Longmire, Salyards to receive GCMS's Distinguished Alumni Award

GIBSON CITY — Conrad Longmire, a former theoretical physicist who graduated from Sibley High School in 1939, and Mark Salyards, a former chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force who graduated from Gibson City High School in 1982, are set to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district.

PBL declines to move forward on solar-energy project

PAXTON — After months of discussion and negotiations, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board decided not to pursue a company’s proposal to put solar panels on PBL’s schools.

Fire chief, school personnel to meet next week to select spot for huge flagpole

PAXTON — Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren said he plans to meet with Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district personnel next week to determine a location on school district property to place a 150-foot flagpole that would fly a huge American flag.

Amended property tax settlement OK'd by GCMS school board


GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board members approved an updated version of a property tax settlement between the school district, the City of Gibson and the One Earth Energy ethanol plant on Monday night.

PBL moving forward with — but not yet committed to — putting solar panels on schools

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members voted Wednesday to authorize the school district’s superintendent to sign interconnection agreements with Ameren Illinois in preparation for potentially putting solar panels on the rooftops of PBL schools.

Later start, later end to 2019-20 school year expected at PBL

PAXTON — Students in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district may not start the 2019-20 school year until after Labor Day and may not be let out for summer break until nearly mid-June as a result of setbacks in building an addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School and renovating that same school.

PBL school district expected to lower tax rate again

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s property tax rate is expected to decline for a second straight year.

The district’s superintendent, Cliff McClure, presented a final version of the district’s 2018 tax levy to the school board Wednesday night, showing an estimated tax rate of 6.098 percent — down from certified rates of 6.199 percent in 2017 and 6.24 percent in 2016.

Gigantic flag eyed on school grounds in Paxton

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members directed Superintendent Cliff McClure on Wednesday night to work with Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren to find a suitable location on school district property for the placement of a 150-foot flagpole that would fly a gigantic American flag.

Leaking roof causes damage to Ludlow school

LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School officials are frustrated.

When a new roof is installed, leaks are supposed to be nonexistent — at least for several years.

That has not been the case. One leak caused “quite a bit of damage in the sixth-grade classroom,” Superintendent Dru Lobmaster said. “We lost textbooks, which our insurance had to cover.”

Bids to be sought for remaining work on PBL school construction/renovation project

PAXTON — As construction continues on a 63,400-square-foot addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School and the renovation of the existing school building, contractors are being sought to finish up some of the remaining work.

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