Board of Education February meeting briefs


The Unit 1 Board of Education met in regular session on Wednesday, Feb. 7 and set the 2024-2025 school year calendar.  The first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 14 and the last day of student attendance is scheduled for Tuesday, May 27. Winter break will begin Dec. 23 and students will return to class on Jan. 7, 2025. Spring break is scheduled for March 24-28, 2025. Per state requirement, the calendar contains 176 instructional days.


  • The Board recognized the academic achievement of 12 high school seniors who have been named Illinois State Scholars. Those students are: Dominic Cimino, Jared Counterman, Jim Feeney, Amelia Fritz, Ryland Megyeri, Alaina Gill, Ava Houston, Kyle Jackson, Kevin McConnell, Kylee Scheer, Abby Stiles and Keaton Stroner. 
  • Coal City High School junior Mackenzie Messina was recognized for her selection to the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Band.  Mackenzie, a bassoon player, shared her experiences at the recent Illinois Music Educators Conference where she rehearsed and performed with the All-State Band. 
  • Along with St. Juvin Post 1336 Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Board honored 21 students for being selected to the district Patriot's Pen essay contest.
  • Superintendent Chris Spencer provided the Board and public an update on the ongoing facility improvement plan.
  • Following a review of the Board Policy Committee and a required third reading, Board members approved a series of revised district policies.  All  district policies are available under the Board of Education tab on the district website. 
  • Board members approved the total base bid of $587,770—including a $100,000 contingency— from Glade Plumbing and Piping, Co.,for the district restroom restoration project. 
  •  A 36 month contract was approved from North American Central School Bus for student transportation services. 
  • The district renewed its annual membership to the Grundy Economic Development Council [GEDC] at cost of $300.
  • The Board approved entering into an agreement with Surf Internet for managed WAN and internet services. 
  • Board members approved an agreement with Pure Bright Services  due to workforce shortages and water issues at the middle school in January. The company provides temporary employment in the event of emergencies and/or workforce shortages. 
  • Approval was given to submit a $40,000 grant application with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The grant, if approved, would provide funding for district infrastructure.