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Cerro Gordo School Board December Meeting

Staff Writer

The Cerro Gordo School Board met Wednesday, December 20, 2022, in the auditorium. The meeting began with recognizing the Students of the Month: Isaac Morganthaler, 6th grade; Autumn Gant, 7th grade; Jazlyn Howell, 8th grade; Ali Walker, HS. Superintendent Brett Robinson then discussed the information of the Truth in Taxation hearing. Total amount levied is $3,447,330.

After returning from executive session, the board accepted the resignations of Rebecca Mulligan, substitute, and Brittany Wright, high school cheer coach. The board then approved the hiring of Ashley Spent, classroom aide and substitute; Jenny Taylor, Pre-K parent coordinator; Chris Ridgeway, head football coach.

Administrative reports began with Elementary Principal Jodi Neaveill. Mrs. Neaveill and BAS director Ennis took students to the Reading Recovery program. Teachers Syndey McCrae and Katrina Cearlock taught the lessons. Mrs. Neaveill expressed gratitude to the board and district for the support of this worthwhile program.

The grade school put together 16 holiday food baskets for local families. In addition to the cans collected, the American Legion donated hams, and the Oakley Brick Church donated fruit and blankets for the baskets.

Teachers Frankie Martin, Lisa Forbes and Sarah Looper attended the Student Achievement Conference and will be sharing their experiences at the next SIP day. Principal Neaveill lists the names of students nominated for the November and December


During the HS report, Principal Brandon Willard announced teacher Jason Jacobs was recognized December 5 by the ROE as the Rotary Outstanding Teacher of the Month.

Teachers Jason Jacobs, Jason Navratil and Rhonda Lovin also attended the Student Achievement Conference and will present at the next SIP day. Teacher Navratil has partnered with University of Illinois 4H Club who has provided intested lessons in Social Studies.

December 14 the Drug Prevention lessons associated with the Piatt County Mental Health were completed. The instructor knew the students by name at the end of the sessions and provided a great learning expeience for the students.

The band concert included band students from Bement. Adding 4th and 5th grade choir students proved to be a little much for the auditorium. Leaving the younger grades out next year may alleviate this situation. The Junior and Senior High students enjoyed a holiday assembly the Friday before exams with games, songs and a visit from Santa. Peanut Butter and Jelly jars were collected for the Lord’s Pantry.

During the Pink game, during the volleyball season, $925 was donated to St. Mary’s and an equal amount was given to a local person battling cancer.

The Turkey Tournament earned over $800 for the school and has grown to 12 teams now. Willard thanked Athletic Director Diann Durbin for all her hard work.

Jr. High student council sponsors Rhonda Lovin and Jason Jacobs have already organized 2 Jr. High dances and plan to have two more 2nd semester.

The superintendent’s report reaffirmed the HVAC projects bids were accepted and approved. A justification form was approved for the more than 1% of Cerro Gordo students who were eligible for the DLM test. The ROE helped finance the group of teachers that attended the Student Achievement Conference.

The annual inspection of the bleachers will happen Thursday, December 21.

The board approved the abatement of the payment of the 2017 bonds from the property taxes to the sales taxes from Piatt and Macon counties. The meeting was then adjourned.

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