Election preview: PBL school board

Tuesday’s election ballot will feature a contested race for the Paxton-Buckley-Loda School Board, with incumbents Dave Dowling and Doug Wolken facing newcomers Mike Freed and Steve Pacey for three available seats ...

Dave Dowling

Age: 57

Address: 3 Kelley Court, Paxton.

Election preview: GCMS school board

Tuesday’s election ballot will feature a contested race for the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley School Board, with incumbents Rod Cope, Phil Whitehouse and Steve Swearingen joined by newcomer Miranda Leonard in a four-way race for three seats ...

Miranda Leonard

Age: 37

Address: 1205 Railside Drive, Gibson City.

Area schools release honor rolls for third quarter of 2014-15


BUCKLEY — Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley has named students to its honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2014-15 school year:

Board urged to keep librarian at GCMS High School

GIBSON CITY — Concerns were expressed to the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board last Thursday about the board’s proposal to replace the high school’s librarian with a library clerk.

Parkland College trustee candidates state their case

CHAMPAIGN — In what may be the only forum featuring the three candidates for the Parkland College board before the April 7 election, former U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson of Urbana, former Champaign County Board member Brendan McGinty of Philo and former Tuscola schools Superintendent James Voyles made their case for election to the two open seats.

Dalton Cowan named PBL High School's student of month

PAXTON — Dalton Cowan has been named Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s student of the month for March.

Cowan, the son of Mary and Woody Cowan of rural Buckley, was nominated by his math teacher, Sheila Pickens, who praised not only his academic performance but his character. 

School board candidates: No easy answer on PBL Eastlawn School’s fate

Should the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district tear down its oldest school building — PBL Eastlawn School — and build a new elementary school near the high school/junior high complex near Interstate 57?

Or should it renovate the 90-year-old building and hope it lasts another 100 years?

PBL board tentatively schedules reorganizational meeting for April 22

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board tentatively has scheduled its bi-annual reorganizational meeting for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the board room at the unit office.

During the meeting, newly elected board members will be sworn in. Also, the board will elect its officers for the next two years and set a calendar of board meetings for the next year.

$160,000 in maintenance work slated at GCMS schools

GIBSON CITY — More than $160,000 in proposed maintenance work is eyed for this summer at the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district’s three schools.

The school board’s building, grounds and transportation committee last Thursday reviewed a list of proposed maintenance projects suggested by principals, teachers and custodians.

Paxton Park District, PBL school board approve intergovernmental agreement

PAXTON – The Paxton Park District board approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district at its meeting held Tuesday, March 10.

The agreement was also approved last Wednesday by the PBL school board.

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