Cahokia school leaders close 3 facilities to save sports, arts

Jun 11, 2013 Full story: Belleville News Democrat 28

Cahokia school board members voted late Monday to close three schools to save some jobs as well as sports, music, art and physical education programs.

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Concerned parent

Edwardsville, IL

#4 Jun 11, 2013
Are they closing the whole School of Choice or just the 9 through 12 grades?
well

Edwardsville, IL

#5 Jun 11, 2013
Cahokia School of Choice wrote:
However, school leaders said the plans hinge on Gov. Pat Quinn agreeing to fund education at the level recommended by state lawmakers.
Slated to be closed are three specialty schools: the Jerome Early Childhood Center, Estelle Sauget Freshman Academy and Cahokia School of Choice.
Cahokia Superintendent Art Ryan said the district is counting on 89 percent funding from the state for the upcoming school year. With that money and closing the schools, the district can maintain its sports, music, art and PE programs as well as bring back some of the 70 employees given lay-off notices in February.
Ryan said the bottom line was that the district had to cut $1.5 million from its budget.
"I would rather close some facilities and continue to offer programs to teach rather than take programs from kids to come up with the money," Ryan said.
Board members made the decisions Monday after a 90-minute closed session. Some parents attended.
"They said they were happy and thanked us for keeping sports and the other programs," Ryan said.
The schools closing are the Jerome Early Childhood Center, 1820 Jerome Lane, the Cahokia School of Choice, which is located across the street, and the Estelle Sauget Freshman Academy, which is down Jerome Lane in a building attached to the board office building and adjacent to the high school.
After the school board announced the proposed cuts in February, Ryan said it became a major concern that the district would lose students if it eliminated the programs, especially sports.
Leslie Harder, president of Cahokia Federation of Teachers Local 1272, welcomed the news.
"I feel good about the board's decisions. I think they made the best choices. But even though I think they did everything right, I am disappointed for the staff that was in those buildings," Harder said.
She said the Jerome Early Childhood staff had been in their building for decades.
"Honestly, though, I do feel it was the best decision for educational purposes of the children in the district," she said.
Also Monday, Cahokia School Board member Clinton Lovett Jr. resigned to take a seat as a Centreville alderman. Bernadette Anderson was appointed to replace him.
Cahokia has about 4,200 students in preschool through high school, about 600 employees and operates on a $60 million annual budget.
Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2013/06/11/2652529/cahokia...
That's a figure that's hard to believe! 60 million dollars a year to babysit the brain dead of the welfare bunch that 0 taxes.
The Cahokia School district has become nothing more than a feeding system station for the poor because the parents won't feed or care for them.
I hope they close every school in Cahokia and only allow the kids of the tax payers to go to school in Dupo.
oh yeah

Collinsville, IL

#6 Jun 11, 2013
It does not make sense to close schools for sports and gym. How many jobs are hiring because you are good at track or basketball. They run the streets enough, they don't need gym. Get rid of those high paying grant writers and fire a bunch of the relatives and start educationing the kids again. Half of them cannot speak proper English. Hand out free birth control pills at lunch. And welfare should only pay for one child, no matter how many they lay up and get pregnant with. And if you are on welfare they should have them working for it. Pick up trash, work at the senior citizen bldg., the library, mow grass, anything to make them earn it.
Jessica

Belleville, IL

#7 Jun 12, 2013
They are NOT closing School of Choice completely, but closing the high school portion... And they have to keep the sports and gym - what are these kids going to do without some sort of extra curricular activities? I am sick about all of it - I've already been through Holy Family closing, now this... My son is in 4th grade next year - but I have no idea what I'm going to do with him come high school...
Parent

Edwardsville, IL

#8 Jun 12, 2013
How sad that they appointed Bernadette Anderson to the Board filling the position of the resigning board member.

She has been a long time critic of the the Board and the District. Also a "contract" employee of the district.

Her husband was an employee of the district but was terminated and later sued the district for wrongful termination.

How did the district advertise this open position. Of course you had to be a friend of Curtis McCall to even be considered.

Guess Mrs. Shelton and Mr. Sauget must feel like the filling of oreo cookies.
well

Trenton, IL

#9 Jun 12, 2013
This is what happens when the wrong people are given jobs that they are not qualified for and then they want to scam the system. It will only get worse. Hiring family and friends and having grant writers making huge amounts of money should not be allowed. They went to a meeting and charged thousands of dollars to the district when the other schools in different areas did not go because it was too costly. These people are not for the students, they are for themselves and it will get worse.
well

Collinsville, IL

#10 Jun 12, 2013
It shows where the priorities are in Cahokia School district. Close 3 schools so that they can keep sports for the Cahokia High School. Guess the sports has a much higher priority than the education of children.
I wish the State would come in and kick out all the school board members and start over with competent people.
PaleFaces

Belleville, IL

#11 Jun 12, 2013
You are paying for Georgia Costello at $200,000 per year as well with your taxes. SWIC is a money suck, as is SIUE.
Mestaclocan

Edwardsville, IL

#12 Jun 12, 2013
I feel bad because I voted for Frank Bergman TWICE so I'm takin' back this town !
Richard

Saint Louis, MO

#13 Jun 12, 2013
PaleFaces wrote:
You are paying for Georgia Costello at $200,000 per year as well with your taxes. SWIC is a money suck, as is SIUE.
You are quite an experienced money suck, Trucker. How many thousands of dollars have you collected in unemployment insurance year after year after year because you preferred to be a welfare loser rather than getting a real, full-time job?

It's hilarious when you complain about other people sucking off tax money. You're like a burglar who is outraged that shoplifters steal!
who are you

Belleville, IL

#14 Jun 13, 2013
Richard wrote:
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You are quite an experienced money suck, Trucker. How many thousands of dollars have you collected in unemployment insurance year after year after year because you preferred to be a welfare loser rather than getting a real, full-time job?
It's hilarious when you complain about other people sucking off tax money. You're like a burglar who is outraged that shoplifters steal!
Who the hell are you to talk big mouth? You post all your trucker comments every chance you get. Get a life!!
concerned citizen

United States

#15 Jun 13, 2013
who are you wrote:
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Who the hell are you to talk big mouth? You post all your trucker comments every chance you get. Get a life!!
Richard has a good point Trucker. Quit being a drain on the system and throwing stones when you live in a house made of glass. Get off the computers, go to AA and start living a meaningful life with purpose.

Time's a ticking and your liver isn't going to hold out for much longer!
well

Edwardsville, IL

#16 Jun 13, 2013
As usual the brain dead have to have their say.
They don't live in Cahokia or could care less but they have to add their useless comments once again.

This thread was about the Schools closing in Cahokia and I am totally against that just to keep sports at the high school.
The kids need an education and that is the primary role of schools to our children to pepare them for the real world.
concerned citizen

United States

#17 Jun 13, 2013
well wrote:
This thread was about the Schools closing in Cahokia and I am totally against that just to keep sports at the high school. The kids need an education and that is the primary role of schools to our children to pepare them for the real world.
I'm totally against you being a welfare monkey. "Pepare" them for the real world, Trucker? Like the one you inhabit? The one where you drink off money earned by others and talk to yourself on Topix?

Sober up and salvage what's left of your pitiful life.
not you again

East Saint Louis, IL

#18 Jun 13, 2013
concerned citizen wrote:
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Richard has a good point Trucker. Quit being a drain on the system and throwing stones when you live in a house made of glass. Get off the computers, go to AA and start living a meaningful life with purpose.
Time's a ticking and your liver isn't going to hold out for much longer!
Your another one, just another dumb ass crackhead with nothing to say. This thread had nothing to do with you crackheads.
You don't live in Cahokia or pay the taxes for the schools so why don't you just STFU, stay in what ever town you live live and for God sake quit getting your own children killed over a drug debt.
concerned citizen

United States

#19 Jun 13, 2013
not you again wrote:
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Your another one, just another dumb ass crackhead with nothing to say. This thread had nothing to do with you crackheads.
You don't live in Cahokia or pay the taxes for the schools so why don't you just STFU, stay in what ever town you live live and for God sake quit getting your own children killed over a drug debt.
You're nothing but a drain on Cahokia, Illinois and this country. I work and pay taxes that support your miserable existence you worthless drunk. You symbolize everything that's wrong with this country - take, take, take and give NOTHING in return.

Get off the computer and contribute to society instead of being a worthless drag. Sober up and do something with your life. Time is running out. Tick, tick, tick...
Info

Collinsville, IL

#20 Jun 13, 2013
concerned citizen wrote:
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You're nothing but a drain on Cahokia, Illinois and this country. I work and pay taxes that support your miserable existence you worthless drunk. You symbolize everything that's wrong with this country - take, take, take and give NOTHING in return.
Get off the computer and contribute to society instead of being a worthless drag. Sober up and do something with your life. Time is running out. Tick, tick, tick...
I think he is on social security now. And that pig friend of yours never keeps a job for long, neither does her kid. You need to get a hobby and quit badgering an old man, you psycho. You have no room to talk of anyone posting on topix. You are on here day and night stalking the old man. This tells people what kind of miserable person that you are. You ruin every discussion by badgering the old man with your nonsense. You need to seek some mental help.
CSC closing is sad

Collinsville, IL

#21 Jun 14, 2013
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In February when Cahokia School Superintendent Art Ryan talked about the various cost-cutting options on the table, he acknowledged that none of the possibilities were good for the kids.

So maybe the school board's decision this week to close the freshman center, the School of Choice high school and the Jerome Early Childhood Center to balance the district's budget is the lesser of the evils. But our fear is that education is being shortchanged for the sake of protecting sports and other extracurriculars.

The district could have saved $1 million of the $1.5 million it needed to cut by eliminating extracurriculars, which are nice but not the core mission of education. Instead, it chose this path.

Ryan points out the educational programs all will remain. Yes, but students will be in more crowded settings, and transportation will have to change.

Of prime concern: The high school, which this school year has about 750 students, next year will have about 1,000 students. Freshman, rather than being separated in a more controlled environment, will be mixed in with older students.

It's clear that sports and other extracurriculars are a priority for many parents and students in the district. But reading, math, science and history should be the real priorities

Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2013/06/12/2654046/the-rig...
Tractorgirl

United States

#22 Jun 14, 2013
Really sad that this school district have to save sports instead of educating the young ppl of this community they run the streets everyday well I guess that why this town has went to the trash so thats the smart way to do it give em free rides so they can all grow up stupid but can play ball what a joke
Slippery Pete

United States

#23 Jun 14, 2013
Its ridiculous .Its getting worse every day.

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