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Two teachers, school treasurer honored as they step down

New board member, treasurer appointed

Chuck Schneider
Principal-superintendent, Tonica Grade School
Chuck Schneider Principal-superintendent, Tonica Grade School

TONICA — If life is made of many partings, the Tonica School District is seeing its share, but from those partings, it also sees new individuals joining its team.

At the May 15 school board meeting, the district recognized the service of three people who are retiring, but brought on a new board member and treasurer to fill open positions.

The district recognized retirees Lynn Anderson, third grade; Jan Martin, special education; and Joyce Obermiller, district treasurer.

In previous months, the impending necessity of hiring a new treasurer had been discussed. One aspect under consideration was the amount the district had been paying the position.

“Tonica was on the lower end of paying the treasurer,” said Al Leffelman, board president, as the board voted to increase the yearly pay from $600 to $1,200. “We’re just wanting to pay what’s fair.”

This was followed by the hiring of the district’s new treasurer, Don Liesse.

A seat on the board had also sat empty, the opportunity to fill it advertised to the local populace. Out of the applicants, the board selected Jared Olesen, who teaches at Illinois Valley Community College.

In other discussion, the board approved purchase of materials for a 20-foot parking lot extension. While the district is paying for materials, with help from the Parent Teacher Council, work is to be done by volunteers.

The district is preparing to receive specs for a second wave of health-life safety work. “When all is said and done, we’ll be ready for our next 10-year work,” said Principal-Superintendent Chuck Schneider.

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