BUSHNELL – The Bushnell Prairie City school board recognized retiree Holly Van Hootegem for her 12 years of service to the district at the Wednesday night regular meeting.
Board president John McCleery said, “We’d like to recognize our retirees this year: Andrea Hart who is not with us and Holly Van Hootegem who is with us. She served from August 2006 to May 2018 with 12 years of service in high school English. We just want to recognize you and thank you for your service and wish you the best in retirement.”
Hootegem thanked the board and posed for photos with Superintendent Dr. Kathy Dinger and board president John McCleery.
She was awarded with three small wooden statues of children in various stages of learning. Each statue is about five inches tall.
During public comment, John Slater of Slater Construction spoke about school bonding, which he described as his “most important topic for the night.”
Slater urged the board to not issue any new bonds because a $400,000 bond issued years ago will be retired next year, and the district has “hardly any bond debt,” he said.
“When we retire this, we’ll be done with our bond debt. We can just do other things: we have a county-wide school facility tax to help bring in about $200,000 a year from that.”

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