PBL's Johnson named commended student in National Merit Scholarship program

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Principal Travis Duley announced that senior Cooper Johnson has been named a commended student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program.

A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corp. (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Duley to Johnson.

PBL superintendent: Budget’s deficit might end up smaller

PAXTON — Following a 4-minute public hearing last Wednesday, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board approved the school district’s budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

'Third party' might handle transcript requests for PBL

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district officials are considering entering into a contract with a third-party company to provide transcripts requested by PBL High School graduates.

GCMS projecting deficits in pair of funds

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board approved the school district’s budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year Monday night, showing a $325,000 deficit in the educational fund and a $75,000 deficit in the transportation fund.

The deficit in the transportation fund, according to Superintendent Jeremy Darnell, is due to the proration, or cutting, of state revenue.

Auditor: ‘You’re treading water better than some’

PAXTON — An auditor told the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board last Wednesday that the PBL school district’s finances were fairly healthy when compared with the finances of other small, rural districts.

“You’re treading water better than some, I’ll tell you that,” said Russell Leigh of the Hoopeston-based auditing firm Russell Leigh & Associates.

PBL’s enrollment continues on downward spiral

PAXTON — The number of students enrolled in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district on the sixth day of classes has declined for a seventh consecutive year.

There were 1,359 students enrolled in PBL’s four schools as of the sixth day of classes of the 2016-17 school year, down from 1,378 last school year.

Guthrie, Rieches to be inducted into PBL Hall of Fame on Sept. 22

PAXTON — Dr. Janet Guthrie, a 1967 graduate of Paxton Community High School, and Randy Rieches, a 1969 graduate of Buckley-Loda High School, will be inducted into the PBL Alumni Hall of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Cottrell elected chairman of PBL Education Foundation board

PAXTON — The board of trustees for the nonprofit PBL Education Foundation recently held its annual organizational meeting in the board room of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s unit office.

Officers elected for this year were Leslie Cottrell, chairman; Theresa Rueck, vice chairman; Justin Swan, treasurer; and Connie Ross, secretary. 

PBL school board sets budget hearing for Wednesday night

PAXTON — A public hearing regarding the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 will immediately precede the board’s Sept. 14 regular monthly meeting.

Elementary schools in Ludlow, Kempton set to receive grant through federal program

SPRINGFIELD — Thousands of schoolchildren across the state — including elementary school students in the area towns of Kempton and Ludlow — will snack on additional fresh fruits and vegetables this school year thanks to a federal program administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.

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