Madrigal tickets on sale Nov. 1

Tickets for the Monticello High School Music Department’s Madrigal Dinners will go on sale Nov. 1. On that day tickets can be purchased in person from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the high school. After Nov. 1, tickets can be requested by emailing director Tricia Shaw at or by calling her at 217-762-8511, ext.

Multi-phased building upgrade approach being studied by board

Options for renovating Monticello High School grew exponentially last week as the school board looked at a possible mix-and-match, phased-in approach to a potential remodel.

Tower on Bement school grounds could help reception

Can you (finally) hear me now?

Bement Superintendent Sheila Greenwood informed the school board Wednesday, Oct. 12 of details in the proposed agreement between Bement schools and Verizon in placing a mono-pole on school grounds for an additional antennae to aid in cellular service in the area.

Giesler, Finson named to MHS Hall of Fame

Jerry Giesler and Hugh Finson have been announced as the 2016 inductees to the Monticello High School Hall of Fame.

Bement school board approves budget

The Bement school board on Sept. 21 approved its 2016-17 budget, which is within $16,000 of being balanced in its largest operating category, the Education Fund.

MHS homecoming parade is Oct. 7

The Monticello High School homecoming parade on Oct. 7 will observe the same parade route as 2015, with floats traveling around three sides of the downtown square before returning to the high school.

Cerro Gordo considers addition that would connect buildings

Immediately after approving a professional services contract with BLDD Architects, the Cerro Gordo school board on Sept. 28 began brainstorming on just what building project could go on next April’s ballot.

Traffic stop info now part of drivers ed courses

Drivers education students at Monticello High School recently learned how to handle traffic stops as part of their classroom experience. The curriculum addition became mandatory after the approval of Illinois House Bill 6131.

ALICE drill held in Monticello

Washington Elementary School students took part in an ALICE school evacuation drill Tuesday, Sept. 27 in Monticello. The day prior to the drill, students took part in lessons to review ALICE procedures and discussed what options they may face with an intruder or other crisis situation.

MMS HVAC work being considered

Should the Monticello school district take further steps to address inconsistent temperatures at its middle school? And at what cost?

Those are queries the local school board is trying to answer.

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