Education

GCMS budget projects slight deficit

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district’s 2018-19 budget maintains a slight deficit.


Roemer leaves $136,000 to GCMS

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — Longtime Gibson City sports superfan Roy Roemer left behind a legacy of dedication and support when he died from cancer in October. Now, that legacy includes one of the largest financial gifts ever given to the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district.


Early dismissals on tap for first seven days of school at PBL

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district will have early dismissals each of the first seven days of the 2018-19 school year to allow more time for staff to hold coordination meetings.


PBL school board to hear construction update

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will hear a report on the progress of the Clara Peterson Elementary School renovation/expansion project and the PBL High School renovation project during its next meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, in the board room at the unit office in Paxton.

Also during the meeting:


GCMS school board approves several bids

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board approved several bids for the 2018-19 school year during its meeting Monday night at the unit office in Gibson City.


Ludlow Grade School receives grant for new playground equipment

LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School has received a $25,918 Healthy Community Investment Grant for new playground equipment, and community members will help install the equipment.

Superintendent Dru Lobmaster said the community build is tentatively scheduled for Friday, Aug. 17, and Saturday, Aug. 18.


Calls to PBL will result in automated message, instead of secretary's voice

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


PAXTON — If you call the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district in the near future, instead of a live person, you will hear an automated message on the receiving end with a list of options from which to choose.


Area residents named to Parkland College dean's list

CHAMPAIGN — A number of students from the area were among the 1,095 students named to Parkland College’s dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester. To make the list, students must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 grading scale for the semester.


PBL board to hold public hearing on amended budget

PAXTON — Immediately prior to its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 13, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will hold a public hearing regarding an amended budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30.


PBL students' community-service trips to Mississippi Delta causing 'ripple effect'

PAXTON — When 10th-grade English teacher Jason Peterson began taking groups of upperclassmen at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School on community-service trips to the impoverished community of Clarksdale in the Mississippi Delta over their spring breaks four years ago, some students wondered what difference they could make there.


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