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August 14, 2018

7/18/2018 10:58:00 AM
Competition for teachers gets Unit 3 attention
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The competition for substitute teachers had the Palestine Unit 3 School Board's attention during their meeting on Monday.

With all the local school districts in competition for substitutes, the board decided that an increase in daily pay would help them be able to attract more.

They agreed to increase the pay to $100 per day.

"Substitutes are hard to find and all the local districts are in competition for the same individuals," Interim Superintendent Chris Long said.

"Perhaps the increase will help make it easier to secure substitutes."

The board was also introduced to one of the district's newest members. Mark Ambrose, who will be the football coach for the Oblong-Palestine-Hutsonville high school program, met with the board to discuss the state of the program.

This will be the first year that all three schools will play on the same team. The season will kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24, in Oblong against Salt Fork. Both Palestine and Oblong will host two games apiece this year and have separate homecomings.

A new key fob program is being looked into for the Palestine High School weight room. However, Long said that more information will be provided for next month's meeting.

In other business the board approved their meeting schedule for the 2018-19 school year. The principals also presented their building handbooks, with slight changes, which were also approved.

The athletic booster club, PTA and band wagon groups were recognized for using the school as their resource or name for purchasing.

Approval was also made by the board to rejoin the Illinois Association of School Boards Group.

Closed session minutes and recording were acted on as per the law, while the board also agreed to look for a date for a self-evaluation meeting.

They also considered the transportation committee's recommendation to renew a handicapped bus lease and purchase a mini van for the district.

The committee met prior to last night's board meeting.

District band director Greg Downes announced his resignation, which was regretfully accepted by the board. Long said the position has been posted, but their are not any applicants at this time.

"Several area schools are in need of band/music personnel," Long said.

Sara Pinnell's resignation was also accepted as an elementary teacher, as she has decided to take on a position in a nearby district.

Charity Clark was appointed as a pre-k teacher for the 2018-19 school year. The board also authorized advertising for a classroom aide.

"An additional elementary teacher is needed however no applicants that meet the qualifications have applied," Long said.

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