The Silvis School District's new building at 4280 4th Ave., East Moline, will be named Northeast Junior High School.|
In a unanimous vote Wednesday night, school board members selected the name and its mascot, The Rockets, the current junior high's mascot, from top 5 lists created from dozens of suggestions.
Other top school name suggestions were Silvis Junior High/Middle School; Noppe Junior High/Middle School, after former superintendent Rene Noppe; and United Junior High/Middle School.
Superintendent Ray Bergles said the district received numerous suggestions, some from as far away as Iowa and Canton, Ill. After initially favoring Silvis Junior High/Middle School, board members noted the building's location in East Moline prompted a different name. Because a number of people call the East Moline part of the district the "northeast," board members said the name would be appropriate.
Board members also stated other departments and areas of the school could be named later, utilizing other suggestions.
Construction on the $13.7 million, 52,000-square-foot school began this spring. It is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2012 and open to students in the fall of 2012, Mr. Bergles said.
"We're really pleased with how things have gone," he said.
Alson on Tuesday, the board dismissed a bus driver who Mr. Bergles said "abandoned" the job. Mr. Bergles said the driver wanted to give up the route and remain as a substitute driver but could not be reached by the district's transportation coordinator.
"You are never happy in situations where you have to take any kind of action like this, and it really is unfortunate and nobody likes it," Mr. Bergles. He added that more details of the dismissal were being withheld pending discussions with the district's attorney.
Board members on Tuesday also approved the district's fiscal 2012 budget for July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012.
At a budget hearing prior to Wednesday's meeting, Mr. Bergles said the district projects it will spend some $625,000 more out of its educational fund than it will receive. Roughly $250,000 of that includes supplies and equipment for the new junior high, Mr. Bergles said, but the district will have to look at the remaining $350,000-plus.
District documents state that, at the end of the fiscal year, the district still will have about $3.2 million in the educational fund because of reserves.
The district "is still in good shape," Mr. Bergles said, noting he is concerned about the transportation fund. District documents state that this year the fund will be in the red by about $92,000 due to state cut backs, Mr. Bergles said.
At the end of the year, roughly $96,000 is expected to remain in the transportation fund.
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