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School board votes to put sales tax on November ballot

The Riverton School Board at Monday’s regular meeting voted 7-0 on a resolution to put the county sales tax question on this November's ballot.

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Monday 06/11/2018
Riverton board approves raises
Posted: June 11, 2018

Riverton’s village board on Monday evening approved 3 percent raises for Alex Lyons, Stacy Patterson, Deputy Police Chief Andy Landgrebe and Chief Jim Lawley.

Monday 05/28/2018
Sangamon Mass Transit bus service expected to start after Labor Day in Riverton
Posted: May 28, 2018

Riverton’s village board approved 6-0 the third pay request to Petersburg Plumbing for $221,538.99 at Monday’s regular meeting. This is for their work on the Riviera Subdivision project.  

Monday 05/21/2018
School board approves new teacher contract
Posted: May 21, 2018

A new three-year contract with the Riverton Education Association was approved by the School Board Monday.

Monday 05/14/2018
Riverton board approves budget, police vehicle purchase
Posted: May 14, 2018

Riverton’s Village Board approved the appropriation for 2018-19, appointments and purchases during its May 7 meeting.

Monday 04/30/2018
Riverton Library receives state grant
Posted: April 30, 2018

The Riverton Village Library is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $4900 grant through the Illinois State Library.  These funds will support the program “Readers for Life: Up-to-date and Engaged.” 

Monday 04/23/2018
Riverton board approves supplemental appropriations
Posted: April 23, 2018

Riverton’s Village Board approved a supplemental appropriation for 2017-18 of $549,100 (ordinance 18-007) at Monday’s regular meeting.

Monday 04/16/2018
School board approves several agreements, new contracts
Posted: April 16, 2018

Riverton’s school board approved numerous agreements and contracts, saw presentations from students and teachers (Mrs. Kuizin and Ms. Gatchel) and heard a from the REA representative (Mrs. Sturdy), who gave a statement in support of contract negotiations, as part of Monday’s regular meeting.

Doerfler officially hired as RMS Principal
Posted: April 16, 2018

Megan Doerfler was not “actively looking” to leave New Berlin, where she had been for 10 years, but the chance to focus on being a building principal was too much to pass up.

Monday 04/09/2018
Riverton board approves variances for Dawson Circle properties
Posted: April 09, 2018

Riverton’s village board approved ordinance #18-004 for zero lot line variance on certain properties in Dawson Circle by a 4-0 vote at Monday’s regular meeting.

Monday 03/26/2018
Riverton board approves new auditor, equipment purchases
Posted: March 26, 2018

Riverton’s village board approved ordinances to purchase equipment and vehicles, and hired Canny Accounting LLC as their new auditors, as part of Monday’s regular meeting.  

Monday 03/19/2018
School board approves several new positions
Posted: March 19, 2018

Riverton’s school board approved some additional positions from the administrators’ “wish list” after much deliberation as part of Monday’s regular meeting.  

Monday 03/05/2018
Polanin officially hired as superintendent
Posted: March 05, 2018

Brad Polanin is well aware of his lack of administrative experience, but that will not deter him as the new Riverton Superintendent.

Monday 02/26/2018
Craven approved as new Riverton attorney
Posted: February 26, 2018

Don Craven will be the new Riverton Village Attorney, after the Village Board approved his hiring at Monday’s meeting.

Monday 02/19/2018
Polanin chosen as new superintendent
Posted: February 19, 2018

The Riverton School Board has decided to hire current middle school principal Brad Polanin as the new superintendent, it was announced at the monthly meeting Monday night.

Monday 02/12/2018
Village board continuing budget process
Posted: February 12, 2018

Riverton’s village board is working on the next fiscal year’s budget, it was stated at Monday’s regular board meeting.

Monday 01/15/2018
School board discusses RHS, RMS parking lots
Posted: January 15, 2018

The Riverton School Board met January 8 at the Capital Area Career Center and it discussed parking lot repair costs at RHS and RMS and the process for the hiring of the new superintendent.

Campbell, Weiss among locals nominated for service academies
Posted: January 15, 2018

Congressman Darin LaHood announced on Friday the names of 23 remarkable young men and women he has nominated to be considered for admittance into the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy or U.S. Air Force Academy. 

Monday 01/08/2018
Baker appointed as new Riverton treasurer
Posted: January 08, 2018

Riverton's village board held its first meeting of 2018 January 2 and by a vote of 6-0, it appointed Rita Baker to the treasurer's position and she was administered the oath.

Monday 01/01/2018
Rourke hired as interim athletic director
Posted: January 01, 2018

Retired Chatham Glenwood Athletic Director and football coach Dan Rourke was hired last Friday as interim Athletic Director at Riverton High School at a special school board meeting. He was hired on a 100-day contract, at a rate of $300 per day.

Monday 12/25/2017
Riverton board approves Riviera Subdivision bid
Posted: December 25, 2017

At its December 18 meeting, Riverton’s village board accepted the resignation of treasurer LaShonda Fitch and approved the $1.5M bid for work in Riviera Subdivision.  

Monday 12/18/2017
2018-19 school calendar approved
Posted: December 18, 2017

The first day of school attendance will be Aug. 9, after the Riverton School Board approved the 2018-19 school calendar as part of a quick meeting Monday night. There will be a teacher’s institute Aug. 8, with two half-days Aug. 9 and 10.

Monday 12/11/2017
Riverton board approves water/sewer, gas rate increases
Posted: December 11, 2017

Riverton’s village board approved a resolution at Monday’s regular meeting adopting utility rates for 2018. There will be no increase to electric, but gas will go up 5 percent and water/sewer will go up 6 percent for residential and 10 percent for non-residential. Last year, no rates were increased.

Monday 11/27/2017
Village board continues Riviera Subdivision work discussion
Posted: November 27, 2017

Following up on a meeting held in the Riviera Subdivision last week in advance of work to be done next year, the Riverton Village Board furthered that discussion at Monday’s regular meeting.

Monday 11/20/2017
Riverton school board chooses superintendent search firm
Posted: November 20, 2017

The Riverton School Board unanimously approved an IASB executive search firm to pinpoint candidates for their next superintendent at Monday’s regular meeting.  

Monday 11/13/2017
Payne appointed to Riverton Village Board
Posted: November 13, 2017

Ginger Payne  was appointed and sworn in as the new trustee on the Riverton Village Board Monday night, filling the vacancy created by Chris Collins’ resignation.  Committee assignments were also re-arranged, and Payne took over the responsibility of Public Works.

Thurman hired as new Rochester superintendent
Posted: November 13, 2017

Riverton School Board President Leeann Kendall said the direction of the school district “will be business as usual” despite the recent announcement that Dr. Lance Thurman has been hired as Rochester’s new superintendent, as of July 1, 2018.

Monday 10/23/2017
County economic report discussed at Riverton board meeting
Posted: October 23, 2017

Lori Williams, a Sangamon County board member, spoke to the Riverton Village Board meeting Monday about the county’s recent economic development report (completed by the Development Consortium).

Monday 10/16/2017
School board discusses HS admin duties, electives
Posted: October 16, 2017

The Riverton School Board met October 9 with a busy agenda.

Monday 10/09/2017
Fire board votes to put 1938 truck up for bid
Posted: October 09, 2017

At its September 19 meeting, the Riverton Area Fire Protection District voted 3-1 (Vespa no) to put the 1938 fire engine out for bid.   Board president Jim Good said the board was clear on what it wanted, from advertising in the paper and on Facebook.  

Monday 09/25/2017
Village of Riverton receives entryway grant
Updated: September 25, 2017 - 3:19 pm

The Village of Riverton is one of four communities to receive a Character Area Grant, the village board was informed Monday night.

Thurman: District should continue to “celebrate the work” of students
Posted: September 25, 2017

Riverton Superintendent Dr. Lance Thurman said Tuesday at his annual “State of the Schools” address that many positive things are happening in the school district, though the specter of uncertain state funding still casts a pall.

Monday 09/18/2017
School district projecting budget surplus
Posted: September 18, 2017

The Riverton School District is projecting a $254,709 surplus for this fiscal year, but with some lingering doubts about state funding, the district still plans to move forward with selling bonds, the school board was informed at Monday’s meeting.

Monday 09/11/2017
Riverton board approves Riviera bond issuance
Posted: September 11, 2017

The Riverton Village Board met September 5 and continued discussion on Riviera Subdivision plans.

Monday 08/28/2017
Riverton board planning to issue bonds for Riviera work
Posted: August 28, 2017

Riverton’s village board approved the first step to moving forward with the Riviera Subdivision water and sewer work at Monday’s board meeting. Trustees unanimously agreed to proceed with paperwork and put language together for their September meeting.  

Monday 08/21/2017
School district approves plan to issue bonds
Posted: August 21, 2017

Riverton’s school board met August 14 and approved the intention to issue $2,325,000 worth of bonds to shore up the working cash fund.

Monday 08/14/2017
School to participate in free CEP lunch program
Posted: August 14, 2017

The Riverton School District has announced that all three schools will be participating in the federally-funded Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act during the 2017-18 school year.  Under this program, school districts receive a higher rate of reimbursement per meal served to offset the cost of providing all students with one free breakfast and one free lunch each day.  Full details, including a FAQ list, can be found on the district website at

Dumping at village garage 1 could lead to restrictions on usage
Posted: August 14, 2017

The Riverton Village Board of Trustees met August 7 in a short meeting.

Monday 08/07/2017
Rogers resigns as fire chief
Posted: August 07, 2017

After 11-plus years, Riverton Fire Chief Louie Rogers has resigned and will move to honorary status. His resignation was announced at a special meeting July 26 of the Riverton Area Fire Protection District Board.

Monday 07/31/2017
“Enthusiastic” RHS grad Carter promoted to RES assistant principal
Posted: July 31, 2017

New Riverton Elementary School assistant principal Jen Carter admits she did not see herself in her current position that long ago.

Monday 07/24/2017
Riverton board approves multiple annexations
Posted: July 24, 2017

The Riverton Village Board met July 17 and approved numerous annexations that were on the docket.

Monday 07/17/2017
Finances improve for school district
Posted: July 17, 2017

The financial picture for the Riverton School District was more positive than expected, it was noted at the school board Committee of the Whole meeting last week.

Monday 07/10/2017
Riverton board discusses children’s survey results
Posted: July 10, 2017

Intern Gianna Bivona distributed handouts and explained activities that she had been doing at Monday’s regular Riverton village board meeting.  

Monday 06/26/2017
Riverton board discusses Riviera Subdivision work plans
Updated: June 26, 2017 - 2:44 pm

Riverton’s Village Board met June 19 to discuss a light agenda. 

Monday 06/19/2017
School improvement plans discussed at board meeting
Posted: June 19, 2017

The Riverton School Board met June 12 and spent some time early in the meeting going over each school’s respective continuous school improvement plans, which included goals and specific steps to be taken.  

Riverton board hires three new HS coaches
Posted: June 19, 2017

The Riverton School Board approved three new high school head coaches at Monday’s regular meeting: Joe Stevens for football, Brent McKinney for baseball and Pat Spencer for wrestling.

Monday 06/12/2017
Riverton board hires intern for community relations
Posted: June 12, 2017

Riverton’s village board hired an intern to help community relations and encourage more community engagement at Monday’s regular meeting.

Monday 05/29/2017
School board continues referendum discussion
Posted: May 29, 2017

The Riverton School Board at a meeting Monday continued the discussion of a potential referendum, spending almost an hour of the two-plus hours in open session on that topic.

Monday 05/22/2017
Riverton Village Board renews 311 app
Posted: May 22, 2017

Riverton’s Village Board met May 15 and renewed the contract of the 311 app for another year.

Monday 05/15/2017
Riverton school board votes to not rehire several coaches
Posted: May 15, 2017

The Riverton School Board voted to retain many coaches, but not all, and it was informed that insurance costs for next year will see a minimal increase, among other topics of discussion at Monday’s regular monthly meeting.