School board issues bonds for junior high construction

AMBOY – The Amboy District 272 Board of Education approved the issue of $15,800,000 in General Obligation School Bonds during the Jan. 24 regular board meeting. The bonds are for construction of a new Amboy Junior High School as well as paying certain costs of improving the site of, additions and alterations to the Amboy High School building.


Amboy High SchoolPrincipal Janet Crownhart congratulated January Student of the Month KelynnBoyle.

Curriculum and School Improvement

  • TheClippers,SetSail!andBuildingLeadershipteamsmetonJan.22 andfocusedon students of concern and semesterincentives.
  • School Improvement day was held Jan. 14. Teachers worked on understandingPSATdataandlookingintotechfeaturestheycoulduseintheirclassrooms.
  • Mrs. Rod attended a conference titled “Dual Diagnosis: ASD & Mental Health Disorder” on Dec.18.Shewasverypleasedwiththepresentationandthankedthe districtforallowingherto attend.
  • Final exams were held Dec. 18, 19 and20.
  • The Illinois Art Education Association sent an e-mail to acknowledge Debra Cleary for her contributionstothearteducationprofessionandto thankthe boardforsupportingherasapresenterat the2018IllinoisArtEducationAssociationConferenceinNormal.Cleary’spresentation, “UnderwaterBasketWeaving”onNov.10,waswellreceivedbyattendees.
  • Mr.WissingerandMrs.ZinkeaccompaniedthesophomoreclasstoWhitesideAreaCareerCenteron Jan. 16 to learn about the programs they offer.
  • The welding lab is now fully functional with eight identical welding booths. The Lincoln Electric Torchmate Table is working as well. The welding classes will have the opportunity to learn how to use the program and cut using thetable.
  • AHS isworkingwithSaukValleyCommunityCollegetofinalizedualcreditclassesinagriculture.

School Activities

  • Auditions were held for the spring musical, “Shrek,” and practices have started. Congratulations to the students who were selected for the cast. Performances will be March8-10.

Building Activities

  • Second semester started when students returned on Jan.7.
  • Anewdoorbellandcamerawereplacedatdoor10.Crownhart thankedmaintenance staffforinstallingthe equipment.

Principal Andrew Full, Amboy Junior High

Curriculum and School Improvement

  • At the Dec. 10 SIP day, AJHS faculty and staff reviewed the Interactive Report Card and also looked over the 5 Essentials data from the previous year. The remainder of the time was dedicated to working on Google Classroom, Google Sites and preparing for the end of thequarter.
  • On Dec. 7, Mr. Full, Mrs. Dinges, Mrs. Bulfer and Ms. Vicks worked all day with Anji Garza from the Regional Office of Education on the School ImprovementPlan.
  • On Dec. 11, Mr. Full, Mrs. Dinges, Mrs. Bulfer, and Ms. Vicks attended the second Targeted School Improvement Training atSauk.
  • On Jan. 7, a faculty meeting was held to discuss IAR dates, referrals, sub plans, late grades/homework, and FUNFridays.
  • During the Jan. 14 SIP day, the Targeted School Improvement Team met all day with Anji Garza, and the rest of the faculty had time to work on Google Classroom/Suites and collaborate with grade level/content areateams.


  • On Dec. 19, the 2ndquarter PBIS celebration was held at PlumHollow. Full thanked the PTC for sponsoring the event.
  • A PBIS Assembly was held on Dec. 20 and awards were given for Student of the Month, Character Trait (positive attitude), boys basketball and cheerleading pins were handed out, and faculty and staff recognition was held.

School Activities

  • 2ndquarter report cards were handed out on Jan. 11.
  • Girls basketball isunderway.
  • Jr. High Pep Band is playing at girls basketballgames.
  • Scholastic Bowl is getting underway, coached by Ms. Vicks andMr. Fassler.

Principal Joyce Schamberger, Central Elementary

School Improvement

  • The Central School Rti team presented the new plan to staff on Jan. 14. The WIN program started on Jan.22.


  • The grade level teams re-trained students on the expectations for Central’s PBIS by watching avideo.
  • Student of the Month awards were handed out during an all school assembly on Jan. 14.
  • Students were reminded to continue reading their library books and taking tests to earn points.
  • Central is halfway to their goal of 20,000 points for the Book-Itcelebration.

School Activities

  • The first grade class won the Best Attendance Contest for the month of December with a 96.6 percent attendance rate and earned a snack sponsored by theP.T.C.
  • The Book-It activity for January will take place on Jan. 28 with Cat in Hat Day. Students who have met their reading goals for the month willparticipate.
  • Central PTC met on Jan. 14. Plans are underway for the annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, March 3. Ticket sales will begin soon.


Scott Wittenauer addressed the board during open forum regarding Amboy Fire Department’s interest in obtaining a portion of the current junior high property after construction of the new junior high is complete.


Following closed session, the board approved the dismissal of Cecilia Seier as playground supervisor at Central School, effective Jan. 9.

They approved the employment of Cindy Mundell as a part-time cook at Amboy Junior High School, effective Dec. 17, 2018.

The next regular meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Amboy High School.


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