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County School Facilities Sales Tax Information

posted Mar 21, 2017, 2:38 PM by John Pearson   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 2:42 PM ]

Dear EAWR Parents and Community Members:

In just a couple of weeks (Tuesday, April 4, 2017), the voters of Madison County will be asked to approve a proposal to provide funding to all county school districts through a 1% sales tax increase. The revenue from this sales tax can only be used to build or renovate school facilities or to make payments on existing bond debt. By Illinois law, this sales tax revenue cannot be used to pay  salaries, benefits, supplies or other operating expenses. 

The Board has plans to use the sales tax revenue to renovate various areas of the high school campus, which would be cost-prohibitive without this revenue and to provide some property tax relief to our taxpayers. Planned renovations would include the following:

·       Air Conditioning (most likely in some non-air conditioned classrooms, the Memorial Gym, and the East Building Courtyard)

·       Some building renovations (including student restroom renovations)

·       Possible construction of a multi-purpose “steel building” to house spring sports practice during rainy days 

In addition, future roof replacements, parking lot and sidewalk renovations and other ongoing renovations will be funded by revenue from the County Schools Facilities Sales Tax (CSFST).  As a result, much of the burden for funding public education facility improvements will be shifted from property taxes to a sales tax. This has the benefit of not only spreading the tax burden to all county residents, but to anyone from outside the county who works or shops in Madison County.

Below is how the ballot will appear on April 4th:

The 1% tax increase is projected to annually generate approximately $300,000 for EAWR District #14. The tax is collected as regular sales tax and is distributed by the Dept. of Revenue to the school districts (through the Regional Office in Edwardsville) based on student enrollment.

Acceptable Uses for CSFST Revenue:

  • New or remodeled school facilities
  • Additions and renovations        
  • Safety and security improvements          
  • Energy efficiency
  • Paying off building bonds

Unacceptable Uses for CSFST Revenue:

  • Salaries and Benefits
  • Instructional Costs
  • Textbooks and computers
  • Moveable equipment
  • School Buses
  • Operating Costs

 The County School Facility Sales Tax does not apply to:

  • Cars, trucks, ATVs, boats, RVs or mobile homes
  • Unprepared food (groceries)
  • Medicine (prescriptions drugs, vitamins & over the counter drugs)
  • Farm equipment, parts and farm inputs 

Remember … If it is not currently taxed, it will not be taxed 

As April 4th quickly approaches, please make sure you are well informed and do not forget to exercise your right to vote! 


Yours in education, 

Dr. John S. Pearson,


Reminder: School in Session: Thursday, April 13, 2017

posted Mar 9, 2017, 7:45 AM by John Pearson   [ updated Mar 9, 2017, 7:48 AM ]

As you may recall, the Thursday (April 13, 2017) before Easter (Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday to some) was designated as a "buy-back" day in case there was a snow day used. Parents and students were notified last fall not to plan anything concrete, since that day would likely be used as student attendance day, in order to shorten the school calendar. Therefore, Thursday, April 13, 2017, will be a full attendance day.

There will be no school - as always planned - on Good Friday (April 14), and the Monday following Easter (April 17). That has NOT changed. In other words, a 4-day Easter weekend.

Full School Day on March 31

posted Mar 9, 2017, 7:36 AM by John Pearson

Due to a change in the calendar, the "School Improvement Half-Day" (where students attend in the morning, and then are dismissed at 11:15) is switched from Friday, March 31 to Friday, April 28, 2017. Although the school's Google Calendar (found via this Website) had this change reflected there was apparently an old "text version" of the 2016-17 calendar (from last July) that was still sitting in the Documents tab. I apologize for any confusion. That old version has been deleted and the updated version is now available in the Documents main page.

So, bottom line is that there will be a full day of school on Friday, March 31st, and a half-day of school on April 28th.

Renaissance Assembly - Feb. 9th

posted Feb 13, 2017, 6:57 AM by John Pearson

EAWR recognized its Renaissance Award winners at an assembly on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Students received a Renaissance polo, certificate, and a chance in the prize drawing for their award(s), based on their academic performance and/or perfect attendance in the first semester of the 2016-17 school year.

A student receiving one of the academic Renaissance awards (Gold, Maroon, Silver, and White) qualified by his/her semester grade point average (GPA); by having three or fewer absences; two or fewer tardies; and no suspensions, ISS, or STOP placements. 

Gold Level:       4.0 GPA or higher from that semester
Maroon Level:  3.5 - 3.99 GPA from that semester
Silver Level:     3.0 - 3.49 GPA from that semester
White Level:     An increase of at least 0.5 in one's GPA from the previous semester

A student receiving the Perfect Attendance Award qualified because he/she had no absences and no tardies during that semester, no "F's", and no suspensions, ISS, or STOP placements.

See the attached files for lists of all our Renaissance Award honorees from the 1st Semester

Here is the list of prize drawing winners (Thanks to Mrs. Hawkins for the prize winner list ...):

Gold Level

TV / Jordyn Gibson

Beats Headphones / Timothy Oseland

(2) $50 VISA cards / Rebekah Null, Nicole Lane

(2) Tablets / Morgan Moxey, Summer Fulkerson

(2) $50 Wal-Mart Gift Cards / Kaylee Dailey, Gavin Whiteside

(2) $25 Casey Gift Cards / Tyler Hayes, Alice Slattery

(2) $25 Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Cards / Morgan Ruden, Hunter Jones

(5) $20 Movie Gift Cards / Caroline Campbell, Jared Liley, Hailey Marshall, Shawn McKee, Gage Nalley,

(10) $10 Subway Gift Cards / Courtney Bazzell, Katelyn Booten, Xavier Collman, Ethan Fillop, Jennifer Hallstead, Rachel Staten, Chase Wallendorf, Heather Watson-Thomason, Ryne White, Kaleigh Young

(10) $10 Starbuck’s Gift Cards / Jordan Yenne, Joel Biesk, Macy Flanigan, Nicholas Hayes, Reghan Levinson, Kendall Moore, Marrisa Morrison, Lauren J. Robinson, Mackenzie Munn, Ashley Reed

Humdinger Coupon Book / Jacob Vassos

Maroon Level

TV / Noah Strebler

Beats Headphones / Zachary Womack

(3) $50 VISA Cards / Rebecca Nottke, Ian Patton, Alexis Reinke

(10) $10 Starbuck’s Gift Cards / Lindsey Bailey, Devin Rudd, Autumn Shoppell, Katelyn Sohn, Brayden Stone, Alyssa Troxtell, Chance Walter, Jacob Wells, Zachary Wells, Damien Wiseman

(2) $25 Wal-Mart Gift Cards / Damian Holbrook-Blair, Paul Magurany

(2) $25 Casey Gift Cards / Kayla Brantley, Krizza Domingo

(2) $25 Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Card / Caleb Bogus, Danielle Shimchick

(5) $20 Movie Gift Cards / Kara Crutchley, Sierra Henry, Alissa Little, Carrie Price, Jason Shea

(7)  $10 Subway Gift Cards / Dezarae Crotts, Zachary Davis, Brian Fudurich, Hanna Lamere, Hailey Peck, Andrew Sobol, Brianna Yenne

Humdinger Coupon Book / Delaney Gibbons

Silver Level

Beats Headphones / Joseph Vassos

(2) $25 Wal-Mart Gift Cards / Eryn McLain, Madyson Voudrie

(2) Earbuds / Holly Goble, Austin Carlisle

(2) $25 Casey Gift Cards / Tyler McLain, Katelyn Powers

(2) $25 Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Cards / Emily Smith, Dalton Pryor

(5) $20 Movie Gift Cards / Gavin Fillop, Caitlin LeMond, Samantha Shimchick, Jonathon Wright, Allison Shook

(4) $10 Subway Gift Cards / Adelynn Bentley, Devin Curtis, Christian Johnson, Kathlyn Sutter

(10) $10 Starbuck Gift Cards / Breanna Belfield, Ian Calderon, Justin Englar, Makayla Gust, Skylar Maupin, Tony Rangel, Hope Springer, KaLynn Thompson, Alyssa Volk, Zaide Wilson

Humdinger Coupon Book / Jonathon Wreath

White Level

(4) $25 Wal-Mart Gift Cards/ Kiana Franklin, Cody Jones, Lukas Westbrook, Austin Slimick

(2) $10 Subway Gift Cards / Aaron Finley, Hunter Roberts

Humdinger Coupon Book / Maxwell Hoehn

1st Semester Perfect Attendance

(2) $50 VISA cards / Gage Booten, Wendy Wray

(2)  Earbuds / Jillian Barber, Eryn McLain

(2) $25 Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Cards / Blake Unterbrink, Darren Spruill

(5) $10 Subway Gift Cards/ Cody Blair, Austin Hammond, Kaitlyn Pickett, Amanda Smay

(5) $10 Starbuck’s Gift Card / Xavier Collman, Brian Fudurich, Taylor Parmentier, Sydney Slayden, Joseph Ziegler

Humdinger Coupon Book / Josh Roswell

Oilers Come Up Big at WYSE for 2nd Year in a Row!

posted Feb 9, 2017, 6:47 AM by John Pearson

Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Academic Challenge is a test-based competition hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  East Alton-Wood River High School takes a team of 14 students that compete in subject area tests in English, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, and Engineering Graphics.  Lewis and Clark Community College hosts the regional competition and schools or individuals can advance to sectional and state level competitions.

In 2017, a team made up of seniors: Brenden Allen, Victoria Kallal, Mackenzie Munn, Brayden Stone, Andrew Cline, Marissa Morrison, Lauren Robinson, Haley Shewmake, and juniors: Xavier Collman, Anthony Ellison, Zachary Kinkade, Rachel Staten, Emily Wilder, and Chase Wallendorff placed third in the 700-Division at the regional.  Anthony Ellison earned a 2nd place medal in Physics, which qualifies him to move on to the sectional competition.

In 2016, a team made up of seniors: Caleb Bentley, Ally Covington, Tori Covington, Sam Fillop, Colin Gibbons, Lori Hickerson, Candace Keeton, Haley Kerpan, and juniors:  Brenden Allen, Chris Bast, Zac Hudson, Victoria Kallal, Mackenzie Munn, and Brayden Stone placed third in the 700-Division at the regional.  Chris Bast earned a third place medal in Computer Science.

Here is last year's team photo:

Congrats to our great students and thanks to Mrs. Parmentier for the copy and the photos!

Honor Rolls Announced 1st Semester 2016-17!

posted Feb 2, 2017, 6:44 AM by John Pearson

See attached file for both the High Honor Roll and Honor Roll lists for 2016-17, First Semester ...

RevTrak Improved Website

posted Jan 27, 2017, 7:37 AM by John Pearson

Dear Parents:
RevTrak sends out the following announcement:

Subject Line: Change is Coming to Our Web Store

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Our Web Store is getting a makeover! The mobile-friendly design will simplify your experience when making payments from any device. Just visit the Web Store through any web browser on the device of your choosing – it’s that easy.

In addition to the responsive design, enjoy the following features:

·  Quick, two-step checkout process

·  Convenient login window

·  User-friendly design

We’re excited to share this update with you and save you time!

Christmas Concert

posted Dec 16, 2016, 7:27 AM by John Pearson

We were entertained last night (12/15/16) in the EAWR Auditorium in our annual Christmas Concert.  Leading off the evening was our talented Concert Choir directed by Mr. Alexander and accompanied on the keyboard by freshman, Morgan Ruden. The Choir was later accompanied by the kids from the Region III CLIP program who, as usual, had a blast performing. And, our impressive EAWR Percussion Ensemble used their talents in performing on marimbas (vibraharps?), a glockenspiel, and some other percussion instruments, playing their version of Carol of the Bells. 

We were also proud to welcome the Lewis & Clark Jr. High 5th Grade (beginning) Band, and their Concert Band. It's always nice to see the future of our EAWR band program, with Mr. Alexander later noting that several of our musicians were mentoring some of the L&C JH kids on their respective instruments. Thanks to District 15, Kim Hudson (Director). their musicians, and their families who helped us come close to packing the Auditorium last evening.

Finally, the EAWR Concert Band (also directed by Mr. Alexander concluded the concert, sounding wonderful, and putting everyone in the Christmas spirit just a little more. The band seniors also put their conductor in the season, with coffee cups and Keurig containers featuring their photos and a t-shirt and mug both featuring his "mug."

A .pdf of the Concert Program is attached below ...

Thanks to the Band Booster parents for hosting the punch & cookie reception in the East Building after the concert! Thanks to Principal Leigh Robinson for the photo montage below.

Industrial Technology Vacancy for 16-17

posted Dec 13, 2016, 11:03 AM by John Pearson

Go to the left margin menu for "District Vacancies" to view this opening ....

Seamless Summer Free Breakfast Option

posted Nov 28, 2016, 2:00 PM by John Pearson

Each summer - during days that we have summer school class sessions - EAWR hosts free breakfasts for anyone in the school district that is 18 years or younger or, who are 19 years or older with a physical or mental disability, as defined by the Illinois State Board of Education. Breakfast operates from 7:30 - 7:55 a.m. each day that summer school is in session (which typically runs from late May or early June through the end of June or early July - TBA). One does not have to be enrolled at EAWR or be enrolled in summer school to be served the free breakfast. Call 254-3151, Ext. 2641 for more information about the free summer breakfast program. 

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