By Mike Helenthal
Of The Star Courier

Kewanee Superintendent Chris Sullens told the school Monday he’s hopeful that this year’s additional $1.25 million from the new state funding formula will continue into the future.
“Gov. Rauner...is offering his support and the Democrats also support it,” Sullens said.
Supporting it in spirit and providing the additional $350 million to fund the new evidence-based formula are two different things, he said.
“We’ll see how it goes,” he said.
Sullens said the next funding challenge could be in the preschool arena.
He said that normally the district would know what next year’s grant total would be, but that this year the state superintendent has said those funding totals will not be released until the state budget is finalized.
Sullens said the grants cover four total teachers in the district who prepare some 160 preschoolers for school.
“It’s traditionally been a state-funded endeavor,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll see a positive outcome with that.”
The board recognized three students for extracurricular activities, with High School Principal James Bryan reading a proclamation for wrestlers Lewis Robinson and Nathan Thumma, who both advanced to state competition; and Ally Kubiak, who was given state honors and membership on the IHSA state speech team.
Following an extended executive session, the board accepted the following resignations: Casie Douglas, KHS head volleyball coach; Brooke Steger, assistant volleyball coach; Kyle Dennison, Central School assistant football coach; Tyler Russell, KHS assistant basketball coach; and Annette Hepner, full time paraprofessional at Irving School.