PBL to consider seeking Legislature's approval to exceed debt limit

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will discuss tonight the possibility of obtaining the state Legislature’s approval for the school district to exceed its debt limitation by issuing a 25-year bond.

PBL facilitating team sets meeting for Thursday night

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s facilitating team will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the board room at the unit office at PBL Junior High School in Paxton.

GCMS driver's ed instructor recognized as Teacher of Year

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Judy Weber-Jones’ enthusiasm for driver’s education is evident. 

That is probably why she was recently selected as the Illinois High School & College Driver Education Association’s 2016 Teacher of the Year and was inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

Tri-Point seventh-grader wins American history essay contest

PIPER CITY — An essay written by Logan Vieira, a seventh-grader at Tri-Point Junior High School, has advanced to the state level of the annual American history essay contest sponsored by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).

Dialogue focuses on need to bring PBL schools into 21st Century

PAXTON — When one walks through the classrooms at Paxton-Buckley-Loda’s four schools today, it is rare to see students sitting at their desks, row by row, and being given instruction as a group.

More commonly, kids in a single classroom can be seen completing different tasks simultaneously, either in pairs or small groups.

GCMS Middle School principal search well under way

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board’s personnel and finance committee learned Thursday that the search for a new principal at GCMS Middle School is well under way. 

Meunier nominated by Shimkus for admission to U.S. Military Academy

MELVIN — Melvin resident Nicholas Meunier, a senior at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School, was one of 17 high school seniors from Illinois’ 15th Congressional District to be nominated by U.S. Rep. John Shimkus for admission into the nation’s military service academies.

GCMS sophomores can apply for Rotary Club's RYLA camp through Feb. 5

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Rotary Club is accepting applications for the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp — a three-day camp offered Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 17, at Allerton Park near Monticello.

PBL Hall of Fame candidates sought

PAXTON — Nominations are being accepted for the PBL Alumni Hall of Fame’s third induction class.

The Hall of Fame selection committee will be meeting in late February or early March to review nominations received. Nominations forms can be found under the “Hall of Fame” link on the PBL school district’s website,

GCMS bond resolution up for vote on Jan. 28

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board has set a special public meeting for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, for the purpose of adopting a $1 million bond resolution.

The board held a public hearing Thursday concerning the sale of working cash fund bonds “as an alternative to referendums and cutting more expenses,” said board Vice President Phil Whitehouse.

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