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GCSD9 Job Openings
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Granite City, Ill., February 28, 2023 – Granite City Community Unit School District #9 is underway with hiring for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years, and has multiple full-time and part-time openings:

• GCHS English Teacher
• Health Services Department Head
• Substitutes (Administrator, Administrative Assistant, Café, Custodian, Nurse, Paraprofessional, Teacher)

GCSD9 Employment Opportunities:

GCSD9 District Application:

For additional information, please contact GCSD9 Human Resources at (618) 451-5800, Ext. 2004 or 2005, or visit our website at:

Ames and Noud Named Among ISBE Award Winners
Chris Mitchell

Granite City, Ill., February 28, 2024 – Granite City Community Unit School District #9 teachers Linda Ames and Chuck Noud were selected as a 2024 Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year Award winner, as announced by ISBE.

Ames and Noud received the Award of Meritorious Service, presented to Educators who have connected with their school community and made a positive impact.

"We are so incredibly fortunate to have such talented educators in GCSD9," said GCSD9 Superintendent Stephanie M. Cann. "Congratulations to Mr. Noud and Ms. Ames and thank you for dedicating your life's work to our students. I am so proud that the ISBE has recognized them for their dedication and impact."

Ames, a social studies teacher at Granite City High School, is retiring in 2024 after 30 years. She also served as Student Council Advisor, Girls Tennis Coach, Varsity Club sponsor, Warrior Renaissance co-chair, May Carousel Steering Committee, National Honor Society Faculty Council, and a member of the Incident Response Team.  

"I have been blessed with the best career," Ames said. "The life-long friendships that have developed over the years because of my job are endless and the most special. My life has been enriched because of this and I am grateful for the opportunities that the Granite City School District has entrusted with me throughout the years."

Noud, the Coolidge Junior High School Band Director, has been a teacher in GCSD9 since the 2007-08 school year. He also spent seven years at Highland Upper Elementary School. During his time in GCSD9 he has served as Assistant Track Coach, Choir Director, NJHS Sponsor, Department Head, District Leadership Team and Director of the Spring Musical. 

Noud also served as President of the Granite City Federation of Educational Professionals, Officer in the Southwest Regional Council and State Vice President in the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

"Through my job and additional responsibilities, there have been so many different ways in which I am able to serve the students and staff of GCSD9," Noud said. "This year, in particular, being able to provide jazz education during the school day to the band students at Coolidge has been such a wonderful thing to be a part of."

The annual Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year Awards celebrate incredible classroom teachers, administrators, teams, volunteers, and school support personnel who have made lasting impacts on the students, families, and fellow educators in their school communities. 

For more Information on the application process and awards in ISBE’s visit Overview of Awards. ISBE will celebrate the awardees at a banquet on Saturday, May 18.

  • Coolidge Junior High School
  • Granite City High School
GCHS competes in Microsoft Office State Championship Qualifier
Chris Mitchell

Granite City, Ill., February 26, 2024 – Granite City High School freshman Carson Williams placed in the top-10 of the 2023 Fall Qualifier Microsoft Office Specialist Illinois State Championship, as announced by Certiport. 

Williams was ninth in the Microsoft Office Specialist Word Office 2019 category. Also recognized was freshman Lacey Clark for a qualifying score in the Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint 2019 category. 

Williams and Clark competed against students from across Illinois to earn this recognition.

To compete in the Fall Qualifier, students aged 13 to 22 were eligible to participate in one of six competition tracks by submitting a qualified, passing score on the Microsoft Office Specialist Word, Excel®, or PowerPoint® certification exams by Dec. 15, 2023.

 “We have seen amazing results from the Microsoft Office Specialist program at our school as students learn and validate key workforce skills,” said Kellie Hutchings, Computer Concepts teacher at GCHS.  "We are proud of these students who have proven to be the best in our state and look forward to seeing them use these skills in future educational endeavors."

Certiport’s Microsoft Office Specialist is the only official Microsoft-recognized certification for Microsoft Office globally and serves as a powerful instrument for assessing students’ skills and preparing them for real-world application of their knowledge.

“We’re impressed by these students – not only have they proven they are the best in their state at using Microsoft Office products effectively. They now have an important distinction to place on their resume that shows a desire to learn and validate in-demand skills,” said Craig Bushman, General Manager, Certiport.

Certiport is the leading provider of performance-based IT certification exams that accelerate academic and career opportunities for learners.

Over the past calendar year, GCHS has used the Certiport platform to prepare 

· 82 students to earn Word Certification
· 57 have earned Excel Certification
· 72 have earned PowerPoint Certification 
· 53 students have become Microsoft Office Specialist by earning all three certifications 

For more information about the Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship visit:

  • Granite City High School
 2024 Working Cash Bonds
Chris Mitchell

Granite City Community Unit School District #9 sold bonds with the objective not to increase the current tax rate.  We are happy to report after the sale of the bonds we have achieved that goal for the coming year. The Bond and Interest extension for tax year 2022 was $1,988,163 and the extension in tax year 2023 is 1,977,010 which is a $11,153 decrease from the previous year.

With no change to Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV) the Bond and Interest Levy's rate will decrease from .3042 to .3025 or about a half a percent decrease from the previous year. The overall Granite City School District Tax rate for all funds in 2022 was $4.2302 the rate for 2023 is estimated at $4.2283 a $0.0019 rate decrease from the previous year. Please be advised that there are variables for taxes the Granite City School District does not control. The above rate calculations assume all things equal to the previous tax year.

GCSD9 Announces Young Authors Winners
Chris Mitchell

Granite City, Ill., February 21, 2024 – Granite City Community Unit School District #9 has announced the District Young Authors winners for the 2023-24 school year.

The Young Author competition is open to all students kindergarten through 8th grade. After receiving student submissions, each building selects a number of winners based on their school population. From those building winners, a District judging then takes place. Maryville 1-2 Education Center Principal Dr. Liz Niepert is GCSD9's coordinator.  

GCSD9 had 42 volunteers, including students, gathered to judge the District level competition.  The judges selected 36 winners to represent GCSD9. These students will be invited to the Madison County Young Author Conference. 

Each spring the Madison County Regional Office of Education recognizes Young Authors winners in grades K-8 from Madison County schools at a county-wide conference.  Students have the opportunity to share their books with each other, participate in reading/writing centric activities and be entertained by a local author, storyteller or performer.

The 33rd annual Madison County Young Authors Conference will be held on Saturday, April 27 at Edwardsville High School.

Congratulations to our District winners!

Prather Kindergarten Center

Name-Grade-Story Title
Arlyn Monroe                         K                    Doggy Daycare
Melody Flowers-Williams       K                    Butterflies and Elephants
Lincoln Kimmel                      K                    My Baby Triceratops
Viviana Ortiz                          K                    Making Cake Pops With My Mom
Rosalyn McMillan                  K                    Gifts

Maryville 1-2 Center       
Ava Bremer                            2                    The Mystery Hockey Player
Josephine Damiano               2                    The One Left Out

Wilson 1-2 Center
Emery Corzine                        1                    Alvins's Story
Thelonios Mueller                   1                    The Life of Me
Stella Tripp                             2                    Working Dogs
Blakelee Peterson                  2                    Blakelee and Piper's Grand Adventures
Mollie Frazier                          2                    The Candy Island

Mitchell 3-4 Center
Antwon Scott                        3          People vs. Zombies: The War Ends
Amelia Hall                           3          All About Giraffes
Lucas Fisher                         3          The Adventures of Chameleo the Snake Making Friends
Abel Gravot                          4          The Big Bad Book

Frohardt 3-4 Center
Darrianna Brockman             3          The Princess's Powers
Lucy Colby                            3          The Mysterious Problema
Ellie Ortiz                              3          The Unexpected Blizzard
Joseph Willaredt                   3          In the Woods
Lillian Clutts                          4          The Time Machine
Blane Corzine                       4          My Favorite Teams and Players in the NFL Poetry

Grigsby 5-6 Center
Taisley Goodman                 5          How a Girl Started Playing Soccer Season 2
Emma Lux                           5          Old Friend New Friend
Temperance Roy                 5          5 Wonders Pets Can Be Heroes Too
Searrah Tyler                       5          Mr. Good Guy
Alexis Chavez                      6          The Creation of Imagination
Reed Corzine                       6          A Companion in the Canyon
Haley Goodyear                   6          Oaklynn's Run
Kimberlyn Meador                6          The Forgotten
Gracie Taylor                        6          With You

Coolidge Jr. High 
Hadassah Donze                 7          The Sun & the Moon
Isabella Crippen                   8          Not Everything is What it Seems to Be
Riley Dover                          8          Poems
Ambrielle Herrin                   8          A Broken Wish
Emma Gray                          8          Golden Breakthrough

For more information about Granite City School District #9, visit

  • Coolidge Junior High School
  • Frohardt 3-4 Education Center
  • Grigsby Intermediate School
  • Maryville 1-2 Education Center
  • Mitchell 3-4 Education Center
  • Prather Pre-K / K Education Center
  • Wilson 1-2 Education Center