12/5 Board of Education COW meeting: Celebrating greatness

By Ayman Mirkhan

To achieve greatness. Most of the time this concept is associated with famous names such as Michael Jordan or Walter Payton, but sometimes the obtainment of greatness can be found in our hometown. 

Senior Ian Geisler was honored at this Board of Education meeting and congratulated with his successes at state for the Huntley cross country team. Geisler is an unstoppable force on the track and in his academics and deserved to get the recognition he received tonight. 

“You know when we talk about who’s the fastest in the area, Ian is the only one who comes to mind. He placed fourth in state finishing with one of the fastest times and by far beating any record in the area and that says something,” Principal Marcus Belin said. 

This Committee of the Whole was no different from the rest with the usual topics discussed such as financial budgets and updates on current construction on the Huntley High School black box. 

In terms of budget highlights, the most significant takeaway concerning HHS is the talk of renewing the contract with the education service company Elements. The contract expires this month and would cost about $20,000. However, costs would be covered by title one and this variable should not hinder the progress of the Vanguard Vision program. 

During the meeting, each board member also expressed their experiences at the most recent Illinois Education Association convention and exemplified the great knowledge they’re excited to pass down to District 158.

According to board member Paul Troy, one of the speakers gave a motivational speech about his experiences of perseverance concerning his failing football career and how this concept of driven passion can be applied to teaching too. That speech seemed to have made an impact on Troy and will most definitely affect how administration goes about changing the district for the better.