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Fieldcrest Approves Building Funding and Referendum Wording

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - Posted 1:35:39 PM by Dr. Dan Oakley
At a special meeting Tuesday night in Minonk, the Fieldcrest Board of Education voted to approve the designs for the new buildings as presented at the meeting, and to remain with a budget of $29,000,000.

The Board also voted on ballot language shown below for the referendum for the November 6 election:
  • Shall the Board of Education of Fieldcrest Community Unit School District Number 6, Woodford, LaSalle, Livingston and Marshall Counties, Illinois, build and equip a school building located in Wenona, Illinois, demolish a portion of the existing Fieldcrest Middle School Building, build and equip a school building located in Minonk, Illinois, demolish the existing Fieldcrest High School Building, improve school sites and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $29,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?
The former Presbyterian church and high school gymnasium are considered part of the Fieldcrest High School complex and will be included in the demolition.

Comments

Peggy Rogers Winters: In this wording they say to demolish the high school in Minonk, but only demolish a portion of the middle school in Wenona, so who is going to maintain the portion that will not be demolished? Will the new school use the old portion? Will the school district maintain the old portion? To many unanswered questions. The Board also voted on ballot language shown below for the referendum for the November 6 election: Shall the Board of Education of Fieldcrest Community Unit School District Number 6, Woodford, LaSalle, Livingston and Marshall Counties, Illinois, build and equip a school building located in Wenona, Illinois, demolish a portion of the existing Fieldcrest Middle School Building, build and equip a school building located in Minonk, Illinois, demolish the existing Fieldcrest High School Building, improve school sites and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $29,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?
The former Presbyterian church and high school gymnasium are considered part of the Fieldcrest High School complex and will be included in the demolition. Hollie Hartzler Kearfott: The portion not being demolished for the middle school is the gym, I believe. They are able to save that and build onto it.
Peggy Rogers Winters: Hollie Hartzler Kearfott who is going to maintain it?
Hollie Hartzler Kearfott: Peggy Rogers Winters it is part of the new school and will be maintained by the school staff.
Peggy Rogers Winters: Thanks, so the old gym will be used for the new building, was not aware of this for the information Hollie Hartzler Kearfott
Hollie Hartzler Kearfott: Peggy Rogers Winters no problem!
Jessica Michaels Overocker: Teresa, you can always call or email board members. Their contact info is listed on the unit 6 web page. Maybe direct contact with one of them or even Dr. Oakley would be a quicker way to get your questions answered?? I know we all get tons of info from social media (& social breakfast) but it's not always the most accurate :) plus, maybe it was talked about and then dismissed as sily... it's hard when we all had so many things going on and can't attend meetings in person.
David Dunham: Jessica Michaels Overocker I agree with you. If you have questions contact the board members or school before you get your blood pressure up!! Breathe people breathe!!
Broc Hovey: We don't have the support from business to build a new school the tax isn't there or the revenue, just like when all you people thought the wind farm would help tax and see where that got ya no where. You need to sit down and think about these decisions before spending money on a new school where the town don't support it.
Josh Jones: I'm pretty sure that has always been the plan is to build out by Helena and the old sauder&rippel building or potentially across the road by that quansit building. I believe there was a farmer willing to donate some land.
Hollie Hartzler Kearfott: Teresa - yes, the proposed location is where you say. I’m not sure if a deal went through for the land or not. These things are all discussed at the board meetings. As far as the jr. high being there, that was never part of a conversation at the building design meetings.
Jayson Railey: They build a new school it will destroy this town family's will leave this is ludicris.
Richard Burton: Those of us who believe this school should stay well we are all going to have to voice up. We could stop this.
Richard Burton: This is the most corrupt state in the country according to the news. I would expect no less here. In Minonk. This consolidation should have never taken place. They move the school from were it is Casey's will close eventually then other business will follow. If the town has that kind of money fix the school we have. Take what money is left. Bring back the IRO program. The building trades program. An other programs that will allow these kids to have good productive choices. Things they can use when they leave school. You people that put this consolidation through. Well just take a look at minonk now look at what used to be used to be a pretty busy place. It's on its way out now