Unit 2 Board Assures Citizens There Is No Immediate Plan To Merge Schools

At a packed Unit 2 School Board meeting Monday the board assured citizens present that there are no immediate plans to merge schools in the district. Several citizens spoke about their concerns amid rumors of the outlying schools merging into one. Board member Vance Daniken told the crowd that if this was ever a possibility, a citizens’ group would be formed to collect all data before moving forward. Board president Jay Young told the crowd that no direction was given to any board member to approach any schools about merging.

The board voted to hire Chance Vohlken and Shane Sayler as assistant soccer coaches along with Brooke Utlaut as Sorento Cheerleading Coach and Lauren Miller as a Language Arts teacher at Greenville Jr. High. In another motion the board hired Dena Petroline as Business Manager/Treasurer for the district.

Sheriff Jeff Brown was present to discuss shooter training with the board. Brown toured the schools and reported that all of the buildings are, in his opinion, in good shape. There are training sessions scheduled for August and January that will include state, county, and city authorities.

The financial report showed the district received a little over $800,000 for the month of May. Superintendent Jeff Strieker told the board almost all the funds have received 100 percent of payments with the exception of the Education Fund, which is at 89 percent. Another payment is expected before the end of June for the Education Fund.

After a technology presentation by Meg File, the board approved the purchase of 46 Business Lab desktop computers and 46 MS Office 2013 licenses in the amount of $28,837. The request for 32 Chromebooks, a mobile lab cart, and wi-fi access points for the Pocahontas Center was tabled until the next scheduled committee meeting.