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How Should UT Spend New Revenue ?

Thanks to the voters, the United Township High School District will begin receiving some new revenue later this year. And planning is underway on how to spend proceeds from the local option sales tax.

Superintendent Jay Morrow says the Facility Steering Committee includes members of the school board, faculty, staff, and district residents. At their first meeting they toured the school, so Thursday night members can begin talking about possible projects.

Morrow thinks the main entrance needs work - so it looks better and allows for better security. And he'd like the various offices to be in one place.

"For example special ed is at one  end of the building and our main office is at the other end of the building. We need to have an area that's a one-stop-shop for people coming into the building where they're not traveling throughout the building - that's a burden on those families and certainly it's a security concern for the school district as well."

Something else he'd like to see is an area where students could gather before and after school, and at lunch.

"So we need a student common area that's workable, that's manageable for students and for faculty and staff to monitor those students."

United Township High School opened in 1960, with an addition built in 1990.

The district already receives about 50,000 dollars a year from the local option sales tax in Henry County, and will begin receiving 800,000 a year from Rock Island County this fall. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.