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

As we inch closer to Christmas and a new year, the students and staff of the District are getting into the spirit. In the upcoming weeks, we will have the Christmas Concert, The Madrigal, and Christmas Programs. In addition, there will be numerous basketball games and a junior high dance. This is busy time for all; therefore, I have to take a moment to thank all the parents and guardians that bring their students back and forth to the school for the necessary practices that enable these events to take place. Also, I must thank the teachers, coaches, sponsors, and volunteers that put in the countless hours to coach and mentor the students. On another note, we are excited to see the new roof being installed on the high school gym. There were three roofs on the gym, including the original. Since the building was built in 1954, the roof is over 62 years old. I must say that it has served the District well. The new roof will be up to new codes, with better insulation, and colored white. The white color will immensely improve the temperature of the gym in the summer heat. Please be safe over the holiday season, and as always, Go Pirates!

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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PTO Purchases Microwave
Thank you to John Hall and the Pope County CUSD #1 Parent-Teacher Organization for purchasing a much needed microwave for the Elementary - Junior High School cafeteria.
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Notice to Parents and Guardians
Over the month of December, the high school gym roof will be replaced. The current roof, which is almost 40 years old, has deteriorated and can no longer keep rain from leaking onto the gym floor. Of course, this a hazard to the students and the facility. As the roof is being replaced, we are not anticipating any altering of our sports and after-school schedules. I appreciate your patience in this important and necessary upgrade to our facilities.
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125 State Hwy 146 West
Golconda, Illinois 62938
Phone: 618-683-2301
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