Annawan Schools OK budget, Patey St. sidewalk

Claudia Loucks
For the Republic
The 2022 Annawan High School Homecoming Court is, from left: Coy McKibbon, Makayla Park, Mason Heitzler, Kennadi Rico, Jaydn Wise, Tyler Palanos, Danielle Johnson and Evan Jagers. AHS students will celebrate their Homecoming this week, with the Annawan-Wethersfield Titans playing the Knoxville Blue Bullets at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. The queen and king will be crowed at the Oct. 1 dance.

At the September meeting, Annawan school board members approved a budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

The action came after a public hearing on the spending plan at which no comments were made.

The 2022-2023 spending plan projects expenditures at $5,942,617, up from, $5,840,067 with anticipated revenues of $6,410,662 compared to last year’s figure of $8,331,804. The budget reflects anticipated increased costs in salaries and employee and district health insurance costs.

In other business, board members approved spending $40,994 for the installation of a sidewalk on Paty St., located on the south side of the school building. The work will be done by Frank Concrete Construction, Annawan, and is expected to begin by the end of October. The project includes installing additional sidewalks for student drop-off.

The board also:

  • Purchased a 2016 Ford Transit Starcraft Prodigy nine-passenger bus for the district fleet at a cost of about $38,000 from Midwest Transit Equipment Inc., Kankakee to transport students to extracurricular activities.
  • Approved the retirement of Brad Hulick, high school principal, at the end of the 2022-2023 school year; and the retirement of Brenda Marshall, junior high English teacher, at the end of the 2024-2025 school year.
  • Hired LuAnn Coppejans and Nancy Swain to supervise the high school weight room.