Oseland said the recent financial crisis facing Unit 50 schools underscores the need for growth.
"I think we were all involved in our own lives until the school issue slapped us in the face," he said. "But everybody has had the same slap in the face."
School districts throughout the area have been hit hard by the Illinois General Assembly's decision to slash state aid to 80 percent of the level needed to effectively educate students.
Oseland said, however, Teutopolis has the human resources and community cohesiveness to effectively market itself.
"The way this community comes together is unlike anywhere else I have ever seen," he said.
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