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1/25/2013 4:13:00 PM
Ag, track approved in Earlville

Tamara Abbey
Mendota Bureau Chief

EARLVILLE — After months of discussion and research, members of the Earlville School Board this week officially approved the addition of a part-time agriculture program for the 2013-14 school year.

The program could become full-time the following year if enough students register for the elective course.

Board members also approved restoring junior high school track and will apply to participate in Illinois Elementary School Association events. The program was one of several cuts made in the district several years ago. The successful referendum last March that raised the tax rate in the education fund made it possible for the district to begin supplementing curriculum and extracurricular activities at the school.

The board did not spend any additional money on two other programs that were discussed during the meeting. A SkyLert telephone dialing program to notify students and parents about school closures or weather emergencies did not lead to any action. Board members said the lack of severe weather this year was a factor in delaying any further discussion or action.

Another system for streamlining employee payroll also did not attract any action Monday. Costs and benefits of the system will be studied further.
Superintendent Wade Winekauf updated the board on security measures at the school. All students now enter the building at one door where they are greeted by an administrator. All other doors remain locked.

Additional security measures such as an electronic key system for employees was discussed, but Winekauf will explore potential grants for that type of system.

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