Education

$54,000 in HLS work approved by Ludlow Grade School board

LUDLOW — The Ludlow Grade School board last week approved a 10-year health and life safety report that calls for a little more than $54,000 worth of work on the school building.

Architect David Henebry prepared the report, which draws attention to three areas.


PBL Backpack Program gets school board's nod of approval

PAXTON —  The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board last Wednesday voted unanimously to create the PBL Backpack program, which will provide needy children at Clara Peterson Elementary School with food to take home twice a month.


Design of new school addition being studied at PBL

PAXTON — A group of school district staff and board members, plus the district’s architects and construction management firm, started working last Friday on the design of a 63,000-square-foot addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School in Paxton.


Busboom named student of month at PBL High School

PAXTON — Dalton Busboom, the son of Holly and Derek Busboom of rural Ludlow, was named student of the month for March at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.

Busboom was nominated for the award by special education teacher Steve Waugh.


Three from PBL advance to state math competition

CHAMPAIGN — Three members of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s math team have advanced to the state competition as individuals.


Legal bills exceed $1M in GCMS's property tax dispute with One Earth Energy

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district has now spent more than $1 million in legal and other fees in its unresolved dispute over the assessed value of a Gibson City ethanol plant, but the district’s superintendent said those bills may not be growing much more.


Amended budget up for approval by PBL school board

PAXTON — Immediately prior to its regular monthly meeting tonight, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed amended budget for the current fiscal year, which runs through June 30.

The hearing begins at 7 p.m. in the board room at the unit office in Paxton.


GCMS school district may open its own preschool

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board voted Monday night to explore the possibility of opening a new district-run preschool in the fall.

The move comes as Busy Hands Preschool in Gibson City is set to close in May.


PBL superintendent skeptical of governor's pledge for school funding

PAXTON — Despite Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s pledge to increase funding for the state’s public school districts in his annual budget address last Wednesday, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s superintendent remains concerned about whether that promise actually becomes reality.


Clara Peterson Elementary School may pilot 'backpack program' this spring

PAXTON —  Clara Peterson Elementary School Principal Amanda Wetherell continues to pursue the implementation of a program that would provide needy kids at her school with food to take home twice a month.

Wetherell gave an overview of the so-called “PBL Backpack Program” during last Wednesday’s meeting of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board.


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