Contested funds still included in GCMS budget

GIBSON CITY — On paper, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district’s fund balances look healthy, with the district projected to end this fiscal year with more than $8.5 million in cash on hand — only about $230,000 less than it started with.

PBL school board: Let's build addition to Clara Pete

PAXTON — After receiving feedback from hundreds of community members over the past several months, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board took its first step Tuesday night toward building a proposed $31.4 million addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School.

GCMS school board schedules series of committee meetings

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board has scheduled a series of four committee meetings to discuss a wide range of topics.

On Monday, Aug. 1, the board’s personnel and finance committee will meet at 5:15 p.m., followed by a strategy and enrichment committee meeting at 6.

Paxton nursing home conducting back-to-school supplies drive

PAXTON — Paxton Healthcare & Rehab is sponsoring a back-to-school supplies drive through Thursday, Aug. 25. Donations will be accepted at the nursing home located at 1240 N. Market St. in Paxton. Supplies will be donated to schools in Paxton.

PBL board trying to cut costs for potential new school/building addition

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members already know that at least some people in the community would support a ballot measure to fund the construction of a new elementary school or addition to an existing school.

But board members also know there are plenty of others in the community who think the $30-million-plus price tag is simply too high.

Several staff positions filled by PBL school board

PAXTON — The Paxton Buckley-Loda school board filled several staff positions during its July 13 meeting.

GCMS budget shows $250,000 in black ink

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Superintendent Jeremy Darnell presented the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board with a tentative budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year during its monthly meeting Monday night.

'What does it mean if you're one of 10 valedictorians? Not much,' PBL board member says

PAXTON — In 2014, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School had a school-record 10 valedictorians. And the numbers were almost as high in 2015 and 2016, when PBL had six and seven, respectively, to go along with one salutatorian each year.

All may have been deserving of the honor, but school board member Steve Pacey says having so many honorees has a way of watering-down the achievement.

IMH medical staff awards $9,000 in scholarships

WATSEKA — The medical staff of Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka has awarded $9,000 in scholarships to nine area students who are pursuing their education in health-related fields of study. 

The recipients of the $1,000 scholarships were:

PBL board to discuss potential facility improvements this week, but no action expected

PAXTON — During its July 13 meeting, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will discuss the potential facility improvements that were outlined in a report presented to the board recently by the school district’s facilitating team.

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