Illini West High School

More Discussion Planned
4:59 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Illini West Reviews Building Survey

Illini West Superintendent Kim Schilson

It appears the public remains interested in the idea of a new Illini West High School.

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Survey for Bond Issue
10:23 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Illini West Developing Building Plan

Illini West Superintendent Kim Schilson

Two west-central Illinois school districts will work together on a short-term building plan.

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Bond Issue Revised
6:14 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Illini West to Try Referendum Again

Superintendent Kim Schilson
Credit Jason Parrott

The Illini West High School District is not giving up on the idea of building a new high school.

The Board of Education agreed to put an $8 million bond issue on the April ballot. Voters rejected a $9 million issue in November 2012, so Superintendent Kim Schilson said the board decided to pare back the request.

“One of the things we were trying to look at was trying to reduce the cost, lower the tax rate on the bond, and hopefully that will help with getting the vote through,” Schilson said.

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Steering Committee is Organizing
1:40 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Committee Will Promote New Illini West Building

Proposed site for new Illini West H.S.

The Illini West School District will put a nine-million dollar bond issue before voters November 6th. If approved, it would pay for the district's share of construction of a new high school building.

Superintendent Kim Schilson says a steering committee has begun organizing to promote the bond issue.

She says, “That's one of the things they'll be working on. Forming their committees and getting organized as to exactly how they're going to attack the referendum issue. I know there will be FACT newsletters going out. That'll be the first thing.”

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Next to current building
12:47 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

New Illini West High School Site Chosen

Future site of Illini West High School

The Illini West School Board spent a year evaluating potential sites for a new high school.  It chose a location next door.  It is just east of the current high school's parking lot.

The 40-acre site is farmland that is currently covered by tall,  green and brown corn plants.

Those who were hoping for a central location will be disappointed.

But Superintendent Kim Schilson says such a location would come with some expensive problems to solve.

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State cuts drove Illini West fee hike
6:57 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Drivers Ed Fees to Double

Illini West High School students will pay $100 to take Drivers Education classes next school year. The fess will double to make up for part of a state cut to the program.

Superintendent Kim Schilson says the district received $20,000 less from the state for the program than it expected.

She says, “It'll help somewhat. (The) shortfall in Drivers Ed is massive. There was a cut in the general budget on the Drivers Ed next year so the funding's going down.”

The district will also raise the district registration fee for all students from $110 to $125.      

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Illini West has fewer glitches
11:17 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Partnership Improves Wireless Performance

Illini West H.S.

The partnership between Illini West High School and Carl Sandburg College has grown to include support for the high school's wireless network.

The two already offer dual-credit classes.

Superintendent Kim Schilson says the district has looked for help with limitations of its wireless network for years.

The school board turned to the college's information technology department in March for help.

Schilson says this is the first time the high school has seen progress.

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District faces other state aid cuts
9:37 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Illini West Might Exhaust Transportation Funds Next Year

Illinis West High School

Illini West School Superintendent Kim Schilson sees a bumpy financial  road for bus transportation in the district.

She said the district began this school year with $270,000 in transportation funds. A state transportation cut of 42 percent mean the district will use up $114,000 of that by the end of the current school year.

She said, “We'll still have a small surplus left in the transportation fund. But with the way transportation funding is going that will be gone next year.

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Freeze-ups
1:37 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

College Works to Fix High School's Wireless Glitches

Illini West High School students have seen computers on the school's wireless network freeze up with annoying regularity. The episodes often cause students to lose some of their work.

Superintendent Kim Schilson said the latest attempt won't involve a commercial firm.

She said, “We're working with Carl Sandburg College and their technology department. And they're coming and installing some new equipment and new wires. And hopefully, that's going to solve the problems.”

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Increase in mainstreaming
7:45 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Illini West Exceeds State Benchmark

Illini West High School is exceeding a state standard for special education students.

The State of Illinois wants schools to place at least half of their special education students in general education classes for half the school day.

Just two years ago, the high school had only 30% of those students in regular classes. The district rate is up to 56%

Superintendent Kim Schilson said the district decided to start evaluating special education students during their first semester at the school.

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