By Doug Hampton
Marjie Loudenburg submitted her letter of resignation to the Bradford School Board during their May meeting. Loudenburg, who has served on the board for about 11 ½ years, said, “My other commitments have become too great for me to be able to fulfill the requirements of my position on the board, and I felt it is best for me to make room for someone with the time and energy to devote to the job.”
Loudenburg had indicated last summer that she would need to step down, but stayed on the board until a replacement could be found. The new board member had to be from the Bradford School District, but not from Osceola Township.
Brian Knobloch offered to step into the position and the board appointed him to the vacant slot at the end of the May board meeting. It is expected that Knobloch will run in the next election for the position.
Deb Sayers was recognized by the board for her 16 years of service as a teacher to the Bradford School District. Sayers is retiring at the end of this school year. The board presented her with a clock.
Superintendent Dr. Ellin Lotspeich recognized May students of the month, Ryan Murphy, Maggie Dries and Hailey Chamness during the board meeting.
Lotspeich told the board that they had received a return of premium in the amount of $5,954 for workers compensation insurance because of an over estimation compared to actual costs in payroll.
Elementary Principal Chad Gripp recognized teachers for their continued years of service to the district. He thanked Cindy Ehnle, Bobbi Jo Chadwick, and Pam Shinkle for 10 years, Kevin Ioder and Cheryl Endress for 15 years and Kate Hewitt for 20 years. Gripp also recognized and thanked Lotspeich for 10 years of service.
Gripp thanked the Henry/Stark County Health Department for many educational presentations throughout the year.
The board approved renewing membership in the Illinois Elementary School Association for the upcoming school year, but excluded Scholastic Bowl since the timelines don’t line up with the conference the district is in.
Annual contracts were approved at the meeting with gas being awarded to Purtscher Oil Company at $.12 cents above cost, Coles for bread and Prairie Farms for milk. They also approved renewing their membership in the Peoria County Cooperative Purchasing Program at a cost of $200.
The board approved continuing the practice of earlier dismissal when school starts back up in August. Classes will dismiss at 2 pm during the first two weeks.
After an executive session, the board accepted the resignation of Kristin Atchley as cheerleading coach and hired Alyssa Zell for the position next year.
Amanda Coutre was hired as Athletic Director starting next year and the board approved retaining paraprofessionals at an hourly rate as needed for the 2016-2017 school year.