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 Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.