PBL schools to dismiss early Monday, Tuesday

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda schools will dismiss early Monday, Aug. 25, and Tuesday, Aug. 26, due to the extreme heat and humidity.

Elementary buildings will dismiss at 2 p.m., PBL High School at 2:05 and PBL Junior High School at 2:10.

Transitioning back to school doesn't have to be that stressful

The Community Resource & Counseling Center in Paxton

It’s about that time of year again! We’re in the midst of last-minute adventures and soaking up as much sun as possible before children and teens return to school.

PBL education foundation elects officers

PAXTON — The PBL Education Foundation’s board of trustees elected officers for the upcoming year during its annual organizational meeting Aug. 12.

Elected were Justin Swan, chairman; Leslie Cottrell, vice chairman; Dennis Luhrsen, treasurer; and Theresa Rueck, secretary. Also on the executive board are Cliff McClure, superintendent; and Connie Cook, executive secretary.

Police urge safe driving in school zones

ASHKUM — As students head back to school, Illinois State Police are reminding Illinois drivers to take safety precautions while driving around schools.

Illinois State Police District 21 Commander Lt. Randy Ness is urging motorists, cyclists, school bus drivers, students and parents about the increased vehicular traffic as well as pedestrian traffic in and around school zones. 

$1M deficit eyed in PBL school district's education fund

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district is facing a projected $1 million deficit in its education fund for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Three expensive options on table for PBL Eastlawn School’s fate

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board may decide to renovate or replace the school district’s oldest learning facility, PBL Eastlawn School, as part of more than $23 million in potential projects being considered for over the next 10 years.

Requirements for child immunizations added for 2014-15 school year

SPRINGFIELD — As students prepare to start a new school year, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are encouraging parents and guardians to ensure their children’s immunizations are up to date.

The IDPH has implemented a few changes in the requirements.

PBL board to meet back-to-back-to-back Wednesday night

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will hold back-to-back committee meetings, immediately followed by its regular monthly meeting, on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

PBL seeks spike in math scores on ISAT

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda students scored much better in math than they did a year earlier on the Illinois Standard Achievement Test in 2014.

The Illinois State Board of Education notified the school district in June of its most recent scores on the standardized test, which is administered to students in third through eighth grades each spring.

Start of school pushed back at St. John's in Buckley

BUCKLEY — The first day of school at St. John’s Lutheran School in Buckley has been pushed back to Wednesday, Aug. 20.

In an email to families and friends of the school, St. John’s staff member Kara Teske said the first day of school would be moved back due to delays in getting the newly renovated school ready.

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