Welcome to Pope County School District

District Mission

Pope County CUSD #1 is a county-wide pre-K-12 school district that serves the residents of the county all their public education needs.  Our mission is to provide all students with opportunities to develop to their maximum potential to become effective life-long learners and to actively participate in our democracy and society.

Flying the Jolly Roger
Flying the Jolly Roger
by Chuck Bleyer, Superintendent

I hope everyone is pulling through another southern Illinois summer. The only things consistent about our summers are the mosquitoes. For school districts, summers are all about steady and important work. In the offices, the paperwork never ends as we close out one school year and ready for the upcoming year. Additionally, there are numerous meetings to attend that deal with new regulations and guidelines. Most of this work is never noticed, but it is crucial to the operations of the Distict. The summer is another busy time for the custodians. They have to deconstruct the entire school, clean, wax, and reconstruct the school. While completing this monumental task, they are also remodeling rooms, painting walls, and repairing broken or deteriorated parts of the building. I must also add that they also have keep the grounds mowed and groomed. As in the case of the office work, few actually see the work that goes into getting the buildings ready for the upcoming school year. One thing is for sure, the custodians will have the facilities in great shape for when the students return. Enjoy your summer, stay cool, and as always, Go Pirates!



School will be starting on Friday, August 11, 2017 with a 2 pm dismissal.

Registration will be from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm each day.

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades: July 26, 2017

3rd, 4th, and 5th grades: July 27, 2017

6th, 7th, and 8th grades: July 28, 2017

Current physical examinations will be required for ALL sports, before tryouts and students entering Kindergarten and 6th grades.

Current dental examinations are required for students entering Kindergarten 2nd, and 6th grades.

Students entering Kindergarten must have vision examinations and be up to date on all immunizations.

TDAP and Meningococcal immunizations are required for students entering the 6th grade.

All students transferring from out of state must present a current Illinois physical examination.

All students entering Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten MUST have a certified birth certificate before enrollment can be processed.

Pope County High School 

First day of school for the 2017-2018 school year is Friday, August 11th with a 2 p.m. dismissal.

Registration Dates:
August 2nd Freshman & Sophomores from 9am-1pm
August 3rd Juniors & Seniors from 9am-1pm
August 4th for New student to the District 9am-1pm

Recent News

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Laptop Grant Awarded
Pope County CUSD #1 was awarded a grant for twenty-five laptops worth nearly $15,000. I would like to thank State Farm for awarding the District the grant.
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5 Essentials Survey
Parents/Guardians, Teachers, and Students are asked to complete the 5 Essentials Survey for our District. This survey will be reflected on our School Report Card from the State Board of Education. The survey will be available until January 16, 2017. Click "Read More" for the link to the survey.
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Locate Us

125 State Hwy 146 West
Golconda, Illinois 62938
Phone: 618-683-2301
Fax: 618-683-5181