GCMS bus bid reduced

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board was able to negotiate a reduction in a recently received bus transportation bid.

A single bid of $506,667 for bus route costs was received from Illinois Central School Bus. Supplemental mileage and driver costs brought the total bid to $556,187.

Public chooses option of building new preK-5 school at Clara Peterson site

PAXTON — PBL Eastlawn School might not be the only school in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district to see the wrecking ball in upcoming years.

Attorney general says GCMS board did not violate Open Meetings Act

GIBSON CITY — The Illinois Attorney General’s Office has determined that the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board did not violate the Illinois Open Meetings Act by starting a committee meeting almost two hours after it was scheduled to begin.

PBL public will get chance to weigh in Thursday on location of new elementary school

PAXTON — The public will be asked to choose their favorite from among three options Thursday night to address the future of PBL Eastlawn School — and, as expected, saving and renovating the 91-year-old facility, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s oldest, won’t be among those in consideration.

PBL student working toward national competition

Ford County Record correspondent

CHAMPAIGN — Competition is nothing new to Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School senior Wes Ricketts. He has been on both the football and basketball teams at PBL. But he is now working toward a different type of competition at Parkland College.

PBL to spend $35,514 on new technology

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board approved last Wednesday spending $35,514 toward the purchase of a new Apple TV and 55 iPads and the addition of wireless access points at Clara Peterson Elementary School and PBL Eastlawn School.

he majority of the cost — $27,774 — will be covered by a Title I grant, Superintendent Cliff McClure said.

Board OKs induction of Guthrie, Rieches into PBL Alumni Hall of Fame

PAXTON — Dr. Janet Guthrie, a 1967 graduate of Paxton Community High School, and Randy Rieches, a 1969 graduate of Buckley-Loda High School, will be inducted into the PBL Alumni Hall of Fame this fall.

Their induction into the Hall was unanimously approved last Wednesday by the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board, as recommended by a Hall of Fame selection committee.

GCMS bus transportation bid up by 33% from current contract

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board received only one bus transportation bid, and it is 33 percent higher than the current total route cost.

Lee named most outstanding UI undergrad majoring in math/computer science

URBANA — Ian Lee, a graduate of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, received the Most Outstanding Major Award in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois’ Department of Mathematics during an awards ceremony held April 12 in the ballroom of the Illini Union.

Loda's Jim Shearl receives ACES Alumni Association Award of Merit

URBANA — James R. Shearl of Loda recently received the ACES Alumni Association Award of Merit, recognizing his outstanding achievements or exceptional service to the college.

In 1976, Shearl earned a master of science degree in Extension education from the University of Illinois’ College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES).

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