Education

Pucker up, Mr. Kean!

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Elementary School Principal Justin Kean kisses a pig Friday as part of a celebration of students’ recent fundraising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


GCMS Middle School names students of month for January

GIBSON CITY — Sixth-grader Michaela Dykes, seventh-grader Summer Roesch and eighth-grader Emma Stroh were selected by faculty as students of the month for January for their respective grade levels at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School.


Ludlow school board hears Vision 20/20 report

LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School Superintendent Dru Lobmaster gave a report on the Vision 20/20 initiative, and the school board approved a resolution in support of the program recently.

Lobmaster attended a summit conference in Springfield Feb. 17-18, which focused on Vision 20/20 and the future of public education in Illinois.


Tuition going up this June at Parkland College

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College students will pay more to go to school, beginning with the summer term that starts in June.

The Parkland board has approved an average 7.75 percent tuition increase to cover an expected $1.5 million budget deficit for the current year.

Tuition for residents of the Parkland district will increase from $116 to $125 per credit hour.


Tanner Wood named student of month at PBL High School

PAXTON — Tanner Wood, son of Jimm and DeDe Wood of Paxton, is the student of the month for February at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.

Industrial technology teacher Ryan Anderson nominated Wood, a senior, for the award.  


GCMS to add middle school softball in 2015-16

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board voted 5-1 Monday to support the creation of a middle school girls’ softball program this fall.

Under the proposal, all start-up costs will be paid through donations, and the district will fund the program in subsequent years.


Green chosen for Parkland board

CHAMPAIGN -- Parkland College trustees Tuesday night selected Bianca Green of Champaign to serve the two years remaining on the term of former board chairman Tom Bennett.
 
Green, an attorney, was chosen over five other candidates, all of whom were interviewed separately during a two-hour open session Tuesday night.
 


Special ed students on rise at PBL, GCMS

PAXTON — The number of students with special needs in Ford County’s two largest school districts is growing, and so is the severity of their disabilities, said Rick Brackmann, director of the Ford County Special Education Cooperative.


Ford County sheriff to award $500 college scholarship

PAXTON — Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran will award a $500 college scholarship to a graduating high school senior.

Among $53,000 in scholarships being awarded through the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, Doran’s scholarship is to be applied to college tuition, books and fees.


PBL board to discuss Early College & Career Academy on Wednesday night

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board tonight is expected to discuss the language to be added to PBL High School’s student handbook to allow for students’ participation in the newly formed Early College & Career Academy at Parkland College.


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