Competitiveness could be the driving force behind future athletic cooperatives between schools.
During Monday night's Hutsonville Unit 1 Board of Education meeting Superintendent Julie Kraemer explained the reasoning for looking at basketball and other sport cooperatives between Hutsonville, Palestine and Oblong. Hutsonville currently coops sports with Palestine, and the two schools agreed to coop football with Oblong last season.
"A greater number of students are choosing not to participate in sports at all schools and I think it's important to offer a competitive environment for our students. They are tired of getting thumped," said Kraemer. "I would like to begin the discussion of expanding the current three school co-op with football to include basketball if there is an equal desire. If we are proactive instead of reactive, we can keep students coming out for athletics and continue to build the program instead of rebuilding the program after numbers have dwindled. Although I understand athletics is not our priority, there are very valuable lessons and social skills that can be learned while participating."
The board agreed, and approved Kraemer discussing future cooperatives with the other schools.
In related business the board approved cooperatives with both Palestine and Oblong as per IHSA regulation. Any future cooperatives can be added.
Kraemer reported that parents of students scheduled to enter kindergarten next year should have received a letter informing them of their choice to have their child attend full or half day. Parents are urged to return the form to the grade school promptly in order to help with planning for the fall.
Both principals reported that testing will soon be underway, and the SAT will be given to juniors on April 9. A couple of future dates mentioned were prom scheduled for April 27, and graduation May 19.
In other business the board approved moving the April meeting to Tuesday, April 23, for the election and reorganization of the board. The school calendar was amended to allow Jan. 30 as non-attendance day-emergency day, and several board polices changes were approved.
March is traditionally faculty and staff reorganization month. The board rehired non-tenured teachers, Mike Billingsly, Mariah Bell, Dustin McDonald, Austin Rodgers, Joe Stambaugh, Randy Hawkins, Julia Rodgers, Lauren Gullett, Tim Gallion, Marissa McDowell, Krista Howard, and Katlin Snider.
The board approved a five-year superintendent contract with Julie Kraemer. The contract will include a three percent raise.
Brittney Fuller was hired for grade school special education for the remaining 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.
Savannah Shaffner was hired for CCPI program.
The board accepted the resignations of Cade Fulling and Daren Hibbard as of end of 2018-19 school year.
The resignation of Kayla Wallace as high school cheer sponsor was accepted.
The board adopted a resolution reference reduction in force regarding non-certified personnel for Abbygail Gangloff, Shawn Hall, and Miranda Smothers.
The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, April 23.