GCMS's Weber-Jones receives national honor


PBL board may increase contribution toward ECCA tuition

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board made plans to discuss the possibility this fall of increasing the amount the school district will contribute toward the tuition of PBL High School students enrolled in the Early College & Career Academy (ECCA) at Parkland College.

PBL Education Foundation awards teachers $24,664 in grants

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board last week voted to accept $24,664 in grants from the nonprofit PBL Education Foundation, enabling some of the school district’s teachers to buy new equipment and pursue innovative projects for their classrooms.

GCMS juniors post third-best average ACT score in last 8 years

GIBSON CITY — Of the 76 juniors at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School who took the ACT college-readiness exam last school year, more than one-third scored a 25 or above, Principal Chris Garard told the school board last Thursday.

Ford County Special Education Cooperative director retiring

GIBSON CITY — Rick Brackmann, director of the Ford County Special Education Cooperative (FCSEC), will be retiring at the end of next June.

In a June 14 letter, Brackmann stated his intentions to retire effective June 30, 2017, which marks the end of his current contract.

PBL board to hear findings from community engagement process

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board later this month will hear a report that it will use to determine whether to pursue a referendum on November’s election ballot.

PBL may do away with valedictorian/salutatorian distinction

PAXTON — The days of  Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School honoring several valedictorians and salutatorians each year may be numbered.

Or not.

PBL board approves expansion of exam exemption policy

PAXTON — Starting next school year, some junior students in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district could be exempt from taking their final exams.

PBL High School principal wants 2017 graduation moved to Memorial Day weekend

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Principal Travis Duley is asking the school board to change the date of next year’s graduation ceremony so that seniors won’t have to wait several days after the school year ends before receiving their diplomas.

Duley said that for the past several years, PBL’s graduation ceremony has been scheduled for the first Friday in June.

Fourth-quarter honor rolls released for area schools


BUCKLEY — Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley has released its honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2015-16 school year:

Highest honors (4.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale) — Jessica DeBella, Shelby Spitz, Daniel Wyckoff, Sadie Koschnick and Juliette Harstick.

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