School finances solid

There is an advantage to higher interest rates when you have money in the bank. That’s what the Monticello school board learned on Jan. 16.

A move of funds from a low-earning checking account to higher-interest money market funds should earn the district significantly more over the next year.

Woodham named an Exemplary Teacher

Monticello High School industrial art teacher Ryan Woodham has been named an Exemplary Teacher by the Illinois Career and Technical Education organization. It allows him to participate in the ILCTA Innovate Curriculum Resources Project’s 2019 Exemplary CTA Teacher Program, including an expenses-paid trip to a training event Feb.

Town hall meeting to discuss bullying

A town hall meeting to discuss the issue of bullying will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the DeLand-Weldon school cafeteria.

Families taking advantage of Monticello Y-Zone

The Monticello Y-Zone before- and after-school program was seen as a test case for a possible YMCA branch in town.

Bement High School taking hall of fame nominations

The Bement Board of Education began its annual Bement High School Hall of Fame Award in 1991, with the naming of Sereno Bodman and Gary Gallagher as it first members. Since its inception, fifty-five Bement High School graduates have been named to the Hall of Fame. Last year the Hall of Fame honorees were: Wilma Fendley and Dana Foran.

Bement approves volleyball co-op

Volleyball will be added to the list of high school sports teams that Bement and Cerro Gordo combine forces for.

The Bement school board unanimously approved the addition at its meeting on Jan. 9. Pending approval by the Little Okaw Valley Conference and Illinois High School Association, the co-op will begin with the 2019-20 season.

Bement FCCLA service project

Bement High School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members made blankets and collected hats, gloves and mittens as a service project last month.

A majority will be donated to A Small Hand: Piatt County Infant and Diaper Pantry, with some remaining at the school for students in need.

Vacancy announced on Monticello school board

Monticello CUSD #25 is accepting letters of people interested in filling a vacant seat on the board of education after Kate Himes resigned. She stepped down after receiving a job transfer that will take her out of the area.

The board term runs until April of 2021.

D-WMS electives to count towards honor rolls

Elective classes at DeLand-Weldon Middle School will start counting towards honor roll calculations next fall. The school board approved the change on Dec. 18 after concerns had been raised a month earlier that high-effort classes such as Spanish did not count toward the quarterly academic honors list.

SRO officer to be on board in January

Piatt County Deputy Lindsey Bross introduced herself as the county school resource officer (SRO) at the Monticello school board meeting on Dec. 19.

Bross has been a deputy in Piatt County for six years.

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