City council, school board hold monthly meetings

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AMBOY — With the Depot Days in the rear view mirror, Amboy’s city government got back to business. At the most recent city council meeting held on Sept. 18, a very abbreviated agenda made for a 15 minute gathering. Under “Old Business,” the council approved the Biogas zoning changes. This project has been discussed since last January. The windmill ordinance was approved stipulating where the turbines will be allowed to be installed moving forward. The council also saw fit to hire Greg Gates as the grant writer for the city.

The Amboy Community Unit School District Board of Education had their monthly meeting on Sept. 19 and began with a review of financial reports, current payroll and expenditures. 

The principals gave their reports. 

Jessica Meusel from Central school shared that students completed STAR testing back on Aug. 28 and 29. Picture Day was Sept. 1. On Sept. 5, there was a “Book It” kick off assembly where teachers planned a fun and engaging reveal of the schools wide goal to earn WONKA week. Thanks was given to Meusel’s Dairy Delite for the Central PTC fundraiser held on Sept. 13. The successful “Donuts with Dads” is scheduled for Oct. 4, from 7:15-8:15 a.m. on the blacktop area by the playground.

Junior High Principal Andrew Full stated that he attended the IESA Athletic Directors Workshop in Bloomington on Sept. 8. A faculty meeting was held on Sept. 11 to discuss ELN training, SLO’s/Observations, and CrisisGo, and discipline. AJHS and AHS faculty and staff heard a presentation about the Nexus program and went through their annual law enforcement training. Teachers, Mr. Shepard, Ms. Jones, Mrs. King, and Mrs. Henkel made a trip to Paw Paw to observe how they implement the math curriculum.

High School Principal Janet Crownhart explained that so far this month students have been working on the first few social-emotional learning lessons. The students have watched videos about internal motivation and why grades are important. Meet the Clippers was held on Aug. 18, with the introduction of all fall sports teams. 

Superintendent Joshua Nichols reported that after the budget hearing, the board approved all measures. The district wide Lani Lawson training, Teach, Train, Thrive was very appreciated and well received by all at the recent teacher institute. The entrance at Central was secured similar to what is at both the junior and high school entrances. The district purchased a new “used” grounds work truck and a van for student transportation.