In The News - Mascoutah School District

Mascoutah Ready to Break Ground of New Artificial Turf Field

Mascoutah, December 19, 2017  The Board of Education approved the purchase and installment a turf field at the high school stadium.  The District has been engaged in a fundraising campaign to raise the cash needed to pay for the entire project.  The original fundraising goal set by the Board of Education before construction could begin was $500,000.  With over $460,000 raised and when a discount on installation presented itself, the Board decided move the project forward starting in January 2018.

$460,000 has been raised through fundraising with contributions coming from Mascoutah companies, Sports Organizations, Alumni, and current Employees.  The campaign is still moving forward with the goal to raise 100% of the cost of the turf field purchase and installation.  Additionally, the administration is examining other upgrades to the stadium and other areas of the athletic complex. 

Construction of the turf field will begin in January (weather permitting).  Thanks to a generous donation from DMS Construction (Matt Stukenberg, Alumni 1998) that will perform the excavation of the field. 

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School District to Implement A New Visitor Management System   

Mascoutah, October 31, 2017: New visitor security measures will be implemented in school buildings in the Mascoutah School District starting in November.  The District has purchased Raptor Technologies’ Visitor Management System to help the District track visitors, contractors, and volunteers in order to provide a safer, more monitored environment for the students and staff.  Upon scanning a state or government issued I.D. the software will compare the name, date of birth, and photo with a national database that identifies sex offenders.  Approved visitors will receive a printed badge with their photo and date and time when they arrived on campus.  At the end of the visit, the badge must be returned to the office so the visitor can be checked out.  

“The safety and security of our students is a high priority for the school board, administration, principals, teachers, and all staff,” said Dr. Craig Fiegel, Superintendent, Mascoutah Community Unit School District.  “The new Visitor Management System will allow us to electronically track (no more pen and paper) visitors who enter our schools.”   

“It takes about 30 seconds for the system to return a response.  If a match is detected, the Principals are alerted and will follow current District Policies to ensure the safety of the students,” said Dr. Fiegel.

Raptor Visitor Management System is used in over 18,000 schools nationwide. Mascoutah joins the growing list of school districts in the area currently using this or a similar system.  “We feel with our increasing student population that it is time to move our visitor management process from paper and pen to electronic in order to better monitor building visitors.”

Mascoutah School District Makes National and International News
Posted on 10/02/2017
School District Honoring Our Police and First RespondersOn September 29, the Mascoutah High School football team honored our Police and First Responders by standing side-by-side during the National Anthem.  The story received press coverage from local, national, and international news outlets.  

Here are a few links to the stories:
Local - 
Belleville News Democrat

National - 
USA Today
Independent Journal Review

International - 
Daily Mail - United Kingdom

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