Welcome to MPCUD #23

Superintendent: Mr. Fred Lamkey

Welcome message from Mr. Lamkey.

The tentative budget for MPCUD 23 for the 2019-2020 school year will be available for inspection in the Unit Office at 119 North Garden Street in Mount Pulaski, Illinois on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, through Monday, September 23, 2019. Office hours are 8 AM until 4 PM. The hearing on the tentative budget will be Monday, September 23, 2019, during the regular meeting of the Board of Education. Meeting time is 7 PM.

Construction Information & Updates

  • Bricks from the high school are currently being stacked in a daily basis. Please, do not go into the construction area to retrieve bricks! Bricks have been placed outside of the construction fence and are available on a first come, first served basis. Please, take only 1 or 2 bricks (so more people have an opportunity).

Time Capsule Information

BOE Meeting Update from Mr. Lamkey

The Mount Pulaski Board of Education met for the August 19th regular meeting at 6:30 PM in the district office located at Mount Pulaski Grade School.  All board members were present as the board entered executive session to discuss employment.  The board returned to regular session at the 7:00 PM.  

Mrs. Grunder and two students, Karson Mott and Jamee Letterle, spoke to the board about their experiences on their exchange trip to Spain this past summer.  Following a description of their trip, the trio outlined a Mexican adventure scheduled for next summer.  These exchange trips are not school affiliated, but students are allotted the opportunity to participate.  Other members of the audience included Mrs. Fricke and Mr. Waterkotte.  

The board next approved the consent agenda which included payment of bills, sales tax revenue report, regular board meeting minutes from July 15 and executive session minutes from July 15.  Superintendent Lamkey addressed a question about the bills concerning Showbie, Inc.  Mr. Lamkey allowed Mrs. Fricke to explain that this is a computer program that was replacing a previous program that no longer exists.

Under Reports, Superintendent Lamkey added that the Trap Team would be participating in a fall schedule this year in addition to the traditional spring schedule.  This will be no additional cost to the district.  Mr. Lamkey then made the board aware of a service commitment he signed with Servicemaster.  This service commitment gives the school district priority service in case of an emergency over others who have not signed the commitment.  

In Unfinished Business, the board once again discussed the lighting for the yet to be constructed All Purpose Room Stage.  An alternative plan was presented, but he board wanted to have even further information.  Mr. Lamkey will invite Anderson Electric to the next board meeting to deliver more specifics to the board on the bid.  The board voted 7-0 to postpone the vote considering the alternate bid on stage lighting and sound.

The first item under New Business was the preliminary budget review.  Superintendent Lamkey presented every board member with a digital copy of the tentative budget with the caveat that the budget will change between now and the September 23rd budget hearing.  Mr. Lamkey will continue to work with the budget over the next four weeks in order to deliver an accurate approximation of the district’s finances for this school year.  Next under New Business, the board approved the tentative budget 7-0.

The board then reviewed the expense report for their upcoming Joint Conference.  Expenses included registration, lodging and travel expenses as well as one board dinner.  The Joint Conference is sponsored by the Illinois School Board Association, Illinois Association of School Administrators and the Illinois Association School Business Officers.  It is designed to provide professional development for board members and school administrators.  The expense report passed 7-0.

The following staff was approved in the Personnel Report:

  • Retirement of Barb Maske as Grade School Teacher and Karen Allspach as Grade School Teacher at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
  • Resignation of Glenn Shanle as Assistant Grade School Cook and Miranda Brooks as Grade School Para-Professional.
  • Employment of Abby Fletcher, Ashton Blower, Marie Zirkelbach and Marla Blair as Grade School Para-Professionals.
  • Employment Kelly Solomon as Grade School Assistant Cook.
  • Employment of Mari Neberieza as High School Soccer Coach.
  • Employment of Angie Ford as High School Volleyball Volunteer Coach
  • Employment of Kyle Reed as School Bus Driver pending completion of licensure.
  • Renewed Wyatt Waterkotte, Melanie Hinson, Michael Copley and Mindy Switzer as Door Monitors.
  • Renewed Chris Doherty as Grade School Scholastic Bowl Coach and Lucy Woodworth as Grade School Volunteer Assistant Scholastic Bowl Coach.

The last item under New Business involved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mt. Pulaski Education Association (MPEA).  The MoU addressed a request by the MPEA that would allow a union member use of sick leave time under a special set of circumstances.  This was presented as a onetime situation that would not be considered a common or past practice.  The board voted 7-0 to approve the MoU.

Under Items of Information, the Policy Committee scheduled a meeting for August 27th and the Building and Grounds Committee scheduled a meeting for August 26th.  The board will have a special board meeting on September 3rd for training with Illinois Association of School Boards. On November 3rd there is a meeting of the Abe Lincoln division of the IASB in New Berlin in which all board members are encouraged to attend.

The meeting adjourned at 7:51 PM.  The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held on September 23rd at 7:00 PM.

MPCUD #23 Mission

  • District #23 will commit itself to establishing a well balanced, challenging curriculum including coordinated technology curriculum to ensure students will develop the skills they will need to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.

  • Our  goal is to combine learning with understanding for a better future.


  • The bus barn phone number is 217-792-5687. This number receives text messages and calls.

Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI)

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