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Piatt County public school enrollment held steady this year at 3,897 kindergarten through high school students, just 16 students under last year’s official fall figure of 3,913.
By Brian Murphy
The Blue Ridge school board approved a football cooperative agreement with Ridgeview High School at its monthly meeting Wednesday, Nov. 20 in Farmer City. The co-op passed unanimously after public comments and statements from board members.
Two years ago, when a woman crawled up scaffolding at Illinois State University’s Watterson Towers then fell to her death, it heavily impacted Monticello native Katelyn Bright.
Monticello school voters will not see a building referendum on their March 18 primary ballots, but the district will continue a Community Engagement process that could lead to a ballot question next November.
A total of 726 Monticello school facilities surveys were returned during the survey period that ended earlier in November, 442 in paper form and 284 via the district website. About 4,500 were sent out.
• 74 percent felt addressing school facilities was either "vitally important" or "very important."
Illinois State University’s student radio station WZND is being nationally recognized for winning first place for Best Radio Public Service Announcement at this year’s College Broadcasters, Incorporated Student Electronic Media Radio Awards.
Four Bement students voiced their opinions on a possible consolidation or further cooperative sports with Cerro Gordo at the Nov. 13 Bement School Board meeting, and ended up splitting opinions on the issue.
Bement School Board members have endorsed the idea of increasing security at the district’s two schools. Superintendent Sheila Greenwood said at the Nov. 13 meeting that a buzz-in system for both the middle/high school and elementary school would cost an estimated $5,300.
The Monticello School Board’s facilities study should get more specific in a week (Nov. 20). That is when Superintendent Vic Zimmerman will present a recommendation for the board to consider.