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Friday, February 2, 2018

1% Sales Tax

DR. Jean neal
On March 20, 2018 Vermilion County voters will be given an opportunity to cast a vote regarding a County Schools Facility Tax.  The following is information about how this proposed tax would impact Georgetown-Ridge Farm School District and Georgetown-Ridge Farm residents.

What is the County School Facility Tax?
Since 2007, Illinois voters have had the option to approve a 1% County Schools Facility Tax (commonly known as a sales tax), that shifts facility funding away from property taxes.

What gets taxed?
Items that are currently subject to sales tax will be subject to the CSFT (no new items are taxed).  Some items are exempt from the CSFT.
What is exempt from CSFT?
Groceries, Medicine, Vehicles, Mobile Homes, ATV’s/RV’s, Farm Seed, Fertilizer, and Farm Equipment
How can money be used?

The money can only be used for certain purposes including: paying off facility debt and reducing property taxes, building new school facilities, renovating current facilities, and improving building safety security.  Money may NOT be used to pay salaries, supplies, or textbooks.

Who decides how money is used?
All financial decisions are based on local control and made exclusively by the locally elected school board.
How much money would Georgetown-Ridge Farm CUSD #4 receive if implemented?
Each school district in the county would receive a portion of sales tax money that is based on student enrollment.  The most recent projection for GRF #4 projected $433,079 in new money.
How would GRF #4 use the money?
The GRF #4 school board has identified three priorities for new money if approved by voters. 
Priority #1 - Reduce Property Taxes (13% reduction in tax rate projected)
Priority #2 - Sales tax money left over from property tax abatement would be used to address building and grounds improvements and preventative maintenance to avoid more expensive solutions in the future. Current issues at Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district include: windows and doors in all buildings, paving of parking lots, security upgrades, and improvements of athletic fields. 
Priority#3 - Improve Opportunities for Students. Conduct building facilities assessment to improve educational setting. Conduct a traffic pattern study to determine the most efficient traffic flow pattern and allocate resources to make improvements. Examine athletic facility needs. Focus upon upgrading technological services to enhance learning.
What will voters see on the ballot?
Shall a retailers’ occupation tax and a service occupation tax (commonly referred to as “Sales Tax”) be imposed in Vermilion County at a rate of one (1) percent to be used exclusively for school facility purposes?
 Voters will be asked to vote “Yes” or “No”.
A simple majority of votes cast is required for passage.
Where is information about Voter registration?
March 20, 2018, is a primary election.  You may register with Vermilion County Clerk by February 20, 2108.  Online registration extends until March 4, 2018.  Grace period registration runs February 21 until March 20.  Early voting begins February 8 until March 19.  If you have voting questions, contact the Vermilion County Clerk at 554-1900.
Where can one find more information on this issue?
The district has put together an informational brochure to help get information to our community.
Click Here for an Informational Flyer
Additional questions can be made to the school superintendent, Dr. Jean Neal at 662-8488.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Bad apps your student should never use

  • AfterSchool App
  •  The Blue Whale Challenge
  •  Bumble App
  •  BurnBook App
  •  Calculator% Private Photo App
  •  Finstagram App
  •  Gather App
  •  IMVU App
  •  Jott Messenger App
  •  Kik Messenger App (Based in Canada)
  • App
  •  MyLOL App
  •  Ogle App
  •  Omegle App
  •  Phhhoto App
  •  Sarahah App
  •  Secret App
  •  Slingshot App
  •  StreetChat App
  •  Tango App
  •  Tinder App 
  •  Tumblr App
  •  Voxer
  •  Wattpad
  •  WhatsGoodly App
  •  Whisper App
  •  Wishbone App
  •  Yellow App
  •  YouNow App

PARCC Resources for Parents

Monday, August 14, 2017

Lion's Club Eyeglasses

The Lion's Club offers free eyeglasses for those that need them. The contact number is 217-662-8747.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Georgetown-Ridge Farm CUSD #4 2017-2018 Schedule

Georgetown-Ridge Farm CUD #4 school offices will reopen August 1st. The district will begin its 2017-2018 school year with a teacher’s in-service on August 17th & 18th.

  Attendance:  All students will report for classes on Monday, August 21, 2017.  Each school day the buildings are not open to students until 7:20 a.m. So, for car riders and walkers, please plan accordingly.

  Registration:  To streamline the Registration process for the 2017-2018 school year, Registration will be  IN THE GRHS GYM FOR ALL STUDENTS on the following days:

Tuesday, August 8 from 12 noon-7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 9 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. with 6th grade Orientation from 6-7 p.m.-August 14th

Thursday, August 10 from 12 noon-7 p.m.

   When you come in August to register, you will need:  Two proofs of residency, one of which must be dated within the past 30 days.  Both must show parent/guardian name and current address.  Examples of proof are, but not limited to:  Utility bill (water, power, phone, and disposal service), Mortgage papers/Rental Agreement, etc.  You will need to provide documentation of Medical Compliance (Grades:  K, 6th, 9th, 12th, Athletes and anyone who has received a letter for non-compliancy). You will also be asked to complete, with staff help, a School Fee Waiver Form.  Our district currently qualifies under a Community Eligibility Program that provides NO COST Breakfast and Lunch to ALL district families.  Therefore ALL district families must fill out a Student Fee Waiver Form.  You will need to complete a Technology Acceptable Use Policy if we do not currently have one on file and pick up the Student Handbook.  ALL PRE-K THROUGH FIFTH GRADERS MUST VISIT THE TRANSPORTATION TABLE.

  Registration Fees:  Please come prepared to pay Registration Fees and any overdue fees from the previous year, if still owed.   Basic Textbook Fees for all grades K-12 is $35.  There will be an additional $5 Technology Fee assessed per student in grades K-12.  Mary Miller Junior High students will need to pay a $5 lock fee and a $13 PE Uniform fee.  Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School Business, Vocational and Art Education Materials Fees are $25 for each vocational department class in which they enroll.  Driver’s Education course fees are $100 plus an additional $20 to the Secretary of the State of Illinois for the Driving Permit and vision exam.

  Extra-Curricular Fees:   All students in grades 6-12 will pay an Extra-Curricular Activity Fee of $20 per activity for the first two activities in which a student participates with a maximum of $40.  Participation in additional activities is at no cost to the student. 

  Lunch Prices:  School breakfasts and lunches are provided under the CEP at No Cost. However, extra milk can be purchased with hot lunch and cold lunch at a cost of $.35 per carton.  Milk is not provided should your student bring a cold/sack lunch from home.  One carton of milk is included in a school hot lunch

  Closed Campus:  Georgetown-Ridge Farm CUD #4 has a closed campus policy for all students K-12.  No students will be allowed to leave school grounds during normal school hours unless picked up by a parent/guardian.


Forms for Registration can be found on our websites.  Please print and fill them out BEFORE coming to register.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New Schwan's Fundraiser Link

Hello parents, guardians, family members, and friends: We would like to thank you for all your help fundraising throughout the year. As we continue to raise funds for our students in the district, we are teaming up with Schwan's. By ordering through our link, you will be getting the same items that are delivered by Schwan's to your door. Schwan's will donate 20% of sales back to the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district.

Please order through this link: 

Please feel free to share this link with everyone you know. Even if they live in a different area they can still contribute by ordering through the link.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Registration Forms for the 2017-18 School Year

Registration forms are uploaded onto each buildings page for the 2017-18 school year. You can find the forms under the quick link titled information and forms.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Preschool Screening

Free Preschool Screening on 2/2/17
Preschool Screening of 3, 4, and 5 year olds
Developmental screening for 0-3 year olds

Determines your child's:

  • Knowledge of General Concepts
  • Speech and Language Skills
  • Motor Skills
  • Hearing and Vision for 3-5 year olds
Call 444-3266 to schedule an appointment!