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Pass Illinois’ Budget!

Pass Illinois’ Budget!

Dear Salt Fork Families,

389 Illinois school district superintendents, including myself, representing 1.3 million students, have signed on to support a grassroots statewide initiative called, simply enough, “Pass Illinois’ Budget!” We hope you will support this effort, which launches today, April 24.

While Illinois public schools have benefited from a partially-funded state budget, our schools, students, families, and communities will continue to suffer without a full state budget. We also will continue to struggle if Mandated Categoricals, state payments which support special education, bilingual education, transportation, and other important services, do not get paid this year. To date, the State of Illinois owes our district $477,748 in those Mandated Categoricals, and there is no state budget on the table for approval. In addition, the State of Illinois owes our district an additional $639,418 in Consolidation Incentive money, for a total of $1,117,166.  We are calling on members of the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor to do the following:

  • Immediately, and with bipartisan support, end the state budget impasse.
  • Improve the state’s education funding formula and invest in students and schools, including higher education institutions, throughout the state.
  • Pay school districts what they are owed this year.

Please join the effort and:

Contact your legislator! Click the following link to find your legislator. https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

  • Ask your legislator to take action to address the three items cited above.
  • Use social media to share your budget concerns with the hashtag #PassILBudget
  • Ask your friends and community members to join our efforts.

The 389 participating superintendents represent nearly 65 percent of Illinois public school students from Carbondale to Chicago to Rockford. Let’s all work together to #PassILBudget and create adequate and equitable funding for our schools.

 

Sincerely,

Phil Cox, Superintendent

Lunch/Breakfast Balances

Lunch/Breakfast Balances

We are approaching the end of the school year, so please take a look at your child’s Breakfast/Lunch account. Whether your child receives Free, Reduced or Full Paid Breakfast/Lunch their account has to have sufficient funds prior to purchasing a Breakfast, Lunch or extra entrees. As of September 21, 2015 we began serving a cheese sandwich and milk for any student whose balance is more than ($10.00).

As of May 1, 2017, the students no longer can charge anything on their account. They must have funds on the account before they get a Breakfast or sign up for Lunch. If you have any questions please see your Secretary at your school.

Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences

Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • Wednesday, March 15:
    • 1-hour Early Dismissal (JH/HS-1:50pm / Elementaries-2:05pm)
    • Conferences: 3:00pm-7:00pm
  • Thursday, March 16:
    • Regular Dismissal
    • Conferences: 3:30pm-6:00pm
We looking forward to seeing you at conferences!

 

Father-Daughter Dance

Father-Daughter Dance

Salt Fork North Elementary School will be hosting their annual Father-Daughter Dance on Friday, February 10 from 6pm-7:30pm.

The South Elementary/Junior High Father-Daughter Dance will be Saturday, February 11 from 6pm-7:30pm.  Looking forward to having a great time!

Water Quality Report

Water Quality Report

On August 1, 2016, water samples were collected at the south campus and sent to PDC Laboratories for testing regarding lead levels.  The full report is below.  Results will be shared with the consultant at Courtice-Grason, and we will follow the recommendations they provide.

Download the PDC report.

Water Quality

Water Quality

Recently concerns were expressed regarding the water quality at the South Campus.  To ensure that all students were receiving safe, clean drinking water, the District contacted PDC Laboratories to assist with water quality testing.  PDC Laboratories recommended we test for lead, copper, nitrates, and coliform/e.coli bacteria.

On May 8 & 9, 2016, fifteen water samples were collected from various drinking fountains and sinks on both the South Campus and North Campus following the protocols established by PDC Laboratories.  The sample containers were packaged and shipped on May 9, 2016.  Samples were received by PDC Laboratories on May 10, 2016.

Late in the evening on May 16, 2016, PDC Laboratories provided a draft report, which indicated one fountain on the South Campus (fountain near the Library) had lead levels that exceeded the recommended concentration.  The draft report indicated additional testing would be done on the sample to ensure the reading was proper.  As a precautionary measure, the fountain was taken out of service.  The draft report also indicated that nitrate levels for the North Campus were near the maximum allowable concentration.  The water provider was contacted and indicated that nitrate levels had been somewhat high.

On May 21, 2016, PDC Laboratories issued the final report.  The lead level of one fountain at the South Campus (fountain near the Library) did have lead levels exceeding the recommended concentration.  That fountain will remain out of service as we work to correct that situation.  Nitrate levels at the North Campus were near the recommendation maximum allowable.  We will continue to monitor that situation with the provider.  No other issues were present in any samples.

The full report of water conditions is available for public review.  Please know that it is our desire to provide safe, clean water for all of our students, staff, and campus visitors.  We will continue to monitor the situation as we develop and institute protocols for our water system.

PDC LAB FINAL REPORT 5.21.16

Lunch/Breakfast Balances

Lunch/Breakfast Balances

We are approaching the end of the school year, so please take a look at your child’s Breakfast/Lunch account.  Whether your child receives Free, Reduced or Full Paid Breakfast/Lunch their account has to have sufficient funds prior to purchasing a Breakfast, Lunch or extra entrees.  As of September 21, 2015 we began serving a cheese sandwich and milk for any student whose balance is more than ($10.00).

As of May 1, 2016, the students no longer can charge anything on their account.  They must have funds on the account before they get a Breakfast or sign up for Lunch.  If you have any questions please see your Secretary at your school.