Consolidation Informational Meetings

The boards of education / Committee of Ten will hold informational meetings regarding the consolidation in both communities.  We encourage all in the communities to attend these meetings to get information and ask questions so that all may make an informed decision when voting on the consolidation question.  The first meeting will be Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Catlin High School gym.  The second meeting will be Wednesday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Jamaica High School gym.

Updated Financial Projections

Now available is an updated version of Exhibit B – Financial Projections.  This update includes actual FY’14 numbers and actual budgeted numbers for FY’15.  Beyond that is projection.  Click on the ‘CONSOLIDATION REPORT DOCUMENTS’ tab above to find the new Exhibit B.

Donation Page Added

The Salt Fork Committee of Ten is in need of private donations for the purpose of promoting the consolidation.  Costs include printing, advertising, and supplies.  Anyone interested in donating can click on the ‘DONATION PAGE’ tab at the top for more information.  The committee is restricted from using district resources to promote consolidation and must rely on outside donations.  Thank you for your commitment to the education and future of our children.

Consolidation Question to Appear on November 4, 2014 Ballot

The objection period concerning the petition to consolidate has expired.  With no objections filed, the question will officially appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot.  To see the official language of the consolidation question as it will appear on the ballot, click on the ‘consolidation OFFICIAL BALLOT’ file below.  The file is in Microsoft Word format.  It should be noted that if the consolidation questions passes, the “new community unit school district” as it is described, will take effect on July 1, 2015.  The final day of operation for Jamaica unit 12 and Catlin unit 5 would be June 30, 2015.  The creation of the “new community unit school district” would not create an additional taxing body.  It would replace the two separate taxing bodies (Jamaica unit 12 and Catlin unit 5) on July 1, 2015.

The ballot text reads as follows:

OFFICIAL BALLOT

 

PROPOSITION TO ESTABLISH A NEW COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE TERRITORY COMPRISING CATLIN COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 5 AND JAMAICA COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 12, COUNTY OF VERMILION, STATE OF ILLINOIS.

 

Shall a new community unit school district be created in the territory comprising CATLIN COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 5 AND JAMAICA COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 12, Vermilion County, State of Illinois, with the authority to levy taxes at the rate of 3.15% for educational purposes, .75% for operations and maintenance purposes, .22% for transportation purposes, and .05% for health and life safety purposes, each upon the full, fair cash value of all taxable property of the district as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue?

 

 

 

 

 

                                  YES

 

 

 

 

                                 NO

consolidation OFFICIAL BALLOT

Potential Board Members Turn in Packets

Nine candidates filed petitions with the Regional Office of Education to be considered for a seat on the new Salt Fork Board of Education.  The deadline for filing was Monday, June 23, 2014 at close of business at the Regional Office.  The names that will appear on the ballot on November 4th are:  Bob Wright, Ron Taylor, Shelley Darnell, Jeff Dodd, Seth Smoot, Troy Chew, Jeff Fauver, Jeff Carder, and Andrea VanLeer.