School in Gibson City evacuated over bomb threat

GIBSON CITY — A threatening message written on a bathroom wall at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School prompted the evacuation of the school Thursday morning.

GCMS Superintendent Anthony Galindo said the message, written in pencil in a boys’ bathroom, was reported by a student to Principal Jeremy Darnell around 10:20 a.m. 

Student teacher lined up for 2nd semester at PBL High School

PAXTON — The University of Illinois Agricultural Education program has placed a student teacher, Brett Kneeskern, with agricultural science instructors Mike White and Doug Anderson at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School. 

Ludlow school board moves ahead with playground improvements

LUDLOW — The possibility for new playground equipment at Ludlow Elementary School is coming more into focus.

At the September meeting, Superintendent Dru Lobmaster reported to the school board about the progress being made to improve the current playground and add on with new equipment.

PBL school board schedules public hearing

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, regarding its intent to sell $612,000 in school fire prevention and safety bonds and $500,000 in working cash fund bonds.

The hearing will be held in the board room in the administrative offices at Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School, 700 W. Orleans St., Paxton. 

GCMS Middle School names students of month for September

GIBSON CITY — Sixth-grader Peyton Leonard, seventh-grader Tyler Kollross and eighth-grader Lauren Leonard were selected by faculty as students of the month for September for their respective grade levels at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School.

NSDAR chapter announces annual American history essay contests

PAXTON — The Gov. Thomas Ford Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) has announced its annual American history essay contests. 

Paxton High School's class of 1955 reunites

PAXTON — Paxton High School’s class of 1955 celebrated its 60th-year reunion on Sept. 19.

Class members and their guests met at Monical’s Pizza’s banquet room at noon for dinner and socializing. Jan Nuss welcomed the class members and their guests.

Tri-Point school board approves balanced budget

KEMPTON — The Tri-Point school board on Sept. 21 approved its budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

“This is a balanced budget at this point in time, (but) there will still be a deficit in the education fund,” Superintendent Jeff Bryan said.

PBL looks to hire firm to survey citizens about school's fate

PAXTON — Residents of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district will have a say in what option ultimately is decided upon to address the future of Paxton’s oldest school building — but they also might be paying a price to have their voices heard.

Nine apply for GCMS superintendent's job

GIBSON CITY — Nine people applied for the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district’s top leadership post by last Thursday’s deadline.

Josh Johnson, president of the GCMS school board, said that of the nine applicants, one currently works at GCMS. The other eight work in other districts.

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