$1.39 million deficit eyed for GCMS school district

GIBSON CITY — Since 2011, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district has ran a deficit of at least $218,000 in its annual budget, and that trend is expected to only continue in the 2016 fiscal year.

The school board recently voted 5-0 to place its proposed budget for the fiscal year that started July 1 on public display, showing a projected deficit of $1.39 million.

Paxton High School's class of 1975 reunites

PAXTON — The largest class to graduate from Paxton High School held its 40-year reunion Saturday, June 27, 2015. 

Fifty-three class members and 31 guests of the 1975 Paxton Mustangs stampeded into town from all over the country to celebrate and rekindle friendships at the local watering trough, The Arcade Cafe in Paxton. Hors d’oeuvres, drinks, dinner and story sharing followed.

PBL school board to vote on renovation bid tonight

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve bids for the repurposing of the junior high school’s computer lab and high school’s Little Assembly and concession room during its monthly meeting tonight.

Ludlow Grade School board makes several new hires

LUDLOW  — The Ludlow Grade School board recently made several teacher hires and approved the purchase of a cooling system and new windows in the first-grade classroom.

Onarga Academy celebrates 25 years

ONARGA — The Onarga Academy recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with staff, youth and community members.

The Onarga Academy, a Nexus facility in Onarga, provides residential treatment and education for males ages 11 to 20.

Tri-Point school board approves insurance plan

KEMPTON — The Tri-Point school board approved an insurance plan through Metz Stoller with Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust at a cost of $77,253. Agent Todd Hoffman said buses will be included in the plan, as well as a new appraisal of buildings.

Following a closed session, the board:

Food to be given each weekend to low-income GCMS students

GIBSON CITY — The Eastern Illinois Foodbank, in partnership with the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district, is considering providing food for school children on the weekends through a proposed “Backpack Program.”

PBL High School sets student registration for Aug. 4

PAXTON — Registration for the 2015-16 school year for Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School students is set for Tuesday, Aug. 4, from noon to 7 p.m.

After Aug. 4, registration will be available from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

“We encourage you to have your student(s) registered by Monday, Aug. 10,” said a notice on the PBL school district’s website,

Newly elected state FFA president 'proud of where I come from'

PAXTON — With Kade Hill’s election Thursday as the new state FFA president, Paxton’s school system now has had an unprecedented four alumni lead the Illinois Association FFA.

PBL school board to seek bids for remodeling of two rooms

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board made plans last week to seek bids for the repurposing of the junior high school’s computer lab and high school’s Little Assembly room.

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