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School Board Approves Teacher’s New Contract

The Collective Bargaining Agreement for the teachers contract for 2022-2025 was approved at the regular meeting of Arthur Unit #305 on Wednesday, June 15. A copy of this agreement must be approved by the school lawyers before it can be released.

This information will come at a later time.

First on the agenda was the 2022 amended budget hearing. The budget had been on display in the superintendent’s office for 30 days as required by law. The board passed a motion approving the fiscal year 2022 Amended Budget.

Assistant Principal & Athletic Director Nathan Seal reported that he had reached out to Williamsville, IL school district for the play clocks they were replacing during their complete update of sports facilities. Williamsville donated the play clocks, valued between $5,000-$6,000, to the ALAH High School. Seal gave an update on the fundraiser for new score boards for the new gymnasium and Wilson Field. The list of corporate sponsors to date is as follows: CHI, Kirby Medical Group, The Great Pumpkin Patch/Homestead Bakery, MasterBrand, State Bank of Arthur, & First Neighbor Bank.

The board approved the District Handbook and fees as well as the Athletic Handbook. One change is a 10 cent raise across the board in the meal program. Costs will be elementary: breakfast-$2.10; elementary lunch-$2.80; junior high and high school lunch-$3.00. Clarification on the verbiage of the school dress code was also updated in the District Handbook.

Meeting dates for 2022-2023 were approved, the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. Some of the meetings will be at Atwood-Hammond & Lovington Grade Schools.

Superintendent Cheek discussed the Illinois State Board of Education’s tuition wavier during his report to the board. ISBE provides districts the opportunity to apply for a waiver allowing district teachers to have their students attend tuition free if they live outside the district. There are two steps the district has to follow to proceed with this process and they can apply for the waiver to extend up to five years.

In his facilities update, Cheek reported a leak at the Arthur Grade School was discovered as a result of two bills being extremely high. Bill Coleman and Oye’s have narrowed down the problem to an outside wall and are working on repairing the leak. He also added the buildings are being cleaned and prepped for the upcoming school year. Cheek went on to say campaigning for the referendum is underway and he had been asked to speak to a couple groups.

Superintendent goal review was presented:

•Development of scope and sequence-curriculum
-presented progress on the three-year plan, that will be posted once formatting is completed

•Strategic plan for facilities
-referendum on June 28

•Culture throughout buildings and district
-5 essential surveys

•Curriculum needs assessment with 3-year plan
-Math/Reading/ELA/Special Education

Cheek also praised the staff during his celebrations section of his report:

•Thanked all the volunteers that have worked behind the scenes on the facilities project

•Bill Coleman, Justin Woodard, and the entire custodial staff for all their work

•New Atwood-Hammond Grade School Principal Chris Foreman on his efforts of getting settled early

Arthur Grade School Report
Andrew Peralta, Principal

End of Year Celebrations

Great fun during our end-of-year festivities.  Students enjoyed some spotty weather but were able to play with bounce houses within the gym.  Students were also able to receive a treat from the Kona Ice truck, which was sponsored by numerous families and community members.  Thank you to all for allowing the last day of school to be such a blast.

News-Gazette Teacher of the Week

Congratulations to Ms. Davis for being named as News-Gazette Teacher of the Week.  We are very proud of her efforts and the support she gives the students at AGS.


For the second year in a row, AGS combined with the two other grade schools for our 8th grade promotion.  Students, staff, and families all celebrated the hard work of these students and wish them the best of luck in their new endeavors.  Thank you to

Ms. Nall for organizing, Ms. Fleming and Ms. Wilson for helping AGS students to receive their items, and for the maintenance crew for having everything set up.

Landscaping Day

Emily Kauffman, staff, and community members all came out in late May to help beautify the school.  Over 20 people pulled weeds, planted flowers, shoveled mulch, and everything in between to help AGS.  A huge thank you to all involved, especially Ms. Kauffman.

Kids Heart Challenge

The students of AGS did a great job collecting $6,373.36 for Kids Heart Challenge. The effort was led by second-grade student Jaelynn Sanchez with a whopping $1,102.02.  She will have our gym named after her for the 2022-2023 school year.  Thank you to Coach Eaton for organizing.

In closing Principal Peralta thanked the board for their kindness and support over the past year and stated it was truly appreciated by myself and the staff at AGS.

Atwood Hammond Grade School Report
Kristin Nall, Principal

PBIS- We celebrated the completion of our 4th quarter goal the last week of school. We had 80% of our students reach their individual reading goals for the year. Collectively our students read over 18,000 books this year! Our PBIS Team coordinated a Field Day and Wiffle Ball tournament for our students. These stations included Kona Ice, Face Painting, parachute fun, obstacle courses, and lots more!

End of the Year

8th Grade Promotion was a huge success. We would like to thank the staff and parents for working with us through the weather. It is great to bring our Junior High together for this ceremony! A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Seegmiller, Mr. and Mrs. Seal, and the custodial staff for helping with the preparations of the ceremony! Congratulations to the Class of 2026, we can’t wait to see what they accomplish in high school.

This was Kristin’s last report as Atwood Hammond Grade School principal, and she thanked the board and administration team for the opportunity she had been given for the last six years. She will be moving into a new position for the district.

Lovington Grade School Report
Marla Graham,

Lunch on the Lawn and our Field Day was a grand success. We served 80 meals, not including students and had a blast with all the activities (including face painting and a 60’ obstacle course.)

Promotion was amazing.  What a great experience it was to be a part of a unified promotion for our 8th graders.  As an outsider coming in, I loved every aspect of the day (except having to speak!), especially the incoming Senior class president’s speech!  Great traditions!

Our building is on its way to getting cleaned and prepped for next year.  A huge shoutout to our custodial staff who does a phenomenal job of getting this process done!

ALAH High School
Steffanie Seegmiller, Principal

ALAH Class of 2022 graduate, Sarah Rafferty completed her year as the News Gazette High School Confidential Correspondent. Check out a sample of Sarah’s work at News Gazette High School Confidential Correspondent.

The 2021-2022 HS Yearbook, Looking Forward Looking Back, is almost ready to be submitted for printing! The theme this year has incorporated the Class of 1972. Journalism is putting the final touches and pictures in from May and will send it to the publishers later this month. Yearbooks will be ready for pick up in August.

Our latest totals for Honor’s Night was just over $815,000 in scholarships awarded with over $273,000 coming from local organizations.

The Class of 2022 has 23 students (34%) planning to attend a 2-year institution and 17 students (25%) planning to attend a 4-year institution.

CCRI stands for the College and Career Readiness Indicator, the latest state requirement.

We have two sections of summer school that have started. One section is English taught by Ms. Huckleby with eight students. The other class, being taught by Ms. Harshman, has nine students who are utilizing APEX, a computer program designed to help students make up missed credits in various courses. Summer school runs through June 24th from 8 am until noon each day.

Summer Driver’s Education is being taught by Jenni Moore and has 30 students enrolled. The class lasts for two weeks from 8 am until noon.

National Honor Society (NHS) elected their officers in May. Congratulations to President Ashley Seegmiller, Vice President Charley Condill, Secretary Brady Moore, and Treasurer Aaron Seegmiller. NHS completed over 500 service hours this school year. Their service project as a group was the Bag Drive, which collected toiletries, clothes, and food to share with local pantries. They collected and then distributed the donations from over 100 bags.

Student council elected officers for next year. They are President Brady Moore, Vice President Claire Seal, and Secretary Kendall Burdick.

The Principal’s Advisory Committee that meets monthly with the principal, organized a cleanup of the Weight Room. Approximately 25 students including athletes and 5 coaches participated in the cleanup Thursday afternoon. They cleaned weights, washed down all the equipment and walls and painted.

Coming Up:

Online Registration for 2022-2023 – June 20-24

Personnel Report


•Approved Jennifer Ingram 3rd grade-She is a longtime resident of Lovington and has worked at the Lovington Grade school for 13 years in a variety of positions, most recently as a long-time sub in Jr High ELA

•Approved Stephanie Hale 4th grade- She comes highly recommended from Mahomet where she worked for the last few years as a teacher in 4th and 5th grade, looping with the class because of her success with some high need’s students.  Her family is relocating to Arthur to help care for aging in-laws.

•Accept letter of resignation from Jennifer Hostetler

•Accept letter of resignation from Stevi Stutzman


•Building para- Stephanie Harris- She is a resident of Lovington and has worked with many of our students as an in-home daycare provider.  She is new to the education world but excited to make this transition replacing Anna Bright

•Kindergarten para- Cortney Hall. She is a resident of Atwood and has 4 children who attend there.  Currently she works as a teacher’s assistant at a childcare center and coaches at Prairieland Tumbling and Trampoline center.  She currently coaches several of our students and is eager to have a schedule that matches that of her children. -IEP mandated Aide


•Recommend Lori Jefferson as a volunteer Cheer Coach

•Consider approval of Anna Shroyer as a JH Girls Basketball Volunteer Coach

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