Education

Ludlow Grade School expects balanced budget for 2015-16

LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School is expected to have a balanced budget for the 2015-16 school year.

The school board has approved the tentative budget and is expected to vote on the final budget at its Sept. 24 meeting. A budget hearing at 6:45 p.m. will precede the meeting.

Superintendent Dru Lobmaster said all four main operating funds are in the black.


PBL school board to discuss facility planning Thursday night

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board has called a meeting for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, to discuss facility planning, the district’s 10-year health/life safety study and capital improvement projects.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the board room in the administrative offices at PBL Junior High School in Paxton.


PBL schools placed on soft lockdown after students hear possible threats

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district was placed on a soft lockdown Thursday afternoon after two PBL Eastlawn School students reported they heard two men making threatening statements while children were outside during recess.


PBL school district looking to increase its borrowing capacity

PAXTON — Anticipating that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s pro-business proposal to implement property tax caps will be signed into law, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district is looking to increase its borrowing capacity so it can have enough funds to complete an estimated $10 million in mandated work on its buildings.


PBL's projected $1.1M deficit might not end up that bad

PAXTON — The $1.1 million deficit projected in the Paxton-Buckely-Loda school district’s proposed budget for this fiscal year reflects a “worst-case scenario,” Superintendent Cliff McClure said.

Hopefully, McClure said, the budget, when approved by the PBL school board in September, won’t contain nearly as much red ink.


PBL schools eliminate one bus route

PAXTON — As a cost-saving measure, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district has reduced the number of its bus routes, from 10 to nine.

The school board voted unanimously Monday night to eliminate one bus route. Four other routes have been adjusted to make up for the elimination of that route, Superintendent Cliff McClure said.


PBL board signs off on new three-year contract with teachers' union

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board has a new three-year collective bargaining agreement in place between the school district and its employees.


Paxton Day Care Center receives ExceleRate Illinois Silver Circle of Quality designation

PAXTON — The Paxton Day Care Center recently received the Silver Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.


Reno Jamison awarded ISS Congressional Intern Scholarship

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reno M. Jamison of Paxton was awarded an Illinois State Society (ISS) Congressional Intern Scholarship and was honored at a July 29 reception in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.


Five Iroquois County high school grads awarded scholarships

CISSNA PARK — Stephanie Fehr, a 2015 graduate of Cissna Park High School, was among five alumni of Iroquois County high schools to be awarded scholarships by the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office recently.


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