Project at PBL still over budget, but progress being made

PAXTON — Estimated costs for building a 63,400-square-foot, two-story addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School and renovating that school as well as PBL High School are still higher than budgeted, but officials are not pushing the panic button yet.

Early enrollment numbers outlined at PBL

PAXTON — The principals of the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s four schools gave a report to the school board last Wednesday regarding the number of students who had registered at their schools as of that date.

Proposed PBL budget shows $666,246 deficit in ed fund

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 projects a $666,246 deficit in its main operating fund — the educational fund — but Superintendent Cliff McClure is quick to point out that the district’s financial outlook could indeed change for the better if state revenue ends up being more reliable than it has been.

Budget discussions on tap at PBL

PAXTON — Prior to the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday night, the board’s finance committee will meet to discuss the school district’s proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

The committee will meet at 6 p.m. in the board room at the unit office in Paxton. The meeting is open to the public.

GCMS superintendent: Hiring process 'a challenge'


GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district’s superintendent, Jeremy Darnell, told the school board Monday night that a low number of applicants applied for job vacancies this summer, though most were able to be filled.

Design work for new school addition proceeding at PBL

PAXTON — Superintendent Cliff McClure told the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board last Wednesday that it should be prepared in August to approve a second design and cost estimate for the construction of a 63,400-square-foot addition to Clara Peterson Elementary School and the renovation of Clara Peterson and PBL High School.

Students who wrote bomb threat expelled for next semester

PAXTON — Two Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School students who made a bomb threat in May have been officially expelled for the first semester of the 2017-18 school year.

GCMS to make $3,000 contribution for improvements to Railside Golf Course

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board is expected to approve a $3,000 contribution to Railside Golf Course on behalf of the GCMS boys’ and girls’ golf teams during its next meeting on Monday night.

GCMS sets registration for Aug. 8

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district has announced registration information for the 2017-18 school year. 

Registration will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 8, and again from 3 to 7 p.m. that day in each of the district’s three school buildings. 

Expulsion of two students up for vote by PBL school board

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to vote during this week’s meeting on the expulsion of two unnamed students.

The agenda for the meeting lists “consideration and action” on a written decision regarding the expulsion of the two students, identified only as “Student A” and “Student B.”

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