Balnius named student of month at PBL High School

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s  student of the month for November is sophomore Emily Balnius, daughter of Nicole O’Dell of Paxton.

Balnius was nominated for the award by vocal music instructor Amanda Rowland.

Now that results are final, PBL to move forward on $31M project

PAXTON — Now that the vote totals from the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s Nov. 8 referendum have been certified, the district is expected to soon begin aggressively working toward building an addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School using the $31.45 million in building bonds that voters have authorized.

Ludlow school board approves several purchases

LUDLOW — A new sound system, new curtains, even a surge protector are among the purchases approved or in the works for Ludlow Grade School.

The school board last week approved the purchase of the new sound system at a cost not to exceed $1,400.

Schoolyard Stars: 'Being unbelievably good' lands roles for kids in monthly films

GIBSON CITY — When Walker Willis sees fifth-graders at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Elementary School filming high-definition videos, working with sound effects and developing scripts for the school’s monthly “character education” videos, the tech-savvy 34-year-old admittedly gets a little jealous.

PBL may allow its staff members' kids to enroll, even if they live outside district

PAXTON — The first question facing Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members is whether they want to change a long-standing policy to allow out-of-district residents to attend school here.

If they do, then the next question is how.

Yes, Paxton-Buckley-Loda residents, your taxes are going up

PAXTON — As authorized by voters, property taxes will rise significantly starting next summer in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district.

Discovery of toy gun in toilet leads to 'soft' lockdown at PBL High

PAXTON — The discovery of a toy gun in a restroom toilet  led to the precautionary lockdown of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School on Thursday morning.

Proposed tax levy up for vote by PBL school board

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to vote tonight on the approval of the school district’s proposed 2016 tax levy.

The board is also expected to schedule a public hearing regarding the levy. The final levy will be approved at the board’s December meeting.

Also on the agenda for tonight’s meeting, which begins at 7 in the unit office:

Senator fields legislative proposals from area high school students

BLOOMINGTON — High school students from across the 53rd Senate District did their best to try to advance real legislation to improve Illinois at state Sen. Jason Barickman’s  Youth Advisory Council session last week.

8.9% reduction in tax levy proposed at GCMS

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Taxpayers in the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district will see an 8.9 percent reduction in property taxes levied for the district next year, according to a tentative version of the district’s tax levy ordinance presented to the school board Monday night.

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