FRONTENAC — Laughter and the banging of lockers can be heard down the halls during the USD 249 school board meeting on Monday.

Frontenac had an open house Monday to help sixth graders learn where their classes are, meet their new teachers and find (and decorate) their lockers — along with an ice cream social.

These students’ teachers will soon be able to share what is going on in their classroom with the students’ families and community through an application made by Apptegy.

“This will help improve communication between the public and parents,” USD 249 Superintendent Rick Simoncic said. “This will promote good things happening in the district.”

The application’s program is being built based on the district's needs and it will be between 60 and 90 days before the district will begin using the application.

In other business, the board discussed what the cap limit will be for students who live outside the district. The board approved a 75 cap limit for each grade level.  

“A lot of families want to come here,” Simoncic said. “We can grow as much as we can, but we have to set a limit.

“We will keep it to around 75, leaving room for people who live in the community [Frontenac].”

During the meeting teachers and the board discussed ways to fit in classes — including room size, seats and teachers.

The board discussed whether or not to fill the empty seat on it’s board or leave it open until the next election. The board decided to fill the position and are running an advertisement for the position in the paper. An applicant will be selected and appointed to the board to serve the remainder of the vacant seat’s term.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.