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  • Eldorado school board ponders pension issue

  • At the Eldorado Community Unit 4 regularly scheduled meeting Thursday evening Superintendent Ryan Hobbs reported some bad news.
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  • At the Eldorado Community Unit 4 regularly scheduled meeting Thursday evening Superintendent Ryan Hobbs reported some bad news.
    He said, "The state of Illinois may or may not impose a two percent obligation on local school districts to fund teachers' pensions at a cost of between $153,000 and $200,000 per year here in Eldorado. We are hoping for none," said Hobbs.
    "I expect a shared increase, but don't know what the state will do. If the state puts the entire burden for pensions on the district we would have to close our doors."
    Governor Pat Quinn has urged the burden of paying teacher pensions be shifted from the state to the local districts, a burden many downstate school boards have said would be impossible to bear.
    In other school board business Thursday evening the board approved a motion to change the date of the November board meeting to Nov. 19 to accommodate a conflict with the scheduling of the annual Illinois Association of School Boards Conference.
    Kindergarten teachers Laura Bradley and Jackie Langley made a presentation to the board explaining the new report card that they designed to conform with the new Core Curriculum goals.
    Eldorado Elementary Principal Blake Bradley introduced the teachers' presentation saying, "This is the last year we work under the ISAT system. In 2014 we will be following Core Curriculum standards. We just want to know if this is what we are supposed to do," said Bradley.
    He said that under the new standards, "Every grade has to bump it up."
    Langley said, "Under the new standards kindergarten students will be required to count to 100, know the names of shapes like squares, circles and triangles and be able to write a three sentence paragraph."
    Laura Bradley said, "If the students don't start (meeting Core Curriculum standards) in kindergarten then when they get to first grade they won't be able to handle it."
    Langley said, "I think we have set the bar high enough so the kids will follow."
    After an executive session the board approved the following personnel matters:
    Resignation of Debbie Adams, high school math teacher.
    Hiring Jayna Breshman as a teacher.
    Hiring Sean Pilkington as middle school baseball coach.
    The board approved the purchase of a 2007 Chrysler van from Andy's Autos for $6,922.
    The board approved the selection of Occupational Performance and Rehabilitation for Athletes as the provider of trainer services for all sports events and practices at a cost of $3,150 per year. Ferrel Hospital in Eldorado will share the cost of trainer services by paying an equal amount to bring the total payment to Occupational Rehab to $6,300.
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