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High School Announcements -
SATURDAY SCHOOL Is this Saturday, the 13th, with Mrs. Steiner.
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PENNIES FOR PATIENTS Student Council is hosting a Pennies for Patients competition between the 7th hour classes until Feb. 19th. The class to raise the most amount of money this year will win a pizza party. Update on the lead...it is now Mr. Scoggin's class!!! Get working on beating this class!!!
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CLASS 1A GIRLS BASKETBALL REGIONAL Students, Mt. Olive is hosting the Class 1A Girls Basketball Regional this week. Come cheer on your Wildcats as they strive for the Regional Championship. Since it is an IHSA Tournament event, passes are not permitted. All spectators must pay a $4 entry fee.
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LIBRARY BOOKS Students that have a library book that they have checked out some time ago, please make sure you turn the book back in to the library. Many books have been checked out by high school students and have not been returned. To avoid any charges for the books, please turn them in to the library.
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BASEBALL PLAYERS Baseball weights today after school.
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JUNIORS Those interested in the CNA program available for Seniors next year, please sign-up on the sheet in front of Mrs. Kozsdiy's office. She will be notifying eligible students with more information soon.
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PROUD OF OUR LADY WILDCATS!!! Students, come cheer on the Lady Wildcats as they compete for the Regional Championship tonight at 7:00 PM in our gymnasium. The best part besides rooting for a Wildcat victory is that it is free! A local individual is going to pay the admission price for every high school student that attends the game. So bring yourself and your school spirit to cheer on the Wildcats! Let's PACK THE GYM!!!
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VALENTINE RAFFLE TICKETS A rep from the junior class will be pre-selling raffle tickets for the Valentine's Dance during homeroom. Tickets are $1 and offers you a chance to win a $10 Subway gift card or a $10 B&K Bakery certificate. Winner will be announced at the dance. You must be present to win.
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BOYS & GIRLS TRACK Anyone interested in going out for Boy's or Girl's track please be sure to pick up the necessary forms from Adam Schulte. First official practice will be Tuesday, February 16th, at 3:45 p.m. You must have all your paperwork turned in before you can practice. If you are currently in season for a sport, then you are not expected to attend practice. At the time that your season ends please see one of the coaches to get the necessary forms and information.
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VALENTINE'S DANCE Is this Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm in our Multi-purpose room. Cost is $3. If you filled out a date request form, please remember that your date will need to present their picture ID when checking in. And remember, you must be present to win the raffle ticket drawing!!!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNA SUBICK!!!! From your friends Darrian and Kylie!!
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LUNCH TODAY Chicken Nuggets
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BREAKFAST TOMORROW Waffles w/Syrup
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LUNCH TOMORROW Cheese Pizza

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A Note From The Superintendent's Desk - A Note From the Superintendent’s Desk


Residents of Mt. Olive Community Unit School District,

On March 15, 2016, the voters of Macoupin County will be asked to approve a proposal to provide funding to all county school districts through a 1-cent sales increase. The revenue from this sales tax can only be used to maintain and improve school facilities or to make payments on existing bond debt. Through good fiscal management, Mt. Olive Community Unit School District currently has no debt.

The potential funding received by the Mt. Olive School District will provide the revenue necessary to repair and revamp parking lots, remodel and modernize library, update High School lobby lighting, facility security: repair/expand video, security lighting, update plumbing/electrical to be compliant and energy efficient, modernize elementary bathrooms, repair and replace ceiling tile and floor tile throughout the building, increase accessibility for students and visitors with disabilities, enhance technology infrastructure: broadband, wireless and cabling, and life safety and maintenance projects as needed. The Mt. Olive Board of Education passed a resolution in January of 2016 stating these are the only things that this money will be spent towards.

The question on the ballot will appear as follows:

“Shall a retailer’s occupation tax and service occupation tax (commonly referred to as a “Sales Tax” be imposed in Macoupin County at a rate of 1% to be used exclusively for school facility purposes?”

The penny increase (or 1%) in the county sales tax will annually generate approximately $136,000 for Mt. Olive Community Unit School District.

The sales tax revenues can only legally be used for:
• New or remodeled school facilities
• Additions and renovations
• Land acquisitions
• Safety and security improvements
• Energy efficiency
• Paying off building bonds
• Architectural planning and engineering
• Durable Equipment

The sales tax revenues cannot be used for operating costs such as:
• Salaries and benefits
• Instructional costs
• Textbooks and computers
• Moveable equipment
• School Buses
• Operating Costs

Unlike many types of sales tax, this specific tax does not tax items that many people think to be essential to families, and especially, senior citizens.

The increased sales tax does not apply to:
• Cars, trucks, ATV’s boats, and RV or mobile homes
• Unprepared food (groceries)
• Medicine including prescriptions drugs and over the counter drugs
• Farm equipment, parts and farm inputs
• If it is not currently taxed, it will not be taxed


I want all Macoupin County voters to have accurate information about the 1-cent sales tax and how it will impact our schools. If you have questions or would like more information please feel free to contact me at (217) 999-7831 or by email at pmurphy@mtoliveschools.org.

New information will intermittently be available at the following address:

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Sincerely,



Patrick Murphy
Superintendent

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