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  • Board Member Election Information





    Nominating petition forms for the April 4, 2023, School Board election in River Bend C.U.S.D. #2 will be available September 20, 2022, at the Whiteside County Clerk’s Office and the River Bend CUSD #2 District Office.  You may pick up packets at the District Office, but all forms and information is actually processed through the Whiteside County Clerk’s Office at the Courthouse in Morrison.    


    A School Board candidate’s petition must be filed in the County Clerk’s Office no earlier than 8:30 a.m., on Monday, December 12, 2022, and no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 19, 2022.


    Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received at the County Clerk’s Office.


    Four seats on the seven-member Board of Education will be filled at the April 4th election.  Candidates elected will serve four-year terms expiring in April, 2027.  In relationship to the law which states that no more than three (3) persons from any township can hold seats on the Board of Education at a given time, two (2) persons could be elected from Fulton Township, and/or two (2) persons could be elected from Albany Township, and/or two (2) persons could be elected from Garden Plain Township, and/or three (3) persons could be elected from Ustick Township, and/or three (3) persons could be elected from Union Grove Township, or a combination of the preceding listed openings that equal four Board seats. 


    To be eligible to serve, a School Board Member must be, on the date of election, a citizen of the Untied States, at least 18 years old, a registered voter, and a resident of the State of Illinois and the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the election.


    Elections are nonpartisan and Board candidates do not indicate a political party affiliation.  Candidates should be aware of financial conflict-of-interest limitations set forth in state law.


    Nominating papers may be filed by the candidate in person, by mail or by an agent.  They consist of the following:

    1. Nominating petitions signed by at least 50 voters residing within the district.  Petitions must be securely bound together with pages numbered consecutively, and each page must carry the notarized signature of the petition circulator.
    2. Statement of candidacy, which includes a request that the candidate’s name be placed on the official ballot, the address of the candidate, the office sought, and a statement that the candidate is qualified for the office and has filed (or will file before the close of the petition filing period) a statement of economic interests as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act.
    3. A receipt from the county clerk showing that the candidate has filed the statement of economic interest as noted above.
    4. A loyalty oath, which is optional.  A candidate may choose to file it or not.


    Further information on becoming a candidate in the April 4th board election may be obtained by contacting any River Bend Board of Education Member or Dana Nelson, County Clerk, (815-772-5189) or the River Bend District Office (815-589-2711).

    For more information about the nature and duties of serving on a School Board, contact the Illinois Association of School Boards:  IASB, 2921 Baker Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62703.  You can also visit their website at https://www.iasb.com/about-us/publications/pamphlets-and-tools/about-school-boards to view “What is a school board and what does it do?”

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  • Steamer Nation Alumni Nominations

    The River Bend Educational Foundation would like to start recognizing graduates of Fulton High School that are making an impact in our local, state and national world.  We would like to reach out to those graduates for a picture and short list of accomplishments or quote.

    We intend to then display banners around all 3 school buildings about this graduate.  We know we have several graduates who are making an impact in our communities and society.  We want to highlight those graduates so that our students understand the potential that lies in front of them.  We know there are several graduates out there positively impacting the world around them.

    Please consider nominating any former Steamer that you feel has positively impacted you personally, our community, state or nation.  There is no "specific" requirement for this recognition.  Again we want our students to understand that they are able to make an impact on others no matter what career they choose.



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  • Legal Notice: Public Hearing on 2022-2023 Budget



    LEGAL NOTICE . . . . . . . . .


    A Public Hearing on the 2022-2023 budget for River Bend Community Unit District No. 2 will be held at 6:30 P.M., Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at Fulton High
    School, 1207 12th Street, Fulton, Illinois 61252.
    The budget will be on file and available to interested persons from 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. each business day, Monday through Friday beginning August 15, 2022, in the
    River Bend District Office, 1110 3rd Street, Fulton, Illinois 61252.


    Eric Fish
    Eric Fish, Secretary
    Board of Education
    River Bend Community Unit District #2



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  • School Supply Giveaway

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  • Bus Drivers Needed!

    Bus Driver Flyer

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  • Summer Update


    River Bend Families,                                                                                                                                                                        6/13/22

    I hope all of you are having a wonderful summer.  I also hope that during the time away this summer you and your family can refresh and recharge.  This short letter is a summary of a few projects taking place at the schools, a reminder about lunch charges next year, a call for bus drivers, a thank you to our summer school staff, and an opportunity for physicals in western Whiteside county.  

    Bathrooms at FHS- The four bathrooms on the top and middle floors will be renovated to be ADA accessible and single use.  The bathroom work will be completed in two phases.  Phase I will begin in June and end around the start of the school year.  Phase II will begin after Phase one is complete during evening hours.  

    A secured entrance is being added to the FHS main office entry.  We are working with a local contractor as well as having our construction students complete the remodeling of the secured office entrance.  The main entry will be completed in the summer.  When the students return in the fall they will begin remodeling the office space.  

    The FHS art room is getting additional cabinets and new tables.  The middle school is also getting new cabinetry in the rooms that were not updated last summer.

    Both the high school and the elementary school will be getting new desks and chairs.  The new desk and chairs will allow the classrooms to be more design flexible.  As soon as the new furniture is on-site, we will be offering chairs and desks to the public.  

    Other items to note:

    School lunch update- The federal program that has allowed school districts across the country to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students regardless of income will expire on June 30, 2022. Since 2020, this program has eliminated the need to collect payments for school meals for any student.  During the 2022-23 school year, families who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will have to pay for school meals. Students whose families are eligible for free or reduced price breakfast or lunch will be able to access meals next school year at no cost or a discounted rate. 

    School Bus Drivers Needed- Due to retirements we have lost three bus drivers and need to replace those positions.  Starting driver pay is 17/hr.  A minimum of 4 hours each day is guaranteed.  Drivers have the opportunity to pick up extra trips.  Insurance benefits are available with the positions.  The District can assist in training and helping get the necessary licenses.  If you are interested please email Vpetersen@riverbendschools.net or call 815-589-2711.  Please pass the word.

    Summer School-  This is our second year of summer school and I am very grateful for the turn out and hard work from all the staff.  ESSER III Federal funds have allowed us to offer summer school at no cost.  We have budgeted summer school dollars for the summer of  2023 and 2024.  The River Bend Education Foundation has also helped subsidize the cost of the field trips.  During our week of summer school last summer we had about 100 students attend classes.  This summer over 150 students attended classes during the week of June 6-10th.  About 240 students have also signed up for the educational field trips being offered on various dates throughout the summer.  Thank you to Mrs. Schipper for organizing the classes and thank you to the staff who are providing the instruction. Thank you River Bend Education Foundation for offsetting the field trip expenses.  

    Physicals and Sports Physicals- The Whiteside County Health Department (WCHD) will be traveling to communities in Western Whiteside to provide Physicals for $35 dollars.  Here is a PDF of the dates as well as the physical forms needed.  The WCHD mobile health team will be at the following locations on the following dates and times.

    • Fulton High School July 6-8th from 8:30-4:00 

    • Erie High School July 11th-12th from 8:30-4:00

    • Morrison High School July 19th-20th from 8:30-4:00

    On-line registration-  On-line registration will begin Tuesday July 5th and end August 12th.  You can begin the registration process at the District Website.  www.riverbendschools.org

    Summer Fun: Totally Tuesdays will be taking place again this summer on the following dates at School Park on 10th Ave.

        *Tuesday June 21st starting at 5:30-  Food sponsored by Kiwanis. 

                Live music- The Stockwells

        *Tuesday July 12th starting at 5:30- Food trucks will be on site.  

                 Live music- Wild Oatz

                *Tuesday August 2nd- Combined with National Night out at City Baseball

                 Fields.  Food trucks will be on site. Many games and activities for kids.

                 Live music- Three on a Tree


    Enjoy your summer,


    Darryl Hogue

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  • Attention Steamer Girls: Basketball Camp Info is Here!

    Follow the link for more information on our summer girls basketball programs!

    Girls Basketball Camps

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  • Grand March 2022: Information and Gym Directions

    Information for Grand March is in the window below or available here: Grand March Information

    Grand March starts at 5:15pm and students who wish to participate should enter through the north doors between 4:50pm and 5:10pm.

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  • Prom 2022: A Night in Hollywood!

    The Junior Class presents Prom 2022: A Night in Hollywood!

    Please follow the link for more information on Prom: Prom 2022 Infomation Packet

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