WIUM Tristates Public Radio

Monmouth-Roseville School District

Jason Parrott

There is an effort to revive one of western Illinois' fabled high school conferences. Sherrard Superintendent Alan Boucher sent out letters the final week of December to area small schools about bringing back the Olympic Conference.

Monmouth Coaching Legend Honored

Aug 29, 2016
T.J. Carson

For one night in Monmouth, the colors of maroon and gold were once again spotted on a high school football field. They returned to help honor one of the most successful coaches in the history of Warren County football.

Warren County Sheriff's Office

A teacher from Monmouth-Roseville Junior High School will find out on July 2 if the state wants to move forward with its case against her.

Ryan Stanton / Flickr Creative Commons

Illinois lawmakers and Governor Bruce Rauner have agreed to restore about $97 million that had been cut from K-12 schools for the final few months of the fiscal year.  The cuts resulted from the rollback of the temporary higher income tax rate and a 2.25% across the board reduction to the state's budget. Some school districts in west central Illinois will benefit, but it might not make much difference.

Monmouth-Roseville Keeps One Fee Steady

Apr 19, 2015
T.J. Carson

The Monmouth-Roseville School District is still feeling the pinch from the state in regards to funding. But the district decided against increasing one funding source to help make up the difference.

Advocacy Group Fights for Illinois Public Education

Feb 25, 2015
T.J. Carson

Educators in Illinois hope a large support group can deliver results in Springfield.

The initiative is called Illinois Vision 20/20. It began in 2012 when various education groups in the state came together to set a direction for improving public education.

Greenhouse Approved for Monmouth-Roseville

Feb 18, 2015
T.J. Carson

Students in the Monmouth-Roseville School District will soon get their hands dirty in the name of education.

Pay to Play at Monmouth-Roseville

Feb 11, 2015
T.J. Carson

The Monmouth-Roseville Board of Education this week agreed to implement an activity fee.

Everyone Might Win in Monmouth-Roseville Election

Jan 15, 2015
T.J. Carson

Losing in this spring's election for the Monmouth-Roseville School District might not mean losing the opportunity to serve.

Some Sports Could be Cut in Monmouth-Roseville

Jan 14, 2015
T.J. Carson

The Monmouth-Roseville School District is looking for ways to reduce spending, and the elimination of certain sports programs  is one option under review.

Monmouth-Roseville Debates Funding Options

Nov 12, 2014
T.J. Carson

Funding solutions for the Monmouth-Roseville School District remain unknown after a proposed hike in the education fund tax rate was voted down in November’s elections.

Monmouth-Roseville Makes Case for Tax Rate Increase

Oct 29, 2014
T.J. Carson

Voters will decide whether to grant the Monmouth-Roseville School District a 75-cent tax rate increase for the education fund.  Salaries and most other day-to-day expenses are paid from that fund.

Monmouth-Roseville Explains Tax Referendum

Sep 25, 2014
T.J. Carson

The Monmouth-Roseville School District used a forum Wednesday night to to ask the community for help.

Residents of the Monmouth-Roseville School District are again being asked to pay more in property taxes.

New Superintendent Takes the Helm

Jul 23, 2012

Ed Fletcher has taken the helm of the Monmouth-Roseville School District. He spent the last six years as principal at the high school in Staunton, Illinois.

This is the first time he has been the top administrator for an entire district.
 
He has spent a lot of time during his first three weeks on the job learning the names of faculty and staff.

Fletcher says it's important to him not only to get to know them but also to know their expectations for the district. He says the employees have a great passion for education.

Willets Building to House ROE

Jun 25, 2012

The Monmouth-Roseville School District closed Willets Elementary School last year. It will soon re-open as home to the Regional Office of Education for Warren, Mercer and Henderson counties.

School Board President Lynn Shimun says the contract was signed last week.

He says, “This is something we've been working on for about two years and finally we've got it completed. And we're working on getting a few minor adjustments and things made to the rooms."

The ROE will also move an alternative school into the building.

Intervention Program Shows Results

May 21, 2012

The Monmouth-Roseville School Board believes the district's  Response to Intervention program deserves more time to prove its worth.
      
Superintendent Paul Woehlke says,  despite budget concerns, it's a good move to retain the seven aides in the program.

The goal of RTI is keep students who are failing academically in regular classrooms.

The Monmouth-Roseville school superintendent hopes the Classroom First Commission will take a look at simple ways to save education dollars.

Paul Woehlke said small steps can mean big savings.

He said, “There is opportunity for sharing what we call 'back office' functions. Payroll and bookkeeping and those kinds of things. In my mind, I'm not sure that opportunity has been explored to its fullest extent yet.”

He said districts use a wide variety of software packages so compatibility is the only real barrier.

District Will Remodel Website

Apr 9, 2012

Monmouth-Roseville School Superintendent Paul Woehlke said many people form their first impression of the district from its website. He said it serves as the online ”front porch” for the district. It needs a facelift.

He said, “We just have not kept up with the times in terms of having a website that's modern and user-friendly and informative and up-to-date.”

Woehlke said the website is a vital link between the district and parents and students. He said people interested in the community, especially businesses, frequently visit the website as do job-seekers.

School Day Will Start Later Once a Week

Mar 20, 2012

School bells will ring an hour later on Wednesdays next year in the Monmouth-Roseville School District.

Students might see it as recreational time. Superintendent Paul Woehlke said teachers will be hard at work. They will spend the extra time collaborating to make sure they are all on the same page when it comes to common core standards. The state has adopted the standards with testing of students to begin in 2014.

The Monmouth-Roseville School District originally planned to rely on a fund-raising campaign to come up with the money for a new building.  It will house a weight room and agriculture classes.

Superintendent Paul Woehlke said the estimated cost of the building is $500,000. He said the district will rely on a mix of donations and sales tax revenue to pay for it.

Woehlke said the Sports Boosters and FFA Alumni raised about $60,000. Another $10,000 came from other donations.  That money was spent on construction materials.

The Monmouth-Roseville School District is committing to improving the literacy of Spanish-speaking students over the next few years.

The district will add a second bi-lingual kindergarten class next fall.

Superintendent Paul Woehlke said the goal is to help Latino students with both their Spanish and English language skills.

He said, ”Both (classrooms) will be teaching literacy in Spanish to the Hispanic students so they learn their native language literacy first.  And research says that's the better approach to a bi-lingual program.”