Carlinville CUSD #1 is located in Macoupin County, Illinois. The communities served by CUSD #1 include Carlinville, a city of almost 6,000 people, Chesterfield, Standard City and Plainview. Each of the school district’s schools - Carlinville Primary School, Carlinville Intermediate School, Carlinville Middle School and Carlinville High School - is located in Carlinville. The city of Carlinville, which is located approximately fifty (50) miles south of Springfield, Illinois, and sixty-five (65) miles north of St. Louis, Missouri, is conveniently located near larger metropolitan areas. Plus, the Carlinville community is home to several successful businesses such as Karmak, Prairie Farms and First-to-the Finish. Carlinville is also home to Blackburn College, a small liberal arts institution noted for its student work program. Additionally, the community is fortunate to have Carlinville Area Hospital which offers quality medical services.
The district, which currently serves just under 1,500 children, has a rich history of offering successful academic and extra-curricular programs. For instance, two Carlinville CUSD #1 schools have been recognized by the United States Department of Education as Blue Ribbon Schools. Furthermore, on multiple occasions, Carlinville High School has been identified by U.S. News and World Report as among the best high schools in Illinois.
In an effort to maintain this history of excellence, the school district continues to evolve and grow in its academic endeavors. For example, currently the school district is implementing an infusion of technology into the classroom. Additionally, STEM labs are being updated and expanded. Plus, CUSD #1 strives to sustain a quality commitment to teaching the fine arts. In fact, an all-school musical production at Carlinville High School each spring enjoys a rich tradition and significant popularity among students. Also, the school district continues to offer numerous pathways in the career and technical area with an eye to expand those offerings in the near future.
In this era of financial uncertainty, Carlinville CUSD #1 has been able to maintain a Financial Profile rating of Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education. This is the highest rating given by the Illinois State Board of Education. Also, the community recently passed a sales tax referendum designed to ensure the quality of the district’s facilities.
The school district enjoys strong partnerships with several community partners that enhance our ability to serve our community’s children. For example, the city of Carlinville and the district have long cooperated to provide services. The same can be said for the Carlinville Park District. The school district actively engages with collaborations with Blackburn College as well. Likewise, there are numerous outstanding service organizations that actively support the school district. Included among these service groups are the Lions Club, the Elks Lodge, the Moose Lodge, the Rotary Club, the Masonic Lodge, and the Knights’ of Columbus.
Therefore, while we are extremely proud of our history of accomplishments, we remain even more excited about the promise of our future.
Over the last several weeks, parents and community members have reached out regarding a number of state level issues and asked about how to advocate on various topics at the state level. The attached pdf. provide some contact information that I hope is helpful to anyone interested.