Hewerdine named student of month at PBL High School

PAXTON — Timothy Hewerdine of Paxton has been named student of the month for November at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School. His parents are Ron and Trisha Hewerdine.

Hewerdine, a senior, was nominated for the award by PBL High School business teacher Leann McPike, and PBL High School math teacher Ted Powers.

McPike and Powers wrote in their nominating letter:

Chronic absenteeism among PBL's students to be addressed

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district is working to address concerning data revealed in the most recent Illinois School Report Card that showed chronic absenteeism among its students is above the state average.

Superintendent's $152,798 salary remains highest in PBL district

PAXTON — The salaries to be paid this school year to the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s administrators and unit office support staff were approved by the school board Wednesday night, with Superintendent Cliff McClure’s salary remaining the highest.

Paxton school to be back in session Thursday after water-main leak fixed

PAXTON — Classes will be back in session Thursday at Clara Peterson Elementary School in Paxton, after repairs were made to a leaking water main that forced the closure of the school Wednesday.

GCMS's tax rate to be reduced once again


GIBSON CITY — For the third year in a row, taxpayers in the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district will pay less.

That’s according to Superintendent Jeremy Darnell, who said during Monday’s school board meeting that the district’s proposed 2018-19 tax levy rate is 5.77, down from 5.89 the year before.

$250,000 donation made to PBL Education Foundation's endowment fund

PAXTON — In early November, Robin Niewold and Carl Hudson Jr. had lunch with a donor interested in contributing to the PBL Education Foundation’s endowment fund supporting the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district.

Niewold had been contacted the month prior by the donor’s financial representative, who was asking for information about the endowment fund.

PBL board to vote on proposed tax levy

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve a proposed property tax levy for 2018 during its meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the board room at the unit office in Paxton.

PBL's sixth-day enrollment numbers decline

PAXTON — After seeing an increase last year in the number of students enrolled as of the sixth day of classes for the first time since the 2009-10 school year, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s sixth-day enrollment numbers saw a decline again this school year.

PBL interested in putting solar panels on schools' rooftops


PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members entered into a commitment of interest regarding the proposed installation of solar panels on the rooftops of the school district’s four school buildings next year.

$4M in bonds to be issued by GCMS school district


GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board approved the issuance of $4.469 million in general obligation bonds at its meeting Monday night.

The vote was 5-1, with board member Steve Swearingen voting “no” and board President Josh Johnson absent.

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