PBL schools placed on soft lockdown after students hear possible threats

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district was placed on a soft lockdown Thursday afternoon after two PBL Eastlawn School students reported they heard two men making threatening statements while children were outside during recess.

PBL school district looking to increase its borrowing capacity

PAXTON — Anticipating that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s pro-business proposal to implement property tax caps will be signed into law, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district is looking to increase its borrowing capacity so it can have enough funds to complete an estimated $10 million in mandated work on its buildings.

PBL's projected $1.1M deficit might not end up that bad

PAXTON — The $1.1 million deficit projected in the Paxton-Buckely-Loda school district’s proposed budget for this fiscal year reflects a “worst-case scenario,” Superintendent Cliff McClure said.

Hopefully, McClure said, the budget, when approved by the PBL school board in September, won’t contain nearly as much red ink.

PBL schools eliminate one bus route

PAXTON — As a cost-saving measure, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district has reduced the number of its bus routes, from 10 to nine.

The school board voted unanimously Monday night to eliminate one bus route. Four other routes have been adjusted to make up for the elimination of that route, Superintendent Cliff McClure said.

PBL board signs off on new three-year contract with teachers' union

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board has a new three-year collective bargaining agreement in place between the school district and its employees.

Paxton Day Care Center receives ExceleRate Illinois Silver Circle of Quality designation

PAXTON — The Paxton Day Care Center recently received the Silver Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

Reno Jamison awarded ISS Congressional Intern Scholarship

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reno M. Jamison of Paxton was awarded an Illinois State Society (ISS) Congressional Intern Scholarship and was honored at a July 29 reception in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Five Iroquois County high school grads awarded scholarships

CISSNA PARK — Stephanie Fehr, a 2015 graduate of Cissna Park High School, was among five alumni of Iroquois County high schools to be awarded scholarships by the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office recently.

2015 Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School graduation speeches


Good evening, and welcome to the graduation ceremony of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School class of 2015! My name is Eve Bahler, and I am president of this senior class. On behalf of my class, I want to thank all of you for attending: family, friends, faculty and administration, and members of the school board. 

GCMS sets student registration dates

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district will hold student registration from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5.

Registration for new students will be held Thursday, Aug. 6, by appointment. Parents should call the school their child will enroll in for an appointment.

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