Teutopolis school board approves staff moves; Discusses improvements to the PA system and bleachers

Published on June 21, 2022 09:41

Last updated on June 21, 2022 09:41

Written by Greg Sapp

Superintendent Matt Sturgeon shared information about a host of items with the Teutopolis School Board on Monday evening.

Sturgeon has reinstated its commitment to soliciting community input for district goals. He also provided information on a potential sound system upgrade for music and other fine arts events, shared an expectation for the release of surplus assets in the coming weeks, and gave an overview of planned expenditures for ESSER. III, as additional funding is expected. Sturgeon also expects public tender information to be released for the new outdoor bleachers at the district track located at Teutopolis High School.

The Board approved an amended budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year; approved for first reading board policy changes; financial software renewed for the coming school year; authorized a student-teacher in Art to work at the same time in college and in high school. Property/Casualty/Liability/Worker’s Comp insurance has been assigned to Prairie State Insurance Cooperative for the next three fiscal years, with the exception of Worker’s Comp insurance to StarStone for the upcoming fiscal year. The Board also agreed to maintain Ameren as the district’s natural gas supplier until April 2023 and to seek supplier contracts beginning May 1, 2023.

Teutopolis board members accepted the resignations of Dan Blankenship as a high school business teacher, Andy Mersman as a high school tennis coach, Emily Petty as a high school athletics coach, Jordan Thoele as an assistant high school basketball coach and Maria Tegeler as a high school agricultural teacher and FFA sponsor.

Internal moves were approved, including Amber Rose as the middle school chef and caretaker, Kim Repking as the sixth-grade teacher, and Lisa Miller as the high school cook.

New recruits included Barbara Williams as a bus driver, Amy Sandschafer as a fourth-grade teacher, Alex Elliot as a high school agriculture teacher and FFA sponsor, Matt Passalacqua as a long-term substitute teacher in high school industrial arts, Cassie Carpenter as a high school business teacher, Al Church as the Class of 2024 sponsor, and Emalei Koester as the high school cook.