of the Charleston Holiday Tournament. The board congratulated the team’s coaches — Dave Tingley, Missy Tingley and Dan Gates — not only for the outstanding record but how the team represented the school.

“We’re doing great things here,” Bailey said.

In other business, Jones gave an update on the school’s search for a new math series and textbooks. She said the committee has been studying the samples and is now whittling the number to a final three.

Jones said once the final three are selected, the committee will be setting up meetings with sales representatives to answer questions. “We hopefully have a decision in March,” she said.

The board also heard:

-The PHS cheer squad finished 11th in the IHSA state competition.

-Joe and Sheila Keys hosted the girls basketball team for dinner before senior night.

-Carol and Larry Jones provided pizza for the team after a game.

-Heard among the items being discussed in the Illinois General Assembly is property tax relief and school consolidation.