December 20, 2022 – At their regular monthly meeting on December 19, 2022, the Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 Board of Education honored students and staff who made history this school year: the 2022-23 Kahok Football Team and student Keshawn Thomas.
Coaches and players from the 2022-23 Kahok Football Team were recognized for their history-making season: most football wins in a season (nine); first football team to win nine consecutive games; first football team to make the playoffs in back to back seasons; first football team to win an IHSA playoff game in school history.
Certificates signed by Board of Education President Gary Peccola and Superintendent Dr. Mark B. Skertich were presented by CHS Principal Daniel Toberman.
Keshawn Thomas is the first Kahok to complete the US Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship program through CUSD 10’s partnership with the City of Collinsville.
Collinsville’s initiative, which launched a year ago, was the first registered apprenticeship program in the area for high school students with disabilities. Collinsville High School students, who are 16+ and developmentally ready to begin the transition from school to work, have training opportunities through Gateway Center in housekeeping and events support, and the Parks & Recreation Department in landscaping.
Keshawn successfully completed the landscaping apprenticeship program and has been hired as an employee of the Collinsville Parks & Recreation Department.
The CUSD 10 registered apprenticeship program is coordinated through Madison County Employment & Training and St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department – Workforce Development Group. Keshawn will officially receive his apprenticeship certificate of program completion at the Collinsville City Council meeting on January 24, 2023.
Special Education Supervisor Tara Glynn and CHS Secondary Transitional Experience Program (STEP) coordinator Catherine Kulupka congratulated Keshawn and presented his certificate of recognition from Board President Mr. Peccola and Superintendent Dr. Skertich.