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The Great Boodini Performing at the Mt. Olive School Carnival - Click on The Great Boodini to read about the upcoming event.

High School Announcements -
CAR WASH The Mt. Olive baseball program is putting on a $10 car wash fundraiser Saturday, August 29th, from 9am-1pm at the school baseball field. Come out and support the baseball program and get that dirt off your car!!!

SENIOR CLASS OFFICERS Today is the last day to nominate Senior Class Officers. Stop in Mr. Mueller's or Mrs. Adden's room today to make you nomination.

ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL MUSKIE FISHING TOURNAMENT Shawnee Muskie Hunters is holding an ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL MUSKIE FISHING TOURNAMENT on Columbus Day, Monday, October 12th. The deadline for registration is September 30th, and the cost is FREE!!! If you are interested, there are brochures out on the information table in our lobby.

LUNCH TODAY Chicken Nuggets

BREAKFAST TOMORROW French Toast

LUNCH TOMORROW Sausage Pizza

JH Girl's Basketball Parent Meeting - JH Girl's Basketball will be conducting their annual parent meeting on Monday, September 31st.

Beginner Band Meeting - All students who are needing to rent instruments for beginning band, there will be a meeting at 6:30, Wednesday, September 9th. Mr. Gardner and representatives from Halpin music will be there to assist you with any questions and/or concerns.

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A Note From The Superintendent's Desk - The 2015-2016 school budget is now on display in the district office. The picture is not pretty. The projected budget has $384,527 more expenses than revenue. The school district has already made a large number of cuts to try to reduce expenses. There have been numerous staff reductions over the past six years in an effort to curb expenses. In my opinion, there is nothing left to cut that won’t directly affect student learning.
The State of Illinois has prorated or cut funding to public schools for the past five years. The Mt. Olive School District has lost over $1,000,000 during that period of time. On top of the difficult situation in Springfield, the EAV (equalized assessed value) of the local property in Macoupin County has gone down 5% in the Mt. Olive School District area this year. That equates to over a $60,000 loss in local revenue for the Mt. Olive School District.
All the stakeholders (board members, administration, teachers, staff, parents, and community members) need to work together to develop a plan to fix the deficit budget. I believe that by working together we can do what is best for the future of the students at Mt. Olive School District.

Patrick Murphy
Mt. Olive Superintendent




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