Richland County Community Unit School District 1

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Richland County Community Unit School District 1
District information
Type Public
Motto Committed to Providing the Future Leaders
of the 21st Century
Grades K through 12
Superintendent Marilyn Holt
Budget $17.05 million (FY2012)[1]
Students and staff
Students 2,193 (2011)[2]
Teachers 128 (2011)[2]
Staff 152 (2011)[2]
Other information
Location of Richland County in Illinois
Location of Illinois within the United States

Richland County Community Unit School District 1 is a unified K-12 public school district based in Olney, Illinois. On July 1, 2015, the district name was changed from East Richland Community Unit School District 1 after annexing the territory of West Richland Community Unit School District 2.[3] The resulting school district includes Richland County as well as small parts of Clay, Jasper, Lawrence, and Wayne counties.[3]

The district operates one elementary school, East Richland Elementary School; one middle school, East Richland Middle School; and one high school, East Richland High School.[citation needed]

East Richland Elementary School[edit]

East Richland Elementary School, popularly known as ERES, is the single primary school in the district. As of 2011, the school encompasses 1102 students between these six grade levels, Kindergarten through 5th Grade.

Built in 2001, ERES incorporated the four former schools in Richland County (Central, Cherry, Claremont, and Silver) onto one property. It incorporates six classroom pods into two wings, with each wing serving either primary (Kindergarten through 2nd Grade) or intermediate (3rd through 5th Grade) students. Prior to 2010, each wing of the school were administered by a separate principal; now, Suzanne Hahn is the principal and Cris Edwards is the assistant principal.

East Richland Middle School[edit]

East Richland Middle School, popularly known as ERMS, is the junior high school in the district. As of 2011, the school has 439 students between three grade levels, 6th through 8th grade. Chad LeCrone serves as principal.

Built in the 1970s as an open classroom school, ERMS was remodeled in 2010 to correct heating and air conditioning issues, replace interior walls that has been installed after the building's construction, and install state-of-the-art equipment and wiring.[citation needed] In 2011, ERMS was awarded a 1:1 Technology Grant through the State of Illinois.[4] Through this initiative, the school purchased and deployed more than 500 Apple iPad 2 tablets to teachers and students for use in the classroom.[citation needed]

The school offers athletic programs in basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, track, and cross country. The school mascot is the tiger cub.[citation needed]

East Richland High School[edit]

East Richland High School, popularly known as ERHS, is the high school in the district. As of 2011, the school has 670 students between three grade levels, 9th through 12th. Chris Simpson is the principal and Chad LeCrone is the assistant principal.[citation needed]

Students from ERMS as well as St. Joseph's School, also in Olney, transition to ERHS to attend secondary education.[citation needed]

Notable alumni include Brittany Johnson, a guard for the Ohio State University women's basketball team.[5]


  1. ^ "East Richland Budget FY2012" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  2. ^ a b c "ISBE District Report Card 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  3. ^ a b "Welcome Mr. Bussard, Superintendent of Schools". Richland County Community Unit School District #1. Archived from the original on 2015-10-30. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  4. ^ "ERMS 1:1 iPad Grant". Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  5. ^ "Player Bio: Brittany Johnson (". Retrieved 2012-01-12. 

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