PPHS deactivation up to voters this November


PAW PAW – The Paw Paw School Board met on Aug. 20.

Energy companies GRP Mechanical Contractors and Trane Comprehensive Solutions each gave presentations on options for improving the school’s infrastructure, reducing energy costs, and managing maintenance.

The Board approved placing a resolution on the November ballot for deactivation of the Paw Paw High School, and subsequent student attendance to Indian Creek High School for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. The Paw Paw School District would pay tuition for these students from already existing tax money. No taxes would be raised to cover this tuition.

Voters will decide this resolution. The ballot will read:

“Shall the Board of Education of Paw Paw Community District Unit School District No. 271, Lee and Dekalb Counties, Illinois, be authorized to deactivate the Paw Paw High School facility and to send pupils in Paw Paw High School to Indian Creek Community School District No. 425?”

Students 6th-12th were given Chrome books to take home, with parents signing responsibility and technology notes.

Three dying/dead trees were removed from school property on Aug. 8.

Electrical upgrades were completed for the new office locations.

Presently the enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year, K-12 is 184.

Three Coke machines have been removed from the school, as they were not profitable.

Ashley’s Law has been accepted for medical designation for whom any student it applies.

It was requested that a spotlight be installed to face the playground.

New staff were introduced: Emily Leonhardt, Math 8-12; Kelly Wood, Science 8-12; Emily Cook, Special Ed K-6; Danielle Luetke, Third Grade, and Angie Scott, Social Worker.