Shiloh board reorganizes, announces new phone number

By Samantha Tucker samantha@prairiepress.net
Posted 5/3/21

The Shiloh School board reorganized before covering regular meeting topics on Wednesday, April 29.

Interim superintendent Allen Hall presided over election results as president pro tempore. There …

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Shiloh board reorganizes, announces new phone number

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The Shiloh School board reorganized before covering regular meeting topics on Wednesday, April 29.

Interim superintendent Allen Hall presided over election results as president pro tempore. There were only three candidates in the April 6 Consolidate Election this year: Tara Duzan, Renee Henry and Aaron Richardson. There were no changes to board membership. Roles and committee assignments also stayed the same.

The current lineup is:

νPresident — David Smith

νVice President — Aaron Richardson

νSecretary — Renee Henry

In the regular meeting, principal Beth Harbaugh announced Shiloh sent out magnets featuring the school’s new phone number. Shiloh School can now be reached at 217-531-1850.

Hall continued a previous discussion about replacing windows by relaying a contractor’s estimate of $260,000 for installing all-new windows in the school.

“Prevailing wage has to be paid, that’s why the cost is so high,” Hall said.

Stimulus money could be used to cover costs, however.

“They’re still clarifying how we can spend the stimulus,” he said. The school needs to write a grant for the stimulus money but can amend it later.

The windows he has in mind are double-paned and energy efficient, which would lower Shiloh’s heating costs and potentially help drop them into Tier 2 on their electric bill. The board discovered during solar panel presentations that Shiloh School’s peak energy demand puts it in Tier 3, which allows power companies to charge higher rates. The school’s recent energy audit found no viable ways to significantly reduce demand.

“If you drop into that tier your bill is decreased. Obviously, the windows would help with that,” said Smith.

Eighth grade promotion is back after celebrations ceased in 2020. Harbaugh presented the ceremony’s safety measures to the board for approval before announcing them to the public. For starters, the band will not perform. The traditional receiving line is also gone. Guests will be seated in pods for social distancing and those who cannot attend will be able to watch on Huddl, the school’s sports broadcast system.

There are tickets enough for 125 guests, but Harbaugh explained there is a significant exception to that limitation.

“The tickets only go to people who aren’t vaccinated,” she said.

The board approved the measures.