Education

Tri-Point school board rejects transportation contract

KEMPTON — The Tri-Point school board rejected a transportation contract proposal from Illinois Central School Bus and accepted a bus lease proposal from Midwest Transit at the board’s May 18 meeting.

The cost for the lease for one year is $142,116, plus $6,522 for a camera/GPS unit for each bus. The agreement includes 12 buses with an allowance of 20,000 miles per bus.


IASB makes pitch to GCMS school board

GIBSON CITY — A consultant for the Illinois Association of School Boards made his pitch to the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board last Thursday about the services his organization can provide in searching for a new GCMS superintendent.


PBL board OK's increase in lunch, breakfast prices

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board last Wednesday approved raising the price of school breakfast and lunch by a nickel per meal.


PBL school board to discuss new CBA tonight

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will meet in closed session tonight to discuss collecting-bargaining matters between the district and its employees.

Superintendent Cliff McClure said the current three-year contract with the teachers’ union — the PBL Education Association — expires June 30, and the “length and terms” of a new contract are “up for bargaining.”


GCMS board to consider paying for search for next superintendent

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board will consider Thursday whether to hire the Illinois Association of School Boards to conduct a search for a new superintendent.


Longtime educators to be recognized by PBL school board

PAXTON — Two longtime educators who are retiring at the end of the 2014-15 school year will be recognized by the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board on Wednesday, May 11.


Several from area to be awarded degrees at Parkland College

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College announced the following area candidates for the college’s 47th commencement eceremony, which will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana:

Buckley — Samuel B. Bahler and Holly A. Lewis.

Cabery — Julia Elizabeth Power.


PBL board retains its slate of officers for next two years

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board retained its slate of officers for the next two years after seating its newly elected board members last week.


GCMS bill so far in tax appeal: $650,000

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district has spent more than $650,000 on legal and other fees in its ongoing dispute over the assessed value of a Gibson City ethanol plant.

But those costs pale by comparison with the amount of tax revenue the district would lose if the ethanol plant — One Earth Energy — ends up winning its property tax appeal.


Johnson looking forward to leading GCMS school board

GIBSON CITY — Josh Johnson was appointed president of the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board last week, filling a position held for the past six years by Rod Cope.

The 38-year-old Johnson is only halfway through his first four-year term on the board, but Superintendent Anthony Galindo said the Gibson City resident has gained a wealth of experience in that short amount of time.


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