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It looks like this week of school: August 26-August 30th, will be hot with some higher heat indexes than we’ve seen in a few weeks.  I wanted to remind everyone, and particularly new parents, that all of our schools are climate controlled.  Teachers and administrators will also be mindful of the heat as it relates to outside recess and will be sure that children have access to water during the day.

Our coaches are also cognizant of the warm weather and will make appropriate accommodations for the heat.  Hopefully we can get through the first few days and we’ll find some relief a bit later in the week.  If you have concerns for your child, please contact your building principal, but we wanted to remind you that we do have air conditioning and water available in all of our schools!

Recently, there have been several questions by parents and prospective parents about whether or not they are able to register their students in District 228.  In some cases, the students had attended our schools, but the family has moved.  In other cases, the children attended another district but the family is “hopeful” they will be moving into the District sometime soon.

Board Policy 7:60 defines and describes procedures for residency.  Resident students may attend the District tuition-free.

Here are some excerpts from the Policy:

” Only students who are residents of the District may attend a District school without a tuition charge, except as otherwise provided below or in State law. A student’s residence is the same as the person who has legal custody of the student. ”

If the District is unsure of residency, or feels that the evidence presented does not confirm residency, the following section of Policy 7:60 comes into action:

“If the Superintendent or designee determines that a student attending school on a tuition-free basis is a non-resident of the District for whom tuition is required to be charged, he or she on behalf of the School Board shall notify the person who enrolled the student of the tuition amount that is due. The notice shall be given by certified mail, return receipt requested. The person who enrolled the student may challenge this determination and request a hearing as provided by The School Code, 105 ILCS 5/10-20.12b.”

Please feel free to contact the District Office should you have questions about residency or registration!

Enjoy an ice cream social on a beautiful summer evening, serenaded by the Middle School Jazz Band with some cool jazz selections.  What  better way to prepare for the 4th of July Holiday!Summer Jazz  Ice Cream Social on July 2nd at 6 pm, concert follows at 7.  Come out to the City Park and support the Middle School musicians!  Both the Middle School Summer Band and the Middle School Jazz Band will be performing.

WVIK, Augustana Public Radio, will broadcast the 2013 Illinois Music Educators Association Honors concert featuring area high school students in band, orchestra and choir on June 23 and June 30.

Geneseo students involved are:

Shaina Lohman, Chelsea Schwarzkopf, Taylor Hager, Corbyn Beck, Lily Kluge, Courtney LaBrie, Kim Moore, Michael Daniels, Gabby Cooney, Chas Young, Allison Yerkey, Luke Larson, Megan Roome, Heather Robinson, Jessica Schaumburg, Taylor Heppner, Naomi Terpening, Clare Possin, Morgan Bowton, Daniel Sears, Hannah Johnson, Ryan Zummallen, Karl Flynn, Hunter Kuffel, Dugan Kuffel, Kamron Wilson

WVIK to broadcast 2013 IMEA Honors concerts

Rock Island, Ill. – WVIK, Augustana Public Radio, will broadcast the 2013 Illinois Music Educators Association Honors concert featuring area high school students in band, orchestra and choir.

The first broadcast, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, will feature the band and chorus. The second, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, will feature the chorus and orchestra, ending with America the Beautiful, featuring the band, chorus and orchestra.

Recorded the week of January 23, 2013, at the Peoria Civic Center, the concerts showcase 600 accomplished high school musicians. Students came from nine evenly divided State Districts and had to win three auditions to make it into these top ensembles.

Students from the Quad-Cities area came from Rock Island High School, Geneseo High School, Moline High School, Rockridge High School, Galesburg High School, Quincy Notre Dame High School and Quincy Senior High School. (A list of students is included with the email.)

Performances include works by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Bach and Sousa.

From Geneseo, the sponsors for the concerts are Ford And Sons Inc., Hanford Insurance Agency, Becker & Becker Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Puentes Construction, Maple Leaf Medical Services and Community School District 228.

For more information, please contact Colleen Sibthorp, WVIK’s business manager, at (309) 794-7741 or


About WVIK: WVIK, broadcasting at 90.3 FM in the Quad Cities and 95.9 in Dubuque, Iowa, is the source for public radio for the Quad Cities and surrounding 75-mile radius in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. WVIK’s 30,000 weekly listeners trust the station’s award-winning journalism, thoughtful array of music and insightful commentary. WVIK consistently is ranked as the number one “most listened to” public radio station in the Quad Cities.

The Daily Beast and Newsweek have published their list of the best 2,000 high schools in the nation recently.  Geneseo HS makes the grade this year!  Previously we posted that we were part of the US News and World Report’s top ranking in both Illinois and nation-wide, but mysteriously the data changed and we were unranked.  Hopefully that doesn’t happen here!

From their site, this is a quick summary of the methodology: “This year our ranking highlights the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation—those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads. The list is based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).”


Congratulations to Geneseo High School!

There will be no school for students on Monday, April 29th. Teachers will be engaged in work to review, revise and input written curriculum for all courses taught within the District, PK-12 so that eventually all parents, students, staff, and those all around the world– will be able to view all units of instruction through a digital platform. The district has partnered with Rubicon Atlas to bring this forward and we expect that at the start of next school year you will be able to view curriculum from the District Website in a clear and easy to use format.


Rock Island 7.50                                Downers Grove 8.25

Moline 7.50                                         Rockford 8.25

Galesburg 8.50                                   Bettendorf 7.00

Geneseo 6.75 (Pre April 9th)           Davenport 7.00

Peoria 8.25                                          LeClaire 7.00

Silvis 6.75

The sales tax for some goods would raise to 7.75% in Geneseo after April 9th.  Here’s a link if you want to explore other community sales tax rates.

Assume a person drives from Geneseo to Best Buy in Moline for an item that costs the same at Village Maytag or at Best Buy. We know that

cost of the item, cost of delivery, service, etc. all play into the decision, but assume all factors are equal except sales tax and location of the store.

The shortest route is 22.55 miles one way (45.1 miles)

Assume that you can average 20 mpg and assume 2.255 gallons of gas

Assume $3.60/gal= $8.12 worth of gas

Assume the item costs $400

Total Sales tax in Moline= $30.00

Sales tax in Geneseo= $31.00


So the Geneseo resident would pay $1 extra in sales tax for the appliance at Village Maytag, but would pay $8 in gas.

Let’s now look at a $400 appliance purchased in Davenport versus Geneseo.  This would result in the following

Davenport Sales Tax= $28.00

Geneseo Sales Tax= $31.00

So why would a person buying a $400 appliance travel to Davenport (26.75 miles each way) if it costs the same in Geneseo?

Distance 53.5 miles

Gallons of gas 2.675

Cost of gas $9.63

Is it economical to drive to Davenport, or Moline, even if you do pay a little more in sales tax?  It wouldn’t appear that sales tax then becomes the main criteria in determining many of these purchases?  And if sales tax is such an inhibitor to business/retail/restaurant development, the current sales tax in all of the Quad Cities communities (both on the Iowa and Illinois side) is already higher than the current 6.75% in Geneseo; yet Elmore Avenue, 53rd, etc. seem to have many shopping and dining spots also.

If you also consider the value of the extra 1% as it relates to the Geneseo Schools:

That same appliance purchased in Geneseo generates $4.00 for Henry County Schools.  Geneseo District 228 makes up approximately 31.6% of all Henry County students

So if the Geneseo resident (or Henry County shopper) stays home and pays the extra $4 for that appliance, it’s worth $1.26 to the School District.

Henry County Consumers save $ on travel, and also can contribute to better County-wide school facilities, while lessening the property tax burden for facilities!

Hmmmmm…. shopping and dining in Geneseo and Henry County helps employ people, supports local commerce, and if the additional Henry County Schools Facilities Sales Tax is approved, provides needed– and not just wanted— funds for all schools in our County.  Think about it.  It makes “cents”!