Education

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.


'Corrective actions' taken to address elevated lead levels at two PBL schools

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s superintendent sent a letter to students’ parents last week informing them that the district is taking “corrective actions” to protect students from possible exposure to lead found in water sources at Clara Peterson Elementary School and PBL Eastlawn School.


Bleacher repairs at Zimmerman Field eyed

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to discuss and possibly take action tonight on seeking bids for the repair of the bleachers at Zimmerman Field at PBL High School.

Also listed on the agenda for tonight’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the board room at the unit office inside PBL Junior High School, are:


ROE head presents overview of operations and services

PAXTON — Champaign-Ford Regional Office of Education Superintendent Jane Quinlan addressed the Ford County Board at its invitation Monday night.
Quinlan presented an overview of the Regional Office of Education’s operations and services.


Busy Hands Preschool in Gibson City closing at end of school year

GIBSON CITY — Busy Hands Preschool has announced that the 2016-17 school year will be its last.

Housed within the First Christian Church in Gibson City for the past 44 years, the nonprofit preschool notified its students’ families of the news last week.


PBL school district to participate in ISDLAF+

PAXTON  — In preparation for a $31.45 million bond issue that will finance the replacement of PBL Eastlawn School with a 63,400-square-foot addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board voted unanimously to participate in the Illinois School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus (ISDLAF+).


PBL's transportation budget being put ‘in a pinch’

PAXTON — A lack of state funding for the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s transportation fund has forced Superintendent Cliff McClure to find a way to keep that fund afloat using money from other funds.


ROE office moving from Rantoul

RANTOUL — Located in Rantoul since 1979, the Champaign-Ford Regional Office of Education offices will be moving to Champaign, probably in March.


McMullin getting first-hand experience in government as Paxton's first junior alderman

PAXTON — Adam McMullin’s first time attending a meeting of the Paxton City Council won’t be his last.

The 17-year-old junior at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School has at least five more on tap the rest of this school year.


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