BY MICHAEL MILLER
A special meeting of the West Carroll School Board was held on Thursday, January 3rd at the district office in Mt. Carroll.
The West Carroll School District unanimously voted to dedicate the district’s high school gymnasium to Savanna businessman, Manny Castro, at 5:00 p.m. on January 12th, at the middle school gym during this year’s “Manny’s Shootout”event. Castro opened Manny’s Pizza in Savanna in 1973.
Board President Jerry Anderson praised Castro for his support of not only the West Carroll school district, but the wider community, including Fulton.
The board also heard a brief report from District Superintendent Julie Katzenberger about an opportunity for a property tax relief grant. She noted that the grant is based on a district’s standing among the 868 districts in Illinois in regard to tax rate and wealth; those districts with higher tax rates and lower wealth would stand a better chance of receiving the grant.
The grant, provided by the Illinois State Board of Education, will be for up to 50 million dollars to the eligible districts.
The grant would be a method of tax abatement for the residents of Carroll County, she said, conceding that the district wasn’t likely to receive the grant, but that she felt it was worth the effort to try.
In order to apply for the grant, a formal application is necessary requiring the signature of the board secretary, Beverly Kilpatrick.
The board agreed and voted to proceed with the grant application.
The district should be notified by the end of January if they are eligible for the grant, Katzenberger said.
The board also approved the first reading of the high school course handbook. Some of the proposed changes included dual credit course options at Morrison through Sauk Valley Community College.
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