Backpack program gearing up

Starting Out Right is beginning its fifth year of backpack and school supply assistance for low-income and hardship families with children enrolled in a Piatt County public school district. The effort is also open to Mansfield families who send children to the Blue Ridge school district.

Bement school district fills all open teacher positions

A shortage of teacher candidates posed challenges, but the Bement school district was able to fill all of its staff openings by June 1, which included four certified teachers and one classroom aide.

Handbook changes to address plagiarism at DeLand-Weldon

DeLand-Weldon schools have added verbiage to student handbooks they hope will tighten up plagiarism, tardiness, and who should be allowed to go on end-of-the-year field trips.

School officials say ever-expanding use of the internet for research is prompting a little too much copy and paste into class papers. 

Cerro Gordo says goodbye to 3 longtime staffers



The Cerro Gordo school system said goodbye to three longtime staff members at the end of the 2017-18 school year. They are profiled below.


Pamella Grohmann

Top Flight treats second graders to field trips

Topflight Grain once again sponsored field trips for second graders at Bement Elementary School this year. That included an ag day on May 4 with a visit to Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery.

Bement approves school resource officer

The Bement school board has become the third Piatt County entity to approve a contract that will likely bring a county-wide school resource officer on board, possibly by this fall.

School construction continues at Cerro Gordo

By Christy Jankowski
PCJR correspondent

The Cerro Gordo school campus will be very active this summer as contractors begin work on an $8 million renovation project. 

Y-Zone coming to Monticello

The Clinton Community YMCA’s first effort in Monticello as it considers establishing a branch in the community will be a before and after school program for elementary school children at Lincoln Elementary School. The Y-Zone, modeled after one done in Clinton the past 12 years, will be open between 6:30 a.m.

Monticello Distinguished Service Awards announced

The awarding of the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) by the MAEF has become an annual event. Each year there are individuals who have worked for years to enhance the educational opportunities through teaching, mentoring, working as a volunteer and dozens of other ways that make a huge difference to hundreds of children in our schools.

Students take part in Tech 2018

Students from Blue Ridge Intermediate Junior High in Mansfield and from Monticello Middle School were in Springfield May 10 as part of TECH 2018. State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) met with the students and they demonstrated their project in the Capitol.

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