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As announced during last night’s board meeting, it is the School Boards pleasure to inform everyone that Dr. Beth Shackelford is being offered the job of Superintendent at O’Fallon Township Highschool District 203. We are currently working with Dr. Shackelford to finalize her employment contract and hope to make this official during our next board meeting on December 21st.
From the numerous applications reviewed and interviews conducted, Dr. Shackelford was the best fit and top candidate for this position. Dr. Shackelford has been a Panther since August of 2001 and knows our students, our staff, our school, and our community. Beth has held numerous key roles which have contributed to her being a well-rounded and experienced leader. Beth has been a Teacher, a Department Chair, a Coordinator of Student Services, an Assistant Principal, an Activities Director, the Director of Business and Operations, The Director of Academic and Special Projects, and an Interim Superintendent. In this time, Beth has prepared herself remarkably and is ready for her next step, to lead OTHS!! Beth is prepared to take OTHS to the next level!!
As you are able, please take a moment to congratulate Beth, and join your Board in welcoming her to the role of Superintendent.
School Board President
The OTHS Board of Education monthly meeting will be held tonight, November 30th, 2023 at 7pm. Click the link to join.
OTHS would like to invite you to our Parent-Teacher Advisory Committee (P-TAC)/Conversations Over Coffee meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 from 5:30pm-6:30pm in the Smiley Campus Panther Center. This meeting is designed to provide an opportunity for parents, OTHS staff members, and the Board of Education to engage in open discussion on a variety of topics affecting OTHS. This mid-year meeting is in addition to our annual P-TAC meeting that will be held this coming spring.
The agenda for the meeting is as follows:
- OTHS Updates
- Discipline Review Hearings
- Q and A
Thank you for your partnership and support of O'Fallon Township High School District 203, and we look forward to seeing you on December 5th!
Dr. Beth M Shackelford, Interim Superintendent
We are very pleased to share that OTHS has been identified as an Exemplary School on the 2023 Illinois Report Card, which is the highest possible designation. The ‘Exemplary’ designation means that our school’s overall performance was in the top 10% of all schools throughout the state of Illinois. This accomplishment is a result of the collaborative and committed efforts of our students, teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, support staff, Board of Education, and the entire OTHS school community. We are thankful for all those who support the continued growth and success of our students.
Congratulations are in order once again. OTHS is ranked as the Best High School in St. Clair County for the 2024 School Year. OTHS is consistently one of the highest ranked schools in Illinois. This is a testament to our O'Fallon community, all the hard working employees of OTHS and our incredible Panther students. For more information on these rankings, please visit this link for more information.
Dear OTHS Students and Families,
We would like to invite all of our students and families to the OTHS virtual open house. You can access the open house through the following link: https://www.oths.us/openhouse. Please take the time to view the information provided. As always, if you would like to reach out directly to your student's teachers for specific questions you may have about any class, please don't hesitate to do so. The staff directory is available on the OTHS website and all of us at OTHS welcome conversations with our families. We are here to support your student throughout their high school career.
On Monday, September 25th, all students will receive an Impact Aid Program Survey Form (Federal Funds under Public Law 81-874) during their advisory period. Please complete the form and have your student return the form to advisory no later than Monday, October 2nd.
Impact Aid guidelines require that school districts collect an Impact Aid form for every student in the district annually regardless of whether families are serving in the military, working on federal property, working as a civilian on private property, or working from home. For more information, please see the frequently asked questions at the end of this message.
Thank you for your partnership in this process. We are fortunate to live in a community with so many that have honored our country through their service.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do we annually distribute and collect the impact aid form?
A: The federal government wants to ensure schools serving the military are able to provide comprehensive services to the children of military members. The federal government provides federal impact aid dollars to support military connected schools.
Q: Why don’t we do this at registration?
A: Impact aid guidelines do not allow schools to distribute the form until after school is in session.
Q: Does this hurt/harm our military members or their children?
A: No. The funds we receive enable us to provide offerings for our students we wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford.
Q: Does the school need these funds?
A: According to the State of Illinois Evidence-Based Funding formula, OTHS is currently funded at 67% adequacy. In other words, OTHS is funded at 67% of what is needed to fully educate our students based on our community demographics and student population. OTHS is in the lowest tier for educational funding as defined by state calculations, and thus is in the greatest need of additional funding.