Several hires approved by PBL school board

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board made several new hires at its meeting last Wednesday.

The board approved the hiring of Jennifer McDermott as a paraprofessional at PBL Junior High School and Kristi Barr and Ashlynn Brandenburg as paraprofessionals at Clara Peterson Elementary School.

GCMS in same boat as many rural school districts

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board members reviewed and approved the school district’s audit for fiscal year 2016 at their meeting Monday night.

Job description approved for Ford County special education director

PAXTON — The Ford County Special Education Cooperative’s executive committee approved a revised job description for its director of special education during a special meeting on Oct. 4.

The action was taken in preparation for hiring a replacement for Rick Brackmann, who will be retiring as special education director at the end of June 2017.

PBL school board has short agenda for Oct. 12 meeting

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the board room at the unit office in Paxton.

The meeting’s agenda includes the following:

PBL students, staff raise $1,184 toward pediatric cancer research

PAXTON — Students and staff at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School participated in a pediatric cancer awareness event during homecoming week (Sept. 19-23).

The football and cross country teams, the band, student council and many other student organizations wore gold during contests and performances to raise awareness of the disease.

Trio named national proficiency finalists

CULLOM — Braden Ifft, Jared Haberkorn and Kacie Haag, all 2016 Tri-Point High School graduates, will compete in the national finals in October in Indianapolis for their work on their FFA proficiency projects.

Billing problems may prompt switch in providers

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board held three committee meetings Monday night at the unit office in Gibson City.

The personnel and finance committee met with Chris Landstrom, president of Twin City Energy in Bloomington, about a proposed contract beginning next year.

GCMS foreign exchange student has no regrets being in the U.S.

Ford County Record correspondent

GIBSON CITY — While millions of Americans had their eyes glued to the Summer Olympics in her home country of Brazil, Amanda Perin Fergonese was settling in to life here in the United States.

Acclaimed authors to speak to students at PBL, GCMS

PAXTON — Area schools will welcome award-winning children’s and young adult authors on Oct. 20-21 as part of the Youth Literature Festival, an event coordinated by retired PBL teacher Linda Tammen.

PBL's Johnson named commended student in National Merit Scholarship program

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School Principal Travis Duley announced that senior Cooper Johnson has been named a commended student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program.

A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corp. (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Duley to Johnson.

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