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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
LUDLOW — The Ludlow school district will receive $150,000 in taxable general obligation limited school bond money for operating purposes.
The school board Thursday approved a resolution to issue the bonds for working cash.
The board also heard a report on a new security camera system installed at the school.
Superintendent Dru Lobmaster said last year that the school district needed to use about $80,000 of its reserve funds to meet expenditures and would need to use about the same amount of its reserve funds this year.
The reason: reduced state aid payments. The district received 89 percent of what it had been receiving. That figure is expected to drop to 80 percent.
At a bond hearing for the working cash bond issue last month, the board resolution indicated it would issue $150,000 “or less” in working cash bonds.
School security camera system installed. The board heard a report from Principal Tom Townsend on the installation of a new school security camera system.
The new system works in coordination with the existing alarm system. Townsend said it provides more safety for students and the school.
All doors are locked, and visitors are buzzed in only at the front door.
Teachers receive Common Core math training. Ludlow teachers, along with other area teachers, participated in professional development training sessions at
Thomasboro and Gifford for math to meet Common Core standards.
Lobmaster reported on the training conducted by Editure. She said teachers considered it excellent training and good preparation for new Common Core standards in math.
Common Core is a nationally adopted standard for learning that all schools in Illinois are moving into. Last year the area districts addressed English language arts.
ActivBoards approved. The board approved a proposal from Haddock Corp. for installation of more Promethean ActivBoard systems in four classrooms.
Lobmaster said the district is pleased with the ActivBoards that were installed in other classrooms, saying they “proved to be a very effective use of technology and an excellent resource for teaching and learning for students.”
An ActivBoard training session was held during a teacher institute Jan. 7.
In other business:
• The board approved a new teacher mentoring program.
Lobmaster said Tanya Vipond, who recently earned an administrative degree, put together the teacher mentoring program. Ludlow Grade School, which hired two new teachers at the beginning of the school year and one new one at the semester break, had an informal mentoring program prior to this. Lobmaster said the new program is a more structured one.
• The board approved an Illinois Energy Now project to purchase and install pneumatic thermostats, power strips and light sensors. The purchase is pending grant approval. If approved, Ludlow Grade School would receive more than $13,000 of the $20,000 project cost.
• The board learned the school received a letter from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity with a $3,000 payment to install energy-efficient water heaters. The payment is through an Illinois Energy Now Project grant.
• The appointment of Chris Conlee was approved as ACCESS test coordinator/administrator for this school year.