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Superintendent's Comments - October 14, 2014

Posted: October 15, 2014

THE DISTRICT 7 BOARD OF EDUCATION OPPOSED THE NATURES CARE LLC MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY PROPOSAL AND PENDING APPLICATION FOR A DISPENSARY IN THE GINGER CREEK PROFESSIONAL PARK, LOCATED ON HIGHWAY 157 IN GLEN CARBON, AND DIRECTED THAT A LETTER OPPOSING DISPENSARY BE SENT TO THE VILLAGE OF GLEN CARBON AND ALL OTHER GOVERNMENTAL BODIES.

Mr. T. J. Singer, partner with the Natures Care LLC medical marijuana dispensary, addressed the Board of Education on Tuesday night regarding the plan to open a marijuana dispensary in the Ginger Creek Professional Park. He reported that on January 1, 2014, Illinois became the 22nd state to pass the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Act. His Illinois-based management team has applied with the State to obtain a license to operate a dispensary in Glen Carbon for the purpose of dispensing cannabis to qualifying patients. He indicated that Glen Carbon was chosen for its central location within Madison County, the availability of a parcel for lease, and it met the zoning restrictions imposed by the State.

The medical marijuana dispensary will treat patients with debilitating medical conditions approved under the bill, such as; cancer, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, spinal cord disease, epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and others.

The Board’s concern with the proposed marijuana dispensary is its close proximity to Edwardsville High School. The Illinois State Statute states:

“A dispensing organization may not be located within 1,000 feet of the property line of a pre-existing public or private preschool or elementary or secondary school or day care center, day care home, group day care home, or part day child care facility...” 410 ILCS 130/130.

Per the Madison County Tax Map, the horizontal distance from the northeast corner of the proposed dispensary at 1 Ginger Creek Meadows (old bank site) to the southwest corner of the Edwardsville Sports Complex property is approximately 1,144 feet.

The Board is not disputing the merits of medical marijuana or the need for a medical marijuana facility in Madison County. However, the Board is concerned with the location of the proposed Natures Care LLC medical marijuana dispensary planned in Ginger Creek, which distance from the High School would only be 144 feet over the Illinois State Statute.

The Village of Glen Carbon has granted a "Business Registration" to the Natures Care LLC medical marijuana dispensary and placed it in the “pharmacy” category. The Glen Carbon Zoning Board is looking at establishing a zoning rule on medical marijuana dispensaries since none now exists. Northern communities, such as; City of Naperville, Village of Palatine, City of Des Plaines, Village of Evergreen, Village of South Holland, Village of Wilmette, and Lake County, Illinois, have developed much stricter rules than the State Statute requires for the location of dispensaries in proximity to public or private preschools, elementary or secondary schools, day care centers, day care homes, group day care homes, or part day child care facilities.

Just a few years ago, Alternatives Counseling established a center for sex offenders in close proximity to Glen Carbon Elementary School. District 7 parents were uncomfortable with this facility being close to their children’s school. Moreover, they were upset that they were not informed by the Village of Glen Carbon of this facility until it was scheduled to open.

The Board has directed the Superintendent to send a letter to the Village of Glen Carbon and all other governmental bodies, indicating its opposition to the placement of a medical marijuana dispensary facility or cultivation center in close proximity to any District 7 school.

The next Glen Carbon Zoning Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21, 2014. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding the location of this proposed medical marijuana dispensary in Glen Carbon, you should attend this meeting.

Parent Teacher Conference Scheduling Reminder

Posted: October 14, 2014

Just a reminder that beginning tomorrow, October 15, District 7 parents may begin online scheduling for parent-teacher conferences scheduled for November 24-26. District conferences may be scheduled starting at 8:00 a.m.  All parents should have received their children’s student identification number via mail by Friday, October 10. [More Info]

Edwardsville High School students had lots of fun while learning landscaping skills at Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center and Jon Davis Wrestling Center

Posted: October 10, 2014

Students enrolled in the Edwardsville High School Turf-grass Management and Horticulture classes had a lot of fun while learning firsthand how to prepare the landscaping for the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center and Jon Davis Wrestling Center. Under the supervision of agriculture teacher John Davin and Josh Ferry, District 7 Grounds Director, EHS students assisted with the planning and design of the concept and the installation of plants, trees, and turf. [More Info]

Students enjoy a lesson on hydroponics as part of the new middle school agriculture science exploratory course

Posted: October 10, 2014

We are pleased with the positive direction that the agriculture science program is headed at the middle school. Students have participated in units on horticulture, basic carpentry, agri-business, and food science during their first quarter of the new course.

Students are demonstrating outstanding excitement as illustrated in the middle school video on hydroponics methods for growing plants. [Video]

District 7 launches Facebook page, new communication notification system, and new parent-teacher conference scheduling system

Posted: October 9, 2014/p>

We are pleased to announce that the official District 7 Facebook page launched on Wednesday, October 8. If you have not visited the Edwardsville School District #7 page, we encourage you to do so. This page was developed to provide parents, employees, students and the community with accurate information regarding District 7 programs, activities, events, and schedules. Comments will be reviewed before posting, and inappropriate comments will not be published. Anyone with a question regarding specific District/school matters that need to be addressed should contact the District by phone at 618-655-6014 or email at info@ecusd7.org. The District 7 Facebook page can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/ECUSD7.

District 7 parents will receive two written communications by Friday, October 10, 2014. One communication contains information regarding the new online scheduling system. The second explains the steps to register with the District’s new SchoolMessenger notification system. Parents are encouraged to read the information and contact the school district at info@ecusd7.org or call 656-1182. [More Info]

Ice, Ice Baby: Student council carries on Homecoming Week traditions, with some “Fiery” new twists

Posted: October 8, 2014

Seniors Emily Lange and Taylor Robinson were crowned king and queen for the night, alongside a court of 32 other students. [More Info]

Ice, Ice Baby: Student council carries on Homecoming Week traditions, with some “Fiery” new twists.

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KMOV Channel 4 will air a special feature on Friday, October 10, highlighting sophomore Ryleigh Wilshire, member of the Edwardsville High School Key Club, and Ethan Alexander, FLS special needs student, and their evening at the EHS Homecoming dance

Posted: October 8, 2014

Following this year’s Coronation ceremony, over 1800 students enjoyed the Homecoming Dance. The dance attendees included two very special people. Ryleigh Wilshire, sophomore, escorted Ethan Alexander, FLS student, to the Homecoming Dance. [More Info]

KMOV Channel 4 will air a special feature on Friday, October 10, highlighting sophomore Ryleigh Wilshire, member of the Edwardsville High School Key Club, and Ethan Alexander, FLS special needs student, and their evening at the EHS Homecoming dance.


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 Last updated on: October 15, 2014 at 01:18 PM
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