PBL working to get mobile devices in every student's hands

PAXTON — With the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board’s approval earlier this month to spend more than $40,000 on additional technological equipment — including 10 iPads for a cost of $4,100 and 81 Chromebooks for a cost of $24,447 — the district is steadily getting closer to its goal of having a mobile device in the hands of every student in every classroom.

GCMS tax levy again up by nearly 10 percent

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board will hold a public hearing in December regarding its proposal to increase the school district’s property tax levy by nearly 10 percent for the second year in a row.

Parkland trustees leaning against increasing property tax

PAXTON — Parkland College trustees aren’t likely to vote for a small increase in property taxes next month, board members said Wednesday night.

The Parkland board, in a rare meeting off campus, gathered at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School in Paxton.

Late start, rather than no school, will be option this winter at PBL

PAXTON — Instead of having an entire day off from school, students in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district could have a late start to the school day whenever bitterly cold temperatures are forecasted for a weekday morning this winter.

With potential referendum coming, some think new scoreboard should be put on back burner

PAXTON — Unless the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district can raise enough funds through donations from local businesses to fully pay for the purchase of a new scoreboard and large high-definition television for PBL High School’s gymnasium, some school board members think the project should be put on hold indefinitely.

PBL school board approves FFA members' trip to Atlanta

PAXTON — A group of students from Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School’s FFA chapter will be headed to Atlanta, Ga., in January to learn more about the poultry industry.

The school board voted unanimously last Wednesday to approve the trip for the FFA chapter’s poultry team, which last month won fifth place nationally in the poultry Career Development Event (CDE).

Board members appointed to facilitating team to organize community engagement

PAXTON — A group comprised of Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members, administrators, teachers and community members will be formed in upcoming weeks to advise the board about what direction it should take to address the future of the school district’s oldest school building, PBL Eastlawn School.

Parkland College board to hold meeting in Paxton

PAXTON — The Parkland College board of trustees will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the board room at the unit office at Paxton-Buckley-Junior High School.

The public is welcome to attend.

GCMS Elementary School releases 2015-16 first-quarter honor roll

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Elementary School has named students to its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2015-16 school year:

PBL Jr. High speech team brings home awards from IESA contest

DONOVAN — Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School’s speech team won 30 first-place medals, 12 second-place ribbons and five third-place ribbons at the Illinois Elementary School Association speech contest held Nov. 7 at Donovan Grade School.

PBL was represented by 30 students participating in 27 entries.

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