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 Dr. Chuck Bleyer, Superintendent

8th Grade Promotion will be May 10, 2018 at 7 pm.

High School Graduation will be May 11, 2018 at 7 pm.

The last day of student attendance will be May 24, 2018.

Equity Returned to School District

Dr. Bleyer and Dr. Badgley
Dr. Don Badgley presented Pope County Unit District #1 Superintendent, Dr. Chuck Bleyer,
with a check for $13,457 for the return of surplus.

Robert McDermott, Business Manager for the Rochester School District Community School District Number 3A and Chairman of the Prairie State Insurance Cooperative (PSIC), recently announced an equity return to members of $709,360. The return includes monies for property/casualty policy years 2006-07, 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14.
PSIC is a full-service insurance and risk management program offered to public schools in North, Northwest, Central and Southern Illinois. The comprehensive program gives members long-term cost stability as we as broader coverages and increased limits. Coverages include property and casualty, automobile, excess liability, workers' compensation, school board legal, student accident and more.
The risk-sharing pool purchases traditional insurance in excess of a self-insured loss fund. The specialized nature of the program design offers the potential return of loss fund dollars subject to favorable loss experience. PSIC's equity return is evidence that the program is well managed and profitable.
Now at 192 members, PSIC expects to exceed 200 members in 2018. Some of the local districts that are receiving an equity return are Century CUSD, Chester CUSD Coulterville SD, Dongola SD, Joppa-Maple Grove CUSD, Lick Creek CSD, Mt. Vernon THSD, Pinckneyville CCSD 204, Pinckneyville HSD, Pope County CUSD, Thompsonville CUSD, and Vienna HSD.
Arthur J. Gallagher, the leading provider of risk management and insurance solutions, for Illinois public school districts, administrates the program.
ARM of Illinois is the exclusive marketing agent for PSIC. M & M Insurance Agency, Inc. of DuQuoin is a local member of ARM of Illinois that provides the PSIC to local districts. Dr. Don Badgley, former Superintendent of Schools for the Steeleville School District, is the producer and consultant for M & M Insurance Agency, Inc. Please contact Dr. Badgley to obtain additional information on the program.

Recent News

Proposal Committee
PCHS Hometown Heroes
PCHS has founded a new organization, known as Hometown Heroes. Each year, the senior and freshman classes will take what they've learned in Civics beyond the classroom by identifying a problem and creating a solution. Along the way, the seniors will mentor the freshmen to develop their team working and leaderships skills.
Read More about PCHS Hometown Heroes
ISBE Team and Student Council
IL-Empower and ESSA
On November 28th , members of the Illinois State Board of Education visited our campus to discuss IL-Empower and our school improvement plan. IL-Empower is an initiative that is associated with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that was authorized earlier this year.
Read More about IL-Empower and ESSA
Tree Planting
Tree Planting Day at PCE/Jr. High
The students of Pope County Elementary/Jr. High spent November 20th planting trees on the playground.
Read More about Tree Planting Day at PCE/Jr. High


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Locate Us

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