Centralia High School Has Money to Start School Without State Funding
Social Science Teacher James White Who Faces Possession of Controlled Substance Charge Retires
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Centralia High School Superintendent Chuck Lane says school will be able to start in August if a settlement on school funding is not reached by the state legislature. He update the school board Monday night on when problems would begin.

"Just depending on when the funding shows up, Centralia High School could open and we could probably make it through September or October without any state aid, but past that we would be forced to close our doors basically," said Lane. "There will be a lot of schools across the state if we miss the first two or three state aid payments they are going to be in a lot of financial trouble and not being able to finish school."

Lane said that he expects the SB1 school funding bill to go to the governor on Monday. Governor Bruce Rauner has indicated he will amendatory veto the bill.

Negotiations with the Centralia High School Education Association are in a holding pattern according to Lane, until the district has a better idea of their finances for the 2017-18 school year.

West Bus of Carbondale and Centralia won the transportation contract for 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 school years as low bidder over Durham School Services.

After the meeting, Lane was asked if the school had any special plans for the August 21 eclipse.

"We don't have any plans right now to cancel school for that but I'm sure we will talk to our teachers about using that day as a teaching tool for to explain whats going on and try to participate in it."

In other action, the board accepted the retirement of social science teacher James White, effective July 20. White has been charged in Clinton County Court with unlawful possession of a controlled substance after cocaine was allegedly found in his possession during a traffic stop by Clinton County Sheriff's Deputies earlier this month.

The board also voted to accept the 2020-2021 letter of intent to retire from English instructor and Department Chair Brenda Engel, and the resignation of cafeteria employee Martha Dobbs, effective May 19, 2017.

The board voted to hire Kaleb Becker, Judy Petrea, and Kerry Lambert as cafeteria workers, all for the 2017-2018 school year.

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