Bement school board learns about STEM; recognizes award

Bement school board members took time out of their monthly meeting Aug. 9 to play with some science toys recently purchased by the school district.

Of course they were educational in nature, meant to emphasize STEM basics, but they were fun nonetheless.

Looking Up: Ready for Monday's eclipse

As long as the weather cooperates, expect most routine activity to stop over next Monday’s lunch hour. That’s when a near-total solar eclipse can be seen in Central Illinois, the first time locals will see the moon block out most of the sun since 1979.

Bement school thefts being investigated

Authorities are investigating two separate criminal acts that occurred in the Bement school building this summer. One involved a break-in at the school July 2, with the other revolving around the employee of a contractor who reportedly swiped a projector out of a classroom.

Community being urged to 'Choose Kind'

The Monticello community will be encouraged to “Choose Kind” this fall.

Spearheaded by the school district, the effort takes the lead of a 2012 R.J. Palacia children’s book entitled “Wonder,” which is being made into a movie starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson and scheduled to be released Nov. 17.

School board approves personnel issues

After an executive session held at its July 19 meeting, the Monticello school approved the following personnel moves:

–approved resignations of Megan Howard, MHS assistant girls soccer coach and Chris Jones, and MHS assistant football coach;

Mound system at Allerton Park studied

State archaeologists received a rare opportunity to study a Native American mound system as they conducted a field school recently in the forests of Allerton Park. The two-week project that ended last Friday was operated by the Illinois State Archaeological Survey along with students from Parkland College.

Balanced budget on the table for D-W

A balanced budget is on the table for the DeLand-Weldon school board, which got its first look at the 2017-18 document at its July 18 meeting.

“It’s in the black. That’s the exciting thing,” said board member Joshua Shofner.

MHS Hall of Fame inductees announced

Monticello High School has announced the names of the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees. David Randall and Brenda Scheuermann will be recognized as a part of the annual Homecoming festivities on Friday, Oct. 6.

Next step in school building plan is special meeting

The next step in a possible high school Monticello High School building rehab could become more clear next month. The school board will meet in a board retreat sometime in the next month to review a report made by a 20-member community committee and discuss the direction of a renovation plan.

City votes down TIF agreement with school

A TIF redevelopment agreement with the Monticello school district was voted down by the city council 5-1 on Monday (July 24). The school had asked for TIF funds to help with improvements to the bus barn they purchased at 1042 S. Market St.

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