GCMS bill so far in tax appeal: $650,000

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district has spent more than $650,000 on legal and other fees in its ongoing dispute over the assessed value of a Gibson City ethanol plant.

But those costs pale by comparison with the amount of tax revenue the district would lose if the ethanol plant — One Earth Energy — ends up winning its property tax appeal.

Johnson looking forward to leading GCMS school board

GIBSON CITY — Josh Johnson was appointed president of the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board last week, filling a position held for the past six years by Rod Cope.

The 38-year-old Johnson is only halfway through his first four-year term on the board, but Superintendent Anthony Galindo said the Gibson City resident has gained a wealth of experience in that short amount of time.

Three to be sworn in to PBL school board Wednesday

PAXTON — Three newly elected members of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will be sworn in to office Wednesday evening when the board holds its bi-annual  reorganizational meeting.

GCMS has spent $652,682 on legal dispute with One Earth Energy

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district has spent $652,682 since 2007 in its ongoing legal dispute over the assessed value of the One Earth Energy ethanol plant in Gibson City, according to an itemized list of bills the Paxton Record has obtained from the district through a Freedom of Information Act request.

GCMS board president wins dice roll, but will give up seat to defeated opponent

PAXTON — Moments after Rod Cope and Phil Whitehouse rolled dice to break their tied vote totals from the April 7 election, the victorious Cope made the surprise announcement that he will be giving up his newly obtained four-year term on the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board to his defeated opponent.

PBL school board considers raising meal prices by 5 cents

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is considering raising the price of school breakfast and lunch by a nickel per meal.

The board discussed during last Wednesday’s meeting a proposed 5-cent increase in the cost of lunch and breakfast at all four schools.

If trends continue, GCMS finances in trouble

GIBSON CITY — If the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district continues to operate over the next three years with the same revenue sources it has available today, and if nothing is done to reduce expenses over that same time frame, its funds on hand could end up being depleted by $1 million a year.

Three to be inducted into PBL Alumni Hall of Fame in 2015

PAXTON — A clinical research scientist, a former University of Iowa women’s basketball coach and a former Air Force Two pilot will be inducted into the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Alumni Hall of Fame during homecoming week this fall.

The PBL school board last Wednesday unanimously approved the 2015 induction class of Dr. B. Lynn Allen-Hoffman, Thomas Johnson and Angie Lee.

GCMS student named IESA Scholar Attitude Award winner

GIBSON CITY — Nathan Garard of Gibson City, an eighth-grader at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School, was one of 15 eighth-grade students in Illinois named a winner of the Illinois Elementary School Association’s 2015 Scholar Attitude Award.

One student from each of the 15 IESA membership divisions was selected as a winner by a panel of judges. Garard was selected for Division G.

PBL school board to discuss student fees at next meeting

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will discuss student fees for the 2015-16 school year during its next meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the board room at the unit office.

Among the fees to be discussed at the meeting are those charged for student registration, lunch, breakfast, Advanced Placement/dual credit courses and driver’s education courses.

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