PBL student reflects on community service trip to Mississippi Delta


Returning to Clarksdale, Mississippi, this spring break was absolutely amazing and then some. This was my second time down in Clarksdale, and this trip was just as powerful and humbling as the last.

McMullin named PBL High School's student of month

PAXTON — Adam McMullin of Loda has been named Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s student of the month for April.

A son of Kelly and Jenny McMullin, the senior was nominated for the award by two of his teachers: AP calculus teacher Sheila Pickens and physics teacher Dave Shellhamer.

PBL High School renovation work begins April 30

PAXTON — Parents of students at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School are being advised to have their children keep either a sweatshirt or long-sleeved shirt at school starting Monday, when the school’s heat is turned off to allow contractors to begin demolition of the school’s mechanical system.

PBL school board approves five-year contract with superintendent

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board recently approved an employment contract that will keep Cliff McClure employed as the school district’s superintendent for five more years.

The performance-based contract — obtained by the Ford County Record on Thursday through a Freedom of Information Act request — runs from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2023.

PBL High School grad receives $3,000 college scholarship

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School graduate Jennifer Nigh is one of 12 recipients of the 2018 Farm Credit Illinois Family Scholarship, administered by the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois.

Septic tank at school construction site may need removed


PAXTON — On the day that the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district broke ground on the Clara Peterson Elementary School addition and renovation project, school board members learned of a possible change order relating to a septic tank that was discovered at the site.

Nursing contract to cost GCMS school district $50,000 annually


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board members approved a three-year contract with Gibson Area Hospital for school nurses during their monthly meeting Monday night.

PBL memorializes 'important milestone' in groundbreaking ceremony

PAXTON — As construction crews began to lift dirt in a fenced-in area on Clara Peterson Elementary School’s east side last Wednesday afternoon, about 650 grade-school students wearing plastic construction helmets were gathered on the lawn in front of the school to celebrate the long-awaited milestone.

PBL school board to vote on Hall of Fame inductees

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve a list of persons to be inducted this fall into the PBL Alumni Hall of Fame during the board’s next meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at the unit office in Paxton.

Also during the meeting, which is open to the public:

Area schools release honor rolls for third quarter of 2017-18


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Elementary School has named students to its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2017-18 school year:

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