School board meets for first time in 2023


AMBOY — The Amboy School Board met in regular session for the first time in the new year on Jan. 19 and proceeded to approve the consent agenda items, the minutes from the last meeting, and current payroll and expenditures. 

Joyce Schamberger was the first to give the Principal’s Report for Central Elementary School. Schamberger shared some school improvements which included the grade level teams’ re-trained students of the expectations for the (PBIS) Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports of our school by watching a video presentation made by former fourth grade students. Students of the month awards were handed out on Jan. 5. Students will complete winter benchmarking with LRIA and Star reading and math. Under activities; Central will host a Winter Wonderland Story Book on Jan. 30 in the gym from 6 - 7:30 p.m. This event is free to everyone and is sponsored by the preschool staff. Plans are underway for the annual Pancake Breakfast. This will be done as a carryout meal on March 5.

Junior High Principal Andrew Full was next and said that there was a Teacher’s Institute held on Jan. 4 where teachers were able to work on and finalize grades for the second quarter. There was also a presentation given about Social Emotional Learning. Activities included girl’s basketball is underway, along with the Scholastic Bowl and the Dungeons and Dragons Club.

High School Principal Janet Crownhart reported that on Jan. 10, teacher Mrs. Sachs attended a presentation titled “Developing Leadership in Special Education” which was held at Sauk Valley Community College. Crownhart met with freshman, sophomores, and juniors along with their parents on Jan. 13, 17, and 18, to go over course options for next year. Eighth grade students heard from Crownhart on Jan. 20 and along with their parents were invited into the building to learn about future course options. Final exams were held Dec. 19, 20, and 21. The Army paid a visit during lunch on Jan. 11. Students recently completed a survey about the topics they would like to attend on the February School Improvement Plan.

Superintendent Joshua Nichols discussed two resolutions under the public hearing portion of his report. The first, transfers the sales tax revenue funds of $124,400 from Capital Projects to Debt Service to cover the abated taxes for the sales tax bonds. The second transfer of $500,000 from Transportation reserves to O&M to help cover the cost for demolition of the old junior high. Building projects include; General Mechanical has been at the high school working on the boiler project, and Fox Valley Fire has been working on the fire alarm system. 

An Intergovernmental Cooperating Agreement combines the Amboy and Ohio junior high track teams. This is an IESA sport so it couldn’t be combined in the previous coop agreement between the two districts. The high school track is over 20 years old and is in need of repairs and possibly replaced. Midwest Track Builders came in with the lowest base bid of $150,157 to repair and resurface the track. The alternate bid of $178,750 would be in addition to the base bid to replace the track.