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Although Mahomet-Seymour’s finances continue to be strained, there are bright spots on the horizon, district officials said Monday.
At this week’s school board meeting, Superintendent Rick Johnston and Chief School Business Official Trent Nuxoll gave a “State of the District” presentation that recapped the fiscal year and looked ahead to 2015-16.
After bids came in much higher than expected, members of the Mahomet-Seymour school board opted to put plans for Middletown Park on hold.
Those bids were opened last Thursday, Damien Schlitt of BLDD Architects told the board on Monday night. Only two general contractors submitted a bid and “they just weren’t very hungry,” Schlitt said. “They weren’t being competitive.”
District officials announced Friday that Mahomet-Seymour will be joining the Apollo Conference in 2017, pending approval by the school board.
At the June 22 meeting, the board will be asked to okay the plan, which would put M-S into competition with Charleston, Effingham, Mattoon, Taylorville and other larger schools to the south.
Scholarship winners from Mahomet-Seymour High School's Senior Awards Night:
Damien Schlitt of BLDD Architects presented plans for the park at Monday night’s school board meeting.
Schlitt said he had three goals in creating the park: paying homage to Middletown School, recognizing its architect Joseph Royer and honoring the long history of Mahomet.
Mahomet-Seymour High School Principal Shannon Cheek said Monday that the school may be moving toward a breakup with the Corn Belt Conference.
It’s a matter of competitiveness and compatibility, he said—particularly where enrollment is concerned.
“We’re growing,” he said. “Member schools of the Corn Belt are not.”
Eva Mozes Kor is no stranger to the global spotlight.
An 81-year-old survivor of the Holocaust, Kor spent years harboring a deep-seated rage against the Nazis who waged the war that led to her captivity.
Celebrity designer Doug Wilson, who gained fame on the TV show “Trading Spaces,” will be the special guest at Friday’s Bulldog Bash, a fundraiser for the Mahomet-Seymour Education Foundation.
It was 18 years ago that students at Mahomet-Seymour Junior High collected over 11 million pop-can tabs to represent the number of people who died during the Holocaust—and captured the attention of the entire nation.