Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year
We eagerly look forward to another successful school year for our students, staff, and parents. Our goal is to be the best school district in Illinois, and each year our staff strives extremely hard to attain that lofty aspiration. The Stockton School District prides itself in continuous school improvement with a focus on the academic core and culture. Test scores have been consistently strong over the past several years because of renewed commitments to student achievement at all levels. During the upcoming year, all three schools will be developing articulation of the new common core standards as well as embarking on a two year technology plan that will put laptops into the hands of all students grades 7-12 by the fall of 2015 with increased laptop access to younger students. In addition, the staff will be working on strategies to implement new on-line learning systems. Our fine arts program continues to be exemplary, and our extra-curricular activities provide our students with many opportunities to excel. We look forward to many 2013-2014 successes.
Superintendent Dr. David D. Gilliland
Available July 1st, parents can enroll their students in Student Accident Insurance through Markel Insurance Company. There are several plans available. To enroll, parents can go to http://markel.sevencorners.com
or call 877-444-5014 after July 1st. For further information, see the linked documents below.
The Stockton Education Foundation recently surpassed a huge milestone – the organization has awarded over $120,000 in grants to students and teachers from computer labs to science supplies to music department and agriculture needs. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2013 Radio-a-thon to be held on Homecoming Weekend, September 21st. This year’s goal will be to surpass the $20,000 level at the event. Besides the Radio-a-thon, there are many ways to give, and all donations are tax deductible:
- Direct donations throughout the year
- Matching gifts from your employer or business
- Marketable securities that have grown in value can make a gift remarkably low after-tax cost.
- Life insurance policy that is no longer needed for original purpose-cash value of the policy is immediately available for tax deduction purposes.
- Donated real estate-allows donor to avoid capital gains tax
- Bequests in an individual’s will
- Living trust-maintain ownership in your assets during your lifetime and make provisions to distribute a portion of them to the Foundation
- Fixed lifetime gift annuity on an annual basis
- Memorial for the loss of a friend or family member
Stockton School District Studies Building Consolidation
The Stockton School District is in the process of studying the feasibility of closing the Elementary School and housing all students in the Middle School and High School. The District’s architectural firm, Bradley and Bradley, is producing various draft plan options that would house all students in two buildings, and the Board of Education has been studying and discussing drafts at the past several meetings. Later in the spring, the board hopes to hold a public forum that will allow the community to hear more detail and offer feedback. In the meantime, the public is welcome to attend the next two board meetings, February 18 and March 18, where the board will continue to openly discuss options. Below are pertinent facts and details relevant to the potential re-configuration project:
*Current drafts contain pre-kindergarten-6th grade students to be housed at the Middle School and current 7th-12th graders to be housed at the High School with the Elementary School being closed.
*It is estimated that over the next five years, over $470,000 in upgrades will be needed to the Elementary Building, including a new roof, updated electrical work, masonry work, and heating repairs and updates.
*It is estimated that the District would save on an annual basis $200,000 in addition to the repairs needed at the Elementary School. These savings include reduction in administrative costs, non-certified personnel reductions, and utilities and insurance savings.
*Highlights of current proposed drafts include a multi-purpose room added on to the Middle School that would feed all students in the District and allow for physical education classes and perhaps small scale basketball practices, two additional classrooms built on to the west end of the Middle School, and re-modeling in both
buildings that would include a re-modeled library/reading center, a re-modeled commons area at the entrance to the High School, and re-modeled science labs at the High School.
*The total cost of the project is estimated at $2.5-$2.75 million. To pay for the project, the District would issue alternative revenue bonds, which in essence would pledge the annual $170,000 in sales tax money the District receives to paying for the project over a number of years. There would be NO change in the tax levy or additional tax for citizens-simply a pledging of annual revenue from the sales tax source.
*If the project was approved this summer, likely completion would be in January or fall of 2015.
*Current draft proposals are on display at the District office. The public is welcome to stop by at any time to review current drafts and ask questions.
*Be alert for public forum announcements later this spring.
*The District is starting the process of communicating with various community stakeholders as to the future of the Elementary School Building.
Stockton CUSD #206's Freedom of Information Act Officer is Dr. David D. Gilliland.
Freedom of Information Act requests can be directed to him by phone at 815-947-3391
or by mail at Stockton CUSD #206 District Office, 540 N Rush Street, Stockton, Illinois 61085.