Manar Pana HS 350PANA – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) met with students and faculty at Pana High School on Oct. 18.

During his visit, Manar talked to students in several classes, met faculty members and spoke with Principal Gayle McRoberts. Student Council President Jessica Swenny and Jake McLeod were student ambassadors for the day.

Manar is an advocate for overhauling Illinois’ nearly 20-year-old school funding formula, which fails to fairly account for the needs of school districts with shrinking property tax bases, higher levels of poverty and students with special learning needs. He regularly visits schools in the 48th Senate District he represents in Springfield.

Manar’s visit occurred during Principal Appreciation Week in Illinois, which was Oct. 16-22. October is Principal Appreciation Month.

Category: People of the 48th

Manar Kratochvil 350MOUNT OLIVE – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) presented Mount Olive resident Roger Kratochvil with a proclamation from the Illinois Senate recognizing him for his years of dedicated service to Eastern Illinois University.

Kratochvil, who graduated from Eastern in 1960, was inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 for his successful collegiate baseball career. He was appointed to the school’s board of trustees in 2004 at the urging of the late state Senator Vince Demuzio of Carlinville.

Kratochvil served on the board of trustees for 12 years, including two terms as chairman. He retired from the board on Feb. 1, 2016.

Manar presented the proclamation to Kratochvil at his home in Mount Olive on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Category: People of the 48th

Manar Wolf Ridge Vote Book 350BUNKER HILL – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) visited third-graders at Wolf Ridge Elementary School in Bunker Hill on Oct. 21 for his annual reading of Eileen Christelow’s book, “Vote!”

Manar’s message to the students in Ms. Gockel’s class: participate in democracy, learn about our government, children from small towns can grow up to do great things, and wealth is not a requirement to be an elected official.

Using a fictional mayoral campaign as an example, Christelow’s book offers children an introduction to such concepts as political parties, voter registration, campaigns, rallies, debates, Election Day and recounts.

Manar Rull Class Wolf Ridge 350In addition, Manar on Tuesday, Oct. 25, visited with second-graders in Ms. Rull’s class at Wolf Ridge Elementary to talk about voting, citizenship and his experience serving as a state senator since 2013.

Manar is an advocate for overhauling Illinois’ nearly 20-year-old school funding formula, which fails to fairly account for the needs of school districts with shrinking property tax bases, higher levels of poverty and students with special learning needs. He regularly visits schools in the 48th Senate District he represents in Springfield.

Category: People of the 48th

10112016 Manar Gillespie PFADGILLESPIE – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) was able to get an up-close look at the challenges school principals face when he spent time at Gillespie middle and high schools Tuesday as principal for a day.

During his visit to the schools, Manar toured the buildings, met students and faculty members and spent time with principals Jill Rosentreter and Lori Emmons discussing pending legislation at the Statehouse and learning more about the demands of their jobs.

“The biggest takeaway for me was the difference even a little more state funding could make for these schools,” Manar said. “Both Jill and Lori explained to me some of the things they would like to be able to offer. If they just had a little more support they could do so much more for Gillespie students.”

Manar is an advocate for overhauling Illinois’ nearly 20-year-old school funding formula, which fails to fairly account for the needs of school districts with shrinking property tax bases, higher levels of poverty and students with special learning needs.

The principal for a day program is coordinated by the Illinois Principals Association to offer lawmakers the opportunity to visit schools and administrators in their districts.

October is Principal Appreciation Month. In Illinois this year, Principal Appreciation Week is Oct. 16-22, and Principal Appreciation Day is Oct. 21.

Category: People of the 48th