Dear Jersey 100 Families:
As the school year ending is approaching, I would like to thank you, our entire Jersey 100 Family, all inclusive of students, staff, the Board of Education, families, community members, and leaders from one awesome county - Jersey County! Please know that we are also extremely grateful for your support of the one-cent county school facility sales tax (CSFST). As I communicated to Jersey 100 stakeholders and outlined in the Jersey CUSD No. 100 2014-2017 Strategic Plan, all revenue (from the one cent tax on only those qualifying items) contributed by all consumers who visit Jersey county proprietors will be used to improve our facilities (a maximum of 55%) and pay down debt (a minimum of 45%).
Because of your support of the CSFST, facility improvements can now be made in the following areas: asbestos abatement throughout and fencing removal in front of West Elementary; replacement of West Elementary doors/windows; resolution of water issues at Illini and West Elementary; updated security systems in all buildings; roofing repairs; replacement of worn carpeting throughout district facilities with commercial grade flooring; continued maintenance to parking lots and playgrounds; replacement of baseball bleachers and improvements to the all-weather track at the sports complex and JCHS. A priority list of facility upgrades along with a timeline will be shared with all stakeholders on this site. Additionally, the 45% of sales tax revenue applied to facility bond debt will be outlined as well. Again, WE thank YOU for making this possible!
It is also our goal to improve communication with parents. We are listening to YOU! We heard from many stakeholders that opening up registration early would allow them to begin making payments on fees for the following school year. Thus, the technology department has activated the re-registration portal in an effort to provide early planning opportunities for the 2015-2016 school year for all families.
Finally, we are looking toward the future, reflecting on what we can do differently to ensure learning opportunities provide substantive, engaging instruction for all students. Professional development continues for all staff, providing training in pedagogy and technology integration into curricula. We are excited about our standards-based reporting system that will be introduced to fifth grade students and parents next year. Security and safety enhancements will continue, as the safety of all students is our number one priority.
We want you to know it is our goal to continue building relationships. We are interested in creating a culture in Jersey County that illustrates the “COMMIT TO COMMUNITY” and “JUST BE JERSEY” way in all we say and do! We are looking forward to the future, excited that Jersey 100 and the Jersey County community are TOGETHER, working towards an incredible, innovative and engaging education for our kids and promoting the spirit of hope and prosperity throughout the county!
Thank you again for your continued support and enthusiasm for Jersey CUSD No. 100! We are grateful, indeed!
Dr. Lori Franke-Hopkins
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