Back-to-school Q&A with GCMS Superintendent Jeremy Darnell

In advance of the start of the 2016-17 school year, first-year Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley School District Superintendent Jeremy Darnell sat down with Ford County Record Editor Will Brumleve to discuss a variety of topics. The 41-year-old former GCMS Middle School principal replaced the retired Anthony Galindo as the district’s superintendent on July 1.

$1.4M budget OK'd for Ford County special ed co-op

GIBSON CITY — There was no public comment during a budget hearing for the Ford County Special Education Cooperative (FCSEC) that preceded Monday night’s Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board meeting.

Lange celebrating 40 years in day care in Gibson City

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Forty years ago, a gallon of gas averaged 35 cents. The average income per year was $8,550. The first ATM was installed. “The Brady Bunch” hit the television airwaves.

PBL school board approves putting question on Nov. 8 ballot

PAXTON — As expected, voters in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district will see a question on the Nov. 8 election ballot.

PBL to keep val/sal titles — for now

PAXTON — At least for the upcoming school year, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School will continue its practice of bestowing the title of valedictorian on every graduate with a perfect grade-point average.

Smaller deficit eyed for Paxton-Buckley-Loda schools

PAXTON — With the expectation that the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district, along with other public school districts in Illinois, will be fully funded by the state this fiscal year, PBL officials are optimistic that their district won’t run as large of a deficit as it has in the past.

Contested funds still included in GCMS budget

GIBSON CITY — On paper, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district’s fund balances look healthy, with the district projected to end this fiscal year with more than $8.5 million in cash on hand — only about $230,000 less than it started with.

PBL school board: Let's build addition to Clara Pete

PAXTON — After receiving feedback from hundreds of community members over the past several months, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board took its first step Tuesday night toward building a proposed $31.4 million addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School.

GCMS school board schedules series of committee meetings

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board has scheduled a series of four committee meetings to discuss a wide range of topics.

On Monday, Aug. 1, the board’s personnel and finance committee will meet at 5:15 p.m., followed by a strategy and enrichment committee meeting at 6.

Paxton nursing home conducting back-to-school supplies drive

PAXTON — Paxton Healthcare & Rehab is sponsoring a back-to-school supplies drive through Thursday, Aug. 25. Donations will be accepted at the nursing home located at 1240 N. Market St. in Paxton. Supplies will be donated to schools in Paxton.

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