Siegel, Rathgeb honored at board meeting

Siegel, Rathgeb honored at board meeting

By: JACKSON WILSON

Enquirer Democrat Reporter

At Monday night’s meeting of the Carlinville School Board, the board honored outgoing school board members Charlie Siegel and Dave Rathgeb. The two men opted not to seek re-election. New board members Sam Harding and Dale Reels will be seated on April 29.  Siegel served for 20 years while Rathgeb served for 16 years.  Both received a framed picture featuring the Carlinville Cavalier.

“I want to thank you both for many years of service. You’ve made a difference in the lives of thousands of kids during your time here. Each minute was well-spent,” Carlinville Superintendent Becky Schuchman stated.

As they each reflected back on their years of service, Siegel noted, “We have a really good board. We have excellent people leading this district.”

“I’m very proud to have been able to do this,” added Rathgeb.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Alan Cooper as the boys’ varsity basketball head coach, Lori Reiher as the musical director and Michael Morrison as the assistant musical director. Effective next year, Morrison will be the new musical director and Darci Boston will serve as the assistant musical director. David Suits will be taking over the high school’s physical education duties and Kelsie Schenck will serve as the Family Consumer Science instructor.

Blackburn College representatives Bridget Miller and Laura Snider presented a partnership program idea for special needs students. Carlinville schools will be piloting a class for disabled students which will be held at the college. Miller and Snider are both working with the education department and work study program to help these students reach their goals  that range far beyond the classroom. The board agreed that this would be a beneficial program.

The board also heard a presentation from the Solential Solar group that consisted of a solar proposal that the company previously submitted to the district.  It identified ground mounted solar panels as the best option for all of the Carlinville schools.  All three campuses were estimated to realize savings of $20,000-$30,000. However, the solar panels are expected to be owned by another investing company.  Thus, the board has not yet agreed to proceed with this recommendation.

“The District would need to come to an agreement called a Power Purchase Agreement with the investing company.  We currently have legal counsel reviewing and making changes to agreement as well as the lease,” said Schuchman.

The proposed budget for FY19 was presented and will be posted for 30 days, with a public hearing to be scheduled sometime in June.

In addition, the board approved membership into the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) for next year.

If no other emergencies occur, the last scheduled day of school for students will be May 22, with the teachers’ institute to follow on the May 23.

Dave Rathgeb, at left, and Charlie Siegel were both honored at Monday’s Carlinville Board of Education meeting with framed pictures of the Carlinville Cavalier as a retirement gift.  Enquirer Democrat photo by Jackson Wilson