Monticello school board proposes tax rate increase

The Monticello school board on Sept. 21 approved a tentative tax levy that includes a state-allowed increase in the maximum tax levy for its education and operation and maintenance funds.

Marathon meeting in D-W ends in board member reappointment

More than 25 people including community residents and teachers attended the Sept. 19 DeLand School Board meeting to voice their support for former board member Dean Bush.

Bush resigned from the board during a special school board meeting in August.

Two school referenda an option on future ballot

The possibility of two referendum questions on one ballot could allow Monticello school district voters to choose whether academic or athletic/arts facility upgrades should come first at the high school. Or residents could give approval to do both.

MHS homecoming court announced

Monticello High School selected its 2016 homecoming king and queen candidates.

New school board member in Cerro Gordo

Cerro Gordo school board president Todd Henricks announced new school board member Angie Miller with a lighthearted “winner winner, chicken dinner” greeting before the board formally approved her appointment to the open seat.

Friendship makes her an advocate for her neighbor

Eight-year-old Emerson Snook of Monticello will be running in Wade’s 5K for 5P on Oct. 8. It’s the least she can do for neighbor and friend Wade Jones, a three-year-old who has a syndrome called Cri du Chat, also referred to as 5P- (five-P-minus).

DeLand seeking school board member

The DeLand-Weldon CUSD #57 board of education is seeking a district resident to fill the board vacancy that occurred with the recent resignation of Dean Bush.

Monticello schools could consider tax rate increase

The Monticello school district has boasted one of the lowest real estate tax rates in Illinois for many years, and has kept that rate between $3.32 and $3.37 for the past decade. Among 30 districts in Central Illinois, it’s current rate of $3.36 is at the bottom of the list, contrasting with Rantoul’s $7.75 at the top.

Board presented with five high school rehab options

Five Monticello High School remodeling proposals differ in how they would modernize the building, originally built in 1923 and added onto several times over the next 80 years.

High school remodel options at a glance

(presented to Monticello school board Aug. 24, 2016

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