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Coal City board recognizes theater department

Tuck Everlasting nominated for four awards

COAL CITY — The Coal City Commuinty Unit School District No. 1 honored members of the high school's theater department at its May 1 board meeting.

Last spring, the theater department, headed by Jack Micetich, put on a production called Tuck Everlasting, which was well-received both locally and statewide. The production was nominated for four different awards by the Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards, and all nominations were in the final five and were invited to attend the awards ceremony at Braodway in Chicago.

Celeste Sheridan was nominated for Best Scenic Design and Jack Micetich was nominated for Best Director. Coal City High School senior Gavyn Williams was nominated for Best Actor and the production itself was nominated for Best Overall Production, the first time that Coal City has earned that nomination.

"We just thought it was a great thing for our school," Coal City superintendent Dr. Kent Bugg said. "Mr. [principal Mitch] Hamann and I went up to the awards ceremony, and Coal City was by far the furthest south and the smallest school of any of the nominees.

"We thought it was a good idea to recognize the job that the whole production staff of that performance did, and what a good thing it was for our school and district."

The board also took action to improve the Facility Request form, which was approved.

Bugg said that many outside groups, from youth groups to athletic teams, want to use the high school at various times for activities and that the forms were somewhat confusing as far as how fees were structured, so the board acted to improve on that.

"We worked with the leadership of a lot of these youth organizations to come up with an updated form that clarified the fee structure and some other things," Bugg said. "With their cooperation, we came up with what we feel is a form that is easier for both sides to understand and will make scheduling these events easier."

The board is also in its final year of an agreement with Exelon Corp and is working on negotiating a three-year extension developing how seven different taxing districts will distribute taxes that Exelon pays. That discussion was tabled until the documents come back from Exelon attorneys, and will either be acted upon in a special meeting or at the June 5 regular board meeting.

The board also swore in and gave the oath of office to elected board member Clint Harmon.

In other action, the board heard a final reading on revised district policies, approved the Coalers with Character trip, heard an update on the strategic plan and approved the contracts for the Intermediate School Renovation Project.

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