The Oblong Sports Boosters are pledging nearly $50,000 in assistance to keep the sports programs in the Oblong Unit 4 School District at their current levels.
The board has had the support of organizations like the sports boosters, the band boosters and the academic foundation to keep many programs in the district alive during the ongoing Illinois budget fiasco.
Oblong Sports Booster President Rick Potts told the board the sports boosters spent a total of $53,051.19 for the district on items such as high school baseball supplies, baseball regional and conference champs shirts and hats, high school girls basketball uniforms, high school boys basketball uniforms and jacksts, high school golf supplies and pullovers, high school track high jump pit, high school cheerleaders uniforms and bags, high school softball conference champs shirts, turtlenecks and backpacks, jr. high baseball uniforms, jr. high softball uniforms, junior-high sports equipment boxes, plus an $18,000 monetary donation to help keep the sports programs.
Potts said this year the sports boosters are projecting monetary assistance to the district totaling $47,748.20.
In personnel matters, the board hired Roxanne Kessler as jr. high cheerleading coach, Sherri Shew and Dawn Kraus as cooks and Sadie Gassmann as elementary teacher.
The board also accepted Nicole Clapp's resignation as kindergarten teacher and Penny Carman's resignation as grade school yearbook sponsor.
In other business, the board approved the 2017-18 departmental budgets and tentatively approved several mandated policy updates as well as the Oblong CUSD Coach's Handbook.
The board also approved making applications for Title I, II and Pre-K Grant and approved a dual credit agreement with Lincoln Trail College.
A field trip request for High School Science classes to attend the Eclipse Day at SIU in Carbondale on Aug. 21 was approved, as was a request to host high school volleyball tournaments and camps.