The Silvis Board of Education on Wednesday voted unanimously to approved a request by the Moline-Coal Valley School District to withdraw from the Black Hawk Area Special Education District.
The special education district includes 14 school districts in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties that share the cost of providing services to students with emotional, cognitive or physical disabilities. For decades, the Moline School District provided administration for the center; many of its teachers and staff are Moline district employees.
In December, the Moline School Board approved a number of cost-saving measures, including leaving BHASED in the 2014-15 school year. The move is expected to save Moline schools about $1 million, with Moline schools planning to care for its own students.
On Monday, United Township School Board members also approved Moline's withdrawal request in a 4-1 vote, with Sue A. Ickes opposed.Wendy Verschoore abstained, and Donald J. Sproul was not present.
The Silvis School Board on Wednesday also gave unanimous approval to a consolidation study in partnership with the United Township High School District and most of the elementary districts whose students attend UT. The Hampton School District has decided not to participate in the study;UT board members on Monday approved participating in the study.
The study's goal is to research three possible combinations for the districts: a joint elementary district, a combined district including United Township or the various districts remaining independent with shared services.Each participating district will pay about $900 for the study, with another $7,500 paid by the state.
Silvis board members on Wednesday also unanimously approved an amended contract for superintendent Ray Bergles throughthe 2014-15 school year with annual salary increases. Incorrectsalary numbers were in the initial contract. The new contract corrects those, with a salary of $136,442.39 for 2012-13, $143,264.50 for 2013-14 and $150,427.72 for 2014-15.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.