ANNAWAN — The Annawan Grade School has received the Illinois State Board of Education 2012 Academic Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year, superintendent Joe Buresh told the school board Wednesday.|
To earn the award, a school must have made adequate yearly progress in 2011 and 2012 as required by "No Child Left Behind," and schools with students in eighth-grade or younger, must have 90 percent of the students meet or exceed state standards in reading and math for the three most recent school years.
"The achievement is a tribute to our students, our staff, the administration, school board, parents and community for putting a high value on the education offered in the Annawan school district," Mr. Buresh said.
The board also noted the Annawan girls' basketball team won the Class 1A Bloomington Super-Sectional game Monday, and competes at the state level Wednesday at Illinois State University, Normal.A welcome home assembly will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in the high school gym.
The board also acknowledged the seventh grade boys' basketball team for winning the IESA 7th Grade Class 1A state championship.
In other business, the board:
— Learned that board incumbents Dwaine Shaw Jr. and Brian Childs, and write-in candidate Alvin Landwehr are vying for three open board seats April 9. Board president Mark Vandersnick is not seeking re-election.
— Approved hiring Laurie Steger as assistant track coach and Mary Baker as volunteer assistant track coach for the Annawan-Wethersfield cooperative; andJoe Schmitt as a substitute bus driver if he completes training.