The football co-op agreement between Oblong, Palestine and Hutsonville will go on and the team will stay with the Little Okaw Valley Conference.
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education approved an extension to the current agreement will now take it through the 2020-21 season. And, after much discussion, the team will remain part of the LOVC with a limited number of teams which is now to include Dugger, Ind.
Many schools are now looking to schedule games closer to home with schools of similar size and enrollments.
Unit 4 Superintendent Jeff Patchett noted the Oblong Sports Boosters have been meeting to discuss their funding of sports programs for the next year, which was slightly complicated by the expanded co-op, but will be at next month's meeting to deliver their report.
Also, the board approved IESA and IHSA memberships for the 2019-20 school year.
In other business, the board approved a direct deposit agreement form with the Crawford County Treasurer/Collector which will speed and simplify the depositing of funds into the school accounts when county tax dollars are distributed.
In personnel matters, the board renewed the employment of probationary certified employees Sheryl Brummer, Rex Ian Laughlin, Kelly Lohman, Brittney Murray, Barbara Potts, Julie Redman, Katherine Fehrenbacher, Alicia Haberlin, Stephanie McGuire, Nicole Sholders, R Mark Ambrose, Leslie Davis, Kelli Kamplain, Roxanne Kessler, Lydia McCoy, Kim Reeder and Kelly Sholders.
The board also approved the letter of resignation for the intent of retiring from Lana Dhom effective at the end of the 2022-23 school year and Jackie Utley's letter of resignation effective March 15.
Patchett also told the board about a new program launching soon to consolidate and streamline the federal grant application and management process. IL ePlan is the result of more than a year of research into the needs of educators and students in Illinois. The goal is to provide an efficient technology to reduce the burden of managing grant applications and funding and improve services to students.
Patchett told the board that grant money for some programs the district offers will now come directly to them, which will look at first like the district is getting increased revenue. However, that money will be used to fund the specific programs it was intended for and will need to be directly spent so in the end the balances will even out.
"People are probably not aware of how much grant money we get and now that information will be a little more transparent," Patchett said.
In other business, the board approved:
Summer school program.
Eighth grade trip to Holiday World May 15.
Biology II field trip to the St. Louis Zoo April 30.