(Newsweek) – The Newsweek High School Rankings—recognizing the achievements of the best public high schools in the United States for college readiness—have been published for more than a decade. Since 2014, Newsweek has published two separate lists in an effort to address the complexities of assessing the “best” high schools when students’ socioeconomic backgrounds are taken into account. Now, in collaboration with research partner Westat, Newsweek on August 19 will present the 2015 list of “America’s Top High Schools”—an ‘absolute’ list that ranks schools solely based on performance—and “Beating The Odds,” a ‘relative’ list that ranks schools based on performance, while also accounting for student poverty rates.
The Monticello CUSD #25 total school tax rate for upcoming bills will be $3.3373 per $100 of assessed valuation in Piatt County. This is a reduction of $0.013 from last year’s tax rate. The district saw an EAV increase of 2.4%. Our tax rate continues to be the lowest of all school districts in Piatt, Macon, Champaign, DeWitt, and Ford counties as well as in the entire state of Illinois for unit school districts. Area school tax rates can be found HERE.
The following changes have been made, as of 2:20pm CST, due to the January 8, 2015 school closing...
All Weekend Activities Cancelled for Monticello Schools due to weather.
Public Act 98-669 and Public Act 98-801were signed into law this summer and place enhanced requirements on school districts when dealing with bullying issues among students. Our district has addressed these issues annually and we will continue to be diligent in our efforts to elimnate bullying from our hallways, playgrounds, cafeterias, and classrooms. These laws include an outline of guidelines for schools, many of which our district has been following for years, including timely report investigations, follow-up, and access to social services. Also included are criteria for dealing with cyber-bullying that may occur outside of the school day but creates a negative impact within our schools. Our Building Principals will be dicussing this information with faculty and staff, training has been made available, and information will be sent home to parents to the topic of bullying. Our School Board adopted a revised Board Policy on Bullying at our meeting in October.
Monticello Schools and the Piatt County Service Company have partnered to invite you to Fuel the Sages. This program creates a unique opportunity that the entire community can participate in to help raise money to help offset the expense of purchasing iPads for the school district. All that is needed in the Fuel the Sages program is purchases of gas or diesel fuel with an FS FUEL 24 card from the FAST STOP located at 427 West Marion or other FAST STOP sites throughout IL, IA and WI. For more details click on the following links.
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