During a closed session at the Mulberry Grove Board of Education meeting Monday, High School Principal Ryan Bauer and Superintendent Mike Gauch tendered their resignations. Gauch said both resignations are for family reasons. Bauer is taking over the family farm and Gauch has accepted the superintendent position at Harrisburg, Illinois, east of Marion, where he will be closer to his family. Both resignations are effective at the end of the school year.
In his treasurer’s report, Superintendent Gauch reported the district received the third categorical state aid payment for transportation of $47,829. General state aid payments are still coming in on schedule.
Junior class sponsors Karen Clark and Bob Koontz addressed the board, proposing the junior and senior classes no longer work the food stand at the Bond County Fair. Past years’ statistics show steadily decreasing profits due to increased expenses. They said classes could make more money in less time sponsoring events such as the recent 5K race and dodge ball tournament. The board agreed by consensus to no longer have the food stand at the Bond County Fair.
Superintendent Gauch reported on three bills currently before the Illinois General Assembly. The bills propose changes in the formula for calculating state aid payments to school districts. The Mulberry Grove district would receive increased state aid if any or all of the bills are passed by as much as 17.4 percent. Gauch said Senator Kyle McCarter does not support the measures in the Senate and Representative John Cavaletto has not expressed his support or opposition to the bill in the House.
Following a closed session, the board hired Josh Terry as full-time custodian and Bob Koontz as athletic director.